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The Gallery at Phoenix Books Essex is now seeking artists for our Open Studio Weekend exhibit, "Inspired by Maddie."
In 2011, Theron Humphrey decided to traverse the US, meeting and photographing someone new each day. Maddie the Coonhound rides shotgun—and has a special talent, an uncanny sense of balance. The blog and upcoming book Maddie on Things record their adventures. Our exhibit will feature photographs by Theron, as well as work by local artists and community members.
The Gallery at Phoenix Books Essex is now seeking artists for our next exhibit, "Peepers & Creepers." We have a wealth of natural beauty here in Vermont, and this spring we're going to get up close and personal with the reptiles, amphibians, and insects that emerge each spring here in the Green Mountain State. This exhibit will be on our walls from the beginning of March through mid-April.
Do you have a piece of art featuring a peeper or a creeper? Contact Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
While you're at it, mark your calendar for the event that inspired this exhibit: Newt Night with the North Branch Nature Center at Phoenix Books Essex on Wednesday, March 13th. You can read more here.
Beth Wagner of Phoenix Books Burlington and Essex has been awarded a full scholarship to the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute. Beth is the children's book buyer and IT director at Phoenix Books. A resident of Fairfax, she has been in bookselling for over a decade. "All of the Phoenix family is thrilled that Beth will be representing our stores at this event," says Phoenix Books co-owner Mike DeSanto. "We can't wait for her to come back with a basketful of great ideas."
Wagner's scholarship is sponsored by Candlewick Press, an independent children's publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. "Beth Wagner embodies what CHIRP (Candlewick’s Handselling Indie Recognition Program) is all about. We salute her unparalleled expertise, enthusiasm, knowledge and energy needed to handsell children’s books and get the right book into the right child’s hands at the right time. We’re thrilled to send her to the ABA’s Winter Institute in Kansas City next February, where she’ll be able to hone her skills even more," says Elise Supovitz, Candlewick's Director of Field Sales.
The American Booksellers Association’s (ABA) Eighth Annual Winter Institute will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, from Saturday, February 23, through Monday, February 25, 2013. Over 500 booksellers from across the United States attend.
We’re excited to announce that Phoenix Books Burlington will be hosting Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse during First Night Burlington this year! Special thanks also goes to Green Mountain Coffee who will be sponsoring the site and providing coffee to the audience as they listen to the dulcet tones of the Patrick Fitzsimmons Trio, Peter Katz, Mark LeGrand & Sarah Munro, Anne Weiss, and Rik Palieri & Rebecca Padula.
The Coffeehouse will be open from 5pm-10pm, and Phoenix Books will be open for business from 10am-10 pm, on New Year’s Eve. Stop by and visit us!
First Night is a substance-free, New Year's Eve festival of the arts. It began in Boston in 1976 and is now in over 130 cities throughout the world. Burlington was the fifth city in the world to embrace the First Night concept. First Night Burlington is Vermont's largest, single-day arts festival, providing an accessible and affordable New Year's Eve celebration to thousands of people in our community. For more information, and to get your buttons, visit firstnightburlington.com.
Patrick Fitzsimmons Trio
Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 5-5:50pm
Acclaimed Vermont singer-songwriter accompanied with his trio. "Fitzsimmons is an immensely talented singer. Wide eyed and heartfelt, his music ably and honestly recalls a simpler period of American pop music." Seven Days
Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 6-6:40pm
Multiple award-winner and JUNO Nominee Peter Katz captivates listeners with his unique brand of contemporary folk music. Playing 150+ dates per year all over the world, Katz’s remarkable efforts have resulted in him selling over 15,000 copies of his discs and sharing the stage with such notable artists as The Swell Season, Bedouin Soundclash, Dan Mangan and the legendary Garth Hudson from The Band. Not one to waste any time, Peter has just released a new studio album called ‘Still Mind Still’, followed by an extensive tour throughout Canada and parts of the U.S. and Europe. This new collection of songs is Katz’s best writing to date, recorded mostly live off the floor at a cabin in the woods and surrounded by a stunning atmospheric production thanks to producer Rob Szabo. “If talent alone ensures success, then Peter Katz will soon be a name on everyone’s lips” -The Record
Mark LeGrand & Sarah Munro
Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 7-7:40pm
Sarah Munro has been singing all of her life. Her rich musical background beginning with her mom singing her to sleep with such mountain classics as Leadbelly's In The Pines. You can still hear the rich heartfelt soul of this music echoing joyously in her voice. Mark has been writing and performing his brand of "Thinking Man's Honky Tonk" in the spirit of John Prine and Hank Williams for over three decades. He has released two fine Vermont CDs, All Dressed Up, 2002 and Cold New England Town, 2006. The two released their first CD in 1998 titled Mischievous Angel to rave reviews. Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Austin Texas music icon comments, "I think the greatest function of music is when spirit comes through it — and to me, that's what happens with these songs." Together Mark and Sarah have a stunning harmony sound and an engaging stage presence.
Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 8-8:40pm
Anne Weiss unleashes her new double CD, “Where Folk Gets the Blues”, on the world! Funky, folky, bluesy, political, poetic, and sensual, Anne’s music and songwriting have been called “a meeting at the crossroads of Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Aretha Franklin”. Some of the finest musicians of the Pacific Northwest have collaborated with Anne, including renowned blues guitarists Mary Flower and David Jacobs-Strain, gold recording artist Billy Oskay (Nightnoise). Several of the selections also feature Kenny Pasarelli (bass, Elton John, Joe Walsh, and Stephen Stills). Originally from New York City, Anne now resides in Portland, Oregon. With six CDs and book of poetry that gained her an Allen Ginsberg Poetry award, Anne has performed with everyone from powerfolk singer / songwriter Ani DiFranco to blues aficionado Taj Mahal. She is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, emotional piano work, humor and striking stage presence.
The Chalk Cats (Rik Palieri & Rebecca Padula)
Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 9-9:40pm
Their roots run deep. Rik Palieri and Rebecca Padula employ an arsenal of instruments to dig up dust bowl ballads, blues, Appalachian banjo tunes, Hobo stories and songs from their home state, Vermont. Their set often includes music from the folk revival of Seeger and Guthrie, Utah Phillips, Leadbelly and traditional music mined from the vast archives of folksong collectors who have come before them. They explore the diversity of American musical traditions and make their own innovative contributions to these traditions with their original songs. They also enjoy sharing the music with audiences, getting them to sing or stomp along with their high energy performance and drawing them in with Rik's stories and Rebecca's whiskey and honey voice.
Kobo Technology Powers Independent Bookstores Across America
Burlington, Vermont - November 26, 2012: A wide range of e-reading choices has come to town, just in time for the fall and holiday shopping seasons. Phoenix Books, an independent bookstore with locations in both Burlington and Essex, Vermont is now selling eBooks through its website www.phoenixbooks.biz and eReaders by Kobo in the stores at 191 Bank Street, downtown Burlington and at Essex Shoppes and Cinemas, Essex.
Phoenix Books now offers a total e-reading experience for their customers, including a full line of eReaders, eReading accessories, and eBooks from Kobo’s catalog of nearly 3 million titles. At the center of the program are new e-readers from Kobo, a leader in eReading with more than 10 million registered users worldwide.
Phoenix Books has been selling Google eBooks, but that program will end in January 2013. “We are pleased to offer our customers a broad and diverse eReading choice,” said co-owner Mike DeSanto. “By working with Kobo, Phoenix Books will be able to offer our customers an extensive catalog of the eBook titles our customers love and want, and a choice of innovative new eReaders at affordable prices. Now we can continue to offer our loyal customers the chance to buy eBooks and support their favorite bookseller at the same time.” He goes on to exhort readers not to get stuck in the Kindle world when they can shop the eBook universe by using Kobo: "Kindle is totally proprietary and does not allow the user to shop wherever they want. With Kobo, you get freedom to do what you want to do, go where you want to go and shop like you want to shop. Kindle makes you a hostage to whatever Amazon is up to. The main thing about Kobo is that by buying and using it you really are supporting your local book store, Phoenix Books, and you are shopping local as well. I am not a technophile, but the Kobo technology has been generally applauded, and our booksellers find it pretty easy to use."
