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These events all took place in our Essex store.

Graphic Novel Readers and Creators (Essex)

Get together to discuss graphic novels past and present, talk about graphic novel you're reading now or the one you're working on, network with other readers, writers and artists, or just come to gab about comics in general. No style or genre will be ignored. If you are a creator, be ready for real critiques. Facilitator Rick Evans is a graphic designer and comic book fan living in Underhill. In his spare time he creates sequential art for no money at all at and

Phoenix Writing Group (Essex)

Join us for the next meeting of the Phoenix Writing Group! This group is intended to support efforts by writers in all genres and all levels of expertise, from beginner to published. Participants were invited to bring a sample of their original work for reading and discussion, as well as a favorite piece to read and share with the group. Nothing is required, though, and the event is free and open to the public.

Megan Price: Vermont Wild Volume 2 (Essex)

Come meet the author behind one of Phoenix’s bestselling books of 2010, Vermont Wild Volume 1. Megan will join us for the afternoon to talk about and sign her latest collection of Fish & Game Warden stories, Vermont Wild Volume 2. Did you know both volumes feature laminated water-resistant covers designed to slide into a backpack and be taken into the woods for reading out of doors? Come in and have Megan personalize a copy of Vermont Wild for the hunter or wildlife-watcher in your life!

Stephen Russell Payne: Cliff Walking (Essex)

Set on the rocky and at times unforgiving coast of Maine, Stephen Russell Payne's emotionally powerful debut novel, Cliff Walking, shares a poignant tale of loss and love that weaves together the lives of three desperate people who struggle mightily to find a way to save each other. Stephen Russell Payne has written for Vermont Life magazine, The Tufts Review, The Vermont Literary Review, Livin' the Vermont Way magazine, and Route 7-Vermont Literary Journal.

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!

Full Circle: Medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, and Holiday Music (Essex)

Come enjoy live music while you shop, or while you relax in our cafe! Full Circle is a group of five women who play a mixture of medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, folk, and holiday music on recorders, tin whistle, harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, percussion and voices. They have three recordings which will be offered for sale at the store before and after the concert.

EAL Holiday Art Show (Essex)

Please visit to enjoy over two dozen local artists' works of art. This show, an artist's choice exhibit, will run through the end of December.

All of the artwork is original work, and a variety of mediums are represented.

The featured artists are members of the Essex Art League, whose goal is to support the appreciation and creation of regional artwork. Members meet monthly to share ideas and information, create and implement programs, and participate in show venues.

Kristin Richland and Karen Witt: Art Exhibit (Essex)

Come on in to enjoy the imaginative art of Kristin Richland and Karen Witt.  We booksellers have been raving about their line-up of evocative and whimsical pieces.  Kristin Richland adds, "We're pretty pleased with how they look together, almost making a story line from day to night."

A Vermont native, in 1999 Kristin Richland received her BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art.  While in Portland, she was represented by Filament Gallery, exhibiting small soft-sculptures and drawings.  Since 2006, she has taken part in the annual VT Crafts Council Open Studio tour, various small picture exhibits in Vermont, the 2008 Art Hop in Burlington, and a MECA Painter's show at the June Fitzpatrick gallery in Portland Maine.

"When I paint or draw," she says, "my goal is to create an environment that you want to step into, a quiet moment filled with a sense of expectancy.  Yet as most of my environments are either underwater or are obviously not peopled by humans, there is, for myself at least, a bittersweet sense of the unattainable."

Karen Witt is a self-taught artist, who has been drawing her entire life.  According to family legend, she was drawing before she could write.  "I love stories and I love to experiment with various art media," she says.  "I enjoy creating art with colored pencils, acrylics, oils, watercolors, soft pastels, oil pastels, and graphite.  I have an active imagination, and I believe that stories are all around us - if we just take the time to look and listen..."

(Image is "Frog in the Forest" by Kristin Richland.  Used with permission of the artist.)


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