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These events all took place in our Essex store.

The Party That Must Not Be Named (Harry Potter Midnight Release Event)

Join us to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Witches, wizards, and Muggles will be treated to an evening of Harry Potter themed activities, trivia, and giveaways. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume, and those who do will get an extra opportunity to enter the Goblet of Fire Giveaway!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338099133
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 31st, 2016

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Workshop with Donna McDermid: Pet Rocks

Join us for the first in a series of artistic workshops exploring the natural world around us. Have you ever picked up a rock and thought it looked like a turtle or a bear? This first workshop will show you the techniques needed to bring out the form hidden within these rocks. We will concentrate on owls and ladybugs.

All supplies will be provided. All ages welcome, but we recommend age 7 and up.

Archer Mayor: Presumption of Guilt

Join Archer Mayor for a talk on his new Joe Gunther mystery, Presumption of Guilt.

Presumption of Guilt: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Series #27) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250064684
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available
Published: Minotaur Books - September 27th, 2016

The Company She Kept: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Series #26) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250105776
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 30th, 2016

Elizabeth & James Wallace: Garth Williams, American Illustrator - A Life

Join Elizabeth and James Wallace for a talk on their new biography of beloved children's illustrator, Garth Williams.

Garth Williams, American Illustrator: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780825307959
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Beaufort Books - June 13th, 2016

Meet Martha the Talking Dog!

Meet Martha the Talking Dog, the star of the Martha series by Susan Meddaugh!  This event is part of Phoenix's celebration of Children's Book Week.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog, Martha, it goes straight up to her brain, and Martha begins to speak! But having a talking dog isn't always as much fun as it seems.


Martha Speaks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780395729526
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 27th, 1995

Harry Potter Book Night

A Night of Spells: Harry Potter Book Night was a huge success!  Upwards of 150 witches, wizards, and muggles joined us at Phoenix Books Essex to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories with themed cafe drinks, potions class, broomstick crafts, and general merriment.


Phoenix Books a Finalist for PW Bookstore of the Year Award

Phoenix Books has been shortlisted for the 2016 Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year Award, which highlights singular achievements in the bookselling industry.

“This year’s nominees for the 2016 PW Awards reflect the growth and vitality of independent bookstores,” said PW senior v-p and publisher Cevin Bryerman. “They are coming off a strong holiday season, and several just opened, or are about to open, second or third locations.” Phoenix Books opened its third location, in Rutland, Vermont, in September 2015. The company also has locations in Essex and Burlington.


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