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Indies First: VT Authors Working for Phoenix Books (Burlington)

Are you making a list and checking it twice? Get in the indie holiday spirit with Vermont authors working for Phoenix Books.  An all-star cast of acclaimed authors are coming to Phoenix to show their support for indie bookstores - and they're ready to solve all your holiday shopping riddles!  Come on in to chat and get expert gift advice from Rusty DeWees, Dr. Arnie Kozak, Dr. Dave Landers, Matthys Levy, Daniel Lusk, Howard Frank Mosher, Angela Patten, Tracey Campbell Pearson, Robert Resnik and James Tabor.

Hundreds of independent bookstores across the country will be hosting local authors this November 30, Small Business Saturday, thanks to a movement called Indies First. Launched by noted author Sherman Alexie, Indies First encourages authors to volunteer at their local store, to give back some of the support that independent bookstores have traditionally given to authors. Indies First also encourages authors—and anybody who wants to sell a book through a website—to make the indie “Buy” button the FIRST among all e-retailer choices on their websites.

Participating authors include:

On Saturday, November 30th

Tracey Campbell Pearson is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including Bob, which Booklist called "a visual treat," and a series of board books including Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, a Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year. She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.  (Saturday, noon-1pm)

 

Robert J. Resnik, author of Legendary Locals of Burlington, is not a native Vermonter (although his mother’s family arrived in Burlington from what is now Belarus in the 1890s), but he has lived in the Burlington area for more than 40 years. In addition to his full time job as a librarian at the Fletcher Free Library (where he has worked since 1990) and his fondness for everything related to the local history of Burlington, Robert also loves music. He plays more than 30 different musical instruments, writes music reviews for local papers, serves as a program consultant for a variety of area concert venues and has also has been the host of “All the Traditions,” a popular folk and world music radio program on Vermont Public Radio, since 1996. Robert is also well-known in northern Vermont as a wild mushroom hunter and a wild chef. (Saturday from noon-2pm)

 

James M. Tabor is the bestselling author of The Deep Zone, Blind Descent, and Forever on the Mountain and is a winner of the O. Henry Award for short fiction. A former Washington, D.C., police officer and a lifelong adventure enthusiast, Tabor has written for Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Outside magazine, where he was a contributing editor. He wrote and hosted the PBS series The Great Outdoors and was co-creator and executive producer of the History Channel’s Journey to the Center of the World. (Saturday, 1-2pm)

 

Howard Frank Mosher is the author of ten novels and two memoirs. He was honored with the New England Independent Booksellers Association's President's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and is the recipient of the Literature Award bestowed by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novel A Stranger in the Kingdom won the New England Book Award for fiction and was later made into a movie, as were his novels Disappearances and Where the Rivers Flow North. (Saturday, 2:30-3:30pm)

 

James Kochalka is the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. He's the author and illustrator of several popular children's book series, including Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher.  Dragon Puncher Island won an Eisner Award in 2012 for Best Publication for Early Readers, but he's also won the Harvey Award and four Ignatz Awards for his books for adults, which include the American Elf series. Kochalka lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two sons. (Saturday, 4-5pm)

 

Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist—Doctorate is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He also teaches at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. He is the author of Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, The Everything Buddhism Book (2nd Edition), and Mindfulness A-Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now (forthcoming Spring 2014). Arnie is dedicated to translating the Buddha’s teachings into readily accessible forms. When he’s not writing, teaching or doing psychotherapy, he’s riding his Harley in summer and the frozen slopes of Northern Vermont on his snowboard in winter.  (Saturday, 5pm)

 

On Sunday, December 1st:

Dave Landers, author of I Wish He'd Taught Me How to Shave, received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Alma College in Michigan and first taught English in Pontiac, Michigan. He then worked as a high school guidance counselor (during the time when the KKK blew up school buses in Pontiac) while achieving an MA in Guidance and Counseling at Michigan State University. Landers continued working full-time in Pontiac while pursuing a Ph.D. at Wayne State University in Detroit. Saint Michael’s College hired him as a Career Development Counselor and seven weeks later he was promoted to the Director of the Student Resource Center, which provided all of the career and personal counseling to the College.  He has been teaching Men and Masculinities at Saint Michael’s College for several years and his fully enrolled classes have a two-year waiting list.(Sunday, 1-2pm)

