Upcoming Events

  • Thursday May 17, 7:00 pm

    Join James J. Sexton for a discussion of his new book, If You're In My Office, It's Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer's Guide to Staying Together.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late. James Sexton knows this. After dealing with more than a thousand clients whose marriages have dissolved over everything from an ill-advised threesome with the nanny to the uneven division of carpool duties, he also knows all of the what-not-to-dos for couples who want to build--and consistently work to preserve--a lasting, fulfilling relationship. Described by former clients as a "courtroom gunslinger" and "the sociopath you want on your side," Sexton tells the unvarnished truth about relationships, diving straight into the most common marital problems. These usually derive from dishonest--or nonexistent--communication. Even when the alleged reason for separation is one spouse's new "personal trainer," there's likely a communication problem that predates the fitness kick. Symptom and root cause get confused all the time.

    Sexton has spent his career working with spouses-to-be-no-longer. Reverse engineering a relationship can help to identify and fix what does not work. Ever feel like you're holding back criticism of your spouse because you just can't have that fight right now? Sexton will tell you to "Hit Send Now." Maybe you aren't as adventurous as you used to be, or need some "you time," but for some reason it seems weird or exhausting to change up the routine now. Sexton knows where that mentality leads and offers viable alternative paths to take. Though he deals constantly with the heartbreak of others, he still believes in romance and the transformative power of love. This book is his opportunity to use what he has learned to help couples that aren't so far gone get back on track.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  James J. Sexton is a trial lawyer with two decades of experience negotiating and litigating high-conflict divorces. He wakes up every day at 4 a.m. to return emails and plot his next moves in the chess match of matrimonial law, while somehow still maintaining faith in humanity and love. In his limited free time, he trains and competes in mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He lives in Manhattan.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, May 17th 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.

  • Tuesday May 22, 6:30 pm

    Join Stanley R. Sloan for a discussion of his new book, Transatlantic Traumas.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  This book asks how recent developments in transatlantic relations have challenged the interests of the transatlantic allies and examines how they may affect the future of the West. In 2016-17, three shocks to the transatlantic community raised concerns: the British referendum in which a slim majority of voters supported leaving the European Union, a process known as Brexit; the US election of Donald Trump as a president critical of NATO and the EU; and the Turkish referendum raising questions about this NATO member's democracy. The analysis examines these events in the context of internal challenges (illiberal tendencies) and external threats (Russia and Islamic State) to the political, economic and security foundations of the transatlantic community. Can the West recover from the blows of recent years? Can new leadership lead toward a renewal? Or are the transatlantic alliance and the West destined to decline? 

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Stanley R. Sloan is Visiting Scholar in Political Science at Middlebury College, Vermont and a Non-resident Senior Fellow in the Scowcroft Center at the Atlantic Council of the United States.

     

    DATE:  Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION: Free and open to all.

  • Tuesday May 22, 7:00 pm

    Stay tuned for more information on this Onion River Press launch event!

  • Thursday May 24, 6:30 pm

    Join Jackson Ellis for a talk on his new novel, Lords of St. Thomas. Jackson will be joined by Rachel Carter and Asher Ellis.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In the Mojave Desert, at the southern end of the isolated Moapa Valley, sat the town of St. Thomas, Nevada. A small community that thrived despite scorching temperatures and scarce water, St. Thomas was home to hardy railroad workers, farmers, shopkeepers, teachers, and a lone auto mechanic named Henry Lord. Born and raised in St. Thomas, Lord lived in a small home beside his garage with his son, Thomas, his daughter-in-law, Ellen, and his grandson, "Little" Henry. All lived happily until the stroke of a pen by President Coolidge authorizing the construction of the Boulder (Hoover) Dam. Within a decade, more than 250 square miles of desert floor would become flooded by the waters of the Colorado River, and St. Thomas would be no more. In the early 1930s, the federal government began buying out the residents of St. Thomas, yet the hardheaded Henry Lord, believing the water would never reach his home, refused to sell. It was a mistake that would cost him—and his family—dearly. Lords of St. Thomas details the tragedies and conflicts endured by a family fighting an unwinnable battle, and their hectic and terrifying escape from the flood waters that finally surge across the threshold of their front door. Surprisingly, it also shows that, sometimes, you can go home again, as Little Henry returns to St. Thomas 60 years later, after Lake Mead recedes, to retrieve a treasure he left behind—and to fulfill a promise he made as a child.

    ABOUT THE FEATURED AUTHOR:  Jackson Ellis is a writer and editor from Vermont who has also spent time living in Nevada and Montana. His short fiction has previously appeared in The Vermont Literary Review, Sheepshead Review, Broken Pencil, The Birmingham Arts Journal, East Coast Literary Review, Midwest Literary Magazine, and The Journal of Microliterature. He is the co-publisher of VerbicideMagazine.com, which he founded in 1999.

