Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday October 10, 6:30 pm

    Join D. D. Guttenplan for a talk on his new book, The Next Republic - both an assessment of our current political leadership and a vision of those who can bring substantive change.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Who are the new progressive leaders emerging to lead the post-Trump return to democracy in America? National political correspondent and award-winning author D.D. Guttenplan's The Next Republic is an extraordinarily intense and wide-ranging account of the recent fall and incipient rise of democracy in America. The Next Republic profiles nine successful activists who are changing the course of American history right now:
         • new labor activist and author Jane McAlevey
         • racial justice campaigner (and mayor of Jackson, Mississippi) Chokwe Antar Lumumba
         • environmental activist (and newly elected chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party) Jane Kleeb
         • Chicago’s first openly gay Latino public official Carlos Ramirez-Rosa
         • #ALLOFUS co-founder Waleed Shahid
         • young architects of Bernie Sanders' amazing rise, digerati Corbin Trent and Zack Exley, founders of Brand New Congress
         • and author and anti-corruption crusader Zephyr Teachout.
    Additionally, the introduction to The Next Republic ties in the election and first year of the Trump presidency to the current rise of populism of the left, and there are three historical chapters that describe key moments in American history that shed light on current events: the Whiskey Rebellion, the Lincoln Republic, and the Roosevelt Republic. Guttenplan understands the magnitude of the problem of democracy, and at the same time the great possibilities for its resurgence. Like a cross between George Packer's The Unwinding and John F. Kennedy's Profiles in CourageThe Next Republic is both unyielding and deeply hopeful, the first book to come out of the Trump ascendency that stakes a claim for seeing beyond it.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  As the lead Nation election correspondent throughout the 2015-16 election season, D.D. Guttenplan set the highest standard for election reporting, traveling across the country throughout the primary season, present at the major speeches and rallies of all the candidates, offering deep as well as topical coverage in dozens of articles including many that graced the Nation magazine's cover. Guttenplan's first book, The Holocaust on Trial, was highly praised in The New Yorker and elsewhere. His biography of I.F. Stone, American Radical: The Life and Times of I.F. Stone won the Sperber Prize for Biography. Guttenplan wrote and presented two radio documentaries for the BBC, Guns: An American Love Affair, and War, Lies and Audiotape, about the Gulf of Tonkin incident, as well as producing an acclaimed film, Edward Said: The Last Interview. A former editor at Vanity Fair, senior editor at the Village Voice, and media columnist at New York Newsday, Guttenplan's reporting on the Happy Land Social Club fire in the Bronx won a Page One Award from the New York Newspaper Guild. His investigative reporting on New York City's fire code was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He divides his time between homes in the U.S. in Vermont and London, England.

     

    DATE:  Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Adult Book Club

    Thursday October 11, 5:00 pm

    Instead of meeting monthly to discuss a single book, we meet to talk about what we’ve been reading and maybe bring a book to recommend. Feel free to bring a title to share or a few ideas of what book has made you think, made you laugh, or made you mad. This is a meeting of people who love books, want to chat with other book lovers, and maybe even eat a few snacks.

    If a recommendation sparks your curiosity, any books purchased during or after the meeting receive the 10 percent book club discount.

    While we encourage everyone to read and share their love of books, this book club is for those who read adult fiction. For our younger book lovers, we host a similar book club aimed towards young adult fiction once a month.

  • Thursday October 11, 7:00 pm

    Join Archer Mayor for a talk on his new Joe Gunther novel, Bury the Lead!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Joe Gunther and the VBI team are investigating a murder and an arson case—both potentially related to an outbreak of ebola. When the body of a young woman is found near a trail at a popular ski mountain, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, Mick Durocher, and a confession, but not everyone on the team is convinced. Despite Mick’s ready admission, investigators quickly sense there might be more going on than is immediately apparent. At the same time, a large local business is being targeted with escalating acts of vandalism—a warehouse fire, a vandalized truck, a massive cooling system destroyed—resulting in loss of life. And either by coincidence, or not, Mick Durocher, the self-confessed murderer, was once employed by this very company. These two puzzling cases—now possibly connected—are further complicated by the sidelining of a key member of VBI, Willy Kunkle, who undergoes surgery at a hospital that appears to be having an unlikely—and suspiciously timed—outbreak of Ebola. Joe and his team pursue these cases, uncovering motives that might link them, while proving that trust betrayed can be a toxic virus, turning love into murderous loathing. Indeed, behind the mayhem and murder, Joe must uncover a tragic history before another victim dies.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Archer Mayor, in addition to writing the New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series, is an investigator for the sheriff's department, the state medical examiner, and has twenty-five years of experience as a firefighter/EMT. He lives near Brattleboro, Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, October 11th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank.  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

