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These events all took place in our Essex store.

Desire Map Book Club (Essex)

Pamela Clark will lead a book club meeting focusing on The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. The Desire Map began as a multi-media program which included the book we will be delving into. In January, the book will be released independently for the first time. Our local gathering is part of the author's World's Biggest Book Club event. Attendees will be discussing good subjects ranging from the sacredness of core desired feelings and the practicalities of goal setting, to gratitude as a practice, all while setting intentions for the New Year. The only cost is the purchase of the book, which you can pick up at Phoenix Books Essex the evening of the event (or before, if you prefer).  You do not need to have read the book yet to take part.

If you'd like to learn more about Danielle LaPorte and The Desire Map, you can get a feel for what it's all about by checking out her website.

If you have questions or would like to attend, please email Pamela Clark at to reserve a spot.

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul Cover Image
ISBN: 9781622032518
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Sounds True - January 1st, 2014

"Maine Wild" Book Signing with Megan Price and Parker Tripp (Essex)

Parker Tripp, retired chief warden for the state of Maine, whose hair raising and hilarious stories fill the new MAINE WILD, Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens, Volume One, will visit Phoenix Books, along with Author Megan Price – just in time for hunting camp and holiday gift giving.

Tripp’s career reads like a Hollywood movie: bear cub chases, bloody brawls, nutty poachers, floatplane busts, boating mishaps and more. A graduate of York High School, Tripp worked his way up the ranks and earned the coveted title of chief warden prior to his retirement in 1998. He now resides in Augusta.

The book’s author is Megan Price, a former award-winning reporter, editor and magazine writer. Price is also the author of three volumes of Vermont Wild warden adventures. Her books have been Green Mountain best sellers since their introduction in 2009. Bob Lutz, a retired Vermont warden and Fairfax resident provides the illustrations for both the Maine and Vermont Wild books.

“Parker’s stories will have readers on the edge of their seat and laughing at the same time,” Price said. “Whether he was rescuing bear cubs, infiltrating a deer drive or in a brawl with a pickaxe swung at this head, he was fearless.”

“Megan has done a tremendous job of writing and capturing some of my humorous and not so smart episodes when I was in the field as a warden,” Tripp said. “It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with her. And Bob’s artwork is priceless.”

“Anyone who enjoys the TV show North Woods Law, featuring Maine wardens will certainly enjoy the stories in Maine Wild,” Price said. “The stories are told as if you are sitting around a campfire under the stars and Parker is right there speaking to you,” Price noted. “There’s no bad language or excessive violence. Children and adults can all enjoy the Wild books.”

Treasure Hunters Party (Essex)

Prepare to be hooked!  Phoenix Books Essex is throwing a Treasure Hunters party to celebrate the release of James Patterson's book of the same name.  Feast on food fit for adventurers, enjoy epic activities, and take home some pirate treasure of your own.

Treasure Hunters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316207560
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: jimmy patterson - September 16th, 2013

From the #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life and I Funny comes a brilliantly original new adventure series, jam-packed with action, humor, and heart!
The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and traveling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives. They'll have to work together to defeat dangerous pirates and dodge the hot pursuit of an evil treasure hunting rival, all while following cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents--and find out if they're still alive.

A Dangerous Night of Writing (Essex)

Calling all young writers! Join us at the Cafe at Phoenix for a two-hour write-a-thon, with prizes given out at the end of the night. This event will be coordinated by Browns River Middle School librarian Joyce Babbitt, and is inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which takes place during November). To learn more about the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program, visit, but don't worry: absolutely all young writers are welcome, whether you're participating in NaNoWriMo or not. See you there!

Elephant's Story Book Launch with Tracey Campbell Pearson! (Essex)

We're very excited to announce a book launch extravaganza with none other than Tracey Campbell Pearson! Please join us to celebrate the release of her latest picture book, Elephant's Story.

About Elephant's Story: The day Gracie loses her favorite book, Elephant finds it. He sniffs the words ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS and--oops--they go up his trunk, where they wiggle and jiggle and make him sneeze. The letters fly through the air helter skelter, and when Elephant tries to put them back together, he can't figure out how to make the right words that fit. He asks his friends for help, but they just choose some of the letters to make up their own words--Alligator wants to CHEW them, Seal SPINs them, Monkeys THROW them, and Bear just SNOREs. Lucky for elephant, Gracie comes looking for her book. She makes the letters into the right words and then adds some of her own: a girl went to the zoo and made a new friend.

Tracey Campbell Pearson is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including Bob, which Booklist called "a visual treat," and a series of board books including Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, a Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year. She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.

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Elephant's Story: A Picture Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374399139
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 22nd, 2013

Dan Close: The Glory of the Kings (Essex)

Join Dan Close for a discussion of his latest work, a historical novel entitled The Glory of the Kings.  This story recounts the adventures of two Ethiopian brothers who in 1895 join the army of Emperor Menelik II and go off to fight against the European colonizers bent on conquering the ancient mountain kingdom.

About the book: The year is 1896. The European colonizing effort known as ‘The Scramble For Africa’ is at its peak. Against the threat of invasion, Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II, King of Kings, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, issues a proclamation of war and rallies his troops to the defense of the Motherland. In the far south of Ethiopia, in the small mountain town of Bekoji high on the Arusi Plateau, two brothers – Bedane and Chala Negassa – answer the Emperor’s call to battle. Too young to join the army, Chala is assigned to guide Haile Mikael Tesfaye, the Bishop of Ba’le Province, and help him journey north to the battle to pray for the success of the troops. This, then, is the tale of the adventures of Bedane, Chala, and Father Haile, as the Bishop likes to be called. The characters are fictitious. The historical events are real.

Dan Close's background in education includes teaching in a variety of places across the globe, including Long Island, Manhattan, the Bronx, St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, Shiprock in Navaholand, and at 9000’ altitude in the little mountain town of Bekoji, fabled home of Ethiopia’s Olympic-gold-medal-winning long-distance runners. He is the author of several books, including What the Abenaki Say About Dogs, A Year On The Bus, and Stories From The Arusi Hills (which was selected for the official 50th Anniversary Peace Corps Collection of the Library of Congress). His previous works have been favorably reviewed by writers as diverse as Jodi Picoult and Rusty DeWees. He currently lives in Underhill, Vermont and, when he isn’t writing something, he can be found stacking wood, muttering about the state of his garden, driving hither and yon, and wondering what’s going to happen next.

Wimpy Kid Book 8 Mobile

Wimpy Kid Book 8 MobileWe are thrilled that the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8 Mobile will be at our store! Wimpy Kid book 8 will release on November 5, 2013, and is one of the biggest books of the year. Come one, come all to get free Wimpy Kid goodies, see Wimpy Kid book trailers, get your photo taken and emailed or texted to you, and preorder book 8 and buy favorite backlist books.


NOTE: Jeff Kinney will not be making an appearance with the book 8 mobile.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 8: Hard Luck Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781419711329
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 5th, 2013

Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 7: Third Wheel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419705847
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 13th, 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 6: Cabin Fever Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419702235
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 15th, 2011

Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 4 - Dog Days Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810983915
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 12th, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 3 - The Last Straw Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810970687
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 1st, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 5: The Ugly Truth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810984912
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 1st, 2010

Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 2 - Rodrick Rules Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810994737
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Harry N. Abrams - February 1st, 2008

Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 1 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810993136
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 1st, 2007


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