"Abolition & the Underground Railroad in Vermont" with Michelle Arnosky Sherburne (Fletcher Free Library)

Join Michelle Arnosky Sherburne at the Fletcher Free Library for a discussion of Abolition & the Underground Railroad in Vermont.

Many believe that support for the abolition of slavery was universally accepted in Vermont, but it was actually a fiercely divisive issue that rocked the Green Mountain State. In the midst of turbulence and violence, though, some brave Vermonters helped fight for the freedom of their enslaved Southern brethren. Thaddeus Stevens—one of abolition’s most outspoken advocates—was a Vermont native. Delia Webster, the first woman arrested for aiding a fugitive slave, was also a Vermonter. The Rokeby house in Ferrisburgh was a busy Underground Railroad station for decades. Peacham’s Oliver Johnson worked closely with William Lloyd Garrison during the abolition movement. Discover the stories of these and others in Vermont who risked their own lives to help more than four thousand slaves to freedom.

Michelle Arnosky Sherburne lives with her husband and son in Newbury, Vermont. She is a Vermont historian and has spent years researching the Underground Railroad and the Civil War, lecturing at schools and local organizations. Michelle co-authored A Vermont Hill Town in the Civil War: Peacham’s Story and is a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. She works at a weekly newspaper when not on history quests.

Abolition & the Underground Railroad in Vermont (Civil War) By Michelle Arnosky Sherburne Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626190382
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Published: History Press - August 6th, 2013

Sydney Lea (Offsite - NEFCU)

Join us at this event with Sydney Lea, part of NEFCU's Distinguished
Vermont Writers Series, at 141 Harvest Lane in Williston.  For more
information, call NEFCU at 800-400-8790.

I Was Thinking of Beauty By Sydney Lea Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935536314
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Published: Four Way Books - April 9th, 2013

A North Country Life: Tales of Woodsmen, Waters, and Wildlife By Sydney Lea, Nick Lyons (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Sydney Lea, Nick Lyons (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781616088637
Published: Skyhorse - January 15th, 2013

Andrea Chesman (Offsite - NEFCU)

Join us at this event with Andrea Chesman, part of NEFCU's Distinguished Vermont Writers Series, at 141 Harvest Lane in Williston.  For more information, call NEFCU at 800-400-8790.

Andrea’s latest book is, Pickled Pantry which has more than 150
recipes for pickles, relishes, chutneys, salsas, sauerkraut and kimchi.
It’s a book for beginners and experienced picklers alike, with a whole
chapter on single-jar recipes. Andrea is a prolific writer whose
articles have appeared in Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, Food & Wine and The New York Times, to name just a few. A Vermont Life contributing editor for 12 years, she is also the author of Recipes from the Root Cellar: 250 Fresh Ways to Enjoy Winter Vegetables; 250 Treasured Country Desserts; and The New Vegetarian Grill Special Note: Andrea will bring samples of her delicious picklings and preservings for tasting at her appearance. 

The Pickled Pantry: From Apples to Zucchini, 150 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, Chutneys & More By Andrea Chesman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603425629
Availability: Not in stock. At Our Partner Warehouse: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - June 5th, 2012

Recipes from the Root Cellar: 270 Fresh Ways to Enjoy Winter Vegetables By Andrea Chesman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603425452
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - July 2nd, 2010

250 Treasured Country Desserts: Mouthwatering, Time-honored, Tried & True, Soul-satisfying, Handed-down Sweet Comforts By Andrea Chesman, Fran Raboff Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603421522
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - August 19th, 2009

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Serving Up the Harvest: Celebrating the Goodness of Fresh Vegetables: 175 Simple Recipes By Andrea Chesman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580176637
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - April 30th, 2007

Northern Borders (Offsite - Contois Auditorium)

Award-winning Vermont director Jay Craven will present his new film, Northern Borders, at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 22nd and Friday, August 23rd at the Contois Auditorium in Burlington, Vermont—as part of Craven’s 100 Town Tour of northern New England this summer. Craven, who is currently featured in Orion Magazine ( for his place-based film work, will introduce the picture and lead a post-film discussion.