     

     

     

     

  • Sunday October 14, 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, October 14th from 2-4pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Wednesday October 17, 7:00 pm

    Join Thea Lewis for a talk on new book, Wicked Vermont.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Vermont is a picturesque landscape, but the idyllic setting hides a sometimes dark and desperate past. H.H. Holmes, America's first serial killer, may have been the University of Vermont's deadliest student. A Burlington resident made an empire partly by carrying contraband goods to and from Canada. The first United States president subject to a birther movement wasn't 44, but a much lower number. A Burlington schoolboy ran away with the circus and became an international sensation under the big top. Author Thea Lewis takes a revealing ride through the unique and colorful history of the Green Mountain State.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Thea Lewis is a Vermont native with a writing career that has spanned more than three decades. She’s crafted scripts for radio and television, and since 2009 has put her love of research and history to work writing books for The History Press’ Haunted America series. In addition to her latest offering, Wicked Vermont (2018, History Press/Arcadia) titles include Haunted Burlington, Spirits of Vermont’s Queen City, Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain and Haunted Inns and Ghostly Getaways of Vermont. A book for children, There’s a Witch In My Sock Drawer! was published by Peapod Press in 2011. Thea is also the creator of Queen City Ghostwalk, the Burlington, Vermont  walking tour chosen ‘Best Scary Stroll’ by Yankee Magazine. Between writing and walking, she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor adventures with her dog, Phantom.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, October 17th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION: Free and open to all.

  • Thursday October 18, 6:30 pm

    Join Archer Mayor for a talk on his new Joe Gunther novel, Bury the Lead!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Joe Gunther and the VBI team are investigating a murder and an arson case—both potentially related to an outbreak of ebola. When the body of a young woman is found near a trail at a popular ski mountain, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, Mick Durocher, and a confession, but not everyone on the team is convinced. Despite Mick’s ready admission, investigators quickly sense there might be more going on than is immediately apparent. At the same time, a large local business is being targeted with escalating acts of vandalism—a warehouse fire, a vandalized truck, a massive cooling system destroyed—resulting in loss of life. And either by coincidence, or not, Mick Durocher, the self-confessed murderer, was once employed by this very company. These two puzzling cases—now possibly connected—are further complicated by the sidelining of a key member of VBI, Willy Kunkle, who undergoes surgery at a hospital that appears to be having an unlikely—and suspiciously timed—outbreak of Ebola. Joe and his team pursue these cases, uncovering motives that might link them, while proving that trust betrayed can be a toxic virus, turning love into murderous loathing. Indeed, behind the mayhem and murder, Joe must uncover a tragic history before another victim dies.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Archer Mayor, in addition to writing the New York Times bestselling Joe Gunther series, is an investigator for the sheriff's department, the state medical examiner, and has twenty-five years of experience as a firefighter/EMT. He lives near Brattleboro, Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, October 18th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  This eent is free and open to all.

  • Thursday October 18, 7:00 pm

    Join Jason Lutes for a talk on his new book, Berlin. Twenty years in the making, this sweeping masterpiece charts Berlin through the rise of Nazism.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: During the past two decades, Jason Lutes has quietly created one of the masterworks of the graphic novel golden age. Serialized in twenty-two issues, collected in two volumes, with a third to be released at the same time as this omnibus, Berlin has more than 100,000 copies in print and is one of the high-water marks of the medium: rich in its well-researched historical detail, compassionate in its character studies, and as timely as ever in its depiction of a society slowly awakening to the stranglehold of fascism.

