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These events all took place in our Essex store.

The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook: 150 Home Grown Recipes from the Green Mountain State with Tracey Medeiros (Essex)

Celebrate all the delicious flavors that Vermont has to offer at this event with Essex's own Tracey Medeiros!  Meet Tracey and enjoy samples from her new book The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook.  (Might we suggest, too, that a signed copy of The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook makes a perfect Mother's Day gift?)

When Tracey Medeiros wrote Dishing Up Vermont in 2008, she wanted to showcase the chefs and restaurateurs who were dazzling taste buds with their fresh, whole‐food creations. With The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook, Medeiros has traversed the Green Mountain State once again, in search of not only those celebrated chefs but the hard‐working farmers who provide them with their fresh and wholesome ingredients as well. Collecting their stories and some 125 of their delicious, rustic‐yet‐refined, Vermont inspired recipes, Medeiros presents an irresistible gastronomic portrait of this singular state.

Tracey Medeiros is a freelance food writer, food stylist, and recipe developer and tester. She writes a weekly food column for the Essex Reporter and the Colchester Sun and writes the Edible Farm column for Edible Green Mountains Magazine. Medeiros is also the author of Dishing Up Vermont. She lives in Essex Junction, VT.

Judith Klein, food blogger for Fooditka interviewed Tracey Medeiros at New York City's Union Square Greenmarket. Tracey had a cooking demonstration and a Dishing Up Vermont (Storey Publishing, 2008) cookbook signing event at the farmers' market.


The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook: 150 Home Grown Recipes from the Green Mountain State Cover Image
ISBN: 9781581571660
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Published: Countryman Press - May 6th, 2013

Dishing Up® Vermont: 145 Authentic Recipes from the Green Mountain State Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603420259
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - April 9th, 2008

Screen-Free Week at Phoenix Books Essex!

Come in anytime during the week for suggestions for great screen-free activities, and don't forget to come by for:
Tuesday: Tea Time with Tea Rex at 10am
Wednesday: Family Game Night from 5-8pm
Thursday: How Carrots Won the Trojan War with Rebecca Rupp at 7pm
Saturday: Bob's Birthday Bash from 12-2pm at the Jericho Community Center
Sunday: Poker Hill Arts Art Show Reception from 4-6pm

Screen-Free Week is a national celebration when children, families, schools, and communities spend seven days turning off entertainment screen media and turning ON life!  It's time to unplug and play, read, create, garden, explore nature, and spend time with family and friends.


How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (But True) Stories of Common Vegetables with Rebecca Rupp (Screen-Free Week at Phoenix Books Essex)

Vegetables are more than just food for humans--they've been characters, companions, and even protagonists throughout history. Join Rebecca Rupp for some little-known stories about the origins, legends, and historical significance of the world's most popular vegetables.

This event is part of Screen-Free Week at Phoenix Books Essex, and we hope it will inspire you to get out there and garden or, if you prefer, to enjoy some facetime with your friends and family over a meal containing a healthy - and interesting - serving of vegetables.  We'll bet you find a few conversation-starters among Rebecca's stories!

Rebecca Rupp has written more than a dozen books for children and adults. She holds a PhD in cell biology and biochemistry and has written hundreds of articles for magazines, including Country Journal, Early American Life, Mother Earth News, Natural History, and Utne Reader. She is the resource editor for Home Education Magazine, a contributing editor to GreenPrints, and an educational consultant to the Vermont Center for the Book. She lives in Vermont.

Screen-Free Week is a national celebration when children, families, schools, and communities spend seven days turning off entertainment screen media and turning ON life!  It's time to unplug and play, read, create, garden, explore nature, and spend time with family and friends.

How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603429689
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - October 7th, 2011

Educator's Appreciation Day - Special Appearances by Rebecca Rupp and Linda Urban (Essex)

Fuji appleTeachers and librarians are invited to join us for giveaways, drawings, a special author event with Rebecca Rupp and Linda Urban, and more!

The reception will start at 4pm, with light fare, giveaways, and time for shopping and socializing.  We'll also have Rapid
Reviews available, from our team of children's book experts.  At 5:30pm, we'll invite you to sit down with Rebecca Rupp and Linda Urban to learn a little about their newest books and to participate in a Q&A.  We're very excited to have these two wonderful children's authors here especially for our local educators!

Plus, we'll be offering a 20% discount to teachers and librarians on books for both classroom and personal use!  This discount will apply all day at both Phoenix locations.  (Some exceptions apply.)