Phoenix Books was established in 2007 on the principles of social responsibility, community, and sustainability, and is a proud member of Local First Vermont and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Phoenix Books Burlington and Phoenix Books Essex are locally-owned, independent bookstores. Their Essex location also houses a gallery and cafe. Whenever possible, Phoenix Books sources eco-friendly products from Fair Trade/Green Certified companies.
Since its inception in 2009, Kobo has built a global base of more than 10 million registered users in 190 countries and one of the largest eBook stores in the world, with 3 million books, newspapers, and magazines. Kobo’s Read Freely philosophy supports an open platform and adoption of industry standards to ensure that people own the books they buy and are never locked to one device or service. Additionally, Kobo offers free eReading apps so people can read conveniently anytime, anyplace from a device they already own. With Kobo, consumers can easily browse and shop from the Phoenix Books' website www.phoenixbooks.biz and automatically sync their library across most popular devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, and smartphones, as well as all Kobo eReaders.
If you missed our Phoenix Holiday Review 2012 edition, which was featured in the Tuesday, November 20 issue of the Burlington Free Press, be sure to download the PDF version here or stop by the store to pick up a copy! It's chock full of gift ideas for everyone on your holiday list.
Mike DeSanto, owner of Phoenix Books in Burlington and Essex, announced that all through the fall, Phoenix Books is “going local” with Wind Ridge Publishing, (WRP).
"Wind Ridge is an interesting and very Vermont-based company located in Shelburne,” commented DeSanto. “Phoenix Books greatly admires what this publisher is doing and we want to do everything we can to help this venture succeed. So, in the month of November on four successive Thursday nights and two Saturday evenings, Phoenix Books in Burlington will showcase a Wind Ridge author and happily provide them a platform to present their works.”
WRP authors are all local residents – however, their books reflect a broad range of issues, experience, and global interests – from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ Rick Peyser and Bill Mares’ in Brewing Change, Peyser’s personal account of social responsibility and the lives of coffee farmers, to Vermont wildlife rehabilitator Helena Nicolay’s Squirrel Diaries and Shelburne veterinarian Dr. Steven Metz’s book, Exotic Tails. Other featured WRP releases include VPR commentaries from the Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council, Peter Gilbert’s I Was Thinking and Paul Boisvert’s photo essays in his coffee table book, Burlington ~ A Sense of Place.
“There is something for nearly every book lover,” said DeSanto. “They will make fabulous holiday gifts, especially when personally autographed and inscribed by the authors. I see this as a unique kind of partnership, where a bookstore commits heavily to the books of one publisher. As we move forward, Phoenix Books anticipates being a kind of home bookstore for many of the authors Wind Ridge will publish.”
Lin Stone, managing editor of Wind Ridge Publishing’s book division commented, “This collaboration truly is an effort to build a platform of support for local writers and local economies. Wind Ridge is an independently and locally owned publishing house, and it strives to make known the unique voices of Vermonters; Phoenix Books is a locally owned independent purveyor that helps us to put those Vermonters’ books into readers’ hands. It doesn’t get much more “Buy Local” than that.”
Event Dates include:
Thursday, October 25th at 7pm: Travels in the World of Ideas with Peter Gilbert
Thursday, November 1st at 7pm: Brewing Change with Bill Mares and Rick Peyser
Thursday, November 8th at 7pm: The Squirrel Diaries with Astrid Helena Nicolay
Saturday, November 10th at 7pm: Exotic Tails with Dr. Steven Metz
Thursday, November 15th at 7pm: Burlington: A Sense of Place with Paul Boisvert
Saturday, November 17th at 7pm: Musings of a Vermont Nutritionist with Dr. Lyn Carew
All events take place at Phoenix Books Burlington, located at 191 Bank Street in Burlington, Vermont, and are free and open to the public. Copies of featured titles will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-448-3350 or visit www.phoenixbooks.biz.
The Queen City’s eighth annual celebration of the written word is on the way. September 21 through 23 enjoy readings, signings, panels, workshops, exhibits, musical performances, original theater, demos and special events featuring literary luminaries from around the world-and just around the corner! All events are free. This year’s headliners include Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings, Alison Bechdel, Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman, Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea, Emily M. Danforth, Bill McKibben and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Tracy K. Smith.
