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Past Events

  • Saturday, November 19 at 6:00 pm

    Calling all young writers! Join us at the Cafe at Phoenix for a two-hour write-a-thon, with prizes given out at the end of the night. This event will be coordinated by Browns River Middle School librarian Joyce Babbitt, and is inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which takes place during November). To learn more about the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program, visit, but don't worry: absolutely all young writers are welcome, whether you're participating in NaNoWriMo or not. See you there!

  • Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 pm

    Set on the rocky and at times unforgiving coast of Maine, Stephen Russell Payne's emotionally powerful debut novel, Cliff Walking, shares a poignant tale of loss and love that weaves together the lives of three desperate people who struggle mightily to find a way to save each other. Stephen Russell Payne has written for Vermont Life magazine, The Tufts Review, The Vermont Literary Review, Livin' the Vermont Way magazine, and Route 7-Vermont Literary Journal.

  • Saturday, November 12 at 1:00 pm

    Come meet the author behind one of Phoenix’s bestselling books of 2010, Vermont Wild Volume 1. Megan will join us for the afternoon to talk about and sign her latest collection of Fish & Game Warden stories, Vermont Wild Volume 2. Did you know both volumes feature laminated water-resistant covers designed to slide into a backpack and be taken into the woods for reading out of doors? Come in and have Megan personalize a copy of Vermont Wild for the hunter or wildlife-watcher in your life!

  • Thursday, November 03 at 12:45 pm

    Please visit to enjoy over two dozen local artists' works of art. This show, an artist's choice exhibit, will run through the end of December.

    All of the artwork is original work, and a variety of mediums are represented.

    The featured artists are members of the Essex Art League, whose goal is to support the appreciation and creation of regional artwork. Members meet monthly to share ideas and information, create and implement programs, and participate in show venues.

  • Saturday, October 01 at 12:38 pm

    Read our Curator's Essay on this exhibit at Vermont Art Zine!

    Throughout the fall foliage season and the holidays, The Gallery at Phoenix Books will host an exhibit featuring the work of graphic artist Rick Evans, Cubist Jonathan Russell, Impressionist Daphne Tanis, 12-year-old photographer Joshua Mower, and Karen Dawson of Burlington's Lakeside Gallery. This exhibit marks the grand opening of The Gallery at Phoenix Books.  (The image at right is "Fire," by...

  • Thursday, September 01 at 12:41 pm

    Come on in to enjoy the imaginative art of Kristin Richland and Karen Witt.  We booksellers have been raving about their line-up of evocative and whimsical pieces.  Kristin Richland adds, "We're pretty pleased with how they look together, almost making a story line from day to night."

    A Vermont native, in 1999 Kristin Richland received her BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art.  While in Portland, she was represented by Filament Gallery, exhibiting small soft-sculptures and drawings.  Since 2006, she has taken part in the annual VT Crafts Council Open Studio tour, various small picture exhibits in Vermont, the 2008 Art Hop in Burlington, and a MECA...

  • Wednesday, April 13 at 5:00 pm

    All skill levels welcome.  See you there!

  • Tuesday, March 22 at 6:00 pm

    Please join us in welcoming William L. McKone, who will read from his new book, Vermont's Irish Rebel: Capt. John Lonergan.Experience the fascinating life of John Lonergan:  The Potato Famine led to the uprising of 1848 near his home town of Carrick on Suir, County Tipperary, and his immigration as a boy to Vermont. Lonergan's dedication to the liberation of Ireland from British rule brought him into the Fenian Brotherhood, where he joined with other militant nationalists. Lonergan formed Vermont's only ethnic military unit, the Emmet Guards, which served as Company A, 13th Vermont, in the Civil War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the Battle of Gettysburg, leading the charge of the Vermont regiments against Pickett's forces on July 3, 1863. After the war...

  • Thursday, March 17 at 6:30 pm

    Phoenix Books and Café at the Essex Shoppes & Cinema invites budding scientists, concerned citizens, and naturalists-at-heart to join us for Newt Night!  This event is a perfect opportunity for participants to get hands-on experience, become educated about Vermont's amphibian population, and learn how to assist in their protection/preservation. There will be live specimens, a slide show, demonstrations, and "loads of fun & knowledge to be enjoyed by all attendants," says Rachel Mower, Phoenix's Cafe Manager and the coordinator of this event.Newt Night will be hosted by the North Branch Nature Center of Montpelier, as part of ...

  • Thursday, March 17 at 5:30 pm

    Archer Mayor is the 2004 winner of the New England Booksellers Association award for best fiction - the first time a writer of crime literature has been so honored. He is the author of the highly acclaimed, Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as "the best police procedural being written in America." In addition, Mayor is a death investigator for Vermont's Chief Medical Examiner, and a deputy for the Windham County Sheriff's Department. Mayor will read from Red Herring, discuss his own law enforcement work, field questions, and sign copies of his latest book.

    This event will take place at New England Federal Credit Union, 141 Harvest Lane, Williston, VT, and Phoenix will have copies of Archer's books available for sale onsite...