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These events all took place in our Burlington store.

Social Media is Bullsh*t, with B. J. Mendelson (Burlington)

Journalist and social critic B.J. Mendelson will skillfully debunk the myths of social media. He'll illustrate how the notion of "social media" first came to prominence, why it has become such a powerful presence in the marketing field, and who stands to benefit each time it's touted in the press. Discover why all the Facebook friends and Twitter followers in the world mean nothing to you and your business without old-fashioned, real-world connections. Examine popular tales of social media "success," and the unsettling truths behind the surface. Learn how to best harness the potential of the Internet--without spending a fortune in the process. This book gives the knowledge and tools you "really" need to connect with customers and grow your brand.

BJ Mendelson has contributed to The Huffington Post, Forbes, MTV's O Music Awards, and CNN. He has been quoted by Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, and Smart Money Magazine, has been a new media director for a syndicated ABC television show, and wrote a college survival column for CBS College Sports.

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ISBN: 9781250002952
Availability: Out of Print
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 4th, 2012

Snoozapalooza (Burlington)

Calling all kids! Phoenix is hosting Snoozapalooza, a Dr. Seuss Sleep Book PJ Party.  Come join us for fun activities, giveaways, story time, and more! Attendees are invited to wear pjs, bring a blanket, pillow, and your favorite bedtime stuffed animal for cuddling.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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ISBN: 9780394800912
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1962

Thomas Visser - Porches of North America (Burlington)

Join Thomas Visser for a slide presentation and discussion of that quintessentially American architectural feature - the porch. This is a joint event with Preservation Burlington.

The porch, whether simple or grand, evokes feelings of welcome, comfort, and nostalgia in all of us, yet there has been little published on the history of this omnipresent architectural feature. Thomas Visser's new book examines how porches in their many forms have evolved in the United States and Canada through innovations, adaptations, and revivals. Covering formal porches and verandas, as well as the many informal vernacular types, he proffers insights into broad cultural customs and patterns, as well as regional preferences and usage.
All those who love to while away afternoons on a favorite porch will find this architectural history delightful as well as informative.

Thomas Durant Visser is an associate professor and director of the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Vermont and is the author of Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings.

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ISBN: 9781611682205
Availability: Special Order
Published: University Press of New England - April 10th, 2012

Sharry Underwood: No Daughter of Mine is Going to Be a Dancer! (Burlington)

Ever wondered about the romance and glamour of the life of a performer in 1940s America? Join us to get the inside scoop when we welcome local author Sharry Traver Underwood to our store. Underwood's fun and inspiring memoir, No Daughter of Mine is Going to Be a Dancer!, details her pursuit of a dancing career during the 40s.

From the Foreword by Deborah Jowitt:
In her tale of a dancer's life, Underwood reveals both the rapture she felt in dancing and her refreshingly spunky approach to a career. Over the decade, this young woman -- experiencing a wide range of performing styles and training techniques -- matured and developed as an artist and a person. Her reminiscences, written in the vivid prose style she cultivated in her mature years as a dance critic in Burlington, Vermont (where for decades she also performed, choreographed, and ran a company), she provides an illuminating view of theater and dance during the war and the immediate postwar years.
This event is a part of Phoenix's Local Authors' Programs
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ISBN: 9781470086183
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - March 29th, 2012

Archer Mayor - Paradise City: A Joe Gunther Novel (Burlington)

Mystery fans have a treat in store when Archer Mayor, author of the highly acclaimed, Vermont-based mystery series featuring detective Joe Gunther, returns visits Phoenix Books Burlington. Mayor will be reading from and autographing his new novel, Paradise City.

Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther series has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "the best police procedurals being written in America." Mayor is also the 2004 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 addition, Mayor is a death investigator for Vermont's Chief Medical Examiner, and a Deputy Sheriff for Windham County, VT.

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ISBN: 9780312681951
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Minotaur Books - October 2nd, 2012

Caragh O'Brien - Author of the Dystopian Series that Started with Birthmarked! (Burlington)

Phoenix Books Burlington is extremely proud to announce an event with Caragh O'Brien, author of the Young Adult series that started with Birthmarked. Fans of Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) will love Caragh O'Brien! Caragh's books are all multiple staff picks here at Phoenix Books.

Since earning an MA in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, Caragh M. O’Brien has been a high school teacher, an author of romance novels, and now a novelist for teens. Her novels Birthmarked and Prized were named YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults. Birthmarked was also a Junior Library Guild Selection and chosen for the ALA 2011 Amelia Bloomer List. She lives with her family and writes from her home in Connecticut. More about the author and her novels can be found at

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ISBN: 9780312674724
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Published: Square Fish - October 11th, 2011

As part of her duty as a midwife, Gaia, only 16 years old, must "advance" the first three babies born in her sector to the wealthy and powerful Enclave. After her parents disappear, Gaia begins to question her loyalty to those in charge. -Beth

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ISBN: 9781250010315
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Published: Square Fish - September 4th, 2012

Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?

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ISBN: 9781596435711
Availability: Backordered
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 2nd, 2012

PROMISED (Roaring Brook Press, October 2, 2012) is the much-anticipated conclusion to Caragh M. O’Brien’s Birthmarked trilogy. Inspired by a road trip through a southern drought, the series takes place in a dystopian, post-climate change America. The first two books, Birthmarked and Prized, have been praised for their strong heroine and well-drawn futuristic world of hierarchy, codes and secrets.
Birthmarked introduces sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who lives outside of the wall that separates the elite Enclave from the rest of the world. She and her mother must deliver a quota of three infants every month to the Enclave. But when Gaia’s parents are brutally taken away by the Enclave, Gaia’s assumptions about the “perfect” city beyond the wall are turned upside-down. In Prized, Gaia is taken captive by the matriarchal society of Sylum, a city where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. Gaia must make choices around loyalty and love while she fights to simply survive.
PROMISED brings together the worlds of the first two books. After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever. She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland. In Gaia's absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher. Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what--or whom--she loves most?