As in years past, Phoenix Books will be handling book sales as the official Festival Bookstore at the Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday of the festival, and...
FOR THE FIRST TIME, PHOENIX BOOKS WILL BE A BURLINGTON BOOK FESTIVAL VENUE
On Sunday, September 23rd, Phoenix Books Burlington will host a series of readings entitled "Women's Work," featuring Hinda Miller, Katharine Fisher Britton, Emily Bernard, and Emily M. Danforth. Hinda Miller is the cofounder of Jogbra and has been a Vermont State Senator. Her new memoir is entitled Pearls of a Sultana: What I’ve Learned About Business, Politics and the Human Spirit. Katharine Fisher Britton's debut novel, Her Sister’s Shadow, is ”A touching intimate account of painful memories that radically shape lives" (Publishers Weekly). Emily Bernard's acclaimed new work, Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White is a tale about the messy realities of race and the complicated tangle of black and white. Emily M. Danforth’s debut novel, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, and School Library Journal, and was featured in the LA Times, The Seattle Stranger, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and NPR–whose reviewer called it “…a skillfully and beautifully written story that does what the best books do: It shows us ourselves in the lives of others.”
For more information on the Burlington Book Festival, and to find the full schedule, please visit http://burlingtonbookfestival.com.
Dear ABA member,
We have some very exciting news to share.
As you may have read in today's online Wall Street Journal, ABA is pleased to be partnering with ebook and ereader retailer Kobo, and, beginning this Fall, all of our member bookstores - not only those using IndieCommerce - will be able to sell e-books online, and importantly, to sell e-reader devices in the store.
We wanted to share this important news with you as soon as possible, and additional information will be forthcoming shortly. Here's a link to today's press release about our new partnership with Kobo, and here's a link to a detailed FAQ about the business model and next steps for ABA members. Importantly, the FAQ is password protected on BookWeb.org because it is for members only.
We wanted to tell our members the news as soon as the partnership papers were signed; developing a reliable ebooks option has been a priority of the last few months, and we know that many of you have considered it critical as well. Even with this great news, we continue to believe that print books will remain the lion share of your sales. However, we believe that Kobo offers the best possible ereading solution for all of our member bookstores, and will, once implemented, allow you to get back to what you love to do, and do best - discovering and recommending great reads.
Please don't hesitate to contact me or your Member Relationship Manager with any questions; we will share what we can. The FAQ can likely answer questions as well. And expect to hear more about how indies are moving forward with Kobo within the next week or ten days.
May we brag a little? The Cafe at Phoenix Books Essex passed its latest Alcohol Purchase Compliance Survey with flying colors! Check out the attached sheet for our official kudos.
On Monday, June 25th owner Michael DeSanto was on VPR's Vermont Edition Summer Reading Show. Below are the books he's picked as great summer reads!
Did you miss the show? Listen in at http://www.vpr.net/episode/53862/must-reads-summer-2012/ .
"Phoenix Books in Essex, Vermont, was one of author Howard Norman's stops on his tour promoting his new book," reports Bookselling This Week in this week's Around Indies.
Check out Mike's recommendations for summer reading!
Listen in to this great show, including a recommendation of our own!
Did you miss the event with Michael Hastings? Check out this vid from the Essex Reporter.
On February 7th, students at Brown's River Middle School participated in Vermont Writes Day. Students wrote for seven minutes, and had the option to polish that draft and enter it into a contest. Phoenix Books was proud to co-sponsor this event and to serve as an impartial jury in choosing the contest winners. Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to Audrey, Lukas, Flannery, and Hana!
Audrey Pearl (5th grader)
I never really was an avid reader as a small child. Books frightened me with their big black print, and those crisp, white pages that tore so easily. They always had an overwhelming smell, ink and crinkling paper. As I grew older though, my knowledge blossomed like a flower, finally seeing the sun. My history as a reader started as a tiny seed of inspiration, and grew into a beautiful tree, healthy and proud.