Matthys Levy is a civil engineer and the inventor of the Tenstar Dome, which is used to cover athletic venues around the world. He is the coauthor of several books including Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis; Engineering the City; and Why the Wind Blows. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.  (Sunday, 2-3pm)

 

 

Daniel Lusk is the author of Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain, Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems, and other books. Winner of a Pablo Neruda Prize for poetry from Nimrod International Journal, his poems have appeared in Poetry, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, North American Review, and many other journals. A Senior Lecturer of English Emeritus at the University of Vermont, he lives near the lake with his wife, poet and teacher Angela Patten. (Sunday, 2-3pm)

 

Angela Patten is author of High Tea at a Low Table: Stories from an Irish Childhood, as well as two poetry collections, Reliquaries and Still Listening, both from Salmon Poetry, Ireland. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals including The Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry Ireland Review; and in anthologies including Cudovista Usta (Marvellous Mouth) Slovenia, and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she teaches poetry and creative writing at the University of Vermont. (Sunday, 2-3pm)

 

Rusty DeWees grew up in Stowe, Vermont. He has worked as a paper boy, gas jockey, landscaper, logger, concrete worker, school bus driver, basketball coach, and musician. He spent four years racing stock cars and, for a half-dozen years, he was assistant to the late William J. Doyle of the Doyle New York auction house. He works in radio and TV, and has appeared in more than twenty-five motion pictures. He created and self-produces a one-man comedy show, The Logger, which tours New England and has spawned DVDs, CDs, and calendars. Rusty DeWees lives in Elmore, Vermont.  Click here for a schedule of The Logger's upcoming events. (Sunday, 3pm-close)

 

 

 

A sampling of titles by these authors:

Scrawlins Too (Hardcover)
by Rusty DeWees
$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780615475165
Availability: Call 448-3350 (Burlington) or 872-7111 (Essex) to reserve a copy!
Published: 8/2011

 

 

 

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Elephant's Story: A Picture Book Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374399139
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 22nd, 2013

Legendary Locals of Burlington, Vermont Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467100663
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Legendary Locals - July 15th, 2013

Frozen Solid: A Novel Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780345530639
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Ballantine Books - March 26th, 2013

The Great Northern Express: A Writer's Journey Home Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307450708
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Broadway Books - March 5th, 2013

The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge: Maximize the Advantages of Being an Introvert - At Home and At Work (Everything®) Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781440568169
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Everything - November 5th, 2013

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I Wish He'd Taught Me How to Shave Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781935922261
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Wind Ridge Books - July 1st, 2013

Why Buildings Fall Down: Why Structures Fail Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393311525
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2002

Kin Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935922278
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Wind Ridge Books - July 26th, 2013

High Tea at a Low Table, Stories from an Irish Childhood Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935922285
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Wind Ridge Books - July 19th, 2013

"We Do! American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality" Launch & Panel Discussion Featuring Madeleine M. Kunin (Burlington)

Remember when gay marriage was the easiest way to inflame an otherwise mild electorate? Join Governor Madeleine M. Kunin, Professor Ellen Andersen, Professor Mary Burke, and Susan M. Murray for a discussion of the encouraging story of American acceptance of gay marriage and the roles that politicians—gay and straight—have played in that history.  This is the Vermont launch event for We Do! American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality, edited by Madeleine M. Kunin.

 

PANEL MEMBERS:
Governor Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont, and served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. She is the author of three books: Living a Political Life; Pearls, Politics and Power; and The New Feminist Agenda. Currently a Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont, she is a commentator on Vermont Public Radio and a blogger for the Huffington Post. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Ellen Andersen, University of Vermont Associate Professor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Political Science, specializes in American politics and public law. She is particularly interested in how individuals and social movements try to use the law to effect social change, a subject she has explored from several perspectives. Her book, Out of the Closets and into the Courts: Legal Opportunity Structure and Gay Rights Litigation (University of Michigan Press, 2005; updated in 2006), explores the promise and limits of legal mobilization as a tactic for advancing gay rights claims. One of her current research projects focuses on the politics of same sex marriage. Another looks at the multi-movement activism. She has also penned a series of articles on AIDS activism. Her work has appeared in a variety of professional journals, including the American Journal of Political Science and the American Sociological Review (forthcoming). Professor Andersen is currently the president of the Sexuality & Politics section of the American Political Science Association. She has a 20-year history of activism on issues relating to sex and sexuality.

