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  • Summer Reading Program in Essex, Burlington, and Rutland

    Tuesday, June 25 at (All day) to Saturday, August 31 at (All day)

    This summer, kids entering grades K-12 are invited to take the Reading Without Walls challenge! 

    National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang started the Reading Without Walls program to celebrate reading and diversity by challenging children nationwide to read a book about a character who doesn’t look or live like them; read a book about a topic they don’t know much about; and/or read a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun.

    Come on in to Phoenix Books in Essex, Burlington, or Rutland to get your Bingo card!

    • Complete 1 line or 4 corners and pick a free book (advance reading copy, while supplies last).
    • Complete the outer border and enter to win a $25 gift card or other great prizes.
    • Complete the entire card and enter to win a $50 gift card or other great prizes

    Plus:  Join us at our Essex store on Monday, August...

  • Come for the fair, go home with a new book!

    Friday, August 23 at 10:00 am to Sunday, September 01 at 6:00 pm

    Phoenix Books is coming to the fair! Find us in the Expo South building where we'll have awesome book deals and fun gifts for all ages. 

    For more info on "The Ten Best Days of Summer" visit:

  • Summer Reading Party & Book Launch!

    Monday, August 26 at 6:00 pm

    Join us for our Summer Reading Party with special guest Katherine Arden!  We'll be celebrating the launch of Katherine's newest book, Dead Voices.

    ABOUT THE BOOKBestselling author Katherine Arden returns with another creepy, spine-tingling adventure in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Small Spaces.

    Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire. Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the...

  • Rival's Break

    Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 pm

    Join Phoenix Books Rutland to celebrate the release of Carla Neggers' latest book, Rival's Break.

    New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers has crafted a gripping novel of international intrigue and suspense not to be missed!  A deadly poisoning, a stolen painting and a criminal mastermind challenge the skills of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan as never before in their latest high-stakes case.


    Undercover FBI agent Colin Donovan joins his wife, Emma Sharpe, an FBI art crimes expert, for his brother's wedding in their fishing village on the southern Maine coast. When Kevin Donovan, a marine patrol officer, receives a call to check on suspected food-poisoning at a party aboard a yacht Colin, a former marine patrol officer, tags along.

    It's quickly evident this is no ordinary case of food poisoning. They're dealing with a deliberate attack. Most of the victims are one-time associates of an imprisoned arms trafficker—a Russian national whose arrest the previous year was made possible by Colin's undercover work and Emma's art crimes expertise.

    A rare...

  • in Conversation with Margot Harrison, on Before Houdini

    Thursday, September 05 at 7:00 pm

    Join Jeremy Holt in conversation with Margot Harrison, to discuss his new book, Before Houdini. This exciting second volume of the After Houdini saga explores the origins of the elusive master of magic, the man who would become…Houdini.

    An assortment of sparkling wines will be available courtesy of Zafa Wines — pours $10.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  London, 1888. A shadowy killer stalks the streets of London, his appetite for blood unleashed upon the city’s lower classes. To defeat him, MI6 turns to its most top-secret team: four teenage agents with extraordinary gifts—including a young American immigrant with a talent for illusion . . .
    After Houdini began the story of Josef Houdini, son of the famous Harry Houdini—brillian illusionist, acclaimed escape artist, and top-secret covert operative. Now we turn back the clock and meet Ehrich Weiss, a young man whose skill at picking locks is about to land him the adventure of his dreams, and pull him into a war that will affect his life—and his son’s—for years to come. This is the story of Ehrich’s strange beginnings, from before he was a world-famous...

  • Sunday, September 08 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’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, September 8th, 2 PM

    LOCATION: Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION: Free and open to all.

  • Phoenix Books pop-up shop at Palace 9

    Tuesday, September 10 at 2:30 pm

    Margaret Atwood's new book The Testaments

    Thirty-four years ago, Margaret Atwood published "The Handmaid's Tale." Now, join us on Tuesday September 10th at the Palace 9 Cinema in South Burlington for the release of her long-awaited sequel, "The Testaments." 
    Atwood will be live-streaming from London (England) at the 2:30 showing, which will be rebroadcast later that evening and that Thursday. Visit the Palace9 ticket link below for details. 

    We'll be at the cinema with a wide selection of Atwood's other books for sale, and an Atwood-themed raffle as well! 

    Tickets and more info here:


  • Green Mountain Sapsuckers and SapNet

    Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm

    Please join Onion River Press and author Harry Goldhagen for the launch of Green Mountain Sapsuckers and SapNet, two novellas that feature adventurous reporter Charlotte St. Johnsbury and all things maple!

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Welcome to Skunk Hollow! A tranquil, idyllic town: village green and country roads, weathered red barns and rambling white farmhouses, cows grazing in green pastures, covered bridges and trickling streams...and thousands of maple trees, providing a river of golden sweetness each spring.

    But there's a dark side to this pastoral village. Greenish, long toothed sapsuckers. Feral sap lines. Genetically modified trees. Follow adventurous investigative reporter Charlotte St. Johnsbury (aka Ms. Sugar Maple) and country boy Chester Arthur as they uncpvover the dark underbelly of rural paradise.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born and raised in New York City, Harry Goldhagen has made his home in East Fairfield, Vermont, since 2006, after working for more than 20 years as a medical writer and editor. His photography interests have taken him from Utah and California to London, Paris, Bangkok and Tokyo. He has...

  • Thursday, September 12 at 2:00 pm

    Margaret Atwood's new book The Testaments

    Thirty-four years ago, Margaret Atwood published "The Handmaid's Tale." If you missed the live broadcast on 9/10, join us on Thursday, September 12th at the Palace 9 Cinema in South Burlington to celebrate the release of her long-awaited sequel, "The Testaments." 
    Visit the Palace9 ticket link below for details. 

    Phoenix Books pop-up shop at Palace 9: We'll be at the cinema with a wide selection of Atwood's other books for sale, and an Atwood-themed raffle as well! 

    Tickets and more info here:


  • The Lesson

    Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 pm

    Join Cadwell Turnbull for a talk on his debut science fiction novel, The Lesson.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Cadwell Turnbull's The Lesson explores the nature of belief, the impact of colonialism, and asks how far are we willing to go for progress? Breaking ground as one of the first science fiction novels set in the Virgin Islands, The Lesson is not only a thought-provoking literary work, delving deeply into allegorical themes of colonialism, but also vividly draws the community of Charlotte Amalie, the author's hometown.

    An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last.

    A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witnesses and...


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 802-872-7111 for more info.)
Rutland:  Saturdays at 11am  (Call 802-855-8078 for more info.)