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Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 pm

    Join us for an open mic, inspired by the Ageless Authors Anthology, featuring writers 65 and older. Come to read, come to listen, or come for both! Those interested in reading can sign up at the door.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  The Ageless Authors Anthology proves that while old age may rob you of some function, Father Time doesn't necessarily take away your creativity. This volume is an extraordinary collection of poetry, essays and short stories from the Ageless Authors Writing Contest exclusively for writers age 65 and older from across the country. A second contest is now underway at, and the best writings will comprise the next edition of Ageless Authors Anthology in the fall. For this book, 52 senior writers contributed work that showcases the experience inherent in this older group. Some of the writers are widely published, while others have been toiling away in relative obscurity and this is the first time they've published their work. These writings are entertaining and memorable. From writer and composer Michael Coolen in Corvallis, Oregon comes the opening sentence you can't forget...

  • Love, Inc.: Dating Apps, the Big White Wedding, and Chasing the Happily Neverafter

    Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 pm

    Join Laurie Essig for a talk on her new book, Love, Inc.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  The notion of “happily ever after” has been ingrained in many of us since childhood—meet someone, date, have the big white wedding, and enjoy your well-deserved future. But why do we buy into this idea? Is love really all we need?

    Author Laurie Essig invites us to flip this concept of romance on its head and see it for what it really is—an ideology that we desperately cling to as a way to cope with the fact that we believe we cannot control or affect the societal, economic, and political structures around us. From climate change to nuclear war, white nationalism to the worship of wealth and conspicuous consumption—as the future becomes seemingly less secure, Americans turn away from the public sphere and find shelter in the private. Essig argues that when we do this, we allow romance to blind us to the real work that needs to be done—building global movements that inspire a change in government policies to address economic and social inequality.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Laurie Essig is Professor and Director of Gender, Sexuality, and...

  • Artisans, vendors, demos and more

    Saturday, February 23 at 10:00 am to Sunday, February 24 at 6:00 pm

    Vermont Gatherings Winter Ren Faire logo

    Come chase away the winter blues at the Winter Renaissance Faire, February 23 & 24, 2019 indoors at the Champlain Valley Exposition (105 Pearl St, Essex Junction).
    Stop by the Phoenix Books pavilion for a wide range of books, games, craft kits and more! 

    Info & tickets available here:

  • with Nancy Richardson & Joyce Thomas

    Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 pm

    Check back for details!

  • Wonder - A Garden Adventure For All Ages

    Friday, March 01 at 10:00 am to Sunday, March 03 at 4:00 pm

    2019 Vermont Flower Show poster - Wonder

    The 2019 Vermont Flower Show – “Wonder – A Garden Adventure for All Ages” – will bring three days of spring to life as our winter draws to a close.   Along with the grand garden landscaped display, the show offers a wide variety of things to choose from– all included in the price of admission! Plan on spending the entire day at the show! Phoenix Books will be there with books, gifts and toys to inspire gardeners of all ages.  

    Find out more here:

  • Presented by Rutland Youth Theater

    Saturday, March 02 at 11:00 am

    Join the cast of Tales from Japan, an original play written and directed by Rutland Youth Theatre's alumna, Skyler Ambrose, for a presentation of their upcoming show followed by a meet and greet, Japanese style! Presentations will be held at 11am and 12 noon. All are welcome to this free event.

    Produced by Saskia Hagen Groom, Tales from Japan is an original show written and directed by Skyler Ambrose, RYT Alumna.  From an ogre slaying child, to the man (and a rabbit!) on the moon, and to a shape-shifting raccoon, this show will whisk you away to the Japan of centuries past!  These stories of East Asian mythology showcase the meaning of kindness, love, loyalty, and bravery.  With our Storyteller to guide the way, this show will be an exciting experience for all ages!


  • Thursday, March 07 at 6:30 pm to at 8:00 pm

    Was it Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Candlestick?

    Join us for an evening of CLUE®—the Classic Board Game edition at Phoenix Books Rutland!  Please call 802-855-8078 or email to RSVP.   Light fare will be provided.   And as a treat for mystery lovers, all in stock &  special order mysteries will be 25% off. 

    This event is free & open to the public. 

  • Classic Diners of Vermont

    Thursday, March 07 at 6:30 pm

    Join Erin McCormick for a talk on Classic Diners of Vermont.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In the land of mountains, milk and maple syrup, community is culture. Whether driving through college towns, along rural country roads or down bustling city streets, the historic diners you'll find are integral to the communities they serve. Over time, Vermont diners have remained gathering places for regulars, locals and travelers alike. So much more than just eateries, places like the Birdseye, Chelsea Royal and the Country Girl Diner are where strangers become friends, where generations learn to understand one another and where simpler times are celebrated. Hear the stories of diner owners and their regulars. Author Erin McCormick reveals how Vermont's diner culture came to be.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Erin McCormick is a Vermont enthusiast who travels the state to discover the best of the best in Vermont--all from a local's perspective. She runs the popular blog "Travel Like a Local: Vermont" (, where she highlights restaurants, inns, breweries, boutiques, hikes, swimming holes, scenic...

  • Johnny Boo is King!

    Saturday, March 09 at 2:00 pm

    Join James Kochalka for an event featuring his new young-reader book, Johnny Boo is King! James will give a drawing lesson on How to Draw Johnny Boo and Also Ice Cream.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  The beloved young-reader series by Eisner Award winner James Kochalka returns with a new adventure fit for a king!
    Johnny Boo is wearing a crown on his head, so that means he’s the king! Squiggle wants to be king too, so he puts a rock on his head. After a brief argument, they decide to share their new flying castle, and fly to the moon. Or are they just pretending? After a madcap encounter with the Ice Cream Monster, they finally get too sleepy to stay awake…making this silly story excellent for bedtime.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  James Kochalka is, without question, one of the most unique and prolific alternative cartoonists working in America today. His comics have been published internationally by almost every alternative comics publisher; he’s recorded several music albums under the name James Kochalka Superstar (making him a favorite at college radio stations across the country); and he’s...

  • Wednesday, March 13 at 4:00 pm to at 6:00 pm

    Check back for details!


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.)