Upcoming Events

  • Saturday September 22, 11:00 am

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  • Tuesday September 25, 7:00 pm

    Join Rick WInston, author of Red Scare in the Green Mountains, in conversation with Richard Watt of the Center for Research on Vermont.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the "Red Scare" swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural "rock-ribbed Republican" state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Far from the klieg lights of Washington D.C., Hollywood, and New York City, the Green Mountain state challenged the national narrative with its own fascinating stories. Here are nine of the most gripping dramas played out in Vermont during "scoundrel time," including a high-profile academic firing, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, courageous newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy's tactics, and a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy. Now, as our country again experiences a political atmosphere charged with intolerance, condemnation, and widespread falsehoods, this book could not be more timely.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Rick Winston grew up in Yonkers, New York, and attended both Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley. He arrived in Adamant, Vermont in 1970, and still lives there. He started Montpelier’s Lightning Ridge Film Society in 1972. That became the Savoy Theater in 1981, which soon established Montpelier as a mecca for lovers of foreign, independent, and generally off-beat films. He is currently teaching film history in several places, including Community College of Vermont. His long-standing interest in the Red Scare era led him to become one of the organizers of the 1998 Montpelier conference, “Vermont in the McCarthy Era.”


    DATE:  Tuesday, September 25th 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 26, 6:30 pm

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  • Wednesday September 26, 7:00 pm

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  • Saturday September 29, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Visit Phoenix Books Burlington for a tarot reading. Rachel's approach to tarot draws from Jung and the concept that we can access collective symbols and archetypes from our unconscious that can assist in guiding our intuition.

    Rachel is a self-taught tarot reader and has been reading tarot for six years now. She began public readings about a year and a half ago. She has read at weddings and parties as well as for private individuals. Rachel has an MA in clinical mental health counseling from Antioch University New England and has a private psychotherapy practice in Williston working with individual adults. In her off time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading.


    DATE:  Saturday, September 29th from 6-7:30PM

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Readings are first come, first served. Suggested donation is $5-10.

    PLEASE NOTE: Tarot readings are for entertainment purposes only.

  • Thursday October 4, 6:30 pm

    Join James Dunn for a talk on his new book, Breach of Trust: The Ethics Scandal That Challenged the Integrity of the Vermont Judiciary, a true story about arrogance and abuse of judicial power, coupled with allegations of romantic affairs and cover-ups.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Voted the number one Vermont news story for 1987, Breach of Trust chronicles the ethics scandal that shook the roots of the Vermont judiciary in the mid-1980s. The scandal led to Chittenden County Assistant Judge Jane Wheel becoming the first and only Vermont judge ever charged with a criminal felony. It also led to unprecedented charges of ethical misconduct against three highly respected Vermont Supreme Court justices, making it the first time a justice was charged with a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Breach of Trust follows the political and legal struggles as Judge Wheel finds herself being investigated for misusing public funds, an investigation she charged was “politically motivated,” and likened to the “Salem Witch trials.” She was eventually charged criminally, and her attorneys and the attorney general faced off in an epic, month-long criminal trial involving testimony from Supreme Court justices, judges, politicians and court employees. At the same time, the state’s Judicial Conduct Board formerly charged Supreme Court Justices Hill, Hayes and Gibson with twenty-four violations of judicial ethics.  All of the allegations of misconduct centered on the justices’ close personal relationship with Judge Wheel, and actions they took to protect her during the investigation, culminating in an unprecedented three-week ethics trial before the Judicial Conduct Board.

     “A masterful piece of work! It is a story that ought not to be forgotten and I am very glad Dunn has been so diligent and determined to bring it to light”
    --JEFFREY AMESTOY, former Attorney General and retired Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.

    “Breach of Trust is an important book, because today so little is known about Judge Wheel and the lessons to be learned from her reign. An excellent contribution to Vermont judicial history, Well-written and entertaining, “Breach of Trust” is a must read for Vermont attorneys and those concerned about our system of justice."
    --JAMES MORSE, retired Vermont Supreme Court Justice.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James J. Dunn took his first job out of law school in 1974 with Vermont Legal Aid. In 1981 Dunn joined the administration of Burlington’s newly-elected mayor, Bernie Sanders, where he served as an assistant city attorney, personnel director, and chief labor negotiator. He returned to his private law practice in 1992 and spent the next twenty-five years serving as general counsel to many municipal and private sector labor unions before retiring in 2016. He lives in Burlington, Vermont, where he serves on the Burlington Police Commission.


    DATE:  Thursday, October 4th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION: Free and open to all.

  • Thursday October 4, 7:00 pm

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  • Saturday October 6, 11:00 am

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

  • Thursday October 11, 7:00 pm

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  • Wednesday October 17, 7:00 pm

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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.)