Now I love to get lost in a world of my imagination where I can let my soul fly free. Let go of all the terrifying realities of life and soar through page after page of adventure, fantasy, love, and happily ever-afters. The moment I pick up a book, my whole body changes. It starts with a tingling in the center of my heart and spreads all throughout my body, filling me with hope and anticipation!
There in the world of literature, I feel magical, like I could do anything in the whole wide world!!! Books are so powerful. They can make you feel sad, joyful, angry, scared, hopeful, so many emotions pour from those black, black letters and soft white pages.
Books are my life. Without them I would be lost, without a compass, without a light filled with knowledge and grace to guide me through this big, broad world!!!!!!!
Lukas Keating (6th grader)
I remember the first time I read. It was when I was 3 or 4 years old. I had just finished skiing, and I was very tired. We got down to the car, a beat up old blue Toyota and I was just about to sit down when- I noticed a book lying on the floor of the car. I picked it up and my mom said, "Hey Lukas, we have to go." I jumped into the car and, since I had nothing else to do, I read the book. I looked at the pictures and I read the words. By doing a combination of both I managed to successfully read it. I screamed in delight. The words gave me power. I could use them later on. I felt like I had discovered something new, something completely alien to me. The feeling was that of biting in to a sweet chocolate, rich joy and happiness. I felt special because now I could read. I treasured the power of reading forever, because it is the best thing that ever happened to me.
Flannery Abbey (7th grader)
The first thing I remembered was a flash of light, which probably wasn’t a good thing. I rubbed my head, dazed, and tried to push away the aching headache that was pulsing through my brain, muddling each one of my thoughts. There was a flash…the light was yellow? I couldn’t quite remember.
More troubling, though, was the fact that I couldn’t remember my own name. Once it hit me, it was like a cannon had shot the idea off in my brain as I frantically tried to remember my name. It was no use. All I could remember was the flash, which didn’t help me much.
My world was spinning, so I fumbled for something to touch, something to hold on to. I scrambled around, trying to find something, pawing at the air with furious and scared swings. At last my fingers brushed something in the darkness, something hard that was below me. Ah, that’ll be the floor. I thought, and then I was suddenly confused even more, which I wasn’t sure was possible. Frantically I pushed my fingers into the floor, as if I was trying to make them sink through, until the world stopped orbiting around me.
I blinked, and tried to take in my surroundings. I traced the cracks in the floor with my fingers, feeling the dips and where each crack veered off, like a tiny river in the stone. I attempted to stand up, trying to steady my weight. Eventually I let my hands leave the rigid position they were in, clamped to my sides, and began to stubble around. I wobbled a bit as I walked, and even though my eyes were beginning to adjust to the darkness, I could not see much of anything. Eventually I reached what must have been a wall, which I realized in a moment, was also stone. With no visible door, and definitely no windows, I felt trapped, to say the least, if not held hostage against my will.
I sank back to down to the floor, craving its solidarity as I tried to make sense of the strange conundrum that had befallen me. If I could remember the flash, I knew there must be more in my brain, something I just wasn’t reaching. There was some explanation for this, I thought. I paced around, thankful that my eyes had now fully adjusted to the darkness and were penetrating it with sharpness that might have resembled how an owl might see. Somehow, though, in even in the confused state I was in, that didn’t feel right. I carelessly threw the thought aside and further continued racking my brain for anything, anything at all I could remember. I could only remember the flash. Or so I thought.
There was something else there, though, and I could feel it the way wind slips through your fingers. I just had to grab on to it. Squinting and aiming my concentration at the thought that was almost in my grasp, I attempted to mentally grab hold of it. It was like trying to capture smoke, and it almost taunted me. At last I came up with what I believed to be a part of it, knowing that this was no where close to the whole thing, and that I had been outwitted by my own mind, of all things. Oh the irony. A word, a simple word, was all it was. I felt like it was important, but that was it. There was no meaning connected to it, nothing that held a clue to its importance in my past. The word? Changling, and despite remembering a vast majority of other words and their meanings, the meaning of this one eluded me, which was especially frustrating when that was all I had to go on, besides the blinding flash. In other words, I was most likely doomed.
