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These events all took place in our Burlington store.

Frozen Solid book launch with James Tabor (Burlington)

Join us for a book launch for James Tabor's latest novel, Frozen Solid - a chilling tale of suspense set against the forbidding backdrop of the South Pole.

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. He lives in Vermont, where he is at work on his next novel.
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ISBN: 9780345530639
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 26th, 2013

Out, Out: A Novel of Women and Apes with Kim MacQueen (Burlington)

Join us in welcoming local author Kim MacQueen to Phoenix Books Burlington!

About the Book: Deb Solomon is a new mom suffering a spate of postpartum depression, a listless marriage and a career in free-fall. So she jumps at the chance to go to work in another world: a university laboratory housing language-competent apes and the humans who study and care for them, led by brilliant primatologist Soraya Baldwin-Ruhl. But Soraya’s star is already falling, even as the people at the lab act more apelike even as the apes start to seem more human. Deb’s own life soon spirals into a science soap opera as she follows Soraya further and further into near-madness.

"MacQueen keeps the tension building as Deb falls deeper and deeper under the spell of the driven, perplexing Soraya, who perilously walks a fine line between studying the apes and becoming a central part of their world. With compelling characters and a suspenseful plot, MacQueen puts both apes and humans under the microscope." --Kathryn Livingston for IndieReader

Kim MacQueen moved to Vermont in June 2012 and teaches writing at Champlain College. She has been a fiction and nonfiction writer and editor for research, legal and general interest newspapers, magazines, websites and books since 1993, as part of a varied career also that includes stints as a research lab administrator, political/education/crime reporter and grant proposal writer. Out, Out is her first novel.

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ISBN: 9780615481821
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Published: Jungo Books - July 29th, 2011

Brain in a Jar Book Launch with Nancy Bercaw (Burlington)

Join Nancy as she introduces Brain in a Jar to the world from her home bookstore in Burlington, Vermont. Nancy will read a chapter from the book and sign copies. Cake included!

About the Book: Brain in a Jar is a memoir of family obsession and Alzheimer’s disease. In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Bercaw recounts her life with her father, Dr. Beauregard Lee Bercaw, or “Beau,” who became a neurologist in response to watching his own father deteriorate and die with Alzheimer’s. For many years Beau kept an autopsied brain in a jar on the desk in his office as a constant reminder of the struggle that he waged against the disease first with his patients, and then ultimately for himself. This is also the story of Nancy Bercaw’s own struggle to establish her identity and life and to navigate the treacherous and ever-changing emotional terrain of her relationship with her father, as she literally traveled the world in her quest to make sense of both of their lives.

“An American-gothic tale of love, grief, genetics, obsession, adventure, fear and courage. The Bercaws might break your heart, but they’ll also remind you why Alzheimer’s disease must take center stage in politics, medicine and art.”
—former US Senator Bob Kerrey and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, co-chairs of the Alzheimer’s Study Group

“Surprisingly, given these dark themes, this is often a very funny book, tragicomic in the manner of real life that fiction can never equal. Beau is such a vivid, complex and often infuriating character that if you were to encounter him in a novel you might dismiss him as too unlikely to be real; while Nancy’s own travels and adventures can seem almost too much to have been crammed into a single, still very much ongoing life.”
—Larry W. Moore, Publisher, Broadstone Books

“My friend, classmate and colleague, neurologist Beauregard Bercaw MD, watched his father deteriorate with Alzheimer’s disease and thus knew what may be in store for him. Whereas the stoic philosopher Seneca wrote, “Fore-knowledge is fore-sorrow,” this knowledge about his father’s demise helped motivate Beau to spend his life helping other people with neurological diseases. When he developed the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, Beau did not succumb without a valiant battle. This wonderful book written by his daughter describes her relationship with her adoring father, his work as a neurologist and his fight with this terrible disease.”
—Kenneth M. Heilman MD, The James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor, 
 Department of Neurology, University of Florida College of Medicine

