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Open daily for public browsing! Phone ordering/curbside pickup available and free domestic shipping for books on orders of $20 or more.

Burlington: M-Sat 10-7, Su 11-6. 802.448.3350
Essex: M-Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. 802.872.7111
Rutland: M-Sat 10-6, Sun 11-4. 802.855.8078


These events all took place in our Essex store.

Tarot Readings with Geri Ann Higgins

Kick off the Halloween season with a tarot reading from Geri Ann Higgins!  You just might find that tarot is a lot more practical - and less eerie - than you expect. 

These "mini" readings will be approximately 8-10 minutes long, and will be scheduled throughout the afternoon.  Space is limited, so please sign up ahead of time by calling 872-7111 or stopping in at Phoenix Books Essex. Also, please be sure to arrive a few minutes early.  You can choose from one of the following three spreads; we encourage you to choose before arriving, so that you have as much time as possible for your reading. Each mini reading is $10, cash or check only, payable at the reading.

1.  Help with Problem Solving: Reveals a situation presently facing you, an approach not to take, a suggested approach to take.

2.  Will, Fortune, Fate, Free Will (Higher Self): Will - What you are trying to create in your life right now.  Fortune: "Lucky happenstance" occurring right now.  Fate - A current fate that will reveal itself based on a pattern of your behavior up until now.  Free Will - What your higher self is urging you to pay attention to/accomplish right now.

3.  Guidance for Tomorrow: Morning, afternoon, evening of the next day.

Geri Ann Higgins has been working with and studying the Tarot since the early 90's. She views Tarot as a tool for growth, healing, empowerment and peace of mind. "In some ways," she says, "Tarot works as a metaphysical 'life coach' through illuminating set patterns, serving up inspiring ideas, helping to visually set intentions and kickstart manifestation."

A Different Kind of Safari with Helen Hipp (Essex)

Children and their families are invited to go on A Different Kind of Safari with Helen Hipp. This event will include giveaways, music and fun activities! A drawing will be held, and one lucky winner will receive in the mail a signed copy of A Different Kind of Safari.

Based loosely on real life experiences, A Different Kind of Safari is a creative and fun heartwarming adventure book. The book is intended for parents, caregivers, teachers and children who may have felt at some point in their life that they were different from their peers. A book for all ages, the story clearly presents itself as a thought provoking, illustrating how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are. Feeling “different and lonely” Raymond befriends a hippo while on Safari in Africa. Unlike other grey hippos, this hippo is pink. Ray is soon carried into a world of wonderment, a world beyond labels and challenging assumptions.

Prior to becoming a full-time professional Life Coach and author, Helen received her masters in counseling at Johnson State College and became a credentialed psychotherapist in 2007. Helen's practice, WithinU Life Coaching, supports adults and specializes in supporting adults with special needs and their families. Helen has over 13 years of counseling experience and over 20 years experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs.

Tree of Knowledge

Phoenix Books is excited to announce our Tree of Knowledge Summer Reading Program for all of our young customers! Sign-up begins on June 20th, but feel free to join throughout the summer.

Over the summer, participants are encouraged to visit Phoenix Books Essex and Phoenix Books Burlington. While visiting, they'll be given a “leaf” on which they'll document their latest read. Leaves will be attached to our in-store Tree of Knowledge. Readers help the Tree "grow" all summer long by reading books and gaining new knowledge!

Our reading program is designed to be laid back, fun, and free of competition. It will run through the end of August, and is open to kids of all ages.  Come on in to sign up and get your reading log!

Bookstore Bingo

Kids entering 4th-8th grade in the fall are invited to play Bookstore Bingo this summer!  Read books to achieve "BINGO:"

  • Complete 1 line or 4 corners and kids get a free advance reading copy (while supplies last).
  • Complete the outer border and enter to win a $25 gift card and other great prizes.
  • Complete the entire card and enter to win a $50 gift card and other great prizes

Come on in to either Phoenix Books location to sign up and get your Bingo card!  Sign-up begins June 20th, but feel free to join throughout the summer.

Participants of Bookstore Bingo are encouraged to take part in our Tree of Knowledge summer reading program as well.

A Long-Expected Party - In Celebration of Hobbit Day (Essex)

Last year’s birthday party for Bilbo was so much fun for us here at Phoenix Books that we couldn’t wait to do it again this year. Join us in Essex on Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 pm to celebrate Hobbit Day. Dress up as your favorite character, go on a Trivia Quest, test your geography of MiddleEarth, and decipher Dwarvish runes! Just like last year, there will be Hobbit-approved food and drinks and great prizes -plus a short talk by UVM's expert on all things Tolkien, Professor Chistopher Vaccarro!


Find Waldo in Burlington and Essex!

Where's Waldo? In Burlington and Essex, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting over thirty different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more. From City Market to the Fletcher Free Library, from Outdoor Gear Exchange to Global Pathways, Waldo figures will be well hidden in downtown Burlington business establishments, as well as in businesses in and around Essex Shoppes & Cinema in Essex, Vermont. Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Burlington and Essex!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Phoenix Books Burlington or Phoenix Books Essex to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to entry in a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. (Must be present to win.)