Mary Burke's primary areas of specialization are in gender, sexualities, and social movements, with an emphasis on LGBTQ social movements and queer politics.  She has conducted research on mainstream and alternative press coverage of the same-sex marriage debate, focusing especially on the place of feminist and queer critiques of the institution of marriage within the debate.  She has also conducted ethnographic research with a LGBT marriage equality group, examining the relationship between professionalization and emotions in social movements.  She continues to examine gender, sexualities, and social movements, while at the same time shifting to a focus on sociological studies of medicine and health. Burke received her B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology from Western Connecticut State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, from the University of Connecticut. Before coming to UVM, where she currently holds the position of Lecturer in the Sociology Department and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program, she worked as an instructor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut.

 

MODERATOR:
Susan Murray is a partner at Langrock, Sperry & Wool in Burlington, Vermont. She concentrates in estate planning, complex financial divorces, and issues involving same-sex couples (including dissolutions, adoptions, surrogacy/donor contracts, and planning for death and disability).  She is trained in Collaborative Law, and frequently acts as a mediator in family cases.  Susan has been involved in a number of leading Vermont cases, including the "same sex marriage" case, Baker v. Vermont.  She was instrumental in lobbying for passage of both Vermont's civil union law and its marriage equality law.  She has twice been named Vermont's Family Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. Susan graduated from Smith College and NYU School of Law.

 

This event is cosponsored by Outright Vermont. The mission of Outright Vermont is to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth (ages 13-22).

 

We Do!: American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617751875
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Akashic Books - October 15th, 2013

This movement, like all civil rights movements, began with individuals
telling the truth about who they are
to a world that doesn’t accept them. It ends with an entire generation
of young people who reject blatant civil rights discrimination.
From Supervisor Harvey Milk articulating in 1978 why gay people in all
fields must be out and visible (“For invisible, we remain
in limbo—a myth, a person with no parents, no brothers, no sisters, no
friends who are straight, no important positions in employment”);
to Governor Andrew Cuomo blinking back tears as he discusses his pride
in making gay marriage a reality in New York in
2011; to President Obama’s unprecedented support; and the courage of
many other American politicians—Kunin's new book, We Do!, coedited with Jennifer Baumgardner, triumphantly
chronicles this recent chapter of our history.

“We Do! is a powerful look at the long battle for marriage equality in America. As Vermont’s
governor, Madeleine Kunin was a leader on gay rights years before it was fashionable and years
before our state became the first in the country to allow civil unions and, later, gay marriage
without a court order. The struggle for gay rights in Vermont was very difficult, divisive, and
acrimonious. If you talk to young people today about gay rights or gay marriage, they ask, What
was the big deal? Madeleine and Jennifer Baumgardner remind us what a big deal it was and how
important it is.”—United States Senator Bernie Sanders


Saturday Story Time at Phoenix Books Burlington

Listen to and enjoy stories with your little ones! 

Curious about what title(s) we'll be reading? Keep an eye out for a posting on our Facebook page a few days before the event for all of the details.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Turkey for Thanksgiving Cover Image
By Eve Bunting, Diane de Groat (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780395742129
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Clarion Books - September 18th, 1995

This Saturday we'll read A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting and Diane de Groat, and make turkey place mats.


Saturday Story Time at Phoenix Books Burlington

Listen to and enjoy stories with your little ones! 

Curious about what title(s) we'll be reading? Keep an eye out for a posting on our Facebook page a few days before the event for all of the details.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Silver Button Cover Image
By Bob Graham, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763664374
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Candlewick - October 8th, 2013

This Saturday we'll read The Silver Button by Bob Graham and doodle on ducks!


