Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, November 04 at 3:00 pm

    Join Lynda Graham-Barber for a story time featuring her new book, Cookie's Fortune. Attendees will also be treated to a visit with Lynda's rescue dog, Biscuit, and delicious locally baked cookies!

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Come along on a small dog’s journey from surviving in a vast city to finding her forever home. In simple, poetic language, with captivating art that portrays the challenges of a huge city, Cookie’s Fortune depicts a stray dog as she searches for food, shelter, and comfort. Compelling and age appropriate, this adorable stray’s quest will engage animal-loving children, their parents, teachers, and librarians with its message of hope and compassion. The story is based on the author’s own adoption of a dog she saved from a subway station. The final page is filled with information for parents and other adults who want to learn more about the subject.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Lynda Graham-Barber's abiding passions for writing and animals have intermingled for four decades, as children’s book editor, writing teacher, author of 13 books, and an animal rights advocate. The author, who holds a MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, lives in a small stone cottage, which she helped build, situated on 160 wooded acres in the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, with her artist-husband, David, and their rescued dog, Biscuit.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, November 4th at 3pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all ages.

  • Sunday, November 05 at 2:00 pm

    Join Bill Schubart for a talk on his new novel, Lila and Theron.

    Gift with purchase: Attendees who purchase Lila and Theron at the event will get a complimentary CD of Bill Schubart reading five of his favorite picks from Lamoille Stories! The genesis story of Lila and Theron, "Lila's Bucket" is on the CD.  (Some exceptions apply.)

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Set in rural America and spanning much of the 20th century, Lila & Theron captures the spirit of the American rural experience, as it relates to their personal stories of love and sacrifice. Award winning author and public radio commentator, Bill Schubart, first introduced us to Lila & Theron characters in his 2008 short story collection, The Lamoille Stories. After being influenced by William Faulkner’s acceptance speech on winning the Nobel Prize, he returns seven years later to finish their stories.

    I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.“

    Lila and Theron plumbs the depth and triumphs of the human spirit in a way now lost in today’s obsessions with consumerism and celebrity culture, immersing us in a receding world where neighbors and nature are the gifts and love is often comes with great hardship.

    "In a time all too rich with bombast and noise, Bill Schubart gives us a quiet tale of love, commitment, and utterly human interdependence—at once hard and graceful, plainspoken and eloquent. This is a romance that sidesteps shopworn clichés for sometimes painful truths and leaves the reader moved, thoughtful, and mourning the rarity of such honesty."
    — Archer Mayor, bestselling author of Presumption of Guilt (Joe Gunther series)

    "I have long considered Bill Schubart to be the wisest columnist in America. That same wisdom, deep life experience, and empathy come shining through on every page of his new novel, Lila & Theron. Full of joy, sadness, humor, and insight, Lila & Theron is a clear-eyed celebration of our almost boundless capacity, despite all our human frailties, to love both one another and the place we call home. Over the years I have known many true and good country people like Lila and Theron whom I have been proud and honored to call my friends. This is a beautiful book."
    — Howard Frank Mosher, bestselling author of Marie Blythe and Walking to Gatlinburg

    "Through the eyes of Lila and Theron, Schubart manages to not only give us a great love story, but also an homage to an icy hardscrabble Vermont, and a portrait of an evolving rural America in the 20th century. This book is both heartbreaking, tender and as real as a winter day. I loved it."
    — Thomas Christopher Greene, bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Bill Schubart is an award-winning novelist and political and cultural commentator heard weekly on Vermont Public Radio (210,000 listeners) and a frequent public speaker on writing and entrepreneurship. Bill grew up in a small town in Lamoille County in Northern Vermont. In his largely French Canadian family, he heard countless stories.

     

    DATE:  Sunday, November 5th at 2pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Tuesday, November 07 at 7:00 pm

    Join Martin Philip— the Head Bread Baker of King Arthur Flour—for a talk on Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  “I bake because it connects my soul to my hands, and my heart to my mouth.”—Martin Philip

    Yearning for creative connection, Martin Philip traded his finance career in New York City for an entry level baker position at King Arthur Flour in rural Vermont. A true Renaissance man, the opera singer, banjo player, and passionate amateur baker worked his way up, eventually becoming Head Bread Baker. But Philip is not just a talented craftsman, and being a baker isn’t just mastering the chemistry of flour, salt, water, and yeast; it is to be an alchemist, perfecting the transformation of simple ingredients into an elegant expression of the soul.