     

    ABOUT RACHEL CARTER AND SO CLOSE TO YOU:  Rachel Carter likes to write about time travel and faraway worlds. She's the author of the So Close to You series with HarperTeen, and a regular contributor to BookTrib.com. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont, where she also teaches creative writing at Champlain College.

    In So Close to You, Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who've disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather. When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she's ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she's in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history. Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices--and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them . . . and herself.

     

    ABOUT ASHER ELLIS AND THE REMEDY:  Asher Ellis is the author of The Remedy, a horror novel set in the backwoods of northern Vermont. He is also a screenwriter, having written the award-winning short film Exit 7A, as well as the soon-to-be-released My Name Is Art. As he awaits the year-end publication of his upcoming novel, PET, Asher teaches writing and literature at multiple colleges throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

    In The Remedy, college senior Leigh Swanson knew her friends’ vacation to Montreal would become a drug-and-booze-filled road trip. Yet despite her best judgement, she gave into her roommate’s pleas and hopped aboard the Canada-bound van.  It will soon prove to be the biggest mistake of her life. On the road, Leigh and her friends meet Sam Tucker, a mysterious hitchhiker who is willing to exchange directions for a ride. Sam takes the gang on a shortcut—a detour through a dark Vermont forest. Among the many horrors that await Leigh and her friends is a fatal fungal disease, a grisly infection that has already claimed a number of victims. There is a cure—but Leigh is about to discover that sometimes, the only thing worse than sickness is:  The Remedy.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, May 24th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday May 24, 7:00 pm

    Join Thea Lewis to celebrate the launch of her new book, Wicked Vermont.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Vermont is a picturesque landscape, but the idyllic setting hides a sometimes dark and desperate past. H.H. Holmes, America's first serial killer, may have been the University of Vermont's deadliest student. A Burlington resident made an empire partly by carrying contraband goods to and from Canada. The first United States president subject to a birther movement wasn't 44, but a much lower number. A Burlington schoolboy ran away with the circus and became an international sensation under the big top. Author Thea Lewis takes a revealing ride through the unique and colorful history of the Green Mountain State.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Thea Lewis is a Vermont native with a writing career that has spanned more than three decades. She’s crafted scripts for radio and television, and since 2009 has put her love of research and history to work writing books for The History Press’ Haunted America series. In addition to her latest offering, Wicked Vermont (2018, History Press/Arcadia) titles include Haunted Burlington, Spirits of Vermont’s Queen City, Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain and Haunted Inns and Ghostly Getaways of Vermont. A book for children, There’s a Witch In My Sock Drawer! was published by Peapod Press in 2011. Thea is also the creator of Queen City Ghostwalk, the Burlington, Vermont  walking tour chosen ‘Best Scary Stroll’ by Yankee Magazine. Between writing and walking, she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor adventures with her dog, Phantom.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, May 24th 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.

  • Saturday May 26, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Visit Phoenix Books Burlington for a tarot reading. Rachel's approach to tarot draws from Jung and the concept that we can access collective symbols and archetypes from our unconscious that can assist in guiding our intuition.

    Rachel is a self-taught tarot reader and has been reading tarot for six years now. She began public readings about a year and a half ago. She has read at weddings and parties as well as for private individuals. Rachel has an MA in clinical mental health counseling from Antioch University New England and has a private psychotherapy practice in Williston working with individual adults. In her off time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, May 26th from 6pm to 7:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Readings are first come, first served. Suggested donation is $5-10.

    PLEASE NOTE: Tarot readings are for entertainment purposes only.

  • Tuesday May 29, 7:00 pm

    Join Fearn Lickfield as she presents The Bardic Book of Becoming, by Ivan McBeth;  a warm, user-friendly and eclectic introduction to modern Druidry that invites you to take the first steps into the realm of magic and mystery. This book was written during the last year of Ivan’s life. 

    Fearn will offer a presentation titled A Druid’s Legacy in which she will share some of Ivan’s gifts from his exceptional life and wisdom. He was a master stone circle builder, author and founder of the Green Mountain Druid Order. He lived a life of crystal magic, wild adventure, colorful joy and hard earned wisdom. He gobbled life, courted death and crossed like a king. This presentation will include stories, poetry, toning, the Dragon Dance and other inspirations as we open our hearts to Ivan’s Bardic arts.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: The Bardic Book of Becoming is a warm, user-friendly, eclectic introduction to modern Druidry that invites you to take the first steps into the realms of magic and mystery. In this book you will be introduced to the various techniques and practices of a Druid in training. Written by Ivan McBeth, the cofounder of Vermont's Green Mountain School of Druidry, with Fearn Lickfield, the book incorporates lessons, visualizations, rituals, and magical stories. Many different activities and exercises are included that provide the reader with hands-on learning. Ivan also provides personal stories that demonstrate his own journey from spiritual seeker to Druid.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER AND ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
    Fearn Lickfield is a web weaver who facilitates the re-connection of people with the Heart of Nature. She is the director of the Green Mountain Druid School and founder of Guardians of the Sacred Earth. She is the steward of Dreamland, a mystery school and sanctuary in Worcester, Vermont.