    Berlin is an intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens—Marthe Müller, a young woman escaping the memory of a brother killed in World War I, Kurt Severing, an idealistic journalist losing faith in the printed word as fascism and extremism take hold; the Brauns, a family torn apart by poverty and politics. Lutes weaves these characters’ lives into the larger fabric of a city slowly ripping apart.

    The city itself is the central protagonist in this historical fiction. Lavish salons, crumbling sidewalks, dusty attics, and train stations: all these places come alive in Lutes’ masterful hand. Weimar Berlin was the world’s metropolis, where intellectualism, creativity, and sensuous liberal values thrived, and Lutes maps its tragic, inevitable decline. Devastatingly relevant and beautifully told, Berlin is one of the great epics of the comics medium.

    “With its rich sense of time and place, nuanced portrayal of individual destinies, precisely rendered imagery, and poetic expression of themes, Jason Lutes’s Berlin is truly a masterful narrative.”
    —Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

    “A watershed achievement—Berlin charted new territory for the graphic novel and comics at the same time, at once a story about artists trying to make art during the rise of the Nazis in Germany, and a bildungsroman of the first order. This landmark collection returns this story to us now when we need examples of how to stay human to each other in the face of a politics that turns friends into enemies—a newly necessary book.”
    —Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jason Lutes was born in New Jersey in 1967 and grew up reading American superhero and Western comics. In the late 1970s he discovered Heavy Metal magazine and the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, both of which proved major influences on his creative development. Lutes graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, and in 1993 he began drawing a weekly comics page called Jar of Fools for Seattle’s The Stranger. Lutes lives in Vermont with his partner and two children, where he teaches comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, October 18th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank.  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

  • Saturday October 20, 11:00 am

    Join us for a story time and for a "make your own mini coloring book" activity with author-illustrator Mark Gonyea!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  A sleep deprived kid creates monsters of his own to banish the ones that are keeping him awake in this fiendishly funny picture book that's the perfect counting and bedtime story. In graphic artist and designer Mark Gonyea's clever counting book, a little boy snuggles in for a nap, but much to his surprise, silly little monsters pop up wherever he looks. First there's one at the window, then two appear when he blinks, and three pop out when one of the monsters sneezes. Before he knows it, there are ten kooky creatures in his room. But will the little boy find a way to outsmart those pesky pests?

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Mark Gonyea was born in northern New York. While spending the better portion of his early life watching TV, going to movies, and playing video games, little did he realize Star Wars was to be the essential ground work for a career in cartooning and graphic design. He now lives and works in Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, October 20th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Saturday October 20, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Phoenix Books and the League of Women Voters will register voters at in-store events in Essex, Burlington, and Rutland. With midterms this year, Phoenix Books and the League of Women Voters are encouraging every eligible American voter to exercise the right to be heard at the ballot box.

     

  • Saturday October 20, 4:00 pm

    Join us in welcoming Madeleine Kunin to Rutland, for a talk on her new book, Coming of Age.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Many readers are already familiar with Madeleine Kunin, the former three-term governor of Vermont, who served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. In her newest book, a memoir entitled Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, the topic is aging, but she looks well beyond the physical tolls and explores the emotional ones as well. And she has had an extraordinary life: governor, ambassador, feminist, wife, mother, professor, poet, and much, much more.

    As recently reported in the New York Times, a girl born today can expect to live to the age of ninety, on average (boys, on the other hand, can expect to live until age eighty-five). Life expectancy, for many, is increasing, yet people rarely contemplate the emotional changes that come alongside the physical changes of aging. Madeleine wants to change that. Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties takes a close and incisive look at what it is like to grow old. The book is a memoir, yet most important of all, it is an honest and positive look at aging and how it has affected her life.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Governor Kunin has written three previous books: Living a Political Life (Knopf), and The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family (New York Times Editor's Choice) and Pearls Politics and Power. She has more energy than two 40-year-olds. She is currently James Marsh Scholar Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont where she gives lectures on feminism and women and politics. She also serves on the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization that she founded in 1991, and she recently launched Emerge Vermont to encourage and support women in politics. She lives in Shelburne, Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, October 20th at 4pm

    LOCATION:  Unitarian Universalist Church of Rutland, 117 West Street, Rutland

    ADMISSION: Free and open to all.

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