    Breaking Bread is an intimate tour of Philip’s kitchen, mind, and heart. Through seventy-five original recipes and life stories told with incandescent prose, he shares not only the secrets to creating loaves of unparalleled beauty and flavor, but the secrets to a good life. From the butter biscuits, pecan pie, and whiskey bread pudding of his childhood in the Ozarks to French baguettes and Focaccias, bagels and muffins, cinnamon buns and ginger scones, Breaking Bread is a guide to embracing whole-heartedly the staff of life.

    Philip gently guides novice bakers and offers recipes and techniques for the most advanced levels. He also includes a substantial technical section covering the bread making process, tools, and ingredients. As he illuminates an artisan’s odyssey and a life lived passionately, he reveals how the act of baking offers spiritual connection to our pasts, our families, our culture and communities, and, ultimately, ourselves. Exquisite, sensuous, and delectable, Breaking Bread inspires us to take risks, make bolder choices, live more fully, and to bake bread and break it with those we love.

    “[I]n addition to being an excellent baker, Martin is also an excellent writer. Breaking Bread is truly a feast—a history of bread itself, cleverly hidden within the story of a man who fell in love with baking. With verbal descriptions that burst on the tongue and recipes that your hands itch to try, this beautiful book is food for the soul.”
    —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things

    “Martin Philip’s work in Breaking Bread is tactile and honest. This is a thinking man’s perspective on the art and the philosophy of why we bake. It’s in his blood and now he’s sharing it with the world. The recipes are sound; the storytelling—evocative; the pictures—illustrative, beautiful. You’ll be inspired to knead some dough, crank up your oven, and get some flour on your hands. Breaking Bread is a reason to bake again.”
    —Steven Satterfield, James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast 2017, author of Root to Leaf

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Martin Philip is the Head Bread Baker at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont. He holds a degree from Oberlin Conservatory, is a MacDowell fellow, and attended the New York Art Students League and the Cooper Union for drawing. His current life chapter—which includes three wonderful children with his wife, Julie Ness, ample time in the woods, and lots of crackling baguettes—is the best yet.

     

    DATE:  Tuesday, November 7th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank.  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

    BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.

  • Thursday, November 09 at 6:30 pm

    Join Stephen P. Kiernan for a talk on his new novel, The Baker's Secret.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  From the critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II—a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day

    On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town on the Normandy coast of France, Emmanuelle is making the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country.
    Only twenty-two, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at thirteen, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.
    But in the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each day, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying troops. And each day, she mixes that precious flour with ground straw to create enough dough for two extra loaves—contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers.
    But her gift to the village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope—the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Stephen P. Kiernan is a graduate of Middlebury College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He spent more than twenty years as a journalist, winning numerous awards for excellence in the field, before turning to fiction writing. The Baker's Secret is his third novel.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, November 9th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 am

     

    Come by Phoenix Books Essex to meet the Grinch!  Bring your own camera, and get your photo taken with this beloved holiday character.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, November 11th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free & open to all ages

  • Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 am

    Enjoy your Saturday morning with a reading of the children’s book I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, by Lauren Child.  In this picture book, a fussy eater decides to sample the carrots after her brother convinces her that they are really orange twiglets from Jupiter.  After we read together, we will have a fun and interactive healthy food activity.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, November 11th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

    COSPONSORS:  Thank you to City Market for joining us in presenting this event! City Market, Onion River Co-op is a community-owned grocery store with over 10,500 Members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, City Market provides a large selection of local and organic foods and thousands of Vermont-made products.

  • Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 pm

    Join Dede Cummings, Megan Buchanan, and James Crews for an afternoon of poetry.

