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These events all took place in our Burlington store.

Building a Sustainable Future: Think Global, Start Local with the Authors of Greening Vermont and Rebuilding the Foodshed (Burlington)

What does sustainability look like? How can we - as individuals, as communities, and as a state - be resilient enough to endure potentially rough times ahead?  On the one hand, predictions about environmental catastrophe grow ever more dire - but on the other, we can shift our economic, agricultural, and energy resources in order to live affordably, sustainably, and healthily.  Join us for a special Earth Day week event with Elizabeth Courtney and Philip Ackerman-Leist to learn how!

Elizabeth Courtney, a Harvard Loeb fellow, is Director of the Legacy Project at the Vermont Natural Resources Council, where she served as director for fourteen years.  She is a landscape architect by training.  Elizabeth served for a decade on the Act 250 appellate review body, the Vermont Environmental Board, where she ruled on numerous cases that helped shape the future of the Vermont landscape.  Her expertise in and first-hand experience of Vermont’s conservation movement is second to none.

Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of Rebuilding the Foodshed and Up Tunket Road, is a professor at Green Mountain College, where he established the college’s farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum and is director of the Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project. He also founded and directs the college’s Masters in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS), the nation’s first online graduate program in food systems, featuring applied comparative research of students’ home bioregions. He and his wife, Erin, farmed in the South Tirol region of the Alps and North Carolina before beginning their sixteen-year homesteading and farming venture in Pawlet, Vermont. With more than two decades of “field experience” working on farms, in the classroom, and with regional food systems collaborators, Philip’s work is focused on examining and reshaping local and regional food systems from the ground up.

Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780970551153
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Published: Vermont Natural Resources Council/Thistle Hil - November 20th, 2012

Whatever you call it – climate change, global warming  --  weather
abnormalities over the past several years reveal that we can no longer
accurately predict weather by studying historical patterns.  Nor can we
continue to delude ourselves into thinking that the planet’s resources
are infinite.  They are finite, and if we don’t act to establish a
sustainable relationship between humans and nature, these resources will
run out sooner rather than later.

Greening Vermont:  In Search of a Sustainable State (Vermont
Natural Resources Council, Thistle Hill Publications) looks back over
five decades of Vermont’s environmental activism in order to move us all
forward into ecological sustainability.  This book is a story about
people, politics, money and the environment.  As Tom Slayton tells us in
his Forward:  “It is a tale of environmental victories, defeats and,
perhaps most significantly, collaborations and compromises that have put
Vermont at the forefront of the environmental movement”.

Greening Vermont is a call to action.   Authors Elizabeth
Courtney and Eric Zencey advise:  “Our ecosystems are out of balance,
and if we don’t address this issue now, there is no certain sustainable
future.”  Our states are all currently unsustainable.  We must fit our
economic life into its proper ecological and social context, so
Vermonters and the rest of us can enjoy a healthy environment.  Greening Vermont
illustrates what sustainability will look like and how we can shift our
economic and energy resources to achieve that desired state.

The book includes fascinating in depth interviews with Vermont movers
and shakers from over the years, as well as stunning illustrations of
the Vermont countryside.

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Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems (Community Resilience Guides) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603584234
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - January 31st, 2013

Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our
broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they
are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to
home--and they are crying out for agricultural reform. All this has made
"local food" into everything from a movement buzzword to the newest
darling of food trendsters.But now it's time to take the conversation to
the next level. That's exactly what Philip Ackerman-Leist does in
"Rebuilding the Foodshed," in which he refocuses the local-food lens on
the broad issue of rebuilding regional food systems that can replace the
destructive aspects of industrial agriculture, meet food demands
affordably and sustainably, and be resilient enough to endure
potentially rough times ahead.Changing our foodscapes raises a host of
questions. How far away is local? How do you decide the size and
geography of a regional foodshed? How do you tackle tough issues that
plague food systems large and small--issues like inefficient
transportation, high energy demands, and rampant food waste? How do you
grow what you need with minimum environmental impact? And how do you
create a foodshed that's resilient enough if fuel grows scarce, weather
gets more severe, and traditional supply chains are hampered?Showcasing
some of the most promising, replicable models for growing, processing,
and distributing sustainably grown food, this book points the reader
toward the next stages of the food revolution. It also covers the full
landscape of the burgeoning local-food movement, from rural to suburban
to urban, and from backyard gardens to large-scale food enterprises.

