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  • Finna *book launch*

    Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 pm

    Join us in celebrating the launch of Nino Cipri's new book, Finna!  Nino will be in conversation with author M.Z. McDonnell.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Nino Cipri's Finna is a rambunctious, touching story that blends all the horrors the multiverse has to offer with the everyday awfulness of low-wage work. It explores queer relationships and queer feelings, capitalism and accountability, labor and love, all with a bouncing sense of humor and a commitment to the strange.

    When an elderly customer at a Swedish big box furniture store — but not that one — slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-...

  • Saturday, February 22 at 11:00 am

    Rollo is a good dog. But sometimes he does things that get him into trouble! Join us for story time with author Reed Duncan to find how Rollo gets in—and out—of trouble!  

    ABOUT THE SERIESFor fans of Tiny, Biscuit, and Charlie the Ranch Dog comes an easy-to-read series about a rambunctious, mischievous, and totally lovable bulldog, Rollo!

    Meet Rollo, a little bulldog with a BIG personality. Rollo loves to dig, but sometimes he digs too much. He loves to chase things, but sometimes he chases things he should not--like a chipmunk that's heading for a wall! Follow Rollo for an action packed day as he gets in--and always out, of course--of trouble.

    With easy-to-read vocabulary and lively illustrations, this book is...
  • The Burlington Bike Path and Waterfront Park: An Environmental Handbook for the Post Auto Era

    Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 pm

    With Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger kicking off the discussion, Phoenix Books Burlington and Onion River Press is pleased to celebrate the release of Burlington local Rick Sharp's The Burlington Bike Path and Waterfront Park: An Environmental Handbook for the Post Auto Era.  Mayor Weinberger will start at 7pm sharp with a few words about Rick's work on the waterfront.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Rick Sharp’s personal account of the creation of the Burlington Bicycle Path and Waterfront Park is also the story of how the bike path was then extended across the Winooski River and out to the Causeway to create the Island Line Trail in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Rick was instrumental in the creation of the Burlington Bike Path and Waterfront Park. In...

  • Charlotte's Bones story time

    Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 am

    Join us to celebrate World Whale Day with a special story time and drawing activity featuring Charlotte's Bones with author, Erin Rounds!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Many thousands of years ago, when a sheet of ice up to a mile thick began to let go of the land, the Atlantic Ocean flooded great valleys that had been scooped out by glaciers, and the salty waves of an inland sea lapped the green hills of Vermont. Into this arm of the sea swam Charlotte. Her milky, smooth, muscled body sliced slowly through the water like scissors through silk. Like a chirping canary, her voice echoed across dark waters showing the way to her pod as belugas have done for millions of years.

    In 1849, a crew building a railroad through Charlotte,...

  • Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 am

    Meet Hedgie at Phoenix Books Rutland as part the Winterfest Story Walk Celebration featuring The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett.

    Hedgie will be appearing at the store from 11am-12:30pm. All ages welcome at this free event.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: When winter comes, Hedgie tries to stay awake so he doesn't miss out on all the fun his friends are having.

    Snow is on the way, and as Hedgie trundles around the farm all his friends tell him of the winter-time fun he will miss as he hibernates--Icicles decorating the chicken coop! Lisa making snowmen! The pond turned to slippery ice! It sounds so amazing, Hedgie decides to stay awake instead of going to his burrow. But then a snowstorm starts. Luckily, Lisa finds him and brings him inside so Hedgie gets to...

  • Sunday, February 09 at 2:00 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of poetry hosted by Phoenix Books Rutland’s own Bianca Amira Zanella. Come to read, come to listen, or come for both! Those interested in reading can sign up at the door.

    ABOUT THE EVENT HOST:  Bianca Amira Zanella is a Vermont-based performance poet, paper artist, and events coordinator, as well as the Poet-in-Residence at Phoenix Books Rutland. Zanella’s poems have most recently appeared in The Rutland Herald, The Mountain Troubadour, and The Reverie. In 2019, Bianca acted as Wellness Coordinator for the Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (FEMS) tournament based in Cambridge, MA, and founded “Infinite Lit: a night of spoken word poetry,” co-producing this series alongside Michael Kingsbury around Rutland...

  • The Triwizard Tournament

    Thursday, February 06 at 6:00 pm

    Harry Potter Night featuring some of our customers and staff making broomsticks and monster books. On Harry Potter Book Night: The Triwizard Tournament, we’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Here at Phoenix, young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an evening of magical games, activities, readings and quizzes. All ages are welcome to this free event. Costumes encouraged. RSVP encouraged but not required!


  • The Misfortunes of Family *book launch*

    Tuesday, February 04 at 6:30 pm

    Join us in celebrating the launch of Meg Little Reilly's new book, The Misfortunes of Family.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  For three weeks this summer, the four Bright sons and their families are sequestered away in the Berkshires with their parents, retired Senator John Bright and perpetually perfect matriarch, Patty. Beautiful, prideful, competitive, and a bit terrible, JJ, Spenser, Charlie, and Phillip are prepared for the usual petty family dramas that arise from spending too much time with each other. But add a documentary film maker and their father’s possible run for the governorship, and suddenly the family reunion begins to go off the rails.

    Slowly secrets begin to spill. Starting with Phillip’s startling and life-changing announcement and...

  • Come chase away the winter blues at the Winter Renaissance Faire, February 1 & 2, 2020, indoors at the Champlain Valley Exposition

    Saturday, February 01 at 10:00 am

    Part of the Phoenix Books booth with books, toys and games

    Come stroll through the old world during the Winter Ren Faire, Saturday & Sunday Feb 1st -2nd, from 10-6. 

    Phoenix Books is at this fantastical weekend with a wagon-load of fantastic books, gifts & games for all ages.

    The Vermont Renaissance Faires: Kid friendly, Odin approved!

  • The Little Winter Book of Gnomes book signing

    Friday, January 31 at 6:00 pm

    Join Kristen Sevig for a book signing featuring her cozy book of gnomes (and gnomes)!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Kirsten Sevig grew up hearing about little gnomes in great Nordic folktales. When she realized that a “gnome” was also another word for a proverb, she brought the two together. The result is a charming collection of Scandinavian wisdom accented by whimsical illustrations. There are gnome women chopping wood (“chop your own wood and it will warm you twice”), men surreptitiously knitting (“two balls of yarn are better than one”), and gnome kids making snow angels, skiing, and more.

    In The Little Winter Book of Gnomes, Sevig invites readers into a cozy wonderland of her own prolific imagination. With recipes...