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  • Beth Wagner of Phoenix Books Burlington and Essex has been awarded a full scholarship to the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute. Beth is the children's book buyer and IT director at Phoenix Books.  A resident of Fairfax, she has been in bookselling for over a decade. "All of the Phoenix family is thrilled that Beth will be representing our stores at this event," says Phoenix Books co-owner Mike DeSanto. "We can't wait for her to come back with a basketful of great ideas."

    Wagner's scholarship is sponsored by Candlewick Press, an independent children's publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts.  "Beth Wagner embodies what CHIRP (Candlewick’s Handselling Indie Recognition Program)  is all about. We salute her unparalleled expertise, enthusiasm, knowledge and energy needed to handsell children’s books and get the right book into the right child’s hands at the right time. We’re thrilled to send her to the ABA’s Winter Institute in Kansas City next February, where she’ll be able to hone her skills even more," says Elise Supovitz, Candlewick's Director of Field Sales.

    The American Booksellers Association’s (ABA) Eighth Annual Winter Institute will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, from Saturday, February 23, through Monday, February 25, 2013.  Over 500 booksellers from across the United States attend.
    Posted 01/02/2013
  • We’re excited to announce that Phoenix Books Burlington will be hosting Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse during First Night Burlington this year! Special thanks also goes to Green Mountain Coffee who will be sponsoring the site and providing coffee to the audience as they listen to the dulcet tones of the Patrick Fitzsimmons Trio, Peter Katz, Mark LeGrand & Sarah Munro, Anne Weiss, and Rik Palieri & Rebecca Padula.

    The Coffeehouse will be open from 5pm-10pm, and Phoenix Books will be open for business from 10am-10 pm, on New Year’s Eve. Stop by and visit us!

    First Night is a substance-free, New Year's Eve festival of the arts. It began in Boston in 1976 and is now in over 130 cities throughout the world.  Burlington was the fifth city in the world to embrace the First Night concept. First Night Burlington is Vermont's largest, single-day arts festival, providing an accessible and affordable New Year's Eve celebration to thousands of people in our community.  For more information, and to get your buttons, visit

    Patrick Fitzsimmons Trio
    Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 5-5:50pm

    Acclaimed Vermont singer-songwriter accompanied with his trio. "Fitzsimmons is an immensely talented singer. Wide eyed and heartfelt, his music ably and honestly recalls a simpler period of American pop music." Seven Days

    Peter Katz
    Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 6-6:40pm
    Multiple award-winner and JUNO Nominee Peter Katz captivates listeners with his unique brand of contemporary folk music. Playing 150+ dates per year all over the world, Katz’s remarkable efforts have resulted in him selling over 15,000 copies of his discs and sharing the stage with such notable artists as The Swell Season, Bedouin Soundclash, Dan Mangan and the legendary Garth Hudson from The Band. Not one to waste any time, Peter has just released a new studio album called ‘Still Mind Still’, followed by an extensive tour throughout Canada and parts of the U.S. and Europe. This new collection of songs is Katz’s best writing to date, recorded mostly live off the floor at a cabin in the woods and surrounded by a stunning atmospheric production thanks to producer Rob Szabo. “If talent alone ensures success, then Peter Katz will soon be a name on everyone’s lips” -The Record

    Mark LeGrand & Sarah Munro
    Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 7-7:40pm
    Sarah Munro has been singing all of her life. Her rich musical background beginning with her mom singing her to sleep with such mountain classics as Leadbelly's In The Pines. You can still hear the rich heartfelt soul of this music echoing joyously in her voice. Mark has been writing and performing his brand of "Thinking Man's Honky Tonk" in the spirit of John Prine and Hank Williams for over three decades. He has released two fine Vermont CDs, All Dressed Up, 2002 and Cold New England Town, 2006. The two released their first CD in 1998 titled Mischievous Angel to rave reviews. Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Austin Texas music icon comments, "I think the greatest function of music is when spirit comes through it — and to me, that's what happens with these songs." Together Mark and Sarah have a stunning harmony sound and an engaging stage presence.