Armchair Travel: Beat the Winter Blues with the Authors of Walking Distance and Seeing the Songs (Burlington)

Join us for Armchair Travel: Beat the Winter Blues with the Authors of Walking Distance and Seeing the Songs, a special event with Robert Manning, Martha Manning, and Gary Margolis.

Robert Manning is a professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont where he teaches and conducts a program of research on national parks and related areas.

Martha Manning has a degree in art from the University of Vermont and practices at her studio in Burlington, Vermont. Over the past decade, they have walked many of world’s great long-distance trails.

Gary Margolis Ph.D is Executive Director of College Mental Health Services Emeritus and Associate Professor of English and American Literatures at Middlebury College. His third book, Fire in the Orchard was nominated for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.



Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780870716836
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Published: Oregon State University Press - December 15th, 2012

In Walking Distance, Robert and Martha Manning invite readers to explore the joy of walking. Their book explains why, how, and where to walk and features first-hand descriptions of thirty of the world’s great long-distance trails, ranging from inn-to-inn walks to backpacking treks. Each entry—Turkey’s Lycian Way to Vermont’s Long Trail—includesnatural and cultural history, personal anecdotes, and practical tips.Every trail description is richly illustrated with color photographs and maps.

“A book to read in the dead of winter so you'll be longing for spring.”
BILL MCKIBBEN,Wandering Home

“Follow in the footsteps of John Muir and develop your insights into nature
and human nature; let Walking Distance be your guide.”
ALISON CHIN, President, Sierra Club

Seeing the Songs: A Poet's Journey to the Shamans in Ecuador Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781927043318
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Published: Libri Publishing - June 1st, 2012

Award-winning poet and psychologist, Gary Margolis, takes us into
two hearts of Ecuador—the High Andes and Rainforest. There, he and
his small group of writers, counselors, and business men and women
encounter the practice and wisdom of the shamans, the curanderos.
There, they see the trees that have been taken, the Indians whose songs
remain. Step by step, mile by mile, they find their way up and over the
Andes, across the stone-sung Amazon rivers and further into the jungle,
to find a love they had forgotten, a world with which they could return.

Gary Margolis writes important poems about important subjects, which he understands
in emotional and intellectual depth, as Seeing the Songs, this fine book, now
demonstrates in his lyrical prose.
—Bill McKibben

Seeing the Songs IS being there. When you enter this incredible book, you enter a
world where dreams and reality weave each other and “fact becomes poetry, poetry
becomes fact.” A brilliant book!!
—John Perkins
Author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman

Dealing in Darkness: The Writing and Publishing Lives of Two Suspense Novelists (Burlington)

Join us for Dealing in Darkness: The Writing and Publishing Lives of Two Suspense Novelists, a special event with Jenny Milchman and Jennifer McMahon.

Jenny Milchman is a suspense writer from NJ whose debut novel, Cover of Snow, was just released from Ballantine. Jenny's short work has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Adirondack Mysteries II, and other publications.



Jennifer McMahon is the New York Times Bestselling author of Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell.  Her latest book is The One I Left Behind.  She lives in Montpelier, Vermont with her family. 