Hana Kallen (8th grader)
My mom is a reader, I swear that’s all she’s ever been, and ever will be. Me, I get lost in books, and just squirm around and can’t find my way out. My mom bought a giant bookshelf before I was born, when she was pregnant with me.”She’s going to be a reader,” my mom said. That bookshelf was filled with books by the time I was a year old. Sitting in my mom’s lap as she’d read to me. My eyes widened with wonder at the words dancing on the page. I learned to recite the alphabet when I was four years old, in preschool. Reading is like a huge glowing red exit sign above my head. It seems to say, leave reality for a while, escape with me. And I follow. Books are indescribable. The experience of it is just amazing. I don’t know where I would be today as a person if my mom didn’t read me three books to me before bed. If only every one had the chance to get lost in the amazing world of books. If only everyone had that glowing red exit sign.
We wanted you to be the first to know: with great excitement, anticipation and a touch of fear, we are delighted to announce that Renee Reiner and Mike DeSanto are opening a second location in downtown Burlington, Vermont. This new store, intended to give back to Burlington, Vermont its own independent, locally-owned frontlist bookstore dedicated to selling new books, should be up and running by May 1st, in a fabulous retail location with approximately 5000 square feet of selling space. The lease was signed for 191 Bank Street about three weeks ago and work has already started renovating the space. The site is a high-visibility location, conveniently next to public parking, across the street from the popular City Market Co-op and easily seen from the Church Street Marketplace. We followed a community-centered financing plan to raise capital and have met 85% of the total goal, with the expectation of meeting or exceeding that financing goal in the next month. All the investment is private.
Between our two stores we will have 8000SF of bookstore space selling lots and lots of wonderful books printed on real paper !
We expect to hire 10-15 booksellers in the next month, with openings in both locations. If you are interested in joining our bookselling family, please download our application.
Owners, Phoenix Books
If you missed our Phoenix Review Holiday 2011 edition, which was featured in the Tuesday, November 22 issue of the Burlington Free Press, be sure to download the PDF version here or stop by the store to pick up a copy! It's chock full of gift ideas for everyone on your holiday list.
Click here to check out Michael in an advertisement for VSECU! The advert is set to start airing this week! You can also find Michael in Seven Days' recent article "Print Versus Pixels," which explores - and questions - the value of e-readers.
"When I buy a book," Michael says, "I'm buying more than the brief life of an electronic image on my screen. I'm buying a lovely flower for my garden." He goes on to say, "Here in Vermont, we don't feel compelled to [carry e-books] yet, with the emphasis on yet. If selling e-books is necessary as part of a product mix for us to stay in business, I would do so. That being said, I don't like 'em."
Essex, Vermont—September 9, 2011 Phoenix Books and Cafe added a new color to its palette with the launch of The Gallery at Phoenix Books. Owner Mike DeSanto says, "The addition of works from artists across Vermont positions us as an art gallery. Works by Vermont painters, photographers, and craftspeople are for sale." The Gallery at Phoenix has joined the Vermont Crafts Council, and will focus is gallery on Vermont artists and artisans. Phoenix is participating in the inaugural Foliage Open Studio Weekend on October 1st and 2nd, sponsored by the council.
Foliage Open Studio Weekend marks the grand opening of the gallery, but only the first step in what DeSanto hopes will be a successful series of art shows: "Over the next year we'll host about six art shows, each with an opening reception and exhibition."
The Gallery builds on Phoenix Books' long-standing relationship with the Essex Art League (EAL) - whose works they've exhibited since the store opened in 2007. "Phoenix Books gave the artists of the EAL an outstanding opportunity,” says Michelle Jackson of the EAL. “We’ve made many sales - and customers have brought home original pieces of artwork to enjoy. Mike is extremely supportive, and it’s wonderful to have a local place to share our art."
Phoenix Books features pottery by Vermont artisans Judith Bryant, Warren Dixon and Lynn Flory. "I've always been very interested in art, and I already own pieces by Judith and Lynn, and a painting by Essex artist Lucia Chu," says DeSanto. "The level of talent and skill is simply amazing in our own community. Vermont artists rival any in New York or Boston."