Northern Borders is based on Howard Frank Mosher’s award-winning novel that was recently declared by The London Guardian as one of the “Top Ten Books Featuring Grandparents” (others included Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). The picture stars Bruce Dern (Coming Home, Alfred Hitchock’s Family Plot) and Geneviève Bujold (Anne of a Thousand Days, King of Hearts). Dern was recently named Best Actor at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, for Alexander Payne’s new film, Nebraska which he shot immediately after completing Northern Borders. Both Bujold and Dern have received Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy nominations. Bujold has also won an Emmy and Golden Globe. Northern Borders also stars Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Moonrise Kingdom) and 2010 Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (Sideways, Friends).

Northern Borders tells the story of ten year-old Austen Kittredge, who is sent to live on his grandparents’ Kingdom County Vermont farm, where he has wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956 and Austen experiences rural Kingdom County as a place full of eccentric people including his stubborn grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years War. Initially feeling stuck in this fractured household, young Austen plans a quick exit but ends up stranded with no choice but to navigate and endure. A humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age story, Northern Borders evokes Vermont’s wildness, its sublime beauty, a haunted past, and an aura of enchantment.

Northern Borders was produced as the result of a unique partnership between Jay Craven’s non-profit Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College, where Craven is professor of film. The picture was made as the outcome of a semester-long film intensive called Movies from Marlboro. It was produced on a lean budget, through the collaboration of 20 young filmmaking professionals and 34 students and recent graduates from 15 colleges, who worked in substantial roles in every level of production. A new 2014 Movies from Marlboro project will produce Peter and John, based on Guy de Maupassant’s ground-breaking 1887 novel. That production will again partner professionals and students from multiple colleges who earn academic credit for a “semester away” from their home school. Information is available at or by contacting Jay Craven (

Jay Craven’s Vermont films have been called “New England westerns,” for their larger-than-life characters, archetypal themes involving vanishing ways of life, and their wild and rough-hewn natural settings, where an outlaw culture thrives in the margins. Craven’s films have played in 53 countries and throughout the U.S. and Canada. His awards include two New England Emmys, two National Endowment for the Arts film production grants, and The Producers’ Guild of America’s 1995 NOVA Award for Most Promising New Motion Picture of the Year. Special screenings include The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, the American Film Institute, Harvard Film Archives, George Eastman House, Cinémathèque Française, The Constitutional Court of Johannesburg, La Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela, and Beijing Normal University.

Northern Borders tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds will pay the film’s completion costs – and help launch Movies from Marlboro - 2014. Cape Cinema screening schedules and showtimes are available at Northern Borders 100 Town Tour schedules are available online at or by calling 802-357-4616.

Northern Borders: A Novel By Howard Frank Mosher Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618240098
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Published: Mariner Books - September 4th, 2002

Borders is Mosher’s nostalgic novel of life in northern Vermont’s
Kingdom County, as told by a man remembering his boyhood. In 1948
six-year-old Austen Kittredge III leaves his widowed father to live with
his paternal grandparents on their farm in the township of Lost Nation.
Escapades at the county fair, doings at the annual family reunion and
Shakespeare performance, and conflicts at the one-room schoolhouse are
all recounted lovingly in this enchanting coming-of-age story filled
with luminous memories and the deepest of childhood secrets, as a boy is
molded into a man.

About the Author

HOWARD FRANK MOSHER is the author of ten books, including Waiting
for Teddy Williams, The True Account, and A Stranger in the Kingdom,
which, along with Disappearances, was corecipient of the New England
Book Award for fiction. He lives in Vermont.

Burlington Book Festival

Welcome to the Burlington Book Festival! The Queen City’s annual celebration of the written word offers readings, signings, panels, workshops, demos, family activities, and special events featuring literary luminaries from around the world and just around the corner. All events are free of charge and open to the public. As in years past, Phoenix Books will be handling book sales as the official Festival Bookstore. Click through to visit the official festival website.

