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These events all took place in our Burlington store.

Shadows Walking: Douglas Skopp (Burlington)

Join us in welcoming Douglas R. Skopp to Burlington for a reading and discussion of his novel Shadows Walking, the story of a doctor in Nazi Germany who attempts to fathom the unfathomable.

About the Book: Johann Brenner, an idealistic physician and ardent German nationalist, has joined the Nazi Party and willingly participated in its “crimes against humanity.” His Jewish boyhood friend, Philipp Stein, has also become a doctor. Their lives inevitably intersect until their last, fateful meeting at Auschwitz. After the war, Brenner, now with stolen papers and a new name, becomes a janitor in the courthouse where the Nuremberg Trials are being held. Hoping to “heal himself” and begin a new life with his estranged wife, he decides that he must write her a letter telling what he has done—and why.

A SUNY Distinguished University Teaching Professor emeritus, Douglas R. Skopp taught aspects of modern German history, including the World Wars and the Holocaust, during his career at SUNY Plattsburgh. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1963, earned a Master’s Degree in Medieval Studies from Connecticut College in 1964, and a Ph.D. in History from Brown University in 1972. During 1985-1986, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar/Teacher, serving as a guest professor at the Leibniz Universitӓt in Hannover, Germany, and conducting archival research in major German and British archives that forms the base of his research for Shadows Walking.

Star Wars Reads Day Returns! (Burlington)

Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day and master the art of reading! We'll have the latest Star Wars books (for everyone from kids to adults), costumed character appearances by 501st Legion members, Star Wars-themed crafts, and more! Costumes welcome.

The 501st Legion is a world-wide costuming organization dedicated to the 'Bad Guys' (they quibble on that term) of the franchise. They also work closely with their sister organization, the Rebel Legion. While they focus on movie-quality costumes, they work to give back to the communities in which they live. Learn more here.

The local branch of the 501st Legion attended Free Comic Book Day on Church Street with Earth Prime Comics, and trooped at the Brownell Library to support their Star Wars Club, as well as at the Derby Line Community Day. They're actively seeking recruits.  Anyone interested in joining the dark side?

Star Wars Reads Day is a national event that celebrates reading and Star Wars. It was created by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners--Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK Publishing, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines and Workman.  The first Star Wars Reads Day took place in October of 2012.  Here are a couple of photos from our 2012 SWRD event:

My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize with Jody Williams (Burlington)

Join us in welcoming Nobel Laureate Jody Williams to Burlington! Jody Williams, who received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work to ban landmines, is founding chair of the Nobel Women's Initiative, launched in January 2006.  Her new memoir is entitled My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize.

About the book: From her modest beginnings to becoming the tenth woman--and third American woman--to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Jody Williams takes the reader through the ups and downs of her tumultuous and remarkable life. In a voice that is at once candid, straightforward, and intimate, Williams describes her Catholic roots, her first step on a long road to standing up to bullies with the defense of her deaf brother Stephen, her transformation from good girl to college hippie at the University of Vermont, and her protest of the war in Vietnam. She relates how, in 1981, she began her lifelong dedication to global activism as she battled to stop the U.S.-backed war in El Salvador.

Throughout the memoir, Williams underlines her belief that an "average woman"--through perseverance, courage and imagination--can make something extraordinary happen. She tells how, when asked if she'd start a campaign to ban and clear anti-personnel mines, she took up the challenge, and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) was born. Her engrossing account of the genesis and evolution of the campaign, culminating in 1997 with the Nobel Peace Prize, vividly demonstrates how one woman's commitment to freedom, self-determination, and human rights can have a profound impact on people all over the globe.

Jody Williams is the recipient of fifteen honorary degrees, and in 2004 Forbes magazine named her one of the hundred most powerful women in the world in its first such list. Since 1998 she has served as a Campaign Ambassador for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which she helped found in 1992. Williams holds the Sam and Cele Keeper Endowed Professorship in Peace and Social Justice at the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. In 2012-13, she became the inaugural Jane Addams Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Social Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize (California Series in Public Anthropology #25) Cover Image
By Jody Williams, Eve Ensler (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780520270251
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Published: University of California Press - March 12th, 2013

Find Waldo in Burlington & Essex Grand Celebration (Burlington)

Join us for this Grand Celebration to celebrate Find Waldo in Burlington & Essex! Attendees will get to enjoy sweet treats, participate in Waldo-themed activities, and even meet Waldo and Wenda!

Where's Waldo? In Burlington and Essex, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting over thirty different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more. From City Market to the Fletcher Free Library, from Outdoor Gear Exchange to Global Pathways, Waldo figures will be well hidden in downtown Burlington business establishments, as well as in businesses in and around Essex Shoppes & Cinema in Essex, Vermont. Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.  Learn more about how you can participate!

Phoenix Books Burlington Reading Group

Join us for the next meeting of the Phoenix Books Burlington Reading Group! We'll discuss The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison.

Register for the reading group in person at Phoenix Books Burlington and
get 15% off the current book club pick! (Drop-ins are welcome too, so
don't be shy!)

*Some exclusions apply.

