Past Events

  • Friday, September 28 at 7:00 pm

    Join Keith Herkalo to mark the 200 year anniversary of the land and naval battles of Plattsburgh, and to learn about the battles themselves.

    Both Roosevelt and Churchill recognized the importance of the land and naval battles of Plattsburgh. Many other, more famous, engagements were ruses meant to divert U.S. troops away from the prize Plattsburgh would afford: a clear pathway into New England. If not for the exemplary skills of two young military officers, Commodore Macdonough and General Macomb, and the force they commanded—regular army and naval personnel, New York and Vermont Militia, Native Americans, Veteran Exempts and boys from the local school—the war and the nation...

  • Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 pm

    A taste of the good life, good life meaning champagne of course!  Come join Janet Hubbard for an evening of mystery, murder and intrigue set in the most beautiful place on earth...Champagne, France.  To compliment your evening with Author Janet Hubbard, we are offering in our cafe a cheese plate of local cheeses to pair with a French champagne, an Italian prosecco and Gruet, a domestic sparkler from New Mexico.

    Janet Hubbard works as a writer and editor in Fayston, Vermont, and teaches fiction writing at the University of Vermont. This series is the result of annual trips to France over a twenty-year span to visit French friends, and a love of wine and the...

  • Thursday, September 27 at 6:00 pm

    Fuji appleWe've always loved working with educators at Phoenix Books Essex: Now we invite you to discover Phoenix Books Burlington! Teachers and librarians are invited to join us for giveaways, a special Skyped-in author event, and more!

    The reception will start at 6:00pm, with light fare, giveaways, and time for shopping and socializing. At 7:00pm, Bobbie Ford of Random House will Skype in with some tips on educator resources, and then turn the "floor" over to N. D. Wilson....

  • Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 pm

    Join Tovar Cerulli for a discussion of the unlikely and provocative journey from vegan to hunter. A meditation on the ethics and ecology of food. An adventurous quest for dinner.

    As a boy, Tovar Cerulli spent his summers fishing for trout and hunting bullfrogs. At twenty, moved by the compassionate words of Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and concerned about the ecological impacts of meat, he became a vegetarian. Soon he went vegan.

    A decade later, in the face of declining health, he returned to omnivory. Searching for ethical, ecologically responsible ways to come to terms with his food, he began to contemplate the unthinkable: hunting. Two years later, he took...

  • Sunday, September 23 at 11:00 am

  • Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 pm

    In honor of the upcoming movie release and the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, Phoenix Books is proud to host a birthday party for Bilbo Baggins on September 22, 2012. Join us for food, games, prizes, readings from The Hobbit, and special appearances by some of your favorite characters! Costumes are welcomed and encouraged.

    Houghton Mifflin and Warner Brothers have teamed with us to put on the event. There will be a movie preview and a reading from a section of The Hobbit. For the week prior to the party, the cafe will feature hobbit-related food for sale. We'll also have light fare at the party, including a birthday cake. We...

  • Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 pm

    There’s a new set of 3Rs for our kids – respect, responsibility, and resilience – that will better prepare them for life in the real world. Join Vicki Hoefle, founder of the Parenting On Track™ program and author of the new book Duck Tape Parenting, A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Kids, for a one-hour presentation on becoming a “Duct Tape Parent”. This counter-intuitive – yet much more effective than a quick-fix – approach is for parents to sit on their hands, stay on the sidelines, even if duct tape is required, so that the kids step up and take charge of their own lives.

    Vicki will give parents a new perspective on what it...

  • Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for a discussion and booksigning with IndieReader Discovery Award Winner Jack Mayer.

    Jack Mayer's new book, Life in a Jar, is a work of creative non-fiction, recounting the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker during W.W. II, who knocked on doors in the Warsaw ghetto and asked Jewish mothers to give up their children in order to save them. She and her network rescued 2,500 Jewish children from certain death. After the war, her story, as well as those of countless other rescuers, was suppressed in communist Poland and forgotten. She lived in obscurity in Warsaw. Sixty years later, her extraordinary history was rescued by three teenage girls...

  • Wednesday, September 12 at 6:00 pm

    All skill levels welcome.  See you there!

  • Thursday, September 06 at 7:00 pm

    “Acclaimed essayist and Harper’s contributor Keizer conducts a philosophical meditation on the nature of privacy and finds that the ‘right to be let alone’ is a lot more complex than many may think…. With unyielding analytical scrutiny, Keizer raises plenty of doubt about the primacy of so-called private lives…. The consequences of such revelations are vast, and readers will be left considering the implications long after the last page is turned. A provocative and unsettling look at something most take for granted—but shouldn’t.”—Kirkus Reviews

    “Keizer ably describes the disturbing and ever-diminishing expectations of privacy…...