These events all took place in our Burlington store.

Battles at Plattsburgh: Keith Herkalo (Burlington)

Join Keith Herkalo to mark the 200 year anniversary of the land and naval battles of Plattsburgh, and to learn about the battles themselves.

Both Roosevelt and Churchill recognized the importance of the land and naval battles of Plattsburgh. Many other, more famous, engagements were ruses meant to divert U.S. troops away from the prize Plattsburgh would afford: a clear pathway into New England. If not for the exemplary skills of two young military officers, Commodore Macdonough and General Macomb, and the force they commanded—regular army and naval personnel, New York and Vermont Militia, Native Americans, Veteran Exempts and boys from the local school—the war and the nation would have been lost. In The Battles at Plattsburgh, using original source documents, author Keith Herkalo retells the battles at Plattsburgh—the key battles of the War of 1812.

Keith Herkalo was born in Plattsburgh, New York, in 1948 and raised in Philadelphia and Plattsburgh (the family summered in Plattsburgh every year). After more than a decade in the military and an additional decade working for military equipment development firms in the Washington, D.C. area, he returned with his family to Plattsburgh (the proverbial return to Woebegon). It was then that he became more interested in Plattsburgh’s history and specifically Plattsburgh’s involvement in the War of 1812. He is an amateur historian who is the research catalyst behind the archaeological rediscovery of the 1812 camp known as Pike’s Cantonment, the editor of The Journal of H.K. Averill, Sr.: An account of the Battle of Plattsburgh and Early North Country Community, has authored numerous local history articles and has been a frequent speaker in local history venues for many years. He is the city clerk of Plattsburgh; a founding member and current president of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association; a musician, theater buff, boat builder, sailor, diver, woodworker, plaster restorer and an 1812-era reenactor. With his wife, Dr. Joy Demarse, Keith is currently building their energy-efficient, solar-powered retirement home.

The Battles at Plattsburgh: September 11, 1814 By Keith A. Herkalo, Donald E. Graves (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609495169
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Published: History Press - May 22nd, 2012

Duct Tape Parenting with Vicki Hoefle (Burlington)

There’s a new set of 3Rs for our kids – respect, responsibility, and resilience – that will better prepare them for life in the real world. Join Vicki Hoefle, founder of the Parenting On Track™ program and author of the new book Duck Tape Parenting, A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Kids, for a one-hour presentation on becoming a “Duct Tape Parent”. This counter-intuitive – yet much more effective than a quick-fix – approach is for parents to sit on their hands, stay on the sidelines, even if duct tape is required, so that the kids step up and take charge of their own lives.

Vicki will give parents a new perspective on what it means to be effective, engaged parents and to enable kids to develop confidence through solving their own problems. She won’t talk about the latest popular parenting strategy, but rather about a relationship-based guide to span all ages and stages of development. She’s witty, straight shooting and happy to work with frustrated parents everywhere who are ready to raise confident, capable children to go out in the world.

In this presentation, Vicki will identify some of the biggest obstacles faced by parents and help them recognize how to clear away what is not working and discover tools that bring the lasting change that parents are looking for. The Duct Tape approach challenges parents to change their way of thinking toward long-term solutions, give their children room to grow, and sit back and watch the magic unfold.

If you’ve never seen Vicki in person before, you’re in for a treat! There will be plenty of time for questions and autographs of her new book.

This event is a part of Phoenix's Local Authors' Programs.

Duct Tape Parenting: A Less Is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Kids By Vicki Hoefle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937134181
Availability: Backordered. On Order at the Warehouse.
Published: Routledge - September 6th, 2012

Heather Schumaker: It's Okay Not to Share (Burlington)

True or false:
Boys can wear tutus.
Sex ed starts in preschool.
“I hate you!” is nothing personal.

Explore these and similar renegade parenting tips when Phoenix Books welcomes Heather Shumaker to discuss her nonconformist, unorthodox parenting book. Shumaker is a nationally published journalist whose book is receiving rave reviews across the country. Don’t miss this chance to discover new ways to parent outside the box!

It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids By Heather Shumaker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781585429363
Published: TarcherPerigee - August 2nd, 2012

S. J. Richard: The Peacemaker (Burlington)

Join us in welcoming local author S.J. Richard!

