Upcoming Events

  • Thursday June 21, 6:30 pm

    Join us for an open mic, inspired by the Ageless Authors Anthology, featuring writers 65 and older. Come to read, come to listen, or come for both! Those interested in reading can sign up at the door.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  The Ageless Authors Anthology proves that while old age may rob you of some function, Father Time doesn't necessarily take away your creativity. This volume is an extraordinary collection of poetry, essays and short stories from the Ageless Authors Writing Contest exclusively for writers age 65 and older from across the country. A second contest is now underway at agelessauthors.com, and the best writings will comprise the next edition of Ageless Authors Anthology in the fall. For this book, 52 senior writers contributed work that showcases the experience inherent in this older group. Some of the writers are widely published, while others have been toiling away in relative obscurity and this is the first time they've published their work. These writings are entertaining and memorable. From writer and composer Michael Coolen in Corvallis, Oregon comes the opening sentence you can't forget, "Dad was killed by whales." The late John Garzone of Lenox, Massachusetts tells the story of the female pool shark who stole a young man's heart in "Smooth Sheila." And Shirley K. Wright of Coppell, Texas weaves a suspenseful tale of a home invasion in the expanses of the Texas Hill Country in "No Thanks For the Memory." Ageless Authors is the brainchild of Dallas writers Ginnie Bivona and Larry Upshaw, who compiled the work for this collection. Bivona is an 86-year-old novelist and poet who started writing in her fifties. Upshaw is a 70-year-old former journalist, ghostwriter, and marketing executive. They set out to prove that no one has to shut off their brain when they reach a certain age. "Ageless Authors captures the best offered by seasoned writers," says Vermont essayist Jean Yeager. "I'm grateful to be judged against my peers. We may be the fine aged wines of the writing world." Ageless Authors Anthology makes a great present for family, friends and especially seniors who are struggling to keep the creative fires burning.

    "The authors’ wealth of experience gives them unique insights into specific historical events and life in general. Ultimately, this collection may convince some youth of the value of the older generation and also encourage seniors to continue in their creative pursuits. "
    Kirkus Reviews


    DATE:  Thursday, June 21st at 6:30pm

    LOCATION: Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday June 21, 7:00 pm

    Join us for an evening of poetry featuring Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry from Green Writers Press.  We'll be joined by contributors Sydnea Lea, David Cavanagh, Jean Connor, Chard deNiord, Karin Gottshall, David Huddle, Kerrin McCadden, Elizabeth Powell, and Martha Zweig.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: With its mystical landscape and fiercely self-reliant citizenry, Vermont has inspired poets from its earliest days. This anthology of contemporary Vermont poets represents a wide range of accomplished voices―both young and old, both renowned and relatively unestablished. Their poems offer news, in Ezra Pound’s words, that stays news, and they do so in a wide variety of forms and subjects. While there is no such thing as a particular brand of Vermont poetry, the poems in this volume claim Vermont as their place of origin, bearing witness to the remarkably rich and ongoing legacy of the state’s poetic tradition.  Roads Taken is edited by Sydney Lea, Chard deNiord, and Dede Cummings.

    “Vermont tempts poets to epiphany by staying silent, or cold, or flinty, or dark, ironizes their praise. Many people move to Vermont because of the idea of it, an idea that has proven remarkably durable over time: as these poems suggest, so powerfully do the daily necessities of living there, of surviving there, assert themselves. This is where Frost comes in: Frost’s poems are the great rural instruction manual for our neck of the woods. His influence is everywhere in the poems collected here, which so often take ‘nature’ not as an idyllic refuge but as a site of careful, strenuous, and repeated steps or actions. The Vermonters in this book come from and live all over. Roads Taken is a ‘constellation/of patches and pitches,’ proof to me that Vermont will always require the imagination of its citizens to exist.”  
    —Dan Chiasson



    David Cavanagh’s four books of poems are Straddle, The Middleman, and Falling Body, all from Salmon Poetry of Ireland; and Cycling in Plato’s Cave, from Fomite Press. David’s poems have also appeared in leading journals and anthologies in the U.S., Ireland, the U.K., and his native Canada. He lives in Burlington.

    Jean Connor served as Director of Library Development at the New York State Library, but in her retirement is enjoying a second pursuit: the writing of poetry. A graduate of Middlebury College, she lives in Shelburne, Vermont. She is the author of two books: A Cartography of Peace and The Hinge of Joy (Passager Books).

