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  • Monday, November 12 at 7:00 pm

    The health effects of short-term, high-level radioactive contamination are fairly well known, but what are the health effects of long-term, low-level exposure? While scientists and physicists continue to debate the topic, one fact is certain: there is no safe level of exposure to plutonium. Even one millionth of a gram, which is easily inhaled, is potentially lethal. And too many of us are at risk of exposure to this or other radioactive substances. Join Kristen Iversen for a shocking account of the government’s sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents’ vain attempts to seek justice in...

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  • Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 pm

    Steven Metz, D.V.M. has countless stories to tell with a cast of unforgettable characters: circus animals such as Princess, a Bengal tiger with hepatitis, and Anna Mae, an elephant with conjunctivitis; a boa constrictor caught napping in an acoustic guitar; a hypothermic ferret found in a freezer, and of course, a regular parade of curious dogs, frightened kitties, injured birds, and sickly fish.

    His new book Exotic Tails shares the humorous, dreadful, and heartwarming stories of one man’s dogged determination to follow his dreams. Dr. Metz recounts his unlikely journey from young boy frightened of even a fluffy puppy to skilled and...

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  • Thursday, November 08 at 7:00 pm

    Join long-time Vermont resident Astrid Helena Nicolay for an evening of wit, wisdom, and action-packed tales about squirrels from her adventures as a wildlife rehabilitator.

    By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, informative and keenly observant, Astrid Helena Nicolay’s new book The Squirrel Diaries invites you to laugh out loud, learn something new about the creatures in your every day world, and think twice about the role compassion plays in what it means to be human.

    Astrid Helena Nicolay was born in Venezuela. She spent her childhood in South and...

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  • Wednesday, November 07 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for an evening of story with Megan Mayhew Bergman, a local author and rising star at Simon & Schuster. Her new book is entitled Birds of a Lesser Paradise

    Exploring the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world, Megan Mayhew Bergman's powerful and heartwarming collection captures the surprising moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, when love or fear collides with good sense, or when our attachment to an animal or wild place can't be denied. In "Housewifely Arts," a single mother and her son drive hours to track down an African gray parrot that can mimic her deceased mother's...

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  • Sunday, November 04 at 2:00 pm

    Every self-help book tells us to "be present," but few succeed in showing us how. Christina leads readers to discover how the small, and seemingly mundane aspects of daily life can—through a shift in focus—become a springboard for the profound. It is an antidote to the perpetual rush we experience daily; and to that feeling that there will never be enough time to begin, to commit to a creative practice, or to become whatever it is we want most to be.

    Part adventure guide and part survival guide, A Field Guide To Now is filled with thought starters and creative exercises that will lead you to uncover your own extraordinary life amidst...

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  • Saturday, November 03 at 7:00 pm

    Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is one of America's most famous artists (think of his painting of a New York diner scene, "Nighthawks"), but the works that he made in Vermont remain relatively unknown. Author Bonnie Tocher Clause tells the story of Hopper's summer sojourns in Vermont between 1927 and 1938 and describes her research in locating Hopper's Vermont works and the places where they were made. Her talk will be illustrated with slides of Hopper's Vermont watercolors and drawings along with photographs, old and new, of the sites in the paintings.

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  • Thursday, November 01 at 7:00 pm

    Part travelogue, part inspiring social commentary, and part motivating business model, Brewing Change is about one middle manager’s quiet, dogged crusade to change the world of coffee. Long-time friends Bill Mares and Rick Peyser team up to tell the story of Peyser’s career within industry pioneer Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and of his travels throughout the coffee lands of Latin America and East Africa. Eye-opening and heart-wrenching, Brewing Change is a story with the power to remind us of the indomitable nature of the human spirit, and the dramatic change that is possible when individuals fight for an equitable global community.

    Benefitting from Green...

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  • Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 pm

    Despite the beauty of the Champlain Valley, it has been the site of dark and
    mysterious events; it is not surprising that some spirits linger in this
    otherwise tranquil place. Fort Ticonderoga saw some of early America's
    bloodiest battles, and American, French and British ghosts still stand
    guard. A spirit walks the halls of SUNY Plattsburgh, even after his
    original haunt burned in 1929. Champlain's islands--Stave, Crab, Valcour
    and Garden--all host otherworldly inhabitants, and unidentified
    creatures and objects have made appearances on the water, in the sky and
    in the forests surrounding the lake. Join Burlington's own Thea Lewis
    as she explores the ghosts and legends that haunt Lake Champlain.

    Thea Lewis is the owner and...

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  • Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 pm

    Despite the beauty of the Champlain Valley, it has been the site of dark and mysterious events; it is not surprising that some spirits linger in this otherwise tranquil place. Fort Ticonderoga saw some of early America's bloodiest battles, and American, French and British ghosts still stand guard. A spirit walks the halls of SUNY Plattsburgh, even after his original haunt burned in 1929. Champlain's islands--Stave, Crab, Valcour and Garden--all host otherworldly inhabitants, and unidentified creatures and objects have made appearances on the water, in the sky and in the forests surrounding the lake. Join Burlington's own Thea Lewis as she explores the ghosts and legends that haunt...

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  • Friday, October 26 at 7:00 pm

    Phoenix Books Burlington is extremely proud to announce an event with Caragh O'Brien, author of the Young Adult series that started with Birthmarked. Fans of Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) will love Caragh O'Brien! Caragh's books are all multiple staff picks here at Phoenix Books.

    Since earning an MA in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, Caragh M. O’Brien has been a high school teacher, an author of romance novels, and now a novelist for teens. Her novels Birthmarked and Prized were named YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults. Birthmarked was also a Junior Library Guild Selection and chosen for the...

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