S.J. Richard is a graduate of Marist College, where she studied the art of racking up student loans and the entertaining effects of sleep deprivation. She worked for several New England newspapers while exploring the dynamics of not having a savings account and methods of living off the kindness of tolerant and pitying relatives. She won top honors from the New England Press Association in the late 1990s for her reporting and feature writing. She currently lives in Vermont.  Her new book is entitled The Peacemaker.

About the book:  With war scars that no one could see and that would not heal, Jack O'Malley drifted into Kanen, Colorado in the summer of 1873. Hired to be the new marshal, he is confronted with the suspicioun and anxiety of a once peaceful, small town with a growing mining problem (or perhaps it is a mining town with a small growing problem). Whatever the case, O'Malley swiftly learns that the invisible foes that stalk him in his sleep are nothing compared to the passionately pious force that is the Ladies' Church Society and the beautiful but feisty Amanda Morgan, a woman who finds O'Malley's lack of religion as disturbing as he finds her attractive.  Their tangles over faith and propriety peak with the arrival of a sultry and scandalous songstress from O'Malley's past, a wave of criminal accusations from the town newspaper and a flood of questions from suspicious citizens about the mysterious stranger O'Malley is giving sanctuary in the town jail.  With troubling questions being raised regarding O'Malley's personal history, the one thing even the most patient of townspeople are growing certain of is that the new marshal isn't likely to see the New Year in Kanen.

Daniel Lusk and David Huddle in an Evening of Poetry and Story presented by Phoenix Books (Burlington)

Join us for an evening of poetry and story with Daniel Lusk and David Huddle at Phoenix Books Burlington.

Daniel Lusk is author of Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain (Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 2011) and Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems (Onion River, 1999). Since leaving his native Iowa, he has worked as a laborer, hospital intern, TV sound technician, door-to-door salesman, preacher, clerk, sportswriter, ranch hand, jazz singer, itinerant poet, free-lance writer, NPR commentator, teacher, university administrator, and as a Senior Lecturer in English Emeritus of the University of Vermont. He writes poems whose physicality reflects work in packing plants, on farms and ranches, and whose contemplative poetics betray his love of nature as well as his education in philosophy and religion and his background in the arts. He has been awarded grants and literary fellowships from the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Arts Endowment and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as residencies at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.

Currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University in Virginia, David Huddle taught for thirty-eight years at the University of Vermont and continues to teach at the Bread Loaf School of English. He has published seventeen books of fiction, poetry, and essays. His novel The Story of a Million Years (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) was named a Distinguished Book of the Year by Esquire and a best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. His most recent novel is Nothing Can Make Me Do This.

Nothing Can Make Me Do This By David Huddle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936797110
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Published: Tupelo Press - October 31st, 2011

Rosemary Gladstar - Herbs for Winter Health (Burlington)

Join Rosemary Gladstar for a talk and demonstration on herbs for winter health! She'll show us how to make Fire Cider, a delicious concoction that will keep you toasty and well throughout the cold winter months, as well as another immune-boosting recipe. Don't miss this chance to learn from the "godmother of modern herbalism"!


Rosemary Gladstar is a renowned herbal teacher and practitioner with more than 35 years of experience working with herbs. She’s the author of Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Herbal Healing for Women, director of the International Herb Symposium and the annual Women’s Herbal Conference, cofounder of the Traditional Medicinal Tea Company (for which she formulated the original blends), and founding president of the nonprofit United Plant Savers.

Visit Rosemary's Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center online.

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Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use By Rosemary Gladstar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612120058
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - April 10th, 2012

This is an ideal book for the beginning herbalist. It starts out with
easy-to-follow instructions on growing and using herbs, and continues
with profiles of 33 easy to use and easy to find herbs. Having read
this book - written in Rosemary's friendly and inviting style - I think
even the most tentative students of herbalism will be inspired to dive
in and start gardening and harvesting, concocting and decocting. --Kristen

More and more people are returning to the ancient healing art of
herbalism, and there is no better instructor in the practice of simple,
safe, and effective natural medicine than Rosemary Gladstar. One of the
most trusted and well-respected herbalists of her time – known as the
godmother of modern herbalism – Gladstar demonstrates how easy it is to
make safe, all-natural, low-cost healing remedies for common ailments in
her new book, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide.

