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Burlington: A Sense of Place with Paul Boisvert (Burlington)

Explore the Queen City from every perspective, when photographer Paul O. Boisvert visits Phoenix Books Burlington.

Burlington, Vermont:  A Sense of Place is a visual tour through the four seasons in one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. Throughout the years, photographer Paul O. Boisvert has captured the city in many ways: from the air, water, and land. Some of these photographs were taken on assignment for different magazines or newspapers such as the New York Times, but most were taken while roaming around Burlington looking for new angles and perspectives.

“Paul O. Boisvert sees the Queen City like no other photographer—he lives on Lake Champlain and has covered just about every inch of Burlington while looking through his camera’s viewfinder. This is a keepsake for all who love Vermont’s biggest city. ”  – Joe Healy, Former Editor-in-Chief, Vermont Magazine

Paul O. Boisvert was born, raised, and lives in Shelburne, Vermont. His love of photography began when he was eight years old and his father gave him a Hero Imperial 120 camera. This infatuation continued throughout his school years, and after graduating Boisvert established a freelance photography business. Over the course of his career, Boisvert has come to be acclaimed as one of Vermont’s most highly regarded photographers. His professional work has included publications such as The New York Times, Vermont Life magazine, Vermont Magazine, SKI magazine, Best of Burlington magazine, and many commercial clients as well. Boisvert’s travels have taken him all over the world, but Vermont and Lake Champlain always call him back home.

This is part of a series of events with Wind Ridge Publishing authors taking place at Phoenix Books Burlington this fall. 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.

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ISBN: 9781935922056
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Published: Wind Ridge Publishing, Inc. - September 2011

Power From the People with Greg Pahl (Burlington)

More than ninety percent of the electricity we use to light our communities, and nearly all the energy we use to run our cars, heat our homes, and power our factories comes from large, centralized, highly polluting, nonrenewable sources of energy.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

In Power from the People, energy expert Greg Pahl explains how American communities can plan, finance, and produce their own local, renewable energy that is reliable, safe, and clean. Pahl uses examples from around the nation and the world to explore how homeowners, co-ops, nonprofits, governments, and businesses are already putting power in the hands of local communities through distributed energy programs and energy-efficiency measures.

“Energy is at the heart of our 21st century economic-ecological crisis, but most writing on the subject is suffused either with immobilizing anticipation of doom or giddy wishful thinking. Here at last is a genuinely helpful energy book, one that’s realistic and practical. If you want to actually do something about our energy future, here is where to start.”
—Richard Heinberg, senior fellow, Post Carbon Institute; author, The End of Growth

Greg Pahl is the author of numerous books on energy and also writes for Mother Earth News and various other publications on biodiesel, wind power, wood heat, solar energy, heat pumps, electric cars, and a wide range of other topics related to living in a post-carbon world. Pahl has been involved in environmental issues for more than twenty-five years. In the 1970s he lived off the grid in a home in Vermont with a wind turbine atop an 80-foot tower that provided for his electrical needs. He is a founding member of the Vermont Biofuels Association as well as the Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op. Pahl attended the University of Vermont and was a military intelligence officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He lives in Weybridge, Vermont.

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By Greg Pahl, Van Jones (Foreword by)
$23.14
ISBN: 9781603584098
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - August 13th, 2012

Full Body Burden with Kristen Iversen (Burlington)

The health effects of short-term, high-level radioactive contamination are fairly well known, but what are the health effects of long-term, low-level exposure? While scientists and physicists continue to debate the topic, one fact is certain: there is no safe level of exposure to plutonium. Even one millionth of a gram, which is easily inhaled, is potentially lethal. And too many of us are at risk of exposure to this or other radioactive substances. Join Kristen Iversen for a shocking account of the government’s sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents’ vain attempts to seek justice in court.

Kristen Iversen’s haunting new book, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, skillfully combines investigative journalism with personal memoir. Drawing on extensive interviews, FBI and EPA documents, and class-action testimony, along with her own experiences growing up just miles from Rocky Flats, Iversen presents a full picture about a childhood lived in the shadow of the Cold War, in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and—unknown to those who lived there—tainted with invisible deadly particles of plutonium.