Rebecca Rupp is the beloved author of more than a dozen books for young readers, among them The Dragon of Lonely Island, Sarah Simpson’s Rules for Living, and Octavia Boone’s Big Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything. She and her family live in Swanton, Vermont.

Linda Urban’s debut novel, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, was selected for many best books lists and was nominated for twenty state awards. Her novel Hound Dog True received four starred reviews and was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2011. A former bookseller, she lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with her family.


After Eli Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763658106
Availability: Special Order
Published: Candlewick - August 14th, 2012

Rupp skillfully weaves Daniel’s memories
of larger-than-life Eli and his lingering anger about his death with
Daniel’s day-to-day challenges, including his dysfunctional family; his
frustrations with his popular but conventional friends; his attraction
to Isabelle, a gorgeous and free-spirited newcomer to town; and his
nascent friendship with school outcast Walter... The pain running
through the narrative is tempered with hope, humor, and resilience,
offering insight into the anguish of those left behind.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

nostalgic first-person narration includes interestingly quirky
information as well as sweet moments. Middle school readers will see the
inevitable end of this first love long before Danny faces it, grieving
his new loss but grateful for his healing. Far more than a summer
romance, this is a tribute to those left behind.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

tone of this first-person narrative isn’t maudlin or morbid, it’s smart
and searching, and the well structured story quietly builds to a moving
climax and a worthy, satisfying conclusion.
—Booklist (starred review)

After Eli has been nominated for the 2013-2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award!

The Center of Everything Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547763484
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2013

"Another gem from one of my favorite authors! Ruby Pepperdine and her
wish will work their way into the center of your heart, where they’ll
remain (along with a yearning for donuts) long after you close the
book." —Ingrid Law, author of Savvy, a Newbery Honor Book

beautiful, sensitive, thoughtful novel that will make you think and
smile and think some more, and fall in love with Linda Urban's books."
—Kathryn Erskine, National Book Award-winner
book by Linda Urban makes me laugh, cry, hope, wonder, and fall in love
with her writing. With The Center of Everything, she has done it
again!"   —Barbara O’Connor, author of How to Steal a Dog

this slim, affecting novel, Urban treats Ruby's bewilderment with care,
and gracefully reinforces the value of friends, family, and community."
Booklist, starred review

large imagination and even bigger heart are beautifully evoked as the
sixth grader finds a way to keep the memory of her grandmother alive."
Publishers Weekly

"A poignant, finely wrought exploration of grief."
Kirkus, starred review

"By turns thought-provoking, humorous, and poignant, Ruby's story introduces a multi-faceted character well worth meeting."
Horn Book

Discoveries in Wine: Cameron Hughes Winery (Essex)

Please join our local “wine guru” Kelly Johnston in welcoming Christine Zecker from Cameron Hughes Winery. The seminar will feature white & red wine from this fantastic winery located in California.

Cameron Hughes Wine was founded by Cameron Hughes and partner Jessica Kogan who are dedicated to delivering truly exceptional wine at real world prices. As a modern international négociant, they consistently deliver small "lots" of high-end wines at very affordable prices.

Cameron Hughes sources wines from the world’s best wine regions, including France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Argentina, South Africa, and California.

The cost for this event is $30 plus tax, and registration is required. You can register here via the link below or in person at Phoenix Books Essex. This event is for adults aged 21 or older only, and all attendees MUST present an acceptable photo ID with their ticket receipt when they arrive for the event. 

Newt Night (Essex)

Redspotted newt We invite budding scientists, concerned citizens, and naturalists-at-heart to learn about Vermont's Amphibian Monitoring Program. This is a perfect opportunity to get hands-on experience, become educated about Vermont's amphibian population, and learn how to assist in their protection/preservation.

Space is limited; please contact Phoenix Books Essex at 872-7111 to reserve a spot. This demonstration involves delicate critters, so is best for ages 5 and older.

Newt Night will be hosted by the North Branch Nature Center of Montpelier, as part of Citizen Science, a partnership between scientists and the broader community. Citizen Science allows the every-day person to participate in exciting research projects, and to experience the natural world in a new way. It allows the scientist to enlist a small or, in some cases, a large army of volunteers to help collect data that wouldn't be possible without the help of the community.

In 2011, an Amphibian Monitoring Program volunteer found a Jefferson Salamander hybrid in Essex.  It was the first of that species ever found in the town! Neato mosquito!

We also invite you to come peruse The Gallery at Phoenix Books Essex's "Peepers & Creepers" exhibit, which will be opening on Newt Night! We have a wealth of natural beauty here in Vermont, and this spring we're going to get up close and personal with the reptiles and amphibians that emerge each spring here in the Green Mountain State.  This exhibit will be on our walls from the beginning of March through mid-April.

