Past Events

  • Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 pm

    Join Cricket Cooper to celebrate the launch of her new book, Chemo Pilgrim: An 18-Week Journey of Healing and Holiness.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  What if you reframed a cancer diagnosis as an invitation to enjoy your life more intensely than ever before? What if chemotherapy were a time to broaden your mind and expand your heart, making deeper connections with family and friends and new connections with everyone else you encountered? Chemo Pilgrim recounts such a journey, as the author balances each round of chemotherapy with a trip to a different monastery or holy site...

  • Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 pm

    Join Eli Clare to celebrate the launch of Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Drawing on memoir, history, and theory, Eli Clare complicates the understanding of cure, seeing it as an ideology that serves contradictory purposes—from saving lives to social control—while critiquing cure rhetoric and the drive to cure disabled people through an insistence of the value of disability.

    In Brilliant Imperfection Eli Clare uses memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many...

  • Saturday, February 11 at 11:00 am

    Enjoy your Saturday morning with a reading of the children’s book Round is a Tortilla, by Roseanne Thong. Snacks and a healthy food activity will also be provided! This event is presented in partnership with City Market.


    DATE:  Saturday, February 11th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street, Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Free & open to all ages.

  • Thursday, February 09 at 6:30 pm

    Get ready for Valentine's Day with herbalist Stephanie Tourles!  Stephanie will show us how to put together a couple of the recipes from her new book, Making Love Potions, and will also bring samples for attendees to try.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: An enticing and exciting collection of 64 easy recipes for herbal aphrodisiacs to eat, drink, and apply to the body from best-selling author Stephanie L. Tourles. Includes sensual body balms and oils as well as elixirs, cordials, teas, herbal tonics, and sweets.
    Herbs are hot! And in Making Love Potions, best-selling author Stephanie...

  • Thursday, February 02 at 6:30 pm

    Join Grace Gershuny, author of Organic Revolutionary, for a talk on organic farming for the planet.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  This story records and reflects on the history of the organic movement from its roots in indigenous practices to the back-to-the-land movement of the late 60s and 70s, and its codification in law through the USDA’s National Organic Program. The book also examines the current state of...

  • Thursday, February 02 at 6:00 pm

    February 2nd will see the third annual Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world and the 2nd annual celebration here at Phoenix Books Essex, we’re getting ready to host an unforgettable night themed around The Professors of Hogwarts. The fun kicks off at 6pm.

    On Harry Potter Book Night, we’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Here at Phoenix, young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an evening of games, activities, readings...

  • Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 pm

    Join us for New Voices 2017!  This event will take place offsite at the First Universalist Church, Stone Village, Chester.  Tickets ($10) will be available at the bookstore prior to the event.


    Dan Cluchey is a native of Portland, Maine, and a former Obama Administration speechwriter and advisor. During his time in Washington, he wrote hundreds of speeches and op-eds on behalf of senior leaders throughout the Administration, on topics ranging from healthcare reform to international trade. A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, he...

  • Saturday, January 28 at 11:00 am

    Calling all kids!  Join us for our weekly Whole Book Approach Storytime at Phoenix Books Essex!

    The “Whole Book Approach” is a storytime model that explores the ways that words, pictures, and book design work together to tell a complete story. It was developed by children’s literature scholar and author Megan Dowd Lambert in conjunction with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Lambert’s book Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See is available at all Phoenix Books locations. The concept of “Whole Book Approach” was sparked by a study of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a collaborative effort of psychologists and art museum docents. The adult leads the children in...

  • Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 pm

    Join Katherine Arden for a book talk on her debut novel!  In The Bear and the Nightingale, inspired by Russian fairy tales, a young woman's family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya...

  • Monday, January 23 at 6:30 pm

    Join Steve Early, author of Refinery Town, to discover how a working-class company town harnessed the power of local politics to reclaim their community. The author will be introduced by former Burlington city council member Phil Fiermonte, State Director, Office of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

    Curious? Read the interview with Steve Early on Moyers & Company.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Home to one of the largest oil refineries in the state, Richmond, California...