    Ivan McBeth was a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids who founded the Green Mountain Druid Order, a modern mystery school based in Worcester, Vermont, with his partner Fearn Lickfield. He passed gracefully into the Otherworld at Fall Equinox of 2016.

     

    DATE:  Tuesday, May 29th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday May 31, 6:30 pm

    Join April Ossman and Cynthia Huntington for a poetry reading at Phoenix Books Rutland.

     

    ABOUT APRIL OSSMAN AND EVENT BOUNDARIES:
    Event Boundaries considers ways our relationships and growth as individuals are interdependent, whether it's possible to consider any relationship (including with ourselves) independent of the culture and environment it exists in; whether we create our culture and environment in part through the way we enact our relationships, to what degree reality is objective or a matter of perception, and how we come to terms with our and others' mortality.

    April Ossmann is author of Event Boundaries (Four Way Books, 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007), and recipient of a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant. She has published her poems widely, and is an editing and publishing consultant (www.aprilossmann.com), and a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College. She was executive director of Alice James Books from 2000 – 2008, and lives in West Windsor, VT.

     

    ABOUT CYNTHIA HUNTINGTON AND TERRA NOVA:
    In Terra Nova, a bold and ambitious book-length poem, National Book Award finalist Cynthia Huntington explores exile and migration--what it means to lose, seek, and find home in all its iterations--through a polyphonic work, written in multiple voices and evoking the method of Hart Crane's The Bridge or the Nighttown episode in James Joyce's Ulysses. Yet it is also a tough and vernacular work, owing as much to Patti Smith and the Clash as it does to High Modernism.

    Cynthia Huntington holds the Frederick Sessions Beebe in Writing at Dartmouth, where she has taught English and Creative Writing since 1988. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, she has published six books of poetry as well as a prose memoir. Her most recent publication, a polyphonic book-length poem titled Terra Nova, (Southern Illinois University Press 2017) focuses on exile and migration through western history. Her 2012 collection, Heavenly Bodies, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry

     

    DATE:  Thursday, May 31st at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday May 31, 7:00 pm

    Join Matthys Levy to celebrate the launch of his new novel, Building Eden.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Building Eden is Matthys Levy's first novel, a thriller with subject matter he is intimately familiar with. A gifted architect, Philip Corta, has the opportunity of a lifetime, the design of a major office/residential complex on New York's West Side, The Eden Center. The project endures many major setbacks resulting from the arrogance and shallow-minded behavior of the developer, corruption in City Hall, sabotage and murder by organized criminals, and recurring uncertainties about financing. Despite these and other setbacks, the project advances on schedule through 2001 until the events of 9/11 lead to personal tragedy and a change of direction that affects the project and all of the members of the design/construction team.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Matthys Levy is the designer of many iconic buildings and other structures throughout the world; New York structures he has designed and supervised include the Javits Convention Center, the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, and the Marriott Marquis Hotel. He is also the author of the best-seller Why Buildings Fall Down - which established his public reputation for expertise on the causes of major structural failures, including the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 - and author or co-author of Structual Designs in Architecture, Why the Earth Quakes, Why the Wind Blows, Earthquake Games, and Engineering in the City. Levy currently resides in Burlington, Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, May 31st 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.

  • Tuesday June 5, 7:00 pm

    Join Maria Hummel to celebrate the launch of her novel, Still Lives. Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world's hall of mirrors, and one woman's journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women--the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others--and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.As the city's richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum's opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution's flailing finances. Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala. Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie's ex. A rogue's gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord's disappearance, she'll come to suspect all of those closest to her.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Maria Hummel is the author of the poetry collection House and Fire, winner of the 2013 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and two novels: Motherland and Wilderness Run. A Stegner Fellow, she taught at Stanford for nine years. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons and teaches at the University of Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Tuesday, June 5th 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.

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Story Time at Phoenix Books

Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones.  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:  Wednesdays at 10am and Saturdays at 11am (Call 872-7111 for more info.)
Rutland:  Saturdays at 11am  (Call 855-8078 for more info.)