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616203153
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 7th, 2013

Jonathan Evison has crafted a novel of the heart, a novel of unlikely heroes traveling through a grand American landscape, and most of all, a story that offers a profound look into what it takes to truly care for another person. Bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty, this bighearted and inspired novel ponders life’s terrible surprises as well as its immeasurable rewards.


Find Waldo in Burlington and Essex!

Where's Waldo? In Burlington and Essex, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting over thirty different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more. From City Market to the Fletcher Free Library, from Outdoor Gear Exchange to Global Pathways, Waldo figures will be well hidden in downtown Burlington business establishments, as well as in businesses in and around Essex Shoppes & Cinema in Essex, Vermont. Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Burlington and Essex!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Phoenix Books Burlington or Phoenix Books Essex to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to entry in a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. (Must be present to win.)

Here's the complete list of businesses taking part!

Want to see how easy and fun it can be to collect your stamps and signatures? Explore this map. You can zoom in on Burlington or Essex.


View Find Waldo in Burlington & Essex 2013! in a larger map

Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 58 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into eighteen languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 265 independent bookstores all across the country, including Phoenix Books Burlington here in downtown Burlington and Phoenix Books Essex in Essex Shoppes & Cinema, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Burlington, call Phoenix Books Burlington at 802-448-3350 or Phoenix Books Essex at 802-872-7111.

Where's Waldo? The Search for the Lost Things Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763658328
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Published: Candlewick - February 14th, 2012

Where's Waldo? The Incredible Paper Chase Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763647254
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Published: Candlewick - February 8th, 2011

Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763635008
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2007

Archer Mayor - Three Can Keep a Secret: A Joe Gunther Novel (Burlington)

Phoenix Books is proud to present Archer Mayor, who will read from and discuss his newest Joe Gunther Novel, Three Can Keep a Secret!  (Three Can Keep a Secret will be on our shelves in October of 2013.)

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed, Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.” He is also a past winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction—the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored. In 2011, Mayor’s 22nd Joe Gunther novel, Tag Man, earned a place on the New York Times bestseller list for hardback fiction.

Before turning his hand to fiction, Mayor wrote history books, the most notable of which concerned the lumber and oil business in Louisiana from the 1870s to the 1970s. This book was published by the University of Georgia Press and very well received. Prior that, Mayor—who was brought up in the US, Canada and France—was variously employed as a scholarly editor, a researcher for TIME-LIFE Books, a political advance-man, a theater photographer, a newspaper writer/editor, a lab technician for Paris-Match Magazine in Paris, France, and a medical illustrator. In addition to writing novels and occasional articles, Mayor gives talks and workshops all around the country, including the Bread Loaf Young Writers conference in Middlebury, Vermont, and the Colby College seminar on forensic sciences in Waterville, Maine. He is also a death investigator for Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner, a deputy for the Windham County Sheriff’s Department, and has 25 years experience as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.

Mayor’s critically-acclaimed series of police novels features Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, Vermont police department. The books, which have been appearing about once a year since 1988, have been published in five languages (if you count British,) and routinely gather high praise from such sources as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, and many others, often appearing on their “ten best” yearly lists.

Whereas many writers base their books on only interviews and scholarly research, Mayor’s novels are based on actual experience in the field. The result adds a depth, detail and veracity to his characters and their tribulations that has led the New York Times to call him “the boss man on procedures.”

Three Can Keep a Secret: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Series #24) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250026132
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Minotaur Books - October 1st, 2013

The New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series returns with a complex case involving two corpses, one escaped mental patient, and a long-held secret that binds them together.

"Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead." --Ben Franklin

Joe Gunther and his team--the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI)--are usually called in on major cases by local Vermont enforcement whenever they need expertise and back-up. But after the state is devastated by Hurricane Irene, the police from one end of the state are taxed to their limits, leaving Joe Gunther involved in an odd, seemingly unrelated series of cases. In the wake of the hurricane, a seventeen year old gravesite is exposed, revealing a coffin that had been filled with rocks instead of the expected remains.

At the same time, an old, retired state politician turns up dead at his high-end nursing home, in circumstances that leave investigators unsure that he wasn't murdered. And a patient who calls herself The Governor has walked away from a state mental facility during the post-hurricane flood. It turns out that she was indeed once "Governor for a Day," over forty years ago, but that she might have also been falsely committed and drugged to keep her from revealing something that she saw all those years ago. Amidst the turmoil and the disaster relief, it's up to Joe Gunther and his team to learn what really happened with the two corpses--one missing--and what secret "The Governor" might have still locked in her brain that links them all.


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! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snippet the Early Riser Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582464602
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2013

This Saturday we'll enjoy Snippet the Early Riser by Bethanie Murguia and make leaf sculptures.


Meet Llama Llama at Saturday Story Time at Phoenix Books Burlington!

Join us for this very special Saturday Story Time!  We'll read Llama Llama and the Bully Goat and have a special visit from llama Llama himself!

Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn't sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him--walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again? Taking on a difficult but important part of children's lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way.

See you there!

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670013951
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 6th, 2013

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! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Octopus Alone Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670785155
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2013

This Saturday we'll read Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan and make pet octopi!


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