Upcoming Events

  • Saturday May 26, 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.


    DATE:  Saturday, May 26th from 6pm to 7:30pm

    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 May 29, 7:00 pm

    Join Fearn Lickfield as she presents The Bardic Book of Becoming, by Ivan McBeth;  a warm, user-friendly and eclectic introduction to modern Druidry that invites you to take the first steps into the realm of magic and mystery. This book was written during the last year of Ivan’s life. 

    Fearn will offer a presentation titled A Druid’s Legacy in which she will share some of Ivan’s gifts from his exceptional life and wisdom. He was a master stone circle builder, author and founder of the Green Mountain Druid Order. He lived a life of crystal magic, wild adventure, colorful joy and hard earned wisdom. He gobbled life, courted death and crossed like a king. This presentation will include stories, poetry, toning, the Dragon Dance and other inspirations as we open our hearts to Ivan’s Bardic arts.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: The Bardic Book of Becoming is a warm, user-friendly, eclectic introduction to modern Druidry that invites you to take the first steps into the realms of magic and mystery. In this book you will be introduced to the various techniques and practices of a Druid in training. Written by Ivan McBeth, the cofounder of Vermont's Green Mountain School of Druidry, with Fearn Lickfield, the book incorporates lessons, visualizations, rituals, and magical stories. Many different activities and exercises are included that provide the reader with hands-on learning. Ivan also provides personal stories that demonstrate his own journey from spiritual seeker to Druid.

    Fearn Lickfield is a web weaver who facilitates the re-connection of people with the Heart of Nature. She is the director of the Green Mountain Druid School and founder of Guardians of the Sacred Earth. She is the steward of Dreamland, a mystery school and sanctuary in Worcester, Vermont.

    Ivan McBeth was a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids who founded the Green Mountain Druid Order, a modern mystery school based in Worcester, Vermont, with his partner Fearn Lickfield. He passed gracefully into the Otherworld at Fall Equinox of 2016.


    DATE:  Tuesday, May 29th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday May 31, 6:30 pm

    Join April Ossmann and Cynthia Huntington for a poetry reading at Phoenix Books Rutland.


    Event Boundaries considers ways our relationships and growth as individuals are interdependent, whether it's possible to consider any relationship (including with ourselves) independent of the culture and environment it exists in; whether we create our culture and environment in part through the way we enact our relationships, to what degree reality is objective or a matter of perception, and how we come to terms with our and others' mortality.

    April Ossmann is author of Event Boundaries (Four Way Books, 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007), and recipient of a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant. She has published her poems widely, and is an editing and publishing consultant (www.aprilossmann.com), and a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College. She was executive director of Alice James Books from 2000 – 2008, and lives in West Windsor, VT.


    In Terra Nova, a bold and ambitious book-length poem, National Book Award finalist Cynthia Huntington explores exile and migration--what it means to lose, seek, and find home in all its iterations--through a polyphonic work, written in multiple voices and evoking the method of Hart Crane's The Bridge or the Nighttown episode in James Joyce's Ulysses. Yet it is also a tough and vernacular work, owing as much to Patti Smith and the Clash as it does to High Modernism.

    Cynthia Huntington holds the Frederick Sessions Beebe in Writing at Dartmouth, where she has taught English and Creative Writing since 1988. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, she has published six books of poetry as well as a prose memoir. Her most recent publication, a polyphonic book-length poem titled Terra Nova, (Southern Illinois University Press 2017) focuses on exile and migration through western history. Her 2012 collection, Heavenly Bodies, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry


    DATE:  Thursday, May 31st at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday May 31, 7:00 pm

    Join Matthys Levy to celebrate the launch of 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, May 31st 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.

  • Friday June 1, 4:00 pm

     Phoenix Book’s Misty Valley welcomes members of the community and those visiting to attend our First Friday event series. The series will bring events for all ages, and we'll keep the store open until 7 p.m.


    DATE:  Friday, June 1st
                 4pm story time featuring PRIDE: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, by Rob Sanders
                 5:30-7:00pm celebration. Light fare provided.

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Monday June 4, 4:00 pm

    All youth grades 7 - 12 are welcome to join Phoenix Books Misty Valley in reading and discussing Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell.