Saturday Story Time at Phoenix Books Burlington

Listen to and enjoy stories with your little ones! 

Curious about what title(s) we'll be reading? Keep an eye out for a posting on our Facebook page a few days before the event for all of the details.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316200639
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2013

This Saturday we'll read Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, and construct tiger puppets!


Saturday Story Time at Phoenix Books Burlington

Listen to and enjoy stories with your little ones! 

Curious about what title(s) we'll be reading? Keep an eye out for a posting on our Facebook page a few days before the event for all of the details.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Invisible Boy Cover Image
By Trudy Ludwig, Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781582464503
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2013

This Saturday we'll read Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig & Patrice Barton, and create our own comics.


"If Only You People Could Follow Directions" Book Launch with Jessica Hendry Nelson (Burlington)

Join us in welcoming Colchester's own Jessica Hendry Nelson for the launch event for her new memoir If Only You People Could Follow Directions.

“[Nelson] writes in stark, harrowing detail about the devastation alcohol and drugs have inflicted on her family over the years. Although her family’s struggle to break out of the pattern of addiction and enabling is not an easy one, as Nelson strives to find balance and peace, she manages to offer hope that survival is possible.” —Publishers Weekly

About the book: In linked autobiographical essays, Nelson has reimagined the memoir with her thoroughly original voice, fearless writing, and hypnotic storytelling. At its center, the book is the story of three people: Nelson's mother Susan, her brother Eric, and Jessica herself. These three characters are deeply bound to one another, not just by the usual ties of blood and family, but also by a mother's drive to keep her children safe in the midst of chaos. The book begins with Nelson's childhood in the suburbs of Philadelphia and chronicles her father's addiction and death, her brother's battle with drugs and mental illness, her own efforts to find and maintain stability, and her mother's exquisite power, grief, and self-destruction in the face of such a complicated family dynamic. Each chapter in the book contends with a different relationship--friends, lovers, and strangers are all play--but at its heart the book is about family, the ties that bind and enrich and betray us, and how one young woman sought to survive and rise above her surroundings.

Jessica Hendry Nelson earned a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Alligator Juniper, Fringe, and PANK. A chapter from this book, "The Whitest Winter Light," is a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2012. Currently Nelson is the senior nonfiction editor of The Fiddleback, a literary journal, and lives in Colchester, Vermont.

If Only You People Could Follow Directions: A Memoir Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781619022331
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - December 31st, 2013

Eat Local Week: Cooking Close to Home Book Talk (Burlington)

Diane Imrie’s and Richard Jarmusz’s collaborative book, Cooking Close to Home,
has become a well-worn guide for home cooks seeking seasonal recipe
advice. Their book was recently re-released in paperback through local
publisher, Chelsea Green. Meet the authors at Phoenix Books, get answers
to your questions about eating from the Vermont foodshed, and sample
two delicious recipes cooked up by the authors. FREE!

Door Prizes: We will have two copies of Cooking Close to Home to give away courtesy of Chelsea Green!

Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781603585194
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - September 15th, 2013

Tracey Campbell Pearson: Elephant's Story (Burlington)

Join Tracey Campbell Pearson for an Elephant's Story story time with enormously enjoyable elephant-themed activities!

About Elephant's Story: The day Gracie loses her favorite book, Elephant finds it. He sniffs the words ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS and--oops--they go up his trunk, where they wiggle and jiggle and make him sneeze. The letters fly through the air helter skelter, and when Elephant tries to put them back together, he can't figure out how to make the right words that fit. He asks his friends for help, but they just choose some of the letters to make up their own words--Alligator wants to CHEW them, Seal SPINs them, Monkeys THROW them, and Bear just SNOREs. Lucky for elephant, Gracie comes looking for her book. She makes the letters into the right words and then adds some of her own: a girl went to the zoo and made a new friend.

Tracey Campbell Pearson is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including Bob, which Booklist called "a visual treat," and a series of board books including Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, a Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year. She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.

Visit her at traceycampbellpearson.com.

 

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Elephant's Story: A Picture Book Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374399139
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 22nd, 2013

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