    Chard deNiord is the Poet Laureate of Vermont and author of five books of poetry, including Interstate, (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), which the Boston Globe named one of the top ten books of poetry in 2011, and Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005). He teaches English and Creative Writing at Providence College, where he is a Professor of English. His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Donald Hall. Maxine Kumin, Jack Gilbert, Ruth Stone, Lucille Clifton, Robert Bly) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on 20th Century American Poets was published by Marick Press in 2012. He is the co-founder and former program director of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry and a trustee of the Ruth Stone Trust. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont with his wife Liz.

    Karin Gottshall is the author of two full-length collections of poems: Crocus (Fordham University Press, 2007), and The River Won’t Hold You (Ohio State University Press, 2014). She has also published several limited-edition chapbooks with small independent presses. Gottshall is the recipient of the Poets Out Loud Prize, the Journal/Wheeler Prize, and a fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She lives in Middlebury, Vermont, where she teaches at Middlebury College and directs the New England Young Writers’ Conference.

    David Huddle teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English and in the Rainier Writing Workshop. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The American Scholar, The New Yorker, and The Georgia Review. His most recent poetry collection is Dream Sender (2015); and his new novel is My Immaculate Assassin (2016).

    Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award and the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives and teaches in Montpelier, Vermont.

    Elizabeth Powell is the author of The Republic of Self, a New Issues First Book Prize winner, selected by C.K. Williams. Her second book of poems, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances, won the 2016 Anhinga Robert Dana Prize, selected by Maureen Seaton. She is editor of Green Mountains Review, and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Johnson State College, and also serves on the faculties of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Vermont College of Fine Arts Editing and Publishing.

    Martha Zweig’s work has received Hopwood and Whiting awards. Her collections include Monkey Lightning, Tupelo Press, 2010; What Kind (2003) and Vinegar Bone (1999), both Wesleyan University Press, and Powers, Vermont Arts Council, 1976. Get Lost, 2014 Rousseau Prize winner, is forthcoming from The National Poetry Review Press.


    DATE:  Thursday, June 21st at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank.  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

    BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.

  • Saturday June 23, 11:00 am

    All ages are invited to join us in reading Elephant's Story, by Tracey Campbell Pearson, and for activities and coloring.

  • Saturday June 23, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Visit Phoenix Books Burlington for a tarot reading. Rachel's approach to tarot draws from Jung and the concept that we can access collective symbols and archetypes from our unconscious that can assist in guiding our intuition.

    Rachel is a self-taught tarot reader and has been reading tarot for six years now. She began public readings about a year and a half ago. She has read at weddings and parties as well as for private individuals. Rachel has an MA in clinical mental health counseling from Antioch University New England and has a private psychotherapy practice in Williston working with individual adults. In her off time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading.



    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Readings are first come, first served. Suggested donation is $5-10.

    PLEASE NOTE: Tarot readings are for entertainment purposes only.

  • Tuesday June 26, 7:00 pm

    Join K. Hannah Caterino, M.A, M.Ed., Vermont’s only Certified Conscious Uncoupling Coach, for a presentation on Katherine Woodward Thomas's Conscious Uncoupling.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Conscious Uncoupling by Katherine Woodward Thomas is the evolutionary personal roadmap that the “divorce revolution” of the 60’s and 70’s was missing.  Woven with rich examples from Thomas’ practice as a psychotherapist, the history of romantic culture, and Thomas’ personal story, Conscious Uncoupling provides for readers the “how-to” of a positive, meaningful transition out of romantic partnership.  The steps and exercises of the Conscious Uncoupling process are applicable to all stages and varieties of romantic breakups.  Thomas shines a light on the journey from heartache.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  K. Hannah Caterino, M.A, M.Ed., is Vermont’s only Certified Conscious Uncoupling Coach.  She became a relationship coach after teaching English in public schools and colleges.  As a current employee of the Office of Child Support, she is familiar with the personal effect the family court system can have on people divorcing and/or co-parenting.


    DATE:  Tuesday, June 26th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank.  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

    BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.

  • Wednesday June 27, 10:00 am

    All ages are invited to join us in reading Not Quite Narwhale, by Jessie Sima, and to decorate unicorn/narwhal horns.