  • Tuesday June 5, 7:00 pm

    Join Maria Hummel to celebrate the launch of her novel, Still Lives. Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world's hall of mirrors, and one woman's journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women--the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others--and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women. As the city's richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum's opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution's flailing finances. Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala. Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie's ex. A rogue's gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord's disappearance, she'll come to suspect all of those closest to her.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Maria Hummel is the author of the poetry collection House and Fire, winner of the 2013 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and two novels: Motherland and Wilderness Run. A Stegner Fellow, she taught at Stanford for nine years. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons and teaches at the University of Vermont.


    DATE:  Tuesday, June 5th 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.

  • Thursday June 7, 6:30 pm

    Join us to celebrate the launch of Yvonne Daley's Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks, and Radicals Moved to Vermont. This event will feature live music of songs from the era, and artwork - including photos of and arts and crafts made by some of the people profiled in the book - will be on display. Light fare provided.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  How the counterculture changed Vermont—and America
    Going Up the Country is part oral history, part nostalgia-tinged narrative, and part clear-eyed analysis of the multifaceted phenomena collectively referred to as the counterculture movement in Vermont. This is the story of how young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the backwoods of rural Vermont, spawning a revolution in lifestyle, politics, sexuality, and business practices that would have a profound impact on both the state and the nation. The movement brought hippies, back-to-the-landers, political radicals, sexual libertines, and utopians to a previously conservative state and led us to today’s farm to table way of life, environmental consciousness, and progressive politics as championed by Bernie Sanders.

    “Anyone fleeing to Vermont to escape retrograde politics elsewhere will learn much from this book!”
    —Steve Early, author of Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City

    “Artists, dreamers, craftspeople—they all discovered Vermont during a great migratory culture clash that began in the 1950s and continues today. How these newcomers changed the Green Mountain State, and how it changed them, is the fascinating subject of Yvonne Daley’s deep and personal study.”
    —Jon Clinch, author of Finn and Kings of the Earth

    “A love letter to a time and a place.”
    —Randal Smathers, director of the Rutland Free Library

    “I cannot imagine a more authoritative and inspiring voice than Yvonne Daley’s to guide us on this dazzlingly relevant journey.”
    —Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory

    “Vermont experienced an invasion of self-proclaimed ‘freaks’ who transformed the state in ways that were both profound and long lasting. Daley captures this brilliantly in her riveting account of how so much of the cultural and political life of the state was changed by them.”
    —Tony Marro, former editor of Newsday

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Yvonne Daley is the author of five previous books and director of the Green Mountain Writers Conference.


    DATE:  Thursday, June 7th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Vermont Farmers Food Center (The founders of the market are profiled in Yvonne's book!)

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Saturday June 9, 11:00 am

    Enjoy your Saturday morning with a reading of the children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.  After we read together, we'll have a fun and interactive healthy food activity.

    “The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child’s heart…”
    Mother’s Manual


    DATE:  Saturday, June 9th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

    COSPONSORS:  Thank you to City Market for joining us in presenting this event! City Market, Onion River Co-op is a community-owned grocery store with over 10,500 Members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, City Market provides a large selection of local and organic foods and thousands of Vermont-made products.

  • Sunday June 10, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Join us for a afternoon of poetry hosted by Phoenix Books Rutland’s own Bianca Amira Zanella.  Come to read, come to listen, or come for both!  Those interested in reading can sign up at the door.

    ABOUT THE EVENT HOST: Bianca Amira Zanella’s poems have most recently appeared in The Mountain Troubadour and The Reverie. The recipient of a 2014 Robert T. Marsh Memorial Prize for Excellence in Writing and a 2017 Green Mountain Scholarship, Bianca plans to finalize her initial poetry as social change manuscript while studying at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA for Writing and Publishing program. Bianca has workshopped under the BreakBeat Poets, DarkMatter, Aja Monet, and Sarah Kay. In addition to facilitating poetry performance workshops and teaching writing camps, Bianca has judged the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest and two National Poetry Slams. She has also served as editor for her college arts magazine and helps to host literary and storytelling programs at Stone Valley Arts in Poultney, VT.


    DATE:  Sunday, June 10th from 2-4pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.


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.)