Join us at Phoenix Books in Essex on Small Business Saturday for a meet and greet and book signing with Jen Ellis, the author of Bernie’s Mitten Maker, a raw and honest account of the joy, stress, and shock of sudden internet fame.
Told with captivating storytelling, this memoir explores the many roads that led to the Bernie Sanders mitten meme sensation that followed the 2021 presidential inauguration. Jen Ellis’s debut publication reads like an intimate conversation with an old friend. Ellis weaves the stories of her life together with humor and thoughtful insight. She shares her struggles with childhood trauma, infertility, and homophobia and shows us how crafting can build community and generosity can bring joy.
Jen Ellis is a Vermont teacher, mother, and crafter. Originally from Maine, Ellis attended the University of Vermont. She started her teaching career with Teach For America in rural North Carolina before returning to Vermont to teach elementary school. She used her flash of fame to raise money for non-profits in her community. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her partner Liz and daughter Helen. She enjoys long walks, finding new swimming holes in the Green Mountain State, and writing songs. Ellis is currently pursuing a masters in counseling from the University of Vermont.
DATE: Saturday, November 25th, 1-3 pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St, Essex, VT 05452
ADMISSION: Free and open to all.
SIGNED COPIES: Signed copies of Bernie's Mitten Maker will be available at the event. Can't make it to the event but still want to purchase a signed, personalized copy? Please call our Essex store to order: 802-872-7111. Copies will be available after the event on November 25th. If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready. If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery.