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These events all took place in our Essex store.

Call for Artists: Peepers & Creepers

The Gallery at Phoenix Books Essex is now seeking artists for our next exhibit, "Peepers & Creepers." 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, amphibians, and insects 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.

Do you have a piece of art featuring a peeper or a creeper? Contact Colleen at for more details!

While you're at it, mark your calendar for the event that inspired this exhibit: Newt Night with the North Branch Nature Center at Phoenix Books Essex on Wednesday, March 13th. You can read more here.

Discover Mysterious Pinot Noir (Essex)

Join us as we explore the mysterious world of Kelly’s favorite varietal, Pinot Noir.  It's nuances have beguiled many a wine lover over the centuries.  We will explore several examples of Pinot from around the globe and match them with local cheese.  If wine education was a train ride, Pinot Noir would be your "final destination."

Reservations strongly recommend.
$30 plus tax. Must be 21 or older.
Register online or at Phoenix Books Essex.

Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today's Vermont with Howard Coffin (Essex)

Discover the Civil War in today's Vermont with Howard Coffin.

Today, throughout Vermont, it is possible to identify hundreds and hundreds of Civil War-related sites. Throughout Vermont are soldier homes, halls where war meetings encouraged enlistments, churches where soldier funerals were held and abolitionists spoke, monuments to those who served, hospital sites, and homes where women gathered to make items for the soldiers. The Vermont State House is a virtual Civil War museum. A building survives in Woodstock where the war was administered. Cemeteries hold the gravestones of many of the 34,000 who fought. A field even exists where in 1803 a Quaker preacher heard a voice from above fortell a bloody war over slavery. With the help of this book, Civil War sites can be located as in no other state, taking the reader through the beautiful Vermont landscape of hill farms and small towns that looks more like the Civil War era than that of any other state.

A seventh‐generation Vermonter with six ancestors who served in Vermont regiments, Howard Coffin lectures extensively on the Civil War. He is also the author of Full Duty: Vermont in the Civil War; Nine Months to Gettysburg; and The Battered Stars. A former press secretary to U.S. Senator James Jeffords, Coffin and his wife, Sue, live in Montpelier, Vermont.

Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today's Vermont Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780881509816
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Countryman Press - May 6th, 2013

"Inspired by Maddie" Reception with Theron Humphrey and Maddie the Coonhound of Maddie on Things (Open Studio Weekend at Phoenix Books Essex)

Professional photographer and wanderer, Theron Humphrey, and Maddie the coonhound -  known for known for their wildly popular Instagram and Tumblr pages - have hit the road in support of their debut book Maddie on Things. They've inspired and are participating in our Spring Open Studio Weekend art show, "Inspired by Maddie." Come meet Theron and Maddie, as well as the local artists and community members taking part in this exhibit. In addition, Random Rescue, a unique dog adoption service, will have information about available dogs and the services they offer, as well as homemade dog treats for sale to benefit Random Rescue.

Reception is open to the public. Join us for a fun evening and check out some local and touring talent!

In 2011, Theron Humphrey decided to traverse the US, meeting and photographing someone new each day. Maddie the Coonhound rides shotgun—and has a special talent, an uncanny sense of balance. The blog and upcoming book Maddie on Things record their adventures.

Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452115566
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - March 26th, 2013

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 (The Farm Table Cookbook) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781581571660
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
Published: Countryman Press - May 6th, 2013

Dishing Up® Vermont: 145 Authentic Recipes from the Green Mountain State Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603420259
Availability: Click Title to See Location Inventory
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
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
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 - Subject to Availability
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
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ISBN: 9780547763484
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
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. 


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