Read Across America Day (Essex)

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.





The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394844848
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 9th, 1989

Discoveries in Wine: Chardonnay (Essex)

Join us for an evening of delicious Chardonnay from around the world as our "wine Guru" Kelly Johnston teaches us everything you ever wanted to know about the most widely known grape varietal in the world that is often over-looked and misunderstood. Along with California Chardonnay we will explore Burgundy, where the varietal was founded and where some of the most beautiful and delicate wines are made. Try something new along with cheese pairings that will blow your mind. Live, love and learn about wine with us!

Kelly, our wine guide, is Phoenix's cafe manager. Her not so meager beginnings here in Vermont landed her in beautiful San Francisco in 1990 where she fell into an amazing serving position at a restaurant called Fleur De Lys. It was there that she learned about and tasted some of the finest wines produced in the world. Three years later, she moved to sunny Los Angeles and became the first female server at Patina and Melisse, two of the top French restaurants in the city. She waited on movie stars, wrote wine lists, and finally became a wine distributor calling on A-list restaurants, fine shops, and even the Playboy Mansion! She traveled back and forth to wine country in Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Maria and even got the chance to fly over Napa in a cessna with Tim Mondavi while sipping his Cabernet! It was a fun ride.... Kelly returned to Vermont in the fall of 2004, wanting to raise her children in the beautiful setting where she grew up. Wine is still her passion, and, now that her kids are both in school, she has time to reflect back on the last 20 years of food and wine. She looks forward to sharing her discoveries with you!

The cost for this event is $30 plus tax, and registration is required. You can register here via the link below or in person at Phoenix Books Essex. This event is for adults aged 21 or older only, and all attendees MUST present an acceptable photo ID with their ticket receipt when they arrive for the event.


Slow Democracy with Susan Clark: Co-Presented with Heart and Soul of Essex (Essex)

Bring decision making back home.

Just as slow food encourages chefs and eaters to become more intimately involved with the production of local food, and slow money helps us become more engaged with our local economy, slow democracy encourages us to govern ourselves locally with processes that are inclusive, deliberative, and citizen powered.



Susan Clark is a writer and facilitator focusing on community sustainability and citizen participation. She is an award-winning radio commentator and former talk show co-host. Her democratic activism has earned her broad recognition, including the 2010 Vermont Secretary of State’s Enduring Democracy Award. Clark is the coauthor of All Those In Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community (RavenMark, 2005). Her work strengthening communities has included directing a community activists’ network and facilitating town visioning forums. She served as communication and education director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council and Coordinator of the University of Vermont’s Environmental Programs In Communities (EPIC) project. Clark lives in Middlesex, Vermont, where she is chairs a committee that encourages citizen involvement, and serves as town-meeting moderator.



Heart & Soul of Essex is a citizen led initiative that received a grant from the Orton Family Foundation to celebrate Essex's history, identify common values, and search for a unified vision. They are offering many ways for all members of the community to make their voice heard over the next two years.

Please visit their website and their facebook page to learn more!





Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603584135
Availability: Special Order
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 10th, 2012

Gallery Reception with Photographer Kelly Schulze (Essex)

Kelly Schulze is an award-winning Certified Professional Photographer who specializes in studio and environmental animal portraiture. She has spent her entire life in the company of animals. She began volunteering at her hometown animal shelter in 9th grade and has worked as a groomer, kennel manager and vet tech. She also has extensive experience with horses, dairy cattle, and other livestock. Despite starting the path towards veterinary school, Kelly knew she wouldn't be happy. It wasn't until after she graduated from UVM that she took photography seriously and began pursuing a career as an animal photographer.

"I want to show respect for all animals in my work. As humans we treat them differently... pets, livestock, and wildlife all have different meaning to us. But they should all have our respect. When working with animals I try to put myself in their situation. How would they react to me, to my equipment, and to the space around them? They don't understand how important a portrait is to us, so I at least try to make it a fun and rewarding, if not interesting, process for them."

With her love and understanding of animal behavior, years of technical training, and a fast shutter finger she consistently wows her clients with stunning, heartwarming portraits and an unforgettable experience. Kelly is based out of Monkton, Vermont and travels throughout the northeast for on-location portrait sessions.

Kelly and her husband Ian have volunteered at the Humane Society of Chittenden County every Thursday for nearly four years to photograph adoptable animals. To date they have worked with over 1800 animals at the shelter.


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