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Upcoming Events

  • The Little Winter Book of Gnomes book signing

    Friday, January 31 at 6:00 pm to at 8:00 pm

    Join Kristen Sevig for a book signing featuring her cozy book of gnomes (and gnomes)!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Kirsten Sevig grew up hearing about little gnomes in great Nordic folktales. When she realized that a “gnome” was also another word for a proverb, she brought the two together. The result is a charming collection of Scandinavian wisdom accented by whimsical illustrations. There are gnome women chopping wood (“chop your own wood and it will warm you twice”), men surreptitiously knitting (“two balls of yarn are better than one”), and gnome kids making snow angels, skiing, and more.

    In The Little Winter Book of Gnomes, Sevig invites readers into a cozy wonderland of her own prolific imagination. With recipes for winter favorites like mulled cider and gingerbread, this book will inspire readers to take joy in all of the season's little happy-makers.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kirsten Sevig is an illustrator from Burlington, Vermont. The author of Striped Pears and Polka Dots: The Art of Being Happy, she also designs stationery, illustrates...

  • Come chase away the winter blues at the Winter Renaissance Faire, February 1 & 2, 2020, indoors at the Champlain Valley Exposition

    Saturday, February 01 at 10:00 am to Sunday, February 02 at 6:00 pm

    Part of the Phoenix Books booth with books, toys and games

    Come stroll through the old world during the Winter Ren Faire, Saturday & Sunday Feb 1st -2nd, from 10-6. 

    Phoenix Books is at this fantastical weekend with a wagon-load of fantastic books, gifts & games for all ages.

    The Vermont Renaissance Faires: Kid friendly, Odin approved!

  • The Misfortunes of Family *book launch*

    Tuesday, February 04 at 6:30 pm

    Join us in celebrating the launch of Meg Little Reilly's new book, The Misfortunes of Family.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  For three weeks this summer, the four Bright sons and their families are sequestered away in the Berkshires with their parents, retired Senator John Bright and perpetually perfect matriarch, Patty. Beautiful, prideful, competitive, and a bit terrible, JJ, Spenser, Charlie, and Phillip are prepared for the usual petty family dramas that arise from spending too much time with each other. But add a documentary film maker and their father’s possible run for the governorship, and suddenly the family reunion begins to go off the rails.

    Slowly secrets begin to spill. Starting with Phillip’s startling and life-changing announcement and snowballs into a series of crises no one could see coming, which might send the reputation of this seemingly perfect all-American family up in flames.

    Meg Little Reilly’s knack for exploring morality and ambiguity lurking under the banal creates a timely and thought-provoking narrative about politics, family, and the little secrets that keep loved ones together as much as it tears them...

  • The Triwizard Tournament

    Thursday, February 06 at 6:00 pm

    Harry Potter Night featuring some of our customers and staff making broomsticks and monster books. On Harry Potter Book Night: The Triwizard Tournament, we’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Here at Phoenix, young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an evening of magical games, activities, readings and quizzes. All ages are welcome to this free event. Costumes encouraged. RSVP encouraged but not required!



  • Sunday, February 09 at 2:00 pm to at 4:00 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 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. She will be competing in the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) in Dallas, Texas, in March 2020, and continues to perform around the United States.  

    This event is free and open to all.

  • Charlotte's Bones story time

    Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 am

    Join us to celebrate World Whale Day with a special story time and drawing activity featuring Charlotte's Bones with author, Erin Rounds!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Many thousands of years ago, when a sheet of ice up to a mile thick began to let go of the land, the Atlantic Ocean flooded great valleys that had been scooped out by glaciers, and the salty waves of an inland sea lapped the green hills of Vermont. Into this arm of the sea swam Charlotte. Her milky, smooth, muscled body sliced slowly through the water like scissors through silk. Like a chirping canary, her voice echoed across dark waters showing the way to her pod as belugas have done for millions of years.