  • Thursday June 28, 6:30 pm

    Join Matthys Levy for a talk on his new novel, Building Eden.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Building Eden is Matthys Levy's first novel, a thriller with subject matter he is intimately familiar with. A gifted architect, Philip Corta, has the opportunity of a lifetime, the design of a major office/residential complex on New York's West Side, The Eden Center. The project endures many major setbacks resulting from the arrogance and shallow-minded behavior of the developer, corruption in City Hall, sabotage and murder by organized criminals, and recurring uncertainties about financing. Despite these and other setbacks, the project advances on schedule through 2001 until the events of 9/11 lead to personal tragedy and a change of direction that affects the project and all of the members of the design/construction team.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Matthys Levy is the designer of many iconic buildings and other structures throughout the world; New York structures he has designed and supervised include the Javits Convention Center, the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, and the Marriott Marquis Hotel. He is also the author of the best-seller Why Buildings Fall Down - which established his public reputation for expertise on the causes of major structural failures, including the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 - and author or co-author of Structual Designs in Architecture, Why the Earth Quakes, Why the Wind Blows, Earthquake Games, and Engineering in the City. Levy currently resides in Burlington, Vermont.


    DATE:  Thursday, June 28th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION: Free and open to all.

  • Saturday June 30, 11:00 am

    All ages are invited to join us in reading Not Quite Narwhale, by Jessie Sima, and to decorate unicorn/narwhal horns.

  • Sunday July 1 (All day) to Tuesday July 31 (All day)

    Where’s Waldo? In Essex, of course! The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo in Essex is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including these partners:

    • Ace Hardware, 15 Essex Way (Essex Shoppes)
    • Boho Baby, 43 Upper Main Street (The Barns at Lang Farm)
    • Cody's Irish Pub and Grille, 4 Carmichael Street
    • The Dog & Cat, 4 Carmichael Street
    • Dunkin Donuts, 2 Carmichael Street
    • My Little Cupcake, 4 Carmichael Street
    • Purple Sage, 21 Essex Way (Essex Shoppes)
    • Sweet Clover, 21 Essex Way (Essex Shoppes)
    • Turner Toys, 21 Essex Way (Essex Shoppes)
    • Full Circle Gardens, 68 Brigham Hill Road
    • ...and, of course, Phoenix Books Essex!

    Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Essex!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. And to make things a little more challenging, Waldo and his friends have each dropped a precious item in Phoenix Books Essex. These items can be spotted as well. Collecting store stamps or signatures at ten or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being an eight-volume set of Waldo books.

    Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes took the world by storm in the late 1980s, and since then they have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves. There are now over 70 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over thirty-one languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo. Participants of Find Waldo Local will have the added fun of searching for items dropped by Waldo’s intrepid traveling companions: Wenda, Woof, Wizard Whitebeard, and Odlaw.

    Once again, in celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and two hundred and fifty independent bookstores across the country for some hide-and-seek fun to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Essex, stop by Phoenix Books Essex at 2 Carmichael Street or give us a call at 802-872-7111.

  • Sunday July 1 (All day) to Friday August 31 (All day)

    This summer, kids entering 4th-8th grade in the fall are invited to take the Reading Without Walls challenge! 

    National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang started the Reading Without Walls program to celebrate reading and diversity by challenging children nationwide to read a book about a character who doesn’t look or live like them; read a book about a topic they don’t know much about; and/or read a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun.

    Starting in July, come on in to any Phoenix Books location to sign up and get your Bingo card!  Sign-up begins July 1st, but feel free to join throughout July and August. Read books to achieve "BINGO:"

    • Complete 1 line or 4 corners and kids get a free advance reading copy (while supplies last).
    • Complete the outer border and enter to win a $25 gift card and other great prizes.
    • Complete the entire card and enter to win a $50 gift card and other great prizes

    Reading Without Walls is sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the Library of Congress. 


    DATES:  July through August

    LOCATIONS:  All four Phoenix Books locations!

    AGES:  Children entering grades 4-8 in the fall.


Story Time at Phoenix Books

Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones.  Each week, we'll choose a new picture book, a classic, or a staff favorite.  See you there!
Burlington: Saturdays at 11am (Want to double check on a particular date?  Call us at 802-448-3350.)
Essex:  Wednesdays at 10am and Saturdays at 11am (Call 872-7111 for more info.)
Rutland:  Saturdays at 11am  (Call 855-8078 for more info.)