"The fight over Rocky Flats was and is a paradigmatic American battle, of corporate and government power set against the bravery and anger of normal people. This is a powerful and beautiful account, of great use to all of us who will fight the battles that lie ahead." --Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Eaarth

"In this powerful work of research and personal testimony, Iversen chronicles the story of America’s willfully blinkered relationship to the nuclear weapons industry through the haunting experience of her own family in Colorado…The grief was ongoing, as Iversen renders in her masterly use of the present tense, conveying tremendous suspense and impressive control of her material." --Publishers Weekly (starred)

Kristen Iversen grew up in Arvada, Colorado, near the Rocky Flats nuclear weaponry facility and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver. She is director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Memphis and editor-in-chief of The Pinch, an award-winning literary journal. She is also the author of Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, winner of the Colorado Book Award for Biography and the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction. Iversen has two sons and currently lives in Memphis.  Visit her online at www.kristeniversen.com.

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ISBN: 9780307955630
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 5th, 2012

Exotic Tails, A Veterinarian's Journey with Steven Metz, D.V.M. (In partnership with Wind Ridge Publishing) (Burlington)

Steven Metz, D.V.M. has countless stories to tell with a cast of unforgettable characters: circus animals such as Princess, a Bengal tiger with hepatitis, and Anna Mae, an elephant with conjunctivitis; a boa constrictor caught napping in an acoustic guitar; a hypothermic ferret found in a freezer, and of course, a regular parade of curious dogs, frightened kitties, injured birds, and sickly fish.

His new book Exotic Tails shares the humorous, dreadful, and heartwarming stories of one man’s dogged determination to follow his dreams. Dr. Metz recounts his unlikely journey from young boy frightened of even a fluffy puppy to skilled and compassionate veterinarian treating an exotic, domestic, and wild medley of animals. 10 percent of net profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

Steven B. Metz has been a veterinary practitioner for forty-two years—thirty-eight of them in Shelburne, Vermont. He works with both companion and exotic animals. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1961, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph, Ontario. As a consequence of a lifelong fascination with the world of birds and wildlife, he has devoted much of his career to the study and care of non-traditional animal companions. He lives in Shelburne with his wife Connie, and although retired from active practice, he continues his studies and assists other practitioners interested in this absorbing field.

This is part of a series of events with Wind Ridge Publishing authors taking place at Phoenix Books Burlington this fall. 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.

 

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ISBN: 9781935922131
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Published: Wind Ridge Books - June 27th, 2012

The Squirrel Diaries with Astrid Helena Nicolay (in partnership with Wind Ridge Publishing) (Burlington)

Join long-time Vermont resident Astrid Helena Nicolay for an evening of wit, wisdom, and action-packed tales about squirrels from her adventures as a wildlife rehabilitator.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, informative and keenly observant, Astrid Helena Nicolay’s new book The Squirrel Diaries invites you to laugh out loud, learn something new about the creatures in your every day world, and think twice about the role compassion plays in what it means to be human.

Astrid Helena Nicolay was born in Venezuela. She spent her childhood in South and Central America, and her pre-college years in Sweden. She attended Georgetown University and St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She speaks Spanish, Swedish, French, German, and Russian. After settling in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, she became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with a special fondness for squirrels. Since 1999, she holds a federal and a Vermont state permit and is the director of NorthStream Wildlife Rehabilitation, a facility that currently admits more than one hundred wild animal patients each year. Nicolay’s wildlife rescue efforts have been featured in the local television evening news, the Burlington Free Press, and on Vermont Public Television’s Outdoor Journal. Nicolay lives in Monkton, Vermont with her husband Bill and their many furred and feathered friends.

This is part of a series of events with Wind Ridge Publishing authors taking place at Phoenix Books Burlington this fall. 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.

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ISBN: 9781935922094
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Published: Wind Ridge Publishing, Inc. - October 2012

Birds of a Lesser Paradise with Megan Mayhew Bergman (Burlington)

Join us for an evening of story with Megan Mayhew Bergman, a local author and rising star at Simon & Schuster. Her new book is entitled Birds of a Lesser Paradise

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.