We'll also be hosting Burlington Book Festival events at Phoenix Books Burlington:

Friday - Burlington's First-Ever New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest
7pm:  So you want to know what happens behind the scenes at The New Yorker cartoon department? Here's your chance. Come to Phoenix Books for this special Burlington Book Festival contest, and be ready to submit your wittiest captions for drawings by acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Winners will be chosen - live, in person, and out loud - by a panel of celebrity judges, including Josie Leavitt, Jim Romanoff, and Kevin Byer.  Harry Bliss himself will emcee. Winning captions will be published in Seven Days! Other great prizes include signed prints and autographed copies of Harry Bliss' Death by Laughter. Spectators welcome, but participation is encouraged! Want to get your creative juices flowing? Visit Phoenix Books Burlington now to view the three cartoons in question.

Saturday - Families at Phoenix
12pm:  Marilyn Webb Neagley: Loosie B. Goosie
1pm: Brian D. Cohen: The Bird Book
2pm: Eileen Christelow: Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat
3pm: Laban Carrick Hill: When the Beat was Born
4pm: Tracey Campbell Pearson: Elephant's Story

Sunday - Women's Work Reading Series
12pm: Jessica Maria Tuccelli: Glow
1pm: Angela Patten: High Tea at a Low Table
2pm: Professor Emerita Cardy Raper: A Woman of Science
3pm: Abigail Carroll: Four Squares

And that's only the events at Phoenix Books Burlington!  You can find the full schedule for the Burlington Book Festival at the offical festival website.

The Bird Book By Holiday Eames, Brian Cohen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Holiday Eames, Brian Cohen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780989310420
Published: Green Writers Press - October 24th, 2013

The Bird Book is a children's alphabet book by artist and educator, Brian D. Cohen, with rhyming couplets written by Holiday Eames. Created for their son, David, each letter of the alphabet in both uppercase and lowercase, corresponds to the bird illustrated on each page. The description can be read aloud to especially inquisitive children, or be enjoyed by an adult reader alike.

Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat (A Five Little Monkeys Story) By Eileen Christelow, Eileen Christelow (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547858937
Availability: Backordered. On Order at the Warehouse.
Published: Clarion Books - August 13th, 2013

Five excited little monkeys dress up for Halloween. They are going trick-or-treating with their favorite babysitter, Lulu. "Ghost, princess, goblin, banana, and alien," Mama reminds her. "Don't lose the rascals!" But soon those mischievous monkeys meet other costumed friends and decide to try "the best Halloween trick ever!" Will Lulu be fooled? Or will those five little rascals get tricked by their own monkey business?

Vibrant, silly, and perfect for reading aloud, this non-scary Halloween story is sure to delight fans of this best-selling series. Includes recipes for "eyeballs" and "worm juice" so kids and their grownups can make their own holiday "trick" treats at home.

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop By Laban Carrick Hill, Theodore Taylor, III (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596435407
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 27th, 2013

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc.

On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks--the musical interludes between verses--longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is "When the Beat Was Born." From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.

High Tea at a Low Table, Stories from an Irish Childhood By Angela Patten Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781935922285
Published: Wind Ridge Books - July 19th, 2013

Irish born and Vermont settled poet Angela Patten turns her lyrical skills to this story-telling memoir of growing up in horse-and-cart Dublin, striving to find her own voice amid the insistent clamor of family and clergy. She was a child in the 50s when Irish milmen still rode bicycles, ladled loose mil from a tilley-can, and telling stories was both entertainment and sustenance. She broke away from home and the authoritarian rule of the Catholic Church as she came of age in the 60s and an unruly future on American soil beckoned.

Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal By Abigail Carroll Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465025527
Published: Basic Books - September 10th, 2013

In "Three Squares," food historian Abigail Carroll upends the popular understanding of our most cherished mealtime traditions, revealing that our eating habits have never been stable--far from it, in fact. The eating patterns and ideals we've inherited are relatively recent inventions, the products of complex social and economic forces, as well as the efforts of ambitious inventors, scientists and health gurus. Whether we're pouring ourselves a bowl of cereal, grabbing a quick sandwich, or congregating for a family dinner, our mealtime habits are living artifacts of our collective history--and represent only the latest stage in the evolution of the American meal. Our early meals, Carroll explains, were rustic affairs, often eaten hastily, without utensils, and standing up. Only in the nineteenth century, when the Industrial Revolution upset work schedules and drastically reduced the amount of time Americans could spend on the midday meal, did the shape of our modern "three squares" emerge: quick, simple, and cold breakfasts and lunches and larger, sit-down dinners. Since evening was the only part of the day when families could come together, dinner became a ritual--as American as apple pie. But with the rise of processed foods, snacking has become faster, cheaper, and easier than ever, and many fear for the fate of the cherished family meal as a result.
The story of how t

Chris Bohjalian and Stephen Kiernan: "The Light in the Ruins" & "The Curiosity" Rock-and-Roll Book Tour (Fletcher Free Library)

Phoenix Books is excited to announce this very special event with Chris Bohjalian and Stephen Kiernan!

Chris Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed author of sixteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Sandcastle Girls, Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, and Midwives. His novel Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and three of his novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers). He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. Visit him at or on Facebook.

Stephen Kiernan is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop fiction MFA program and holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University. In his twenty-five years as a journalist, he has won more than forty awards. He is a popular media commentator and the author of the non-fiction books Last Rights and Authentic Patriotism.






PLUS: Win Chris Bohjalian— in your living room!
Have you always wanted to ask New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian what Sybil Danforth was really thinking in “Midwives”? Or why he wrote “The Sandcastle Girls” from the perspective of a woman? Or how “The Light in Ruins” was born?

Here is your chance: Chris Bohjalian will join your book group in your home to discuss any of his books with you and your group! One name will be drawn from a hat at his kick off event for “The Light in the Ruins” at the Fletcher Free Library on July 8th– brought to you by Phoenix Books! The only stipulations…
1– You must be present to win
2– The group must meet within 65 driving miles of Lincoln, Vermont

Not in a book group? No worries! If you win and you are not in a book group, Chris will take you and 2 of your friends to lunch at Leunigs’s on Church Street. So join Chris on July 8th- and bring him home!

The Curiosity: A Novel By Stephen P. Kiernan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062221063
Published: William Morrow - July 9th, 2013

The Curiosity, Stephen Kiernan's debut novel, is a
gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller that raises
disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity--man as a
scientific subject, as a tabloid plaything, as a living being, as a
curiosity.... Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a
breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in
the ice. Remarkably, the frozen man is brought back to the lab and
successfully reanimated. As the man begins to regain his memories, the
team learns that he was--is--a judge, Jeremiah Rice, and the last thing
he remembers is falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906. Thrown
together by circumstances beyond their control, Kate and Jeremiah grow
closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah's new life is slipping
away...and all too soon, Kate must decide how far she is willing to go
to protect the man she has come to love.

Bob's Birthday Bash (Screen-Free Week - Jericho Community Center)

Join us for a birthday extravaganza in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Tracey Campbell Pearson's Bob.  We'll have facepainting, a story walk, and Bob-themed crafts - and a visit from Tracey Campbell Pearson herself!

Tracey Campbell Pearson is the beloved author and illustrator of many children’s books, including The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson, a Booklist Editors’ Choice Top of the List–Youth Picture Book winner and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She lives in Jericho Center, 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.

Bob: A Picture Book By Tracey Campbell Pearson, Tracey Campbell Pearson (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374408718
Published: Square Fish - February 21st, 2006

Inspired by a pep talk from a cat, a rooster named Bob who's been spending his days merely clucking and never crowing flies the coop to find his true voice. Along the way, he meets many animals who teach him their sounds - but unfortunately not the one he's looking for. Away from the farm all night long, Bob is greeted early in the morning by just the right noise. It's dark by the time he gets back to the henhouse, and when a dangerous fox intrudes, Bob has an urgent reason to try his new crow before daybreak - but "cock-a-doodle-do" alone may not be enough to do the trick.