Upcoming Events

  • presented in partnership with Vermont Italian Cultural Association

    Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00 pm

    Phoenix Books and Vermont Italian Cultural Association are proud to present an evening with Vermont author and educator Jay Parini, featuring his lastest book Borges and Me:  An Encounter.

    An apprentice writer has an entirely unexpected encounter with literary genius Jorge Luis Borges that will profoundly alter his life and work. A poignant and comic literary coming-of-age memoir.

    "This is a jewel of a book." —Ian McEwan

    In 1971 Jay Parini was an aspiring poet and graduate student of literature at University of St Andrews in Scotland; he was also in flight from being drafted into service in the Vietnam War. One day his friend and mentor, Alastair Reid, asked Jay if he could play host for a "visiting Latin American writer" while he attended to business in London. He agreed--and that "writer" turned out to be the blind and aged and eccentric master of literary compression and metaphysics, Jorge Luis Borges. About whom Jay Parini knew precisely nothing. What ensued was a seriocomic romp across the Scottish landscape that Borges insisted...

  • A Virtual Book Discussion

    Thursday, December 02 at 7:00 pm

    Please join us to celebrate the release of Sarah Strohmeyer's new novel, Do I Know You?, a lightning-paced psychological thriller about two women, a tragedy that connects them as teenagers, and the terrible reckoning that will decide their fates a decade later. Sarah will be in conversation with fellow Vermont author Sarah Stewart Taylor.

    “A fabulous read packed with suspense, unexpected twists, glamour and humor. Prepare to be gripped from the first to the last page!” —Liane Moriarty 

    Jane Ellison is a “super recognizer” able to identify strangers by the slightest facial details—the curve of a head, the arch of an eyebrow. When she spies human rights activist and heiress Bella Valencia in a crowded Boston airport, Jane’s convinced she’s found the person responsible for her sister Kit’s disappearance and presumed death eleven years earlier. But her attempt to detain the suspect ends with Jane herself fired and humiliated. 

    As Bella prepares to marry Will Pease, scion of the uber-wealthy, influential, and ruthless Pease family, famous for their wholesome...

  • presented with Penguin Random House

    Thursday, December 02 at 8:00 pm








    Phoenix Books and Random House invite you to join #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown for a special, one-night-only event to launch Atlas of the Heart on Thursday, December 2, at 8 p.m. ET on Zoom. 

    In Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, Brené takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the...

  • Saturday, December 04 at 11:00 am

    Calling all kids!  Grab a cup pf cocoa and join us on Zoom for a special story time event featuring Five Little Monkeys Looking for Santa with Vermont author and illustrator Eileen Christelow!

    In this cozy picture book set on Christmas Eve, the Five Little Monkeys are sure that every little noise they hear is Santa—and of course they have to jump out of bed each time to investigate! Will they ever go to sleep?

    Eileen Christelow has written and illustrated numerous best-selling picture books including eleven popular stories about the Five Little Monkeys, Vote!, and Robins!: How They Grow Up. She lives with her husband in East Dummerston, Vermont. christelow.com. fivelittlemonkeys.com. 

    How to register

    Registration is free, but book purchases are welcomed and appreciated--thank you for supporting our authors!  You must register on this page to attend the event. The event will stream on Zoom. You will...

  • Stories From and For the Land

    Tuesday, December 07 at 7:00 pm

    Phoenix Books is thrilled to welcome back the Editorial team behind the creation and publication of Vermont Alamanc: Stories From & For The Land, Volume II for a discussion of their recently released second voulme of the invaluable resource.

    About Vermont Almanac: “What is unique to Vermont’s sense of place has been captured in a new book that really must be added to any Vermonters’ book collection or coffee table. Vermont Almanac . . . is a beautiful compilation. It is breathtaking in its depth of advice and information. It is, in effect, How to Vermont. Broken down by month, it has something for everyone who loves the state.” – Barre-Montpelier Times Argus/Rutland Herald

    The Almanac is organized by month and provides a year’s worth of...

  • Virtual Book Launch Celebration

    Wednesday, December 08 at 7:00 pm






    “When Hooper and Mares got together to write I Could Hardly Keep from Laughing, they made sure you won’t be able to either. Most writers have to CRAFT titles for their books; Hooper and Mares ARE their own titles.”—Frank Bryan, University of Vermont professor and humorist

    Join us for an evening full of laughter and stories as we weclome Don Hooper and Bill Mares to celebrate the release of their new book, I Could Hardly Keep From Laughing: An Illustrated Collection of Vermont Humor.

    In kindergarten, Don Hooper was the last to master coloring inside the lines. But with an undergrad degree and a master’s from Harvard, even on Hooper’s screwiest days, people surmised erroneously that he must be smarter than he seems. Hooper is or has been: a Peace Corps teacher in Botswana; a...

  • with Carla Gambescia and the Vermont Italian Cultural Association

    Thursday, December 09 at 7:00 pm

    Discover the unexpected and delightful stories behind some of our most cherished holiday traditions from Saint Nicholas to nativity scenes to candy canes and Christmas stockings. We explore how pagan and Christian rituals magically merged into the holiday we celebrate today as well as several uniquely Italian customs such as the Feast of the Epiphany and wearing red underwear for New Year's eve?  

    Intrigued?!? Andiamo! Join us, and let’s celebrate Natale and Capodanno together. Award-winning author, lecturer and photographer, Carla Gambescia, will be our guide to the holiday festivities. Carla will share many of these stories from the expanded and updated version of her book La Dolce Vita University; An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z .


  • Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00 pm

    Virtually appear to read and/or to listen. Those interested in reading can sign up at the beginning of the meeting, via the Zoom Chat Box feature. 

    ABOUT THE EVENT HOST: Bianca Amira Zanella is a Vermont-based performance poet, paper artist, and events coordinator, as well as the Poet-in-Residence at Phoenix Books Rutland. Zanella’s poems have most recently appeared in The Rutland Herald, The Mountain Troubadour, and The Reverie. In 2019, Bianca acted as Wellness Coordinator for the Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (FEMS) tournament based in Cambridge, MA, and founded “Infinite Lit: a night of spoken word poetry,” co-producing this series alongside Michael Kingsbury around Rutland County. In 2020, Bianca founded and is the owner of The Paper Poet, offering healing poetic experiences. 


  • Tuesday, January 11 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for an evening of poetry with Kai Coggin.  


    Check back soon for more details!



  • Virtual Book Launch Celebration

    Tuesday, February 08 at 7:00 pm

    Please join us as we welcome historian Willard Sterne Randall to our Zoom stage for a discussion of his new book, The Founders' Fortunes: How Money Shaped the American Revolutionan illuminating financial history of the Founding Fathers, revealing how their personal finances shaped the Constitution and the new nation.

    In 1776, upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers concluded America’s most consequential document with a curious note, pledging “our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” Lives and honor did indeed hang in the balance; yet just what were their fortunes? How much did the Founders stand to gain or lose through independence? And what lingering consequences did their respective financial stakes have on liberty, justice, and the fate of the fledgling United States of America?

    In this landmark account, historian Willard Sterne Randall investigates the private financial affairs of the Founders, illuminating like never before how and why the Revolution came about. The Founders’ Fortunes uncovers how these leaders waged war, crafted a...