Megan Mayhew Bergman grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and attended Wake Forest University. She has graduate degrees from Duke University and Bennington College. Her stories have appeared in the 2010 New Stories from the South, Ploughshares, Oxford American, One Story, Narrative, PEN American, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, Greensboro Review, and elsewhere. She lives on a small farm in Vermont with her veterinarian husband, two daughters, four dogs, four cats, a horse, goats, and chickens.

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ISBN: 9781451643367
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Published: Scribner - November 6th, 2012

A Field Guide to Now with Christina Rosalie (Burlington)

Every self-help book tells us to "be present," but few succeed in showing us how. Christina leads readers to discover how the small, and seemingly mundane aspects of daily life can—through a shift in focus—become a springboard for the profound. It is an antidote to the perpetual rush we experience daily; and to that feeling that there will never be enough time to begin, to commit to a creative practice, or to become whatever it is we want most to be.

Part adventure guide and part survival guide, A Field Guide To Now is filled with thought starters and creative exercises that will lead you to uncover your own extraordinary life amidst the ordinary moments of very day. It will make you laugh. It will make your heart sing. It will give you a reason to pause. Above all else, this book is call to take action, to live wholly into the present, and to persist in becoming whatever your heart yearns to be.

Christina Rosalie is a writer, mixed-media artist, and creative consultant whose award winning work has been featured in print and online. Most recently she has written for Kinfolk, Milk & Ink and the Los Angeles Review, and her mixed media prints have been included in shows at Burlington City Arts gallery and SEBA gallery. Christina has an MFA in Emergent Media from Champlain College, and lives with her husband and sons at the end of a long dirt road in northern Vermont. You can find her online at christinarosalie.com where she writes about the art of living intentionally, and the realness, hilarity, and wonder that results from the convergence of curiosity, creativity, and life with little boys.

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ISBN: 9780762778560
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Published: Skirt! - September 4th, 2012

Edward Hopper in Vermont with Bonnie Clause (Burlington)

Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is one of America's most famous artists (think of his painting of a New York diner scene, "Nighthawks"), but the works that he made in Vermont remain relatively unknown. Author Bonnie Tocher Clause tells the story of Hopper's summer sojourns in Vermont between 1927 and 1938 and describes her research in locating Hopper's Vermont works and the places where they were made. Her talk will be illustrated with slides of Hopper's Vermont watercolors and drawings along with photographs, old and new, of the sites in the paintings.

Bonnie Tocher Clause divides her time between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and South Royalton, a small town in central Vermont. Like Edward Hopper, she is a native New Yorker who found peace and beauty in Vermont's White River Valley. She is a writer and an independent scholar, and Edward Hopper in Vermont is her first book.

"Bonnie Clause has gathered Edward Hopper's summer pastorals painted in watercolor in Vermont's White River Valley during vacations with his artist wife Jo. Clause tracked down his locations, even those previously forgotten, with scholarly delight as she came to know Hopper's favorite part of our green state. If you love the gravity of Hopper's better-known oil paintings, you will find this book a lyrical counterpart to his somber scenes of city life." - Sabra Field, printmaker and author of In Sight

Jacket illustration: Edward Hopper, First Branch of the White River, Vermont, 1938. Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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ISBN: 9781611683288
Availability: Out of Print
Published: University Press of New England - October 26th, 2012

Brewing Change with Bill Mares and Rick Peyser (In partnership with Wind Ridge Publishing) (Burlington)

Part travelogue, part inspiring social commentary, and part motivating business model, Brewing Change is about one middle manager’s quiet, dogged crusade to change the world of coffee. Long-time friends Bill Mares and Rick Peyser team up to tell the story of Peyser’s career within industry pioneer Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and of his travels throughout the coffee lands of Latin America and East Africa. Eye-opening and heart-wrenching, Brewing Change is a story with the power to remind us of the indomitable nature of the human spirit, and the dramatic change that is possible when individuals fight for an equitable global community.