Ideal for those embarking on an organic lifestyle or seeking to take better control of their
health, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs documents how to
grow, harvest, prepare, and
use 33 of the most common and versatile healing plants. Easy-to-follow
recipes produce such
remedies as aloe lotion for poison ivy, dandelion-burdock tincture for
sluggish digestion, and
lavender-lemon balm tea for stress relief. With full-color photographs
and step-by-step
instructions for drying, preserving, and incorporating these herbs in
teas, salves, syrups,
tinctures, oils, liniments, and even pills and capsules, Gladstar
introduces the fundamentals in a straightforward manner, enabling anyone
to take a gentler, less expensive approach to managing everyday,
non-emergency health problems in the home.


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Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family By Rosemary Gladstar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603420785
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - September 3rd, 2008

The bulk of this accessible, fun, well-balanced book is dedicated to specific herbal remedies for everyone in the family -- children, men, women, and elders. There are tons of yummy herbal dishes and treats, as well as a chapter full of easy and indulgent herbal cosmetic treatments. Rosemary Gladstar is the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies and of United Plant Savers, and is the co-founder of Traditional Medicinals Tea Co. She organizes the International Herb Symposium. Rosemary lives & works from her home, Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, a 500 acre botanical preserve in central VT.

Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs By Rosemary Gladstar (Editor), Pamela Hirsch (Editor) Cover Image
By Rosemary Gladstar (Editor), Pamela Hirsch (Editor)
ISBN: 9780892818945
Availability: Not in stock. At Our Partner Warehouse: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Healing Arts Press - September 1st, 2000

Educators' Appreciation Day (Burlington)

Fuji appleWe've always loved working with educators at Phoenix Books Essex: Now we invite you to discover Phoenix Books Burlington! Teachers and librarians are invited to join us for giveaways, a special Skyped-in author event, and more!

The reception will start at 6:00pm, with light fare, giveaways, and time for shopping and socializing. At 7:00pm, Bobbie Ford of Random House will Skype in with some tips on educator resources, and then turn the "floor" over to N. D. Wilson.

N. D. WILSON is the bestselling author of the 100 Cupboards series and "Leepike Ridge." Once, in the fourth grade, he split his buddy's arrow while shooting at a mattress from twenty yards. Now he writes at the top of a tall, skinny house, where he lives with a blue-eyed girl he stole from the ocean, their five young explorers, two tortoises, and one snake. His latest book is The Drowned Vault: Ashtown Burials #2.

The Dragon's Tooth (Ashtown Burials #1) By N. D. Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375863967
Availability: Not in stock. At Our Partner Warehouse: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Yearling - August 7th, 2012

Jack Mayer - Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project (Burlington)

Join us for a discussion and booksigning with IndieReader Discovery Award Winner Jack Mayer.

Jack Mayer's new book, Life in a Jar, is a work of creative non-fiction, recounting the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker during W.W. II, who knocked on doors in the Warsaw ghetto and asked Jewish mothers to give up their children in order to save them. She and her network rescued 2,500 Jewish children from certain death. After the war, her story, as well as those of countless other rescuers, was suppressed in communist Poland and forgotten. She lived in obscurity in Warsaw. Sixty years later, her extraordinary history was rescued by three teenage girls in Kansas, who began a history project about Irena Sendler and ended up elevating her to the status of Polish national hero and furthering dialogue and education for Poles to come to terms with their traumatic W.W. II history. Each of these teens also carried a traumatic personal burden; the project changed their lives. And it changed the world. Because of their efforts, Irena Sendler was nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize by the Prime Minister of Israel and the President of Poland. Students of history became agents of history. Life in a Jar is based on Jack's interviews and research over six years in the U.S. and Poland.

Sixty percent (60%) of author royalties from the sale of Life in a Jar:The Irena Sendler Project are donated to the Irena Sendler/Life in a Jar Foundation. The foundation promotes Sendler’s legacy and encourages educators and students to emulate the project by focusing on unsung heroes in history to teach respect and understanding among all people, regardless of race, religion, or creed. Polish, Russian and Chinese translations will be published in 2012.