The Gallery at Phoenix Books is actively considering artists and artisans. Anyone desiring to supply works on a consignment basis should call Mike DeSanto or Colleen Shipman at 872-7111. "I'm interested in seeing some three-dimensional works as well," says DeSanto. The gallery comes highly recommended: “I’m honored to be a part of this independent bookstore,” says Warren Dixon. “They creatively display my work and are extremely helpful with the logistics of selling my pottery."
DeSanto believes the commitment to sell functional and fine art puts Phoenix in a unique position among bookstores: “This is a lot more than hanging paintings by local artists on a wall, as you see in a restaurant. This is about making a commitment to artists to expand their reach into a new community. Phoenix Books stands behind this effort by featuring these local artists in our newsletter, within the store and as part of our overall marketing effort.
"You can see, taste, touch and hold everything we sell here - unlike the virtual stuff online. Having a bookstore, with a cafe offering beer and wine and displaying beautiful works of art...it stimulates all of our senses. I proudly say we're for mindful, thoughtful people - without being elitist or snooty! After all, you need to make a thoughtful choice just to visit our bookstore. I want to invite all art lovers to walk through those doors and see for yourselves how these works enhance and energize the physical space. It is quite transforming."
About Phoenix Books and Café: Phoenix Books was established in 2007 on the principles of social responsibility, community, and sustainability. Phoenix Books is a locally-owned, independent bookstore, gallery, and café, and a proud member of Local First Vermont and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Whenever possible, Phoenix Books sources eco-friendly products from Fair Trade/Green Certified companies. ###
Great literature and well-crafted stories aren't the only arts and crafts you'll find at Phoenix Books and Cafe at the Essex Shoppes and Cinema. The store has, since its inception, housed fine art from members of the Essex Art League. Now, Phoenix is also home to a world-class trio of Vermont potters, namely Judith Bryant, Warren Dixon, and Lynn Flory.
Bryant has lived and created fine porcelain and stoneware pottery in northern Vermont for over 35 years. "I'll always be fascinated by...the alchemy of transforming fluid clay through fire into pottery," says Bryant. Monkton's Warren Dixon adds, "Who doesn't like to play with mud?" He emphasizes the functionality of these works of art, positing that "... hand-made pottery creates an energy with the food that is simply not achievable eating off mass-produced dishes." Native Vermonter Lynn Flory studied with world-renowned potter Otto Heino, and says she moved back to her home state to "be surrounded once again by beauty and to dedicate myself solely to the art of pottery. Since then, miracles have happened."
Work by all three artisans is on display and for sale at Phoenix Books & Cafe. For more information, please call 872-7111.
"As of October, Essex, Vermont, once again has an independent bookstore..." Read more.
"Renee Reiner, owner of Phoenix Books in Essex Junction, remembers being “smitten” with Marty Galvin, her high school English teacher at Walt Whitman High School, in the late ’70s." Read more.
"On a recent Saturday morning, Phoenix Books and Cafe bustled with customers anticipating book readings..." Read more.
Added 4/24/2012: Thank you to all of the wonderful applicants who've expressed their enthusiasm for working at Phoenix Books over the past couple of months! We're no longer seeking applications (though you're always welcome to submit an application and resume for us to keep on file), and we're now moving on to training a fantastic new team of booksellers.
Permanent Part-time Positions Available. Weekends and Evenings A Must.
Phoenix Books is opening a new location in downtown Burlington, and we have a need for Book Sellers at that location. Bookselling experience a plus and retail experience helpful. The primary mission of a bookseller is to provide excellent customer service. In addition, the successful applicant will be comfortable around computers and point-of-sale systems, able to lift and move many boxes weighing 30-40 pounds and able to go up and down 6’ ladders. An interest in and appreciation for books and reading is critical to have.
We offer good pay, generous employee discounts and vacation in an awesome work environment. We seek motivated and energetic employees who possess these characteristics and skills: friendly; resourceful; well spoken; multitasking expert who is a good listener and fast learner; shows good judgment; takes initiative; and is willing to share in seemingly menial, but essential, tasks.
Download our application. Mail completed applications and resume to: BookSeller, Phoenix Books, 21
Essex Way, #407, Essex Junction, VT. 05452 .
Absolutely no phone calls.
Phoenix Books was established in 2007 on the principles of
social responsibility, community, and sustainability.