Benefitting from Green Mountain’s strong culture of corporate social responsibility, Rick Peyser has held leadership posts in several industry advocacy groups and non-governmental organizations. He has become one of the most recognizable faces in his company and the industry. What distinguishes him from many in America’s increasingly cutthroat business climate is his choice to move laterally to help others rather than vertically to help himself. During his 24 years at the company, Rick Peyser has been a patient, persistent force advocating for better quality of life conditions in coffee-farming communities. His moving descriptions of the conditions endured by coffee farmers throughout the world force readers to join him in longing for a more engaged and humane global workplace. Brewing Change chronicles Peyser’s compelling personal journey in a clear, straightforward style, and offers a fascinating insider’s view of one of the most successful companies in the coffee business.

Bill Mares is a writer and commentator for Vermont Public Radio. He is also president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, a former high school teacher, and was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1985 to 1991. An avid runner, reader, choral singer, and traveler, he also has a great passion for history, philosophy, and fishing. Mares is the author of many books, including Bees Besieged and Fishing With the Presidents. He lives in Burlington, VT with his wife, Chris Hadsel.

Rick Peyser is director of Social Advocacy and Coffee Community Outreach for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, where he has worked almost since the company’s founding. He is a past president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and served as president of the Coffee Kids board of directors, where he continues his work to improve the quality of life in coffee-growing communities. He is currently a member of the Coffeelands Landmine Victims’ Trust board of directors, and a member of the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International board of directors, which sets the international standards for Fair Trade certification that benefit over one million small-scale farmers around the world. When not traveling, Rick is running, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. Since 1989, he has completed over 40 marathons. Rick also enjoys playing keyboards in R&B bands and commuting on his 28-year-old BMW motorcycle.

Praise for BREWING CHANGE:

“Each and every person has the capacity to make a positive impact on the world. Rick Peyser is living proof that if the world is to change, it will be changed by ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” —Bill Fishbein, The Coffee Trust, founder of Coffee Kids

“Newman’s Own Organics and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters established a partnership in 2003. I got to know Rick Peyser when our coffee was introduced at McDonald's in New England two years later. Rick is a remarkable, gentle, and selfless man. I’ve learned more from him about the social and environmental impact of organic Fair Trade coffee than from anyone else. I highly recommend Brewing Change, about Rick’s steadfast dedication to social responsibility and leadership in the world of coffee.” —Nell Newman, co-founder of Newman’s Own Organics

“For more than twenty years, Rick Peyser has applied himself to the daunting task of moving the needle on rural poverty in coffee farming communities and has managed to shift the mindset of an entire industry. For anyone who has ever felt that a problem was too massive to solve, there are important lessons to be learned from Brewing Change. Whatever your challenges are, Rick clearly shows that getting started and staying committed are the keys to success.” —Ric Reinhardt, executive director of the Specialty Coffee Association of America

“If a mere 1% of the American coffee-consuming public listened to Rick's message, understood the goal of his work, and got on board, coffee communities around the globe would be tremendously affected.” —Mausi Kuehl, co-owner Selva Negra farm, Nicaragua

This is part of a series of events with Wind Ridge Publishing authors taking place at Phoenix Books Burlington this fall. 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.

Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Cover Image
By Rick Peyser, Bill Mares, Bob Stiller (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781935922100
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Published: Wind Ridge Books - March 5th, 2012

Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain with Thea Lewis (Burlington)

Despite the beauty of the Champlain Valley, it has been the site of dark and mysterious events; it is not surprising that some spirits linger in this otherwise tranquil place. Fort Ticonderoga saw some of early America's bloodiest battles, and American, French and British ghosts still stand guard. A spirit walks the halls of SUNY Plattsburgh, even after his original haunt burned in 1929. Champlain's islands--Stave, Crab, Valcour and Garden--all host otherworldly inhabitants, and unidentified creatures and objects have made appearances on the water, in the sky and in the forests surrounding the lake. Join Burlington's own Thea Lewis as she explores the ghosts and legends that haunt Lake Champlain.

Thea Lewis is the owner and tour guide for Queen City Ghost Walk. She is the author of HAUNTED BURLINGTON (2009). She is also active in the chamber of commerce in Burlington.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781609497293
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Published: History Press (SC) - August 21st, 2012

Haunted Burlington: Spirit's of Vermont's Queen City (Haunted America) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596297685
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Published: History Press (SC) - September 25th, 2009

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