    Anne Weiss
    Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 8-8:40pm
    Anne Weiss unleashes her new double CD, “Where Folk Gets the Blues”, on the world! Funky, folky, bluesy, political, poetic, and sensual, Anne’s music and songwriting have been called “a meeting at the crossroads of Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Aretha Franklin”. Some of the finest musicians of the Pacific Northwest have collaborated with Anne, including renowned blues guitarists Mary Flower and David Jacobs-Strain, gold recording artist Billy Oskay (Nightnoise). Several of the selections also feature Kenny Pasarelli (bass, Elton John, Joe Walsh, and Stephen Stills). Originally from New York City, Anne now resides in Portland, Oregon. With six CDs and book of poetry that gained her an Allen Ginsberg Poetry award, Anne has performed with everyone from powerfolk singer / songwriter Ani DiFranco to blues aficionado Taj Mahal. She is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, emotional piano work, humor and striking stage presence.

    The Chalk Cats (Rik Palieri & Rebecca Padula)
    Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 9-9:40pm

    Their roots run deep. Rik Palieri and Rebecca Padula employ an arsenal of instruments to dig up dust bowl ballads, blues, Appalachian banjo tunes, Hobo stories and songs from their home state, Vermont. Their set often includes music from the folk revival of Seeger and Guthrie, Utah Phillips, Leadbelly and traditional music mined from the vast archives of folksong collectors who have come before them. They explore the diversity of American musical traditions and make their own innovative contributions to these traditions with their original songs. They also enjoy sharing the music with audiences, getting them to sing or stomp along with their high energy performance and drawing them in with Rik's stories and Rebecca's whiskey and honey voice.

    Posted 12/30/2012
  • Kobo Technology Powers Independent Bookstores Across America

    Burlington, Vermont - November 26, 2012: A wide range of e-reading choices has come to town, just in time for the fall and holiday shopping seasons. Phoenix Books, an independent bookstore with locations in both Burlington and Essex, Vermont is now selling eBooks through its website and eReaders by Kobo in the stores at 191 Bank Street, downtown Burlington and at Essex Shoppes and Cinemas, Essex.

    Phoenix Books now offers a total e-reading experience for their customers, including a full line of eReaders, eReading accessories, and eBooks from Kobo’s catalog of nearly 3 million titles. At the center of the program are new e-readers from Kobo, a leader in eReading with more than 10 million registered users worldwide.

    Phoenix Books has been selling Google eBooks, but that program will end in January 2013. “We are pleased to offer our customers a broad and diverse eReading choice,” said co-owner Mike DeSanto. “By working with Kobo, Phoenix Books will be able to offer our customers an extensive catalog of the eBook titles our customers love and want, and a choice of innovative new eReaders at affordable prices. Now we can continue to offer our loyal customers the chance to buy eBooks and support their favorite bookseller at the same time.” He goes on to exhort readers not to get stuck in the Kindle world when they can shop the eBook universe by using Kobo: "Kindle is totally proprietary and does not allow the user to shop wherever they want. With Kobo, you get freedom to do what you want to do, go where you want to go and shop like you want to shop. Kindle makes you a hostage to whatever Amazon is up to. The main thing about Kobo is that by buying and using it you really are supporting your local book store, Phoenix Books, and you are shopping local as well. I am not a technophile, but the Kobo technology has been generally applauded, and our booksellers find it pretty easy to use."

    Phoenix Books was established in 2007 on the principles of social responsibility, community, and sustainability, and is a proud member of Local First Vermont and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.  Phoenix Books Burlington and Phoenix Books Essex are locally-owned, independent bookstores.  Their Essex location also houses a gallery and cafe. Whenever possible, Phoenix Books sources eco-friendly products from Fair Trade/Green Certified companies.

    Since its inception in 2009, Kobo has built a global base of more than 10 million registered users in 190 countries and one of the largest eBook stores in the world, with 3 million books, newspapers, and magazines. Kobo’s Read Freely philosophy supports an open platform and adoption of industry standards to ensure that people own the books they buy and are never locked to one device or service. Additionally, Kobo offers free eReading apps so people can read conveniently anytime, anyplace from a device they already own. With Kobo, consumers can easily browse and shop from the Phoenix Books' website and automatically sync their library across most popular devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, and smartphones, as well as all Kobo eReaders.
    Posted 11/29/2012
  • If you missed our Phoenix Holiday Review 2012 edition, which was featured in the Tuesday, November 20 issue of the Burlington Free Press, be sure to download the PDF version here or stop by the store to pick up a copy! It's chock full of gift ideas for everyone on your holiday list.



    Posted 11/20/2012
  • 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

    Posted 10/28/2012
  • The Queen City’s eighth annual celebration of the written word is on the way. September 21 through 23 enjoy readings, signings, panels, workshops, exhibits, musical performances, original theater, demos and special events featuring literary luminaries from around the world-and just around the corner! All events are free. This year’s headliners include Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings, Alison Bechdel, Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman, Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea, Emily M. Danforth, Bill McKibben and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Tracy K. Smith.

    As in years past, Phoenix Books will be handling book sales as the official Festival Bookstore at the Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday of the festival, and...


    On Sunday, September 23rd, Phoenix Books Burlington will host a series of readings entitled "Women's Work," featuring Hinda Miller, Katharine Fisher Britton, Emily Bernard, and Emily M. Danforth.  Hinda Miller is the cofounder of Jogbra and has been a Vermont State Senator.  Her new memoir is entitled Pearls of a Sultana: What I’ve Learned About Business, Politics and the Human Spirit.  Katharine Fisher Britton's debut novel, Her Sister’s Shadow, is ”A touching intimate account of painful memories that radically shape lives" (Publishers Weekly).  Emily Bernard's acclaimed new work, Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White is a tale about the messy realities of race and the complicated tangle of black and white. Emily M. Danforth’s debut novel, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, and School Library Journal, and was featured in the LA Times, The Seattle Stranger, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and NPR–whose reviewer called it “…a skillfully and beautifully written story that does what the best books do: It shows us ourselves in the lives of others.”

    For more information on the Burlington Book Festival, and to find the full schedule, please visit

    Posted 09/06/2012
  • Dear ABA member,


    We have some very exciting news to share.


    As you may have read in today's online Wall Street Journal, ABA is pleased to be partnering with ebook and ereader retailer Kobo, and, beginning this Fall, all of our member bookstores - not only those using IndieCommerce - will be able to sell e-books online, and importantly, to sell e-reader devices in the store.


    We wanted to share this important news with you as soon as possible, and additional information will be forthcoming shortly. Here's a link to today's press release about our new partnership with Kobo, and here's a link to a detailed FAQ about the business model and next steps for ABA members. Importantly, the FAQ is password protected on because it is for members only. 


    We wanted to tell our members the news as soon as the partnership papers were signed; developing a reliable ebooks option has been a priority of the last few months, and we know that many of you have considered it critical as well. Even with this great news, we continue to believe that print books will remain the lion share of your sales. However, we believe that Kobo offers the best possible ereading solution for all of our member bookstores, and will, once implemented, allow you to get back to what you love to do, and do best - discovering and recommending great reads. 


    Please don't hesitate to contact me or your Member Relationship Manager with any questions; we will share what we can. The FAQ can likely answer questions as well. And expect to hear more about how indies are moving forward with Kobo within the next week or ten days. 


    Thank you.


    Best regards,

    Oren Teicher

    Posted 08/29/2012
  • May we brag a little?  The Cafe at Phoenix Books Essex passed its latest Alcohol Purchase Compliance Survey with flying colors!  Check out the attached sheet for our official kudos.
    Posted 08/20/2012
  • On Monday, June 25th owner Michael DeSanto was on VPR's Vermont Edition Summer Reading Show. Below are the books he's picked as great summer reads!

    Did you miss the show?  Listen in at .

    Posted 06/21/2012
  • "Phoenix Books in Essex, Vermont, was one of author Howard Norman's stops on his tour promoting his new book," reports Bookselling This Week in this week's Around Indies.

    Posted 03/07/2012