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Phoenix Books Goes Local with Wind Ridge Publishing Events

Mike DeSanto, owner of Phoenix Books in Burlington and Essex, announced that all through the fall, Phoenix Books is “going local” with Wind Ridge Publishing, (WRP).

"Wind Ridge is an interesting and very Vermont-based company located in Shelburne,” commented DeSanto. “Phoenix Books greatly admires what this publisher is doing and we want to do everything we can to help this venture succeed. So, in the month of November on four successive Thursday nights and two Saturday evenings, Phoenix Books in Burlington will showcase a Wind Ridge author and happily provide them a platform to present their works.”

WRP authors are all local residents – however, their books reflect a broad range of issues, experience, and global interests – from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ Rick Peyser and Bill Mares’ in Brewing Change, Peyser’s personal account of social responsibility and the lives of coffee farmers, to Vermont wildlife rehabilitator Helena Nicolay’s Squirrel Diaries and Shelburne veterinarian Dr. Steven Metz’s book, Exotic Tails. Other featured WRP releases include VPR commentaries from the Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council, Peter Gilbert’s I Was Thinking and Paul Boisvert’s photo essays in his coffee table book, Burlington ~ A Sense of Place.

“There is something for nearly every book lover,” said DeSanto. “They will make fabulous holiday gifts, especially when personally autographed and inscribed by the authors. I see this as a unique kind of partnership, where a bookstore commits heavily to the books of one publisher. As we move forward, Phoenix Books anticipates being a kind of home bookstore for many of the authors Wind Ridge will publish.”

Lin Stone, managing editor of Wind Ridge Publishing’s book division commented, “This collaboration truly is an effort to build a platform of support for local writers and local economies. Wind Ridge is an independently and locally owned publishing house, and it strives to make known the unique voices of Vermonters; Phoenix Books is a locally owned independent purveyor that helps us to put those Vermonters’ books into readers’ hands. It doesn’t get much more “Buy Local” than that.”

Event Dates include:
Thursday, October 25th at 7pm: Travels in the World of Ideas with Peter Gilbert
Thursday, November 1st at 7pm: Brewing Change with Bill Mares and Rick Peyser
Thursday, November 8th at 7pm: The Squirrel Diaries with Astrid Helena Nicolay
Saturday, November 10th at 7pm: Exotic Tails with Dr. Steven Metz
Thursday, November 15th at 7pm: Burlington: A Sense of Place with Paul Boisvert
Saturday, November 17th at 7pm: Musings of a Vermont Nutritionist with Dr. Lyn Carew

All events take place at Phoenix Books Burlington, located at 191 Bank Street in Burlington, Vermont, and are free and open to the public.  Copies of featured titles will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-448-3350 or visit