Past Events

  • with JaNay Brown-Wood and Samara Hardy

    Saturday, June 11 at 11:00 am






    Please join Phoenix Books for story time with JaNay Brown-Wood and Samara Gardy, the author and illustrator of Miguel's Community Garden.  After reading the story, JaNay and Samara will help us draw a sunflower using special activity sheets created just for Miguel's Community Garden!  The link to use to print the activity sheets is below.

    Miguel is throwing a party at his community garden for all of his friends, and he needs...

  • Virtual Book Launch and Discussion

    Thursday, June 02 at 7:30 pm

    Please helps us celebrate the release of Jesse Q. Sutanto's new middle grade novel, Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit!  An evening perfect for middle-grade readers and their families, as well as educators. librarians, and aspiring authors; Jesse will be joining us to chat about her new novel, the writing process and the importance of creative writing and expression in fiction.  


    "Wildly imaginative, laugh-out-loud funny, and full of heart, Theo Tan is an absolute delight. I didn't want it to end!" --Nicole Lesperance, author of The Nightmare Thief and The Wide Starlight


    About Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit:...

  • Virtual Cooking Demo & Book Launch Celebration

    Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm


    “Digging into this meaty cookbook made my mouth water with each page turn. This is a book for meat lovers, especially those who want to learn how to make their favorite cut of beef taste best.” – Nikki Miller-Ka, Food & Wine Magazine

    Join us as we welcome Jessica Formicola to our Zoom stage to celebrate the release of Beef It Up!: 50 Mouthwatering Recipes for Ground Beef, Steaks, Stews, Roasts, Ribs, and More.  Jessica will be demonstrating her recipe for Beef Pad Thai.


  • Virtual Story Time and Drawing Lesson

    Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 am

    Calling all kids!  Grab some paper and something to draw with!  

    Join us for a reading and drawing lesson with Eisner Award-winning cartoonist James Kochalka who returns with another uproariously funny caper for Banana Fox to sniff out in Banana Fox and the Gummy Monster Mess.

    Oopsie Doo!

    Banana Fox has a real mess on his hands this time! When the jail is left in ruins and Sour Grapes is on the run, Banana Fox has very few clues to work with to find him. He's coming across a number of red herrings, so it's clear that something fishy is going on... With the help of Sharyanna, William, and Sour Grapes Jr. (?!), can Banana Fox get to the bottom of this caper, or will the baddies run wild...

  • Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 pm

    Virtually appear to read and/or to listen. Those interested in reading can sign up at the beginning of the meeting, via the Zoom Chat Box feature. 

    ABOUT THE EVENT HOST:  Bianca Amira Zanella is a cis queer Vermont-based performance poet, artist, and advocate living on traditionally Abenaki land. She is the Poet-in-Residence at Phoenix Books Rutland, hosting an international monthly open mic. Her poems have most recently appeared in The Artful Mind, The Rutland Herald, The Mountain Troubadour, and The Reverie. Their poem films, sculptural poems, and poem paintings have also been on exhibit with PoemCity Montpelier, Merwin Gallery, Stone Valley Arts, SPACE: a Pop Up Art Gallery, and Surdam Gallery.

    They received the...

  • Virtual Book Launch Celebration

    Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm

    Please join us as we welcome author and historian Glenn Fay Jr. to our Zoom stage as he reveals stories and images of Burlington's forgotten past from his new book, Hidden History of Burlington, Vermont.

    Sitting on a hillside overlooking a spectacular lake and mountains, Burlington was destined to attract greatness, although much of its history has remained hidden.

    It was the territory of the Alnobak, who lived in concert with nature for thousands of years, and later the swashbuckling Green Mountain Boy Ethan Allen and his kin. Self-made tycoon Lawrence Barnes helped make the city the third-largest lumber shipping port in the country. The resilient Fanny Penniman created the first herbarium, and...

  • presented with Macmillan Publishers

    Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 pm


    Come join us!

    Sign up to participate in the next event in Macmillan’s Book + Author series: a virtual book club event with Jennifer Saint for her acclaimed myth retellings, Ariadne and Elektra. We've partnered with Macmillan to bring this opportunity to book club members across the country, who can tune in to hear a discussion with fellow Macmillan author of The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo, and participate in the live Q&A. Register through the link below.



  • A Pre-release Event

    Saturday, May 07 at 7:00 pm

    Celebrate the launch of The Lioness with Chris Bohjalian at this special in-person, pre-release event at the Fletcher Free Library in downtown Burlington! Chris will be in conversation with fellow Vermont author, Stephen P. Kiernan.  Our friends from Lake Champlain Chocolates will also be on hand to sell some of their very tasty treats.


    Signed copies of The Lioness will be available for sale at the event.  A portion of the proceeds from books sold at the event will benefit The Friends of the Fletcher Free Library.   Please note, due to the increase in the community spread of Covid there will not be a signing line at the event...

  • Saturday, May 07 at 2:00 pm

    Please join us as we welcome authors  BJ Magnani, Matt Cost, and Kevin St. Jarre to our Zoom stage for readings and a discussion of their most recent books.  Their conversation will be moderated by Eddie Vincent, the Publisher of Encircle Publications.  

    About the books and authors:

    Mouse Trap: From award winning author Matt Cost comes a riveting thriller where the fate of the world hinges upon a mouse. Diane Donovan of the Midwest Book Review says: "This isn't just any rodent. It's a resident of a genetics lab that has been subject to a well-meaning genome editing...

  • Virtual Book Discussion

    Tuesday, May 03 at 7:00 pm

    Please join us as we welcome Jennifer McMahon to our Zoom stage for a discussion of her latest novel, The Children on the Hill, hew genre-defying new novel, inspired by Mary Shelley’s masterpiece Frankenstein, that brilliantly explores the eerie mysteries of childhood and the evils perpetrated by the monsters among us.  Jennifer will be in conversation with fellow author Alma Katsu.

    1978: At her renowned treatment center in picturesque Vermont, the brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Hildreth, is acclaimed for her compassionate work with the mentally ill. But when she’s home with her cherished grandchildren, Vi and Eric, she’s just Gran—teaching them how to take care of their...