“Kansas teenagers rediscover a forgotten Holocaust heroine in this moving historical drama. . . Mayer’s superb novelization of her exploits elevates social work to the intensity of a spy thriller. . . Writing in vivid but restrained prose, Mayer describes this agonizing situation with understated pathos. . . his rendition of Irena’s story has an inspirational power of its own. A gripping real-life tale of extraordinary courage that had an enduring impact.” - Kirkus Review

“Jack Mayer has done a remarkable job in bringing to life the heroic figure of Irena Sendler, whose noble legacy seems to have reached into unlikely places with affecting and unpredictable results. Meticulously researched, this story has been told with grace and passion by Mayer, who brings a wealth of compassion to his book.” - Jay Parini, author of The Last Station

“A beautiful story, beautifully told . . at last.” - The US Review of Books

Jack Mayer began practicing pediatrics in 1976 in Enosburg Falls, Vermont, a small town in eastern Franklin County on the Canadian border. His was the first pediatric practice in that half of the county. He was a doctor there for ten years, often bartering medical care for eggs, firewood, and knitted afghans. From 1987 – 1991 Dr. Mayer was a National Cancer Institute Epidemiology Fellow at Columbia University School of Public Health in New York City, researching the molecular biology of childhood cancer. Most of his scientific writing was done during those four years. He was also a pediatrician with Columbia’s General Pediatric Group Practice. Dr. Mayer returned to Vermont in 1991 and established Rainbow Pediatrics in Middlebury, where he continues to practice primary care pediatrics. He is an Instructor in Pediatrics at the University of Vermont School of Medicine and a J-term adjunct faculty for Middlebury College pre-med students. Throughout his career, he has written short stories, poems, and essays about his years in pediatric practice and hiking the Long Trail in Vermont. He was a participant at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2003 and 2005 for fiction, and in 2008 for poetry. He lives in Middlebury with his wife, Chip. They have a grown son, Alex.

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project By Jack Mayer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984111312
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Published: Long Trail Press - March 28th, 2011

Joshua Masters: American Psalms (Burlington)

Join us in welcoming local author Joshua Masters to Phoenix Books Burlington! His new book, American Psalms, "challenges Christian patriots to put aside personal agendas, prejudices and partisanship, and pray for our leaders as God commands," says Mike Huckabee, author of A Simple Government.

American Psalms takes the reader on a one-year journey of spiritual growth with weekly prayers for the nation, psalms for special days of prayers, relevant teachings to enhance your perspective and worksheets designed to promote prayer for America’s leaders. With prayers spanning subjects from our troops to the presidency, from NASA to the fishing industry, and from the economy to our children’s teachers, Masters has covered nearly every aspect of American society with scripture-based prayer while teaching the reader how to regularly pray for our nation without political bias.

Accredited by the Christian & Missionary Alliance, Joshua J. Masters is a Christian speaker, artist and author. He is a graduate of the Church Leadership Academy’s Ministerial Study Program and a Perspectives Alumnus. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, he’s also comfortable working both in front of and behind the camera. Born in Littleton, New Hampshire, Joshua lives in Essex, Vermont with his wife, Gina Masters, and their dog, Franklin.

This events is a part of our Local Authors' Programs.

Steven Bredice: Snap (Burlington)

Join us in welcoming local author Steven Bredice!  In his debut novel, Snap, cryptozoology meets horror when old friends on a fishing expedition attract the wrath of a giant snapping turtle.
Or do they?

"There have been books about giant and out-of-place animals going amok, and rending and tearing their way through the human populations of a specific area for many years. Most of them are irritatingly formulaic, and can be dismissed fairly easily. This book takes the genre into exciting new realms... It is far more philosophical, and indeed deep, than most books of this genre..." --Jonathan Downes, Editor in Chief, Fortean Fiction

Steven Bredice is a Williston attorney who grew up in Montpelier and graduated from Middlebury College.  He lives in Jeffersonville with his wife and three small children.  Snap is his first novel.

Snap By Steven Bredice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781905723867
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Published: Fortean Fiction - January 9th, 2012