Eat Local with Abigail Gehring: Demo on Making Yogurt Cheese & Self-Sufficiency Q&A (Burlington)

Celebrate local food with Vermont's own self-sufficiency maven! Abigail will bring homemade crackers for you to sample, and will demonstrate how to make yogurt cheese. Then, there will be plenty of time for questions and book signing.

Abigail R. Gehring, author of The Ultimate Self-Sufficiency Handbook and many other Green Living titles, may be the face of the new self-reliance revolution: just like the movement itself, she does not confine herself to either the rural or urban environment (she splits her time between New York City and Windham, Vermont) and she has equally firm footing in both the traditional (she was home-schooled in Vermont) and the modern (“organic” and “green” are not just buzzwords to her).

Abigail is the author or editor of Back to Basics, Homesteading, Self-Sufficiency, The Back to Basics Handbook, The Homesteading Handbook, and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living. She’s practiced self-sufficient living since her childhood in Vermont, being home-schooled, home-canning jams and jellies, and enjoying natural crafts. She divides her time between New York City and Windham, Vermont.

The Little Book of Country Baking: Classic Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Breads, and Pies (Little Red Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616086893
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Published: Skyhorse - August 15th, 2012

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ISBN: 9781616086190
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Published: Skyhorse - June 2012

The Simple Joys of Grandparenting: Stories, Nursery Rhymes, Recipes, Games, Crafts, and More Cover Image
By Abigail R. Gehring, Martha M. Gehring (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781616086428
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Skyhorse - May 3rd, 2012

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ISBN: 9781602396203
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Published: Skyhorse - May 12th, 2009

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By Abigail R. Gehring (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781602392335
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Published: Skyhorse - April 17th, 2008

Star Wars Reads Day (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 exclusive Star Wars Reads Day giveaways and raffle items.

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 hoping to support Weird Al Yankovic when he's in Burlington and Rutland for his two concerts this October, and 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.

Janet Mason - Tea Leaves (Burlington)

Janet Mason is an award winning writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry whose literary commentary is regularly featured on This Way Out, an international LGBT radio news syndicate based in Los Angeles and aired on more than 400 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post.

Her book Tea Leaves, a memoir of mothers and daughters was published by Bella Books in 2012. Tea Leaves has been nominated for inclusion in the 2012 ALA list of notable LGBT Books and is featured by the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Literary Book Club. The review and reader’s guidelines can be found at

Tea Leaves tells the story of mothers and daughters, embarking when the narrator’s mother is diagnosed with fourth-stage cancer. A dutiful daughter, the narrator proceeds to take care of her mother, 74-year-old Jane, and enters a deeper understanding of her own life through her mother’s stories. Her grandmother (born in 1899) was a spinner in a textile mill and white glove wearing lady of her generation, her mother (born in 1920) was an office worker and feminist ahead of her time. The narrator has taken the foundation of her mother’s life and forged her own – taking her mother’s feminism one step further in becoming a lesbian and becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. Tea Leaves is a story of gender and class, identity and sexuality but, most of all, it is about love.

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ISBN: 9781594932786
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Published: Bella Books - May 8th, 2012

Women's Work: 2012 Burlington Book Festival (Burlington)

As part of the 2012 Burlington Book Festival, Phoenix Books will be hosting a series of author readings and book signings entitled "Women's Work."  We are proud to welcome Hinda Miller, Katharine Britton, Emily Bernard and Emily M. Danforth to our Burlington store. The schedule for Sunday is as follows:
11:00 am - Hinda Miller

12:00 pm - Katharine Britton

1:00 pm - Emily Bernard

2:00 pm - Emily M. Danforth

Hinda Miller has been a Vermont State Senator for the past ten years. Her memoir, Pearls of a Sultana: What I’ve Learned About Business, Politics and the Human Spirit, shares her experiences as both a political force and as a business owner. Throughout all her ventures, Hinda Miller is guided and anchored by a strong connection to the practice of yoga. Now she is preparing for a new venture as a Sultana, a woman of experience and wisdom who is always practicing, always learning, and always grateful.

Katharine Britton's debut novel, Her Sister's Shadow, tells the story of two sisters, estranged by time, distance and long-kept secrets, who are unexpectedly reunited by a death in the family. The book explores themes of resentment, sisterhood and forgiveness. Publisher’s Weekly called it ”A touching intimate account of painful memories that radically shape lives.” 

Emily Bernard is an associate professor of English and ALANA U. S. Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont. Her acclaimed new work, Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White, is the story of a white man with a passion for blackness. His role in the black cultural movement known was the Harlem Renaissance was dramatic, intimate and controversial. The book is not an attempt to answer the question of whether Van Vechten helped or hurt the black cultural world over which he wielded much influence. Instead it is a tale about the messy realities of race and the complicated tangle of black and white.

Emily M. Danforth is an assistant professor of English-Creative Writing at Rhode Island College. Her debut novel, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, and School Library Journal, and was featured in the LA Times, USA Today, and NPR–whose reviewer called it “…a skillfully and beautifully written story that does what the best books do: It shows us ourselves in the lives of others.”

Please join us in welcoming these four celebrated authors to our store! Learn more about them, as well as the Burlington Book Festival at:

Pearls of a Sultana: What I've Learned about Business, Politics, and the Human Spirit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781475240078
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 22nd, 2012

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ISBN: 9780425241745
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Published: Berkley - June 7th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780300121995
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Yale University Press - February 28th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780062020567
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 7th, 2012


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