Upcoming Events

  • Thursday September 6, 6:30 pm

    Get ready for fall with Mark Mikolas, who will guide us through A Beginner's Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In this friendly and approachable field guide, writer and avid hiker Mark Mikolas shares a unique approach for year-round tree identification. His method, which centers on the northeastern United States where 20 species make up the majority of trees, will prepare readers to recognize trees at a glance, even in winter when leaves and flowers are not present. Mikolas's secret is to focus on the key characteristics of each tree--black cherry bark looks like burnt potato chips; beech and oak trees keep their leaves in winter; spruce needles are pointed while balsam fir needles are soft and rounded at the ends. Some trees can even be identified by scent. Location maps for each of the 40 species covered and more than 400 photographs illustrating key characteristics make the trees easy to identify. Mikolas also explains how to differentiate between similar and commonly confused trees, such as red maple and sugar maple. A Beginner's Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast is a book to keep close at hand wherever trees grow.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Mark Mikolas, author of Nature Walks in Southern Vermont, lives and guides hikes in Brattleboro, VT. His writing has appeared in the Old Farmer's Almanac, Country Journal, and Mother Earth News.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, September 6th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday September 6, 7:00 pm

    Join Burlington's own Rachel Lindsay to celebrate the launch of RX, a graphic memoir about the treatment of mental illness, treating mental illness as a commodity, and the often unavoidable choice between sanity and happiness.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In her early twenties in New York City, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Rachel Lindsay takes a job in advertising in order to secure healthcare coverage for her treatment. But work takes a strange turn when she is promoted onto the Pfizer account and suddenly finds herself on the other side of the curtain, developing ads for an antidepressant drug. She is the audience of the work she's been pouring over and it highlights just how unhappy and trapped she feels, stuck in an endless cycle of treatment, insurance and medication. Overwhelmed by the stress of her professional life and the self-scrutiny it inspires, she begins to destabilize and while in the midst of a crushing job search, her mania takes hold. Her altered mindset yields a simple solution: to quit her job and pursue life as an artist, an identity she had abandoned in exchange for medical treatment. When her parents intervene, she finds herself hospitalized against her will, and stripped of the control she felt she had finally reclaimed. Over the course of her two weeks in the ward, she struggles in the midst of doctors, nurses, patients and endless rules to find a path out of the hospital and this cycle of treatment. One where she can live the life she wants, finding freedom and autonomy, without sacrificing her dreams in order to stay well.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Rachel Lindsay is a Burlington, Vermont-based cartoonist. She is the creator of the comic strip Rachel Lives Here Now (2013-present), which appears weekly in Seven Days. She is a graduate of Columbia University. This is her first book.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, September 6th 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.

    BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.

  • Wednesday September 12, 7:00 pm

    Join Dr. Paul Seward for a talk on his new book, Patient Care. Drawing on a career launched in the first days of the specialty of emergency medicine, Dr. Paul Seward takes the reader with him into the ER in his riveting memoir.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Told in fast-paced, stand-alone chapters that recall unforgettable medical cases, Patient Care offers the fascination of medical mysteries, wrapped in the drama of living and dying. A snap judgment about a child nearly kills him, and a priest who may be having a heart attack refuses treatment. An asthmatic man develops air bubbles in his shoulders, and a pharmacist is haunted by a decision he makes. But the book goes beyond these stories. Each chapter explores ethical questions that remind us of the full humanity of patients, nurses, coroners, pharmacists, and, of course, doctors. How do they care for strangers in their moments of crisis? How do they care for themselves? Dr. Seward rejects doctor-as-God narratives to write frankly about moments of failure, and champions the role of his colleagues in health care. And, for all the moral dilemmas here, there is plenty of wit and humor, too. (See the patient who punches our doctor.) Readers of Patient Care will find themselves thinking along with Dr. Seward: "What is the right thing to do? What would I do?"

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Paul Seward has been a physician for nearly fifty years, and has spent the majority of those years working in emergency rooms on both coasts. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and did his internship and residency in Pediatrics at UC San Francisco. Seward is an Emeritus member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Now retired, he and his wife live in Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Wednesday, September 12th 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.

    BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.

  • Thursday September 13, 6:30 pm

    Join Fearn Lickfield as she presents The Bardic Book of Becoming, by Ivan McBeth;  a warm, user-friendly and eclectic introduction to modern Druidry that invites you to take the first steps into the realm of magic and mystery. This book was written during the last year of Ivan’s life. 

    Fearn will offer a presentation titled A Druid’s Legacy in which she will share some of Ivan’s gifts from his exceptional life and wisdom. He was a master stone circle builder, author and founder of the Green Mountain Druid Order. He lived a life of crystal magic, wild adventure, colorful joy and hard earned wisdom. He gobbled life, courted death and crossed like a king. This presentation will include stories, poetry, toning, the Dragon Dance and other inspirations as we open our hearts to Ivan’s Bardic arts.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: The Bardic Book of Becoming is a warm, user-friendly, eclectic introduction to modern Druidry that invites you to take the first steps into the realms of magic and mystery. In this book you will be introduced to the various techniques and practices of a Druid in training. Written by Ivan McBeth, the cofounder of Vermont's Green Mountain School of Druidry, with Fearn Lickfield, the book incorporates lessons, visualizations, rituals, and magical stories. Many different activities and exercises are included that provide the reader with hands-on learning. Ivan also provides personal stories that demonstrate his own journey from spiritual seeker to Druid.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER AND ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
    Fearn Lickfield is a web weaver who facilitates the re-connection of people with the Heart of Nature. She is the director of the Green Mountain Druid School and founder of Guardians of the Sacred Earth. She is the steward of Dreamland, a mystery school and sanctuary in Worcester, Vermont.

    Ivan McBeth was a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids who founded the Green Mountain Druid Order, a modern mystery school based in Worcester, Vermont, with his partner Fearn Lickfield. He passed gracefully into the Otherworld at Fall Equinox of 2016.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, September 13th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday September 13, 7:00 pm

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  • Saturday September 15, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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  • Sunday September 16, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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  • Thursday September 20, 6:30 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, September 20th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION: Free and open to all.

  • Thursday September 20, 7:00 pm

    Join Laurie Forest to celebrate the launch of The Iron Flower!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In this magical sequel to The Black Witch, Elloren Gardner must embrace a power she never knew she had to hold back the dark forces sweeping across Erthia.

    Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed an military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest. While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the next Black Witch, the destined vessel for a magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed. Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Laurie Forest  lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont, where she sits in front of a woodstove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. She is the author of The Black Witch Chronicles, including The Black WitchThe Iron Flower and the prequel e-novella Wandfasted.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, September 20th 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.
    Free for attendees under 18.

    BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.

  • Saturday September 22, 11:00 am

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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.)