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These events all took place in our Essex store.

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.

Discoveries in Wine: The Skinny Challenge (Essex)

The Skinny Vine wines have all the flavor at 25-35% fewer calories. Don't believe it?  Sip for yourself at our challenge.  What's the Skinny Challenge?  It's a blind taste test to see if you can pick out the Skinny Vine wine next to full calorie wines. Join us for the challenge! 

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 $15 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.

Vermont Wild Volume 3 with Megan Price (Essex)

Join us for a meet and greet and book signing with Vermont Wild author Megan Price! Meet the author behind two of Phoenix’s bestselling books of 2010 and 2011, Vermont Wild Volume 1 and Vermont Wild Volume 2. Megan will join us for the afternoon to talk about and sign her latest collection of Fish & Game Warden stories, Vermont Wild Volume 3. Come in and have Megan personalize a copy of Vermont Wild for the hunter or wildlife-watcher in your life.

What will you find in Vermont Wild Volume 3?  Wacky, true warden encounters with a cagey cougar, battlin’ beavers, wily woodchuck, monkeys with guns and a jinxed snowmobile; Bonus: memories of legendary warden, Red Hooper, and his dog, Smokey.
304 pages, illustrated by Bob Lutz, paperback.

Megan Price was born and raised in Vermont, worked as an award-winning journalist for many years and was elected to serve three terms in the Vermont House of Representatives. Her "Vermont Wild" book series, chronicling game warden' zany encounters with lovesick moose, hungry bears, rioting raccoons, wily poachers and stubborn hunting dogs are Vermont best-sellers.

Vermont Wild III: Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens Cover Image
By Megan Price, Bob Lutz (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780982887233
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Pine Marten Press - November 1st, 2012

Vermont Wild II: More Adventures Of Vermont Fish And Game Wardens Cover Image
By Megan Price, Norma Montaigne (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780982887202
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Pine Marten Press - November 1st, 2011

Vermont Wild: Adventures Of Vermont Fish And Game Wardens Cover Image
By Megan Price, Bob Lutz (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780982887219
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Pine Marten Press - November 1st, 2010

How Does Sleep Come? with Jeanne Blackmore (Essex)

Jeanne has drawn upon her storytelling heritage to craft the idyllic prose and soothing rhythms of How Does Sleep Come? Jeanne's grandfather, Roger Duvoisin, was a Caldecott Medal-winning children's book author and illustrator, most notably of the Petunia stories and The Happy Lion series. All of her siblings are authors of one sort or another. Jeanne grew up surrounded by wonderful stories, some of the best coming from her older brother, Marc Duvoisin, who often set his tall tales to dramatic piano accompaniment.

Within the lines of her poetic prose, Blackmore has brought to life the lilting cadence of an unheard serenade, creating an exquisite nighttime tale for all young readers, accompanied by the peaceful illustrations of New York Times best-selling illustrator Elizabeth Sayles. Featuring serene, softly textured landscapes, Sayles has brought the wondrous dreamscapes of the imagination to life in this sweet tale where a little boy drifts to the land of dreams with visions of quiet meadows and misty harbors guided by his mother’s love. The ideal bedtime story that explores the journey to sleep is sure to become a new classic for young readers.

Jeanne Blackmore works as an attorney during the day and, unable to resist the storytelling heritage of her family, writes in her spare time. Jeanne lives in northern Vermont with her husband and their two children, along with two dogs, several chickens, and a bunch of hermit crabs.

How Does Sleep Come? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781402271052
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - September 1st, 2012

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 ywp.nanowrimo.org, but don't worry: absolutely all young writers are welcome, whether you're participating in NaNoWriMo or not. See you there!

Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain with Thea Lewis (Essex)

Despite the beauty of the Champlain Valley, it has been the site of dark and
mysterious events; it is not surprising that some spirits linger in this
otherwise tranquil place. Fort Ticonderoga saw some of early America's
bloodiest battles, and American, French and British ghosts still stand
guard. A spirit walks the halls of SUNY Plattsburgh, even after his
original haunt burned in 1929. Champlain's islands--Stave, Crab, Valcour
and Garden--all host otherworldly inhabitants, and unidentified
creatures and objects have made appearances on the water, in the sky and
in the forests surrounding the lake. Join Burlington's own Thea Lewis
as she explores the ghosts and legends that haunt Lake Champlain.

Thea Lewis is the owner and tour guide for Queen City Ghost Walk. She is
the author of HAUNTED BURLINGTON (2009). She is
also active in the chamber of commerce in Burlington.

Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain (Haunted America) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609497293
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: History Press (SC) - August 21st, 2012

Haunted Burlington: Spirit's of Vermont's Queen City (Haunted America) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596297685
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: History Press (SC) - September 25th, 2009

Discoveries in Wine: Tuscany (Essex)

"As we slip into my favorite season of Autumn," Kelly says, "my thoughts turn to the wine harvests and what to serve with my turkey." A taste of Tuscany will take us to Italy and reveal the secrets of Chianti Classico and highlight a few treasures Kelly discovered on her last trip to those golden hills. As always we will pair local cheeses and fresh baked bread with our wine selections.

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore Phoenix's new wine selection, which we'll be offering by the glass from our new Vino-temp cuvinee.

Kelly 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 $25 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.

Snoozapalooza (Essex)

Calling all kids! Phoenix is hosting Snoozapalooza, a Dr. Seuss Sleep Book PJ Party.  Come join us for fun activities, giveaways, story time, and more! Attendees are invited to wear pjs, bring a blanket, pillow, and your favorite bedtime stuffed animal for cuddling.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780394800912
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-7 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers -

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 Fall 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.

Archer Mayor - Paradise City: A Joe Gunther Novel (Essex)

Mystery fans have a treat in store when Archer Mayor, author of the highly acclaimed, Vermont-based mystery series featuring detective Joe Gunther, returns to Phoenix Books Essex. Mayor will be reading from and autographing his new novel, Paradise City.

Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther series has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "the best police procedurals being written in America." Mayor is also the 2004 winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Fiction-the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored. In addition, Mayor is a death investigator for Vermont's Chief Medical Examiner, and a Deputy Sheriff for Windham County, VT.

Paradise City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312681951
Availability: Hard to Find - Unlikely to be Available
Published: Minotaur Books - October 2nd, 2012

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