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  • John Woodrow Cox in conversation with CNN's Daniel Dale

    Monday, April 19 at 7:00 pm

    Phoenix Books is honored to host journalist John Woodrow Cox for a discussion of his timely and critically important new book, Children Under Fire.  John will be in conversation with reporter Daniel Dale from CNN's Washington Bureau. 

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Based on the acclaimed series—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—an intimate account of the devastating effects of gun violence on our nation’s children, and a call to action for a new way forward

    In 2017, seven-year-old Ava in South Carolina wrote a letter to Tyshaun, an eight-year-old boy from Washington, DC. She asked him to be her pen pal; Ava thought they could help each other. The kids had a...

  • The Happy Garden: Best Friends

    Saturday, April 17 at 11:00 am

    John & Jennifer Churchman will be joining us from Moonrise Farm for a very special story time featuring their new book, The Happy Garden: Best Friends!  

    Follow the story of a little frog named Oliver and baby caterpillar Flora as she makes her transformation into a beautiful monarch butterfly. Watch their journey unfold in this heartwarming tale of friendship, and unconditional love while growing up in The Happy Garden.

    ABOUT THE AUTHORS: John Churchman is a photographer, artist, and farmer. Jennifer Churchman is a multimedia artist, storyteller, and writer. John and Jennifer combine their talents to give voice to the stories of the animals that surround them and add boundless...

  • James Crews and Diana Whitney

    Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 pm

    Join Vermont poets James Crews and Diana Whitney for an evening of poetry as we celebrate the release of their new anthologies.

    How to Love the World:  Poems of Gratitude and Hope  

    More and more people are turning to poetry as an antidote to divisiveness, negativity, anxiety, and the frenetic pace of life. How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope offers readers uplifting, deeply felt, and relatable poems by well-known poets from all walks of life and all parts of the US, including inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, Joy Harjo, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ross Gay, Tracy K. Smith, and others. The work of these poets captures the beauty, pleasure, and connection readers...

  • Tuesday, April 13 at 11:00 am

    Join us for a very special event featuring Max Brallier, the author of The Last Kid's on Earth series!  Max wlll be joining us on our Zoom channel to celebrate the release of his newest book, The Last Kids on Earth: Thrilling Tales from the Tree House, the first ever graphic novel in this bestelling series!

    The kids and their monster buddies are hanging out in the tree house, when Jack launches into an epic, totally-heroic, super rad story of one of his many post-apocalyptic adventures. Of course, after he's finished, everyone's eager to one-up his tale with a story of their own. Soon, Quint, Dirk, June and Skaelka, and even Globlet regale the group with sometimes outrageous, often hilarious details of...

  • Saturday, April 10 at 11:00 am

    Join us for a special story time with Andrea Wang and Jason Chin to celebrate the release of their new picture book, Watercress!


    Gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family’s Chinese Heritage.

    Driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl’s parents stop suddenly when they spot watercress growing wild in a ditch by the side of the road. Grabbing an old paper bag and some rusty scissors, the whole family wades into the muck to collect as much of the muddy, snail covered watercress as they can.

    At first, she’s embarrassed. Why can’t her family get food from the grocery store? But when...

  • Reader Friends, Writer Friends

    Friday, April 09 at 7:00 pm

    Bring your best writer or reader pal to this online celebration of friendship, reading, and writing as award-winning writers Kate Messner and Linda Urban discuss the ways they support each other’s creative work from the first glimmer of an idea, through terrible first drafts, meaningful critique, and –hooray – publication day!  Kate will share examples from History Smashers: The Titanic, the latest in her graphic nonfiction series aimed at unraveling historical myths. Linda will share early and finished pages from her new middle-grade novel, Almost There and Almost Not,...

  • Thursday, April 08 at 7:00 pm

    Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month with readings from members of the Poetry Society of Vermont (PSOV).

    Founded in 1947, PSOV is an association of poets and supporters who join in promoting an interest in poetry through meetings, workshops, readings, contests, and contributions to the society's chapbook, The Mountain Troubadour. 

    This event is free and open to all, but registration is required. The event will stream on Zoom. You will receive an email with the Zoom link after registering.

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  • Tuesday, April 06 at 7:00 pm

    The wild and suspenseful story of one of the most crucial and least known campaigns of the Revolutionary War when America’s scrappy navy took on the full might of Britain’s sea power.

    "Few know of the valor and courage of Benedict Arnold... With such a dramatic main character, the story of the Battle of Valcour is finally seen as one of the most exciting and important of the American Revolution." ―Tom Clavin author of Dodge City and co-author of Valley Forge 

    Join us for an evening with award-winning author and historian Jack Kelly as he discusses his new book, Valcour: The 1776 Campaign that Saved the Cause of Liberty.

    During the summer of 1776, a British incursion from Canada...

  • An Evening of Poetry

    Thursday, April 01 at 7:00 pm

    Join us to kick off National Poetry Month with award-winning Vermont poet Kerrin McCadden as we celebrate the release of her new poetry collection, American Wake.

    An "American wake" is what the Irish call a farewell to those emigrating to the United States. A New England poet equally at home in Ireland, Kerrin McCadden explores family, death and grief, apologies, and all manner of departures. In the poem "In the Harbor," McCadden writes: 

    When we are out to sea, we look back to see faces
    ringing the shore like a fence, those we love in up
    to their hips in waves, waving goodbye like mad.

    Included in American Wake are the poems, "My Broken Family," "Weeks After My Brother Overdoses," "One Way...

  • Virtual Cooking Demo and Book Talk

    Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 pm

    Whole-Food, Flavor-Forward Cooking Made Simple

    Please join us as we welcome cookbook author Caitlin Greene to the Phoenix Zoom stage! Caitlin will be chatting about her new cookbook, sharing some tips & tricks for healthy cooking, and demonstrating a delicious receipe from her new book!

    Finding the right balance between healthy, convenient and delectable recipes can be challenging when you’re constantly on the go. Luckily for you, Caitlin Greene knows a little something about pulling together meals that are as vibrant and nutritious as they are indulgent—in as little time as possible. Founder of the wildly popular blog and Instagram account Star Infinite Food, Caitlin is one of the...