Upcoming Events

  • An Evening with Alexander Wolff, Brett Dakin, and Judy Polumbaum

    Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm

    Please join us for an evening with authors Alexander Wolff, Brett Dakin, and Judy Polumbaum for a discussion of their new non-fiction titles which revolve around family histories and in which resistance to various forms of political depravity play a key role.

    Alexander Wolff’s Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home  is a sweeping portrait of the turmoil of the twentieth century and the legacy of immigration, as seen through the German-American family of the celebrated book publisher Kurt Wolff.

    A literary gem researched over a year the author spent living in Berlin, Endpapers excavates the extraordinary histories of the author’s grandfather and father: the renowned publisher Kurt Wolff, dubbed “perhaps the twentieth century’s most discriminating publisher” by the New York Times Book Review, and his son Niko, who fought in the...



  • Saturday, October 23 at 11:00 am

    Calling all kids! Join us for a special Halloween story time on Zoom. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

    Lucy's got a messy room, and a big problem! 

    Can an unexpected houseguest whip up enough magic to help her solve it in time for Halloween? 

    In her book, There’s A Witch In My Sock Drawer! author Thea Lewis, Vermont’s Queen of Halloween, conjures up spooky fun while unraveling the eternal mystery of our misplaced socks. 

    Lewis is the creator of Queen City Ghostwalk in Burlington Vermont, the haunted tour that’s been thrilling locals and visitors for nearly two decades. Her writing has been featured in Kids VT and books by Arcadia Publishing. 

    Thea is also the creator and producer of large scale family events like the new Fright by Flashlight, a ghostly storytelling adventure for kids. She lives in Burlington with her husband Roger and their dog, Phantom. 

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  • Thursday, October 28 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. 

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  • Banana Fox and the Book-Eating Robot

    Saturday, November 06 at 11:00 am

    Calling all kids!  Grab some paper and something to draw with!  

    Join us for a reading and drawing lesson with Eisner Award-winning cartoonist James Kochalka who returns with another uproariously funny caper for Banana Fox to sniff out in Banana Fox and the Book-Eating Robot.

    Booie Hoo!

    Banana Fox's late fees have landed him in library jail! And when a familiar foe is found around town and a giant book-eating robot is unleashed, it looks like Flashlight and William need to step in to save the day. The junior detectives put their heads together, but when their investigation runs cold, an unlikely hero emerges and proves his own sleuthing skills! But without Banana Fox's help, can the trio put Sour Grapes Jr. behind bars for good?

    James Kochalka is one of the most unique and prolific cartoonists working in America today. His comics have been published internationally, and he’s developed animated cartoons for Nickelodeon. Among his best-known work is the Johnny Boo series, for which he won an Eisner Award in 2019. In 2011, James became the first official Vermont...



  • Virtual Book Launch and Discussion

    Tuesday, November 09 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for a virtual celebration for the release of Our Basin of Relations:  The Art & Science of Living with Water!

    Water does not lie. Here in the Champlain Basin--a flowing landscape of mountains and rivers, forests and farms, towns and cities--it is the water that whispers difficult truths. From erosion, pollution, and habitat loss, to the toxic algae blooms that close Champlain's beaches every summer, this once vital ecosystem is coming undone. And while there is no shortage of proposed technical and legislative solutions, it is clear that we also need distinct cultural responses to the problem--ways to see, hear, feel, and understand what the water is telling us. That is where this book comes in. Featuring the fine art photography of M.E. Sipe, the curating vision of Trevien Stanger, and over a dozen essays written by thinkers, academics, poets, farmers, and activists who call this region home, Our Basin of Relations presents new ways of thinking and old ways to remember, helping us chart a more honest path forward toward preservation and renewal. With open hearts, wild minds, and attentive bodies, these...



  • Virtual Book Discussion

    Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 pm

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  • 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

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