    ABOUT TO LOOK OUT FROM AND DEDE CUMMINGS:

    "In To Look Out From, Dede Cummings takes good advantage of the imaginative fluidity that poetry offers. Even her poems of memory and family are driven by curiosity and enlivened by quick maneuvers and spritely turns. And she is careful never to leave the reader behind." - Billy Collins

    "Dede Cummings' poems in To Look Out From are breathtakingly vivid. Deeply felt, they often chronicle the relationship between self and the natural world, between self and others. These are New England poems that transcend New England. They are well-crafted testaments, often pastoral, to the cycles of life. At times they are elegiac and bittersweet, yet attentive in their hopefulness and trust in the Great Wonderments and mysteries. At times gracefully discursive and always brilliantly paced, they are poems given to recovery and renewal. This is a book I will read over and over." - Clarence Major

    Dede Cummings is a poet, publisher, and commentator for Vermont Public Radio. At Middlebury College, she was the recipient of the Mary Dunning Thwing Award, attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as an undergraduate fellow, and studied with Hayden Carruth at the Bennington Writers’ Workshop. In 2013, she was a poetry contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poetry has been published in Mademoiselle, The Lake, InQuire, Vending Machine Press, Connotation Press, Mom Egg Review, Figroot Press, and Bloodroot Literary Magazine. She was a Discover/The Nation poetry semi-finalist and was awarded a writer’s grant and a partial fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center in 2016. Her first poetry collection, To Look Out From, was awarded the 2016 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize and was published by Homebound Publications in April 2017. Her second poetry collection, entitled The Meeting Place, is due out in May 2018 from Salmon Poetry. Dede lives in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she designs books and runs the startup Green Writers Press

     

    ABOUT TELLING MY FATHER AND JAMES CREWS:

    In Telling My Father, James Crews explores familial bonds, memory, and grief through a beautifully written collection of poems. This Cowles Poetry Prize winning manuscript is a risky, bold, and elegant exploration of coming of age against a backdrop of profound loss.

    James Crews' work has appeared in Ploughshares, Poet Lore, and The New Republic, among other journals, and he is a regular contributor to The (London) Times Literary Supplement. He holds an MFA in Poetry Writing from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Writing & Literature from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also worked for Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry newspaper column. His first collection of poetry, The Book of What Stays, won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award. His second collection, Telling My Father, won the Cowles Prize and was published by SMSU Press. He lives on an organic farm with his partner in Shaftsbury, Vermont and regularly leads Mindfulness & Writing workshops throughout New England.

     

    ABOUT CLOTHESLINE RELIGION AND MEGAN BUCHANAN:

    Clothesline Religion chronicles twenty years worth of adventures in the life of an artist as young single mother. Megan Buchanan, a poet and professional dancer, gave birth to a daughter at 22, lived abroad in Ireland and France, and came back home again to Southern California and the mountains of the Southwest. This debut poetry collection spans wild open roads, backyard vegetable gardens, Irish pubs, country dance halls, Vermont screen-porches, midnight river valleys, artist studios, and the world of waking dreams. Buchanan's poems offer fierce evidence of what she calls "ordinary magic" --and what others might call mindfulness--discovering gratitude, the path of recovery, and a mother's deep joy.

    “How fierce and resilient, what a tremendous and tender heart. Clothesline Religion is gorgeous, powerful. I was utterly enrapt, reading it out in the yard under the full sun. And transformed—the book inspired me to take my own daughter out of school for a road trip, time for just her and I. Mother and daughter.” —Robin MacArthur, author of Half Wild

    Megan Buchanan’s first full-length collection of poetry, Clothesline Religion, was published by Green Writers Press in 2017. Her poems have appeared in such as journals as The Sun Magazine, make/shift, A Woman’s Thing, and numerous anthologies such as Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space and Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry. Born in California, she’s lived for long stretches in Ireland, the mountains of the southwest, and New England. Her work has been supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, and the Vermont Studio Center. Megan is also a collaborative performer and dancemaker. Most recently she presented the interdisciplinary, collaborative performance project REGENERATIONS: Reckoning with and Responding to the Closing of Vermont Yankee. She currently lives in Guilford, Vermont with her young son. She is currently an English Language Arts faculty member at The Greenwood School in Putney. Visit the author’s website at www.meganbuchanan.net.

     

    DATE:  Sunday, November 12th at 2pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley in Chester

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm

    Join Peter Miller for a talk on his new book, Vanishing Vermonters.

