Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 pm

    Join us for an 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 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...

  • Pre-release celebration

    Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 pm

    Celebrate the launch of The Princess of Las Vegas with New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian at this special in-person, pre-release event at Lake Champlain Chocolates' Flagship Store in downtown Burlington! Chris will be in conversation with author Margot Harrison.  

    THE PRINCESS IS FAKE. THE MURDERS ARE REAL.  A Princess Diana impersonator and her estranged sister find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of money and murder in this twisting tale of organized crime, cryptocurrency, and family secrets on the Las Vegas strip.

    Crissy Dowling has created a world that suits her perfectly. She passes her days by the pool in a private cabana, she splurges on ice cream but never gains an ounce, and each evening she transforms into a Princess, performing her musical cabaret inspired by the life of the late Diana Spencer. Some might find her strange or even delusional, an American speaking with a British accent, hair feathered into a...

  • Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 pm

    Join our book buyer Laurel each month to discuss a paperback title.  March's selection is Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson.  Grab your copy at the Essex store or online, and come prepared for a lively discussion (including spoilers)!  


    About the book:  A successful art dealer confesses the story of his meteoric rise in this “powerful, intoxicating, and shocking” (The New York Timesnovel that’s a “slow burn à la Patricia Highsmith” (Oprah Daily). “You’ll struggle not to rip through in one sitting” (Vogue).

    In a first-class lounge at JFK airport, our narrator listens as Jeff Cook, a former classmate he only vaguely remembers, shares the uncanny story of his adult life—a life that changed course years before, the moment he resuscitated a drowning man.

    Jeff reveals that after that traumatic, galvanizing morning on the beach, he was compelled to learn more about the man whose life he had saved, convinced that their fates were now entwined. But are we agents of our...

  • Tuesday, April 02 at 7:00 pm

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  • Thursday, April 04 at 6:30 pm

    Please join us to celebrate the launch of Vermont poet Amy Allen's debut collection of poetry, Mountain Offerings, at Phoenix Books Rutland.

    Through interactions with and the examination of the natural world, poems in Mountain Offerings move from a youthful voice to a more experienced one, showing a coming-of-age in partnership, parenthood, loss, and the development of independence and self-awareness. The simplicity, beauty, and peace of the outdoors provides an ideal vehicle through which this poet explores complex human emotions. From the poem “January in Vermont”:

    The stars always shine brightest
    on the coldest of days,
    a reward just for making it.

    Mountain Offerings is accessible, honest, poignant, and—rooted in nature and the natural world—earthly.

    Amy Allen (she/her) studied English literature and creative writing at Skidmore College and at Drew University. Her poetry has been published in a variety of journals, including West Trade Review, The Write Launch, The Mountain Troubadour, Pine Row Press, Months to Years, Atlanta Review, Fauxmoir Lit Mag,...

  • Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 pm to at 6:00 pm

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  • Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm

    Food is medicine! Gain tools to create your personal culinary pharmacy and explore ways to maintain vibrant health through seasonal and life changes.

    Join us for an evening with author and holistic nutritionist Lisa Masé for a discussion her new book, The Culinary Pharmacy.  Exploring the healing power of food, Lisa weaves together three ancestral healing philosophies—Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and the Mediterranean diet—with modern nutrition science to help you discover your ideal foods for vibrant health.  

    Lisa frames her book with her healing journey to overcome ten years of chronic infection, anxiety, depression, infertility, hypothyroidism, and food sensitivities. She explains how she grew up in Italy, cradled by the Adriatic Sea and the Dolomite mountains, and by returning to her traditional foods and healing herbs she was able to heal herself. She discusses the three kinds of hunger—Heart, Head, and...