An Afternoon with Senator Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren



UPDATE 6/17/14: Tickets are sold out. Thank you for your interest.




Phoenix Books welcomes Massachusetts Senator ELIZABETH WARREN for a discussion of her bestselling memoir A Fighting Chance.

An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works—and really doesn’t.

In A Fighting Chance, Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families.


DATE & TIME: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM. Doors open at 2:30 PM. Seating is first come, first served. Ticket required.


LOCATION: First Unitarian Universalist Society Meeting House, 152 Pearl Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401


EVENT FORMAT: Elizabeth Warren will discuss her book and answer audience questions. Due to the Senator's schedule, this program does not include a book signing. All books will be pre-signed by Senator Warren with a limited number available for purchase at the event.



ADMISSION PACKAGE: We have two packages available.

  • $35 includes one presigned hardcover of A Fighting Chance, and one Admission Ticket.


  • $45 includes one presigned hardcover of A Fighting Chance, and two Admission Tickets.


Prices do not include VT sales tax. All tickets and books will be available at the Unitarian Church 2:30 p.m. the day of the event. (Tickets and books may not be picked up until that time.)


PHOENIX BOOK CLUB MEMBERS: Discounted tickets available with current membership. In the order comments field, please state "club member" to receive your discount.


DISCLAIMER: Author event sales are final and non-refundable.


FOR MORE ON SENATOR WARREN: Author's Website  Facebook  Twitter



Where's Champ?

Where's Champ? In the Champlain Valley, of course! The famous lake monster is visiting dozens of local businesses throughout our community this summer. From Apple Mountain to Vermont Violins, from Outdoor Gear Exchange to Global Pathways, Champ figures will be well hidden in downtown Burlington business establishments, as well as in businesses in Essex and Jericho. Where's Champ is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to explore local businesses and support the Shop Local movement. Plus, those who spot our local lake serpent can win prizes.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a Where's Champ passport at either of our locations, and get their passport stamped when they Find Champ at our local partners. The grand prize drawing (must be present to win) will take place at Phoenix Books Burlington on August 5th, and CHAMP himself, the mascot of the Vermont Lake Monsters, will attend.

Here's the complete list of businesses taking part!

Thank you to all of these businesses, and to the Vermont Lake Monsters for partnering with us on this event! The Vermont Lake Monsters are Burlington's own minor league baseball team in the Short-Season A classification New York–Penn League, affiliated with the Oakland Athletics. The team plays its home games at Centennial Field on the University of Vermont campus. Young baseball fans can participate in the Lake Monsters' Champ's Kids Club, a free program for kids 12 years old and younger.  To find out more about Champ's Kids Club, click here.

There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts from June 16-August 5. For more information, call Phoenix Books Burlington at 802-448-3350 or Phoenix Books Essex at 802-872-7111.

Glorkian Warrior Video Game Launch Party (OFFSITE)

Second Floor of the BCA Center
Free event, donations accepted
Cash bar

Join BCA in celebrating James Kochalka and indie game developer Pixeljam newly launched iOS game Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork. James Kochalka, a world renowned cartoonist, writer, musician, and Vermonter, will be on hand to discuss his experience developing the game, and to play some music with his band, James Kochalka Superstar.

Thanks to PixelJam, BCA will be raffling off download codes so guests have a chance to get Glorkian Warrior and/or PixelJam's game catalogue for free.

Phoenix Books will be on site selling Kochalka’s newest graphic novel, “The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza”.

Guests will have the opportunity to play Glorkian Warrior, at one of BCA's interactive gaming stations. If you wish to become a Glorkian Warrior before the event, you can purchase Glork in the iTunes store:

Check out PixelJam here:
The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka, James Kochalka (Illustrator) Cover Image
By James Kochalka, James Kochalka (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596439177
Published: First Second - March 25th, 2014

Chris Bohjalian: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands Rock & Roll Book Tour (Fletcher Free Library)

Chris Bohjalian will appear at the Fletcher Free Library to launch Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands. Chris will be interviewed on the library stage by Stephen Kiernan, author of the non-fiction books Last Rights and Authentic Patriotism, as well as the novel The Curiosity. Also? Everyone present will have the chance to win Rock & Roll Book Tour t-shirts - and to have a character named after them in Chris's next novel.

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen 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.

CLOSE YOUR EYES, HOLD HANDS - set principally in Burlington, Vermont - is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom had experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault. Thousands of people are forced to flee their homes in the Kingdom; rivers and forests are destroyed; and Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most hated man in America, she is in danger. So instead of following the social workers and her classmates after the meltdown, Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer's apartment, and inventing a new identity for herself.

If you need any proof that fiction can scare us, move us, and break our hearts simultaneously - look no further. - Jodi Picoult


DATE & TIME: Monday, July 7th at 7pm.

LOCATION: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington

EVENT FORMAT: Chris will be interviewed on the library stage by Stephen Kiernan, and everyone present will have the chance to win Rock & Roll Book Tour t-shirts - and to have a character named after them in Chris's next novel. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands will be available for sale at the event, and we'll wrap up the evening with a booksigning.

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public.  As seating is limited, we recommend that you arrive early.

MLK Remembrance Celebration (Offsite)

The Greater Burlington Multicultural Center welcomes Sharon Robinson, author and daughter of Jackie Robinson, to the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance, which will also feature a special tribute to Nelson Mandela.

The event will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 3:00pm at the Unitarian Church in Burlington, VT.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to attend and can be obtained from Fletcher Free Library (235 College Street) or City Market (82 S Winooski Avenue) in downtown Burlington.

Brought to you by the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center. For more information, call 657-4219 or visit

Jackie Robinson: American Hero By Sharon Robinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545540063
Availability: Not in stock. At Our Partner Warehouse: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - March 1st, 2013

Authors' Luncheon (Offsite)

Celebrate captivating stories written by renowned, bestselling authors.  Take advantage of this opportunity to meet:

  • Chris Bohjalian
  • Governor Madeleine Kunin
  • Jacquelyn Mitchard

This event will take place at the Hilton Burlington Hotel, in Burlington, Vermont.  For more information and for tickets, please visit or call 802-871-5231.  This event is a benefit for the National MS Society.



"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