    ABOUT THE BOOKVanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture, is the newest and most important of Peter’s five books on his home state. He recorded 23 Vermonters on how they cope in one of the most expensive states in the Union. Includes 168 pages and 91 photographs that display life in Vermont rather than its iconic beauty. This book came about due to the number of letters and emails Peter received after writing a short history of the changes he’d noticed while photographing Vermont between 1950 and 2013. Vanishing Vermonters and Lifetime of Vermont People are two books that should be on the coffee tables of every Vermonter.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Peter Miller began his career in 1959 as a reporter for LIFE Magazine. He left LIFE to move to his home state of Vermont where he became a freelance photographer and writer. For 20 years he was a contributing Editor to SKI Magazine and a freelance writer for The New York Times, Smithsonian and many travel magazines. He became a stock photographer for The Image Bank, Iconica and Picade, a cooperative stock photographer agency. He has authored nine books including Vermont People, Vermont Farm Women, People of the Great Plains and The First Time I Saw Paris. He has won numerous awards for his books, his photography, and was named Vermonter of the Year and honored by the Vermont Legislature for his work in documenting the culture of Vermont. He has had exhibitions of his work in New York, Paris, and Tokyo. His books may be viewed at petermillervermont.com and his black and white photography, for which he is well known, may be viewed at petermillerphotography.com. He lives in Colbyville, Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Tuesday, November 14th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm

    Join Mark Bushnell for a talk on his new book, Hidden History of Vermont.

    ABOUT THE BOOK Vermont's history is marked by fierce independence, generosity of spirit and the saga of human life along its steep slopes and fertile valleys. Meet the widow who outwitted Tories and may have spied for the Green Mountain Boys. Encounter the family who gained a national following by summoning spirits. Discover why one governor opposed women's suffrage and how that may have involved spirits of another sort. Visit an island retreat where Harpo Marx cheated at croquet and satirist Dorothy Parker wore nothing but a garden hat. Historian Mark Bushnell offers a glimpse of the Green Mountain State rarely seen.

    ABOUT THE AUTHORMark Bushnell worked for a dozen years as an editor for Vermont newspapers. Realizing that writers have more fun than editors, he began freelancing. Since 2002, he has written regularly about Vermont history, first for the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and more recently a weekly column for VTDigger, a statewide news website. He is the author of Discover Vermont! The Vermont Life Guide to Exploring Our Rural Landscape and It Happened in Vermont. He has also contributed chapters to Howard Dean: A Citizen's Guide to the Man who Would Be President, and Lake Champlain: An Illustrated History. He lives in central Vermont with his wife, Susan Clark, and son, Harrison.

     

    DATE:  Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank.  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

    BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.

  • Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 pm

    Join Peter Miller for a talk on his new book, Vanishing Vermonters.

    ABOUT THE BOOKVanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture, is the newest and most important of Peter’s five books on his home state. He recorded 23 Vermonters on how they cope in one of the most expensive states in the Union. Includes 168 pages and 91 photographs that display life in Vermont rather than its iconic beauty. This book came about due to the number of letters and emails Peter received after writing a short history of the changes he’d noticed while photographing Vermont between 1950 and 2013. Vanishing Vermonters and Lifetime of Vermont People are two books that should be on the coffee tables of every Vermonter.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Peter Miller began his career in 1959 as a reporter for LIFE Magazine. He left LIFE to move to his home state of Vermont where he became a freelance photographer and writer. For 20 years he was a contributing Editor to SKI Magazine and a freelance writer for The New York Times, Smithsonian and many travel magazines. He became a stock photographer for The Image Bank, Iconica and Picade, a cooperative stock photographer agency. He has authored nine books including Vermont People, Vermont Farm Women, People of the Great Plains and The First Time I Saw Paris. He has won numerous awards for his books, his photography, and was named Vermonter of the Year and honored by the Vermont Legislature for his work in documenting the culture of Vermont. He has had exhibitions of his work in New York, Paris, and Tokyo. His books may be viewed at petermillervermont.com and his black and white photography, for which he is well known, may be viewed at petermillerphotography.com. He lives in Colbyville, Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, November 16th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

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Storytime at Phoenix Books

Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones.  Wondering what we'll read?  Each week, we'll choose a new picture book, a classic, or a staff favorite.  See you there!

Burlington: Saturdays at 11am (Want to double check on a particular date?  Call us at 802-448-3350.)

Essex:  Saturdays at 11am (Call 872-7111 for more info.)
            Beginning August 9th:  Wednesdays at 10am