    In 1849, a crew building a railroad through Charlotte, Vermont, dug up strange and beautiful bones in a farmer’s field. A local naturalist asked Louis Agassiz to help identify them, and the famous scientist concluded that the bones belonged to a beluga whale. But how could a whale’s skeleton have been buried so far from the ocean? The answer—that Lake Champlain had once been an arm of the sea—encouraged radical new thinking about geological time scales and...

  • Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 am to at 12:30 pm

    Meet Hedgie at Phoenix Books Rutland as part the Winterfest Story Walk Celebration featuring The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett.

    Hedgie will be appearing at the store from 11am-12:30pm. All ages welcome at this free event.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: When winter comes, Hedgie tries to stay awake so he doesn't miss out on all the fun his friends are having.

    Snow is on the way, and as Hedgie trundles around the farm all his friends tell him of the winter-time fun he will miss as he hibernates--Icicles decorating the chicken coop! Lisa making snowmen! The pond turned to slippery ice! It sounds so amazing, Hedgie decides to stay awake instead of going to his burrow. But then a snowstorm starts. Luckily, Lisa finds him and brings him inside so Hedgie gets to see the wonders of winter from inside the cozy house.

  • The Burlington Bike Path and Waterfront Park: An Enviromental Handbook for the Post Auto Era

    Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 pm

    Join Phoenix Books Burlington and Onion River Press for the launch of Burlington local Rick Sharp's The Burlington Bike Path and Waterfront Park: An Environmental Handbook for the Post Auto Era.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Rick Sharp’s personal account of the creation of the Burlington Bicycle Path and Waterfront Park is also the story of how the bike path was then extended across the Winooski River and out to the Causeway to create the Island Line Trail in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Created in the early 1980s, Rick was instrumental in the creation of the Burlington Bike Path and Waterfront Park. In response to a proposal to build two 18-story luxury condominium towers on the waterfront downtown in 1980, Rick joined future Governor Howard Dean and UVM Environmental Studies professor, Tom Hudspeth, to form the Citizens Waterfront Group to advocate for the creation of a bike path on the waterfront instead.

    This group popularized the concept of the bike path by capturing 75% support from city voters on an advisory ballot item in 1981. In 1984 the Group got a $750,000 bond approved by two-thirds of City voters to fund construction. The path was...

  • Finna *book launch*

    Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 pm

    Join us in celebrating the launch of Nino Cipri's new book, Finna.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Nino Cipri's Finna is a rambunctious, touching story that blends all the horrors the multiverse has to offer with the everyday awfulness of low-wage work. It explores queer relationships and queer feelings, capitalism and accountability, labor and love, all with a bouncing sense of humor and a commitment to the strange.

    When an elderly customer at a Swedish big box furniture store — but not that one — slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but those two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago.

    To find the missing granny, Ava and Jules will brave carnivorous furniture, swarms of identical furniture spokespeople, and the deep resentment simmering between them. Can friendship blossom from the ashes of their relationship? In infinite dimensions, all things are possible.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Nino Cipri is a queer...

  • Northern Vermont in the War of 1812

    Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 pm

    Join us for a book talk on Northern Vermont in the War of 1812 with author Jason Barney!  

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Vermont played a critical role in the War of 1812. Burlington was a significant military base and harbor for American vessels, but history isn't just about the larger hubs of activity. From Swanton to Isle La Motte, many smaller communities in northern Vermont played a key role in the war. Local militia--composed of farmers, blacksmiths and merchants--came from all over the northern border communities of the state to contribute to the war effort. When towns got the statewide order to muster, timing depended on the occupations of those called to duty, the distance they needed to march or sail, the unpredictable weather conditions and the condition of the roads. Local historian Jason Barney uncovers the unique stories of border smuggling, daring raids and everyday struggle.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jason Barney grew up in northern Vermont and graduated from Missisquoi Valley Union High School, where he now teaches. Upon graduation from the College of St. Joseph's in Rutland, he ran for public...


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.)