Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, April 04 at 6:30 pm

    "I don't think 'meadow' and 'meditation' have the same root, but perhaps they should―Molnar’s book is a lovely reminder of how you can see the world in an acre."―Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

    Please join us for an evening with Vermont author Martha Molnar for a discussion of her new book Playing God in the Meadow.

    About the book:  After decades of fantasizing and saving, of working multiple jobs and embracing frugality in the midst of Manhattan, Martha Leb Molnar and her husband had found their parcel of land. Determined to turn an overgrown and unproductive Vermont apple orchard into a thriving and beautiful landscape, they decided to restore this patch of land to a pristine meadow and build a safe haven for their family and nearby wildlife.

    Once they cleared the gnarled and dying trees away, Molnar was forced to wage war on the invasive species that had sprung up around the property. Propelled by the heated debates surrounding non-native species and her own complicated...

  • Book Launch Celebration

    Tuesday, April 04 at 7:00 pm

    Join us to kick off National Poetry Month with Vermont poet Bethany Breitland as we celebrate the release of her new poetry collection, Fire Index.

    Fire Index, winner of the 2022 Sundog Poetry Book Award, measures the interior life of a survivor against the world she creates through her own fractured marriage, motherhood, and religion. Told in fragments, using hybrid and persona, Breitland confronts the trauma of her brother’s death, her father’s abuse, and the complicated relationships to her sister, mother, and womanhood. She reckons with her complicit, and often dishonest life, and how walking out from the burning construct demands her full attention, forgiveness, responsibility.

    Fire Index is an exploration beneath the many layers of truth, time, memory and so many other factors that is the stuff that sometimes makes life too hot to sit with.” —Shanta Lee, final judge, author of GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues...

  • A book discussion and presentation by members of Migrant Justice

    Monday, April 17 at 6:00 pm to at 8:00 pm

    Voices of Inclusion in Essex and Westford (VIEW), Migrant Justice, Phoenix Books, and Essex Free Library present this opportunity to gather in community and discuss Vermont Reads 2022 choice: The Most Costly Journey. This book is a collaboration between migrant workers and New England Cartoonists and offers a series of non-fiction comics about migrant workers' experiences here in Vermont.

    We will discuss the book and receive a presentation from members of Migrant Justice as part of their Milk with Dignity Campaign at Essex Free Library on April 17th from 6-8 pm. Food will be provided at the event.

    Immigrant dairy workers are traveling across the northeast this spring to connect with supporters and take action for Milk with Dignity! Farmworker organization Migrant Justice is calling on grocery chain Hannaford supermarkets to source its store-brand milk from farms where workers' human rights are independently monitored and protected, and the long-term interests of farm owners are supported. Join us to learn more about the rampant abuses that workers face on dairy farms and the powerful organizing they are doing to improve conditions and protect their rights....

  • Virtual Book Launch Celebration!

    Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm

    Danger, art, and a touch of romance collide in Trish Esden’s second exquisitely crafted Scandal Mountain Antiques mystery.

    Please join us as we welcome Trish Esden to our Zoom stage for a discussion of A Wealth of Deception, hew new novel featuring Vermont antique and art dealer Edie Brown.   Trish will be in conversation with Connie Berry, fellow mystery author.

    When Edie Brown discovers an unsettlingly dark collage by the famed reclusive “outsider” artist known only as Vespa, she opens a Pandora’s Box of deception and danger. Edie teams up with Uncle Tuck and Kala to investigate the background of the collage but only uncover secrets that are more disturbing than the artwork itself. As Edie tracks down the validity of the piece, she stumbles into an art underground where some people are willing to kill to keep their schemes a secret.  

    Trish Esden loves museums, gardens, wilderness, dogs and birds, in...

  • Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 pm

    Phoenix Books is honored to present an evening with National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson to celebrate the release of his new novel, Elf Dog and Owl Head a magical adventure about a boy and his dog—or a dog and her boy—and a forest of wonders hidden in plain sight. M. T. Anderson will be in conversation with fellow author, Dayna Lorentz.

    About Elf Dog and Owl Head:  Clay has had his fill of home life. A global plague has brought the world to a screeching halt, and with little to look forward to but a summer of video-calling friends, vying with annoying sisters for the family computer, and tuning out his parents’ financial worries, he’s only too happy to retreat to the woods. From the moment the elegant little dog with the ornate collar appears like an apparition among the trees, Clay sees something uncanny in her. With this mysterious Elphinore as guide, he’ll glimpse ancient secrets folded all but invisibly into the forest. Each day the dog leads Clay down paths he never knew existed, deeper into the unknown. But they aren’t alone in their surreal adventures. There are traps and terrors in...

  • Annual National Poetry Month Reading

    Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 pm

    Join members of the Poetry Society of Vermont for the seventh annual PSOV Poetry Reading at Phoenix Books Burlington!

    Founded in 1947, PSOV is an association of poets and supporters who join in promoting an interest in poetry through meetings, workshops, readings, contests, and contributions to the society's chapbook, The Mountain Troubadour. Anyone may join the society including high school and college students and non-residents of Vermont. Visit www.poetrysocietyofvermont.org for more information.

    DATE:  Saturday, April 22nd at 2:00pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street, downtown Burlington

    ADMISSION: This event is free and open to all, but advance registration is appreciated. Please register on this page.



  • Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm

    Please join us for a National Poetry Month celebration!

    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 cis queer Vermont-based performance poet, artist, and advocate living on traditionally Abenaki land. She is the Poet-in-Residence at Phoenix Books Rutland, hosting an international monthly open mic. Her poems have most recently appeared in The Artful Mind, The Rutland Herald, The Mountain Troubadour, and The Reverie. Their poem films, sculptural poems, and poem paintings have also been on exhibit with PoemCity Montpelier, Merwin Gallery, Stone Valley Arts, SPACE: a Pop Up Art Gallery, and Surdam Gallery.

    They received the Corrine Eastman Davis Memorial Award for their poem, "A prayer –before the soup– for the suicidal son" (2018). 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 the...

  • Virtual Book Launch Celebration

    Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 pm

    Please check back soon for more details!


    From the bestselling author of Do I Know You? comes a fast-paced, riveting psychological thriller that skewers our modern obsession with home renovation and fixer-uppers.

    Holly and Robert Barron are attractive young real-estate investors and contestants in a competition run by To the Manor Build, the nation’s most popular home renovation app. With millions in product endorsements and online followers at stake, they’re rehabbing a Vermont home they scored at a bargain price into a chic hilltop estate ideal for entertaining.

    It’s all camera-ready laughs and debates over herringbone tile until Holly and Robert go missing hours after their picture-perfect wedding—leaving behind a bloody trail.

    Suspicion falls quickly on Erika Turnbull, the Barrons’ twenty-something assistant—eager, efficient, and secretly in love with Robert. Did Erika let her misguided passion turn her into a murderer? So claim the townsfolk of Snowden, Vermont, who still haven’t forgiven her for a tragic accident back in high school.

    But Erika’s...

  • Saturday, April 29 at (All day)


    Are you getting excited about Indie Bookstore Day? We're celebrating this beloved bookish holiday's 10th anniversary at all of our locations on Saturday, April 29, 2023. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information on ARCS (advanced reader's copies) and other goodies we will be offering. We hope to see you there!

  • Book Launch Celebration

    Tuesday, May 02 at 7:00 pm

    Check back soon for more details!