Nancy Stearns Bercaw lives with her son David and husband Allan Nicholls in Burlington, Vermont. Her work has appeared in newspapers around the world from the Korea Herald to the New York Times. She is a frequent contributor to Seven Days, Vermont’s alternative news weekly. Nancy has written extensively about Alzheimer's disease for a wide variety of publications. She also speaks frequently on issues of Alzheimer's and identity, among other topics surrounding the disease. Nancy co-authored Cradle Will Rock: The Movie and The Moment (HarperCollins 1999) with director/actor Tim Robbins about the making of his film, “Cradle Will Rock.” Bercaw is also a national championship swimmer. She was inducted into the University of South Florida’s inaugural athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir with Nicole Georges and Special Guest Cassie J. Sneider (Burlington)

Join us in welcoming graphic memoirist Nicole Georges and special guest Cassie J. Sneider to Burlington!

A heartfelt, funny, and beautiful memoir comic in the tradition of Fun Home, Calling Dr. Laura heralds the arrival of a winning new voice in graphic literature. The hip and quirky Calling Dr. Laura opens when up-and-coming artist Nicole Georges discovers that her presumed-dead father is actually alive, something her entire family had kept from her for years. But Nicole’s been keeping something from her family, too: she’s gay. With a supporting cast of friends, girlfriends, rescued dogs, pet chickens, and the occasional curmudgeonly radio host (yes, that Dr. Laura), Nicole figures out how to confront—and come out to—a mother she no longer trusts.

Recently named a “New Queer Voice to Watch Out For” by the Lambda Literary Foundation, Nicole is a passionate, frank, and utterly charming narrator. She shares her triumphs and foibles alike with sweet illustrations and a relatable voice. Watch her unbelievable story unfold in words and pictures in this must-read mainstream debut!

Nicole J. Georges has been creating autobiographical art for many years. She’s a ’zinester, illustrator, and pet-portrait artist whose work has appeared in magazines and anthologies nationwide. She teaches self-publishing and autobiographical-comic workshops to seniors and children, and her independent comics have been collected in the anthology Invisible Summer.

Cassie J Sneider is the author of the life-changingly hilarious memoir Fine Fine Music, a memoir about growing up on Long Island, getting into rockandroll, and having many minimum-wage jobs along the way. She has been touring and performing around the country with comics and zines since 2008, and she hosts a monthly storytelling series called THE WORST! in Brooklyn and San Francisco.

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ISBN: 9780547615592
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Published: Mariner Books - January 22nd, 2013

“An engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant trip through a harrowing emotional bottleneck in family life. It's great art, great writing, a great story – I can't wait for what's next from Nicole. What a wonderful book.” — Rachel Maddow

“Engaging...incisive...The author approaches [her story] with the tenacity of a detective.” —Publishers Weekly

“A riveting family mystery. There’s a powerful chemistry going on between Georges’s delicate drawings and the probing honesty of her investigations. Calling Dr. Laura is disarming and haunting, hip and sweet, all at once.” —Alison Bechdel

The Expeditioners with S. S. Taylor (Burlington)

Calling all young readers! We may be stuck indoors this time of year, but this event will have you setting out on an adventure with The Expeditioners.  Join author S. S. Taylor for fun activities, a Q & A, and behind-the-scenes info on her new book.  All ages welcome; middle readers are particularly invited to chime in with their questions!

Please note that you do not need to have read (or even started!) The Expeditioners in order to attend. If you would like your own copy, you can find this book at Phoenix Books before, during, or after the event.

About the Book: Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway! Brilliant explorer Alexander West has just died under mysterious circumstances, but not before smuggling half of a strange map to his intrepid children—Kit the brain, M.K. the tinkerer, and Zander the brave. Why are so many government agents trying to steal the half-map? (And where is the other half?) It’s up to Alexander’s children—the Expeditioners—to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast.

S. S. Taylor has been fascinated by maps ever since age 10, when she discovered an error on a map of her neighborhood and wondered if it was really a mistake. She has a strong interest in books of all kinds, expeditions, old libraries, mysterious situations, long-hidden secrets, missing explorers, and traveling to known and unknown places.

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.

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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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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.



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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
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
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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

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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.





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ISBN: 9780394844848
Availability: Not in Stock. Backordered at the Warehouse.
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 9th, 1989


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