Here's the complete list of businesses taking part!

Want to see how easy and fun it can be to collect your stamps and signatures? Explore this map. You can zoom in on Burlington or Essex.

View Find Waldo in Burlington & Essex 2013! in a larger map

Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 58 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into eighteen languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 265 independent bookstores all across the country, including Phoenix Books Burlington here in downtown Burlington and Phoenix Books Essex in Essex Shoppes & Cinema, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Burlington, call Phoenix Books Burlington at 802-448-3350 or Phoenix Books Essex at 802-872-7111.

Where's Waldo? The Search for the Lost Things Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763658328
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Candlewick - February 14th, 2012

Where's Waldo? The Incredible Paper Chase Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763647254
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Candlewick - February 8th, 2011

Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780763635008
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2007

Stewart McHenry on Photography - an Open Studio Demo (Essex)

Learn about photography with Stewart McHenry!

Stewart was born and raised in Chicago where he received an undergraduate education in art history at the University of Chicago. Studio art classes, at the U. of C. were with teachers from the Art Institute of Chicago. His life did not follow a straight line from childhood to the present day as a photographer and artist. He made several digressions along the way. Traveling and attending schools in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa proved inspirational and very stimulating and the source of many of his photographs. The medium primarily used and enjoyed by Stewart is collage, sculptured 3D photography. His works inevitably come from a feeling of fun, joy and playfulness. Working with patterns of space, depth and design he smiles with the creation and feeling of movement. Playing with empty space is another great delight for him. His works often play with simple curves or liner geometry but on other occasions they are flamboyant, curvy luxuriant and complex.

Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and the creative process in which Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public to visit them in their studios. The Vermont Crafts Council launched Open Studio Weekend in 1993 as a way to increase the visibility of artists and craftspeople in Vermont. The event's goal is to foster an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont's communities.

The photo pictured is "Greek Village Off the Peloponnesus," by Stewart McHenry.

Elizabeth Llewellyn on Layering with Colored Pencils - an Open Studio Demo (Essex)

Learn about the layering of color to build up a colored pencil painting with Elizabeth Llewellyn!

Elizabeth Llewellyn is a lifelong artist who has been making art since she was old enough to hold a crayon. She has a BA degree in Fine Art. Her favourite mediums are graphite, colored pencil and oil and her favourite subjects are horses and cats. Her fine art pet portraits have sold in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Canada, and the US. Elizabeth Llewellyn's art is realistic and detailed in style. She loves teaching art to all ages.

Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend is a statewide celebration of the visual arts and the creative process in which Vermont artists and craftspeople invite the public to visit them in their studios. The Vermont Crafts Council launched Open Studio Weekend in 1993 as a way to increase the visibility of artists and craftspeople in Vermont. The event's goal is to foster an appreciation for the creative process and the role that artists and craftspeople play in the vitality of Vermont's communities. 

Milton: Images of America with Gary Furlong (Essex)

Join Gary Furlong to learn about the triumphs and struggles of Milton, Vermont as it established a strong identity through the years. Gary is the author of Milton, a new addition to the Images of America series.

Milton, located in the northwest corner of Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain, covers some 67 square miles. The area attracted settlers who found the pine forests ideal for lumbering and the land fertile enough to farm. One-room schoolhouses dotted the landscape and commerce grew in the Main and River Streets area. With the arrival of the railroad and the creation of summer camps and recreation areas, Milton quickly became an attractive destination for visitors from Boston, New York and beyond. Yet, rural, northern Vermont was not an easy place to make a living or create a community.

Gary Furlong has been a teacher at Milton High School for over 23 years and a resident of Milton for over eight years. As a history teacher and board member of the Milton Historical Society, Gary, along with the members of the society, is interested in preserving the history of Milton for future generations.

Milton (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738598314
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - April 29th, 2013

VT Mommies Adult Story Time (Essex)

Phoenix Books is excited to co-host this event with VT Mommies!  Here are the details, from VT Mommies:

"The writers at VT Mommies love to share our stories. Connecting Vermont moms is our passion, but to truly be the voice of all Vermont moms, we need to hear from you! Find a pen, crayon, or time at your iPad and, in 1,000 words or less, tell us about the first time you really felt like a mom. Was it the test drive of a mini-van, the late night sewing of a Halloween costume, the first gummy smile of your newborn? Write it down and then join us for an evening of Adult Story Time on Tuesday, May 14th at Phoenix Books at the Essex Outlets in Essex.

"The event starts at 6:30 PM. Phoenix Books will offer beer, wine, coffee and food specials to get you fueled for your time to be heard. Adult Story Time readings will start at 7:30 PM and go until 9:00 PM. Please RSVP and sign-up to read at our Adult Story Time by visiting our website at And be sure to find us on Facebook at www.facebook/VTMommies.

"We can’t wait to hear your stories. We might laugh or cry, but we promise not to interrupt."


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