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ISBN: 9780345534217
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 2013

“Everything a great suspense novel should be—tense, emotional, mysterious and satisfying. Let’s hope this is the start of a long career.”
–Lee Child

“COVER OF SNOW is a luge ride of action and atmosphere, a terrifically suspenseful read. A suicide in a creepy town, clogged with snow and secrets, starts a young widow on a perilous hunt. Soon we’re careening along with her as she chases clues and as the full horror of what really happened to her husband is revealed. Reading COVER OF SNOW feels like racing across a frozen lake. Heart-pounding, exhilarating, frightening.”
–Louise Penny

The One I Left Behind: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062122551
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2013

"Another chilling novel from McMahon, this suspense will keep you reading until well past lights out. The characters are complex, the layers deep, the mystery terrifying. Don't miss this novel!" --Rachel F., Phoenix Books

“[A] haunting work of literary suspense… grippingly plotted.” –Publishers Weekly, *starred review

“McMahon scores a solid touchdown in this creepy but engrossing thriller. Readers will find themselves unable to turn the pages fast enough in this perfectly penned thriller.” –Kirkus, *starred review

“A chilling story that keeps the suspense on high throughout… There is never a point where it’s comfortable to put this book down; each chapter will have you wanting more… This is a book that is sure to be on top of many people’s lists.” –Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars top pick

Celtic Music with Full Circle (Burlington)

Phoenix Books Burlington will celebrate the luck o' the Irish with an afternoon of Irish songs and dances - some lively, some soulful, all delightful. Wear a bit of green and come join us!

Full Circle is a group of five women who play a mixture of medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, folk, and holiday music on recorders, tin whistle, harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, percussion and voices. Their recordings will be offered for sale.

Read Across America Day (Saturday Story Time at Phoenix Books Burlington)

March 2nd is Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Join us to celebrate with a story time featuring the 75 year old Seuss favorite The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.





The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394844848
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 9th, 1989

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 Easter Egg Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399252389
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 9th, 2010

We'll read Jan Brett's The Easter Egg and make "stained glass" Easter eggs!

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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ISBN: 9780399208539
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Published: World of Eric Carle - October 15th, 1981

We'll read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and have a fun activity!

A Very Busy Sticker Book (The World of Eric Carle) Cover Image
By Golden Books, Golden Books (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780307930217
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Golden Books - January 10th, 2012

Looking for a fun activity for the meantime?  How about this Eric Carle sticker book?

From the very hungry caterpillar to the big brown bear and many more, the World of Eric Carle brings all of the beloved illustrator's creations together. Boys and girls ages 3-7 will have hours of fun adding their own colorful and creative touches to the art of Eric Carle in this deluxe coloring book that features more than 300 stickers!

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!









I Want My Hat Back Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2011

We'll read I Want My Hat Back and have a paper bag hat craft!

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!









Apple Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419703782
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 1st, 2012

We'll read Apple by Nikki McClure, a simple, beautifully illustrated story for the coming spring, and we'll have an apple tree craft.

Phoenix Books Burlington Reading Group

Join us for the first meeting of the Phoenix Books Burlington Reading Group!  We'll discuss Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman.  "Bergman's first collection of stories is utterly fantastic," says Billy. "She has a voice of shocking power; her writing captures in the same moment the beauty and brutality of nature."  Register for the reading group in person at Phoenix Books Burlington and get 15% off this title!  (Drop-ins are welcome too, so don't be shy!)

*Through 2/26/13 only. Some exclusions apply.

Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451643367
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Published: Scribner - November 6th, 2012

Exploring the way our choices and
relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world,
Megan Mayhew Bergman’s powerful and heartwarming collection captures the
surprising moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, when
love or fear collides with good sense, or when our attachment to an
animal or wild place can’t be denied.

In “Housewifely Arts,” a
single mother and her son drive hours to track down an African gray
parrot that can mimic her deceased mother’s voice. A population-control
activist faces the conflict between her loyalty to the environment and
her maternal desire in “Yesterday’s Whales.” And in the title story, a
lonely naturalist allows an attractive stranger to lead her and her
aging father on a hunt for an elusive woodpecker.

As intelligent as they are moving, the stories in Birds of a Lesser Paradise are
alive with emotion, wit, and insight into the impressive power that
nature has over all of us. This extraordinary collection introduces a
young writer of remarkable talent.


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