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  • Summer Reading Program in Essex, Burlington, and Rutland

    Tuesday, June 25 at (All day)

    This summer, kids entering grades K-12 are invited to take the Reading Without Walls challenge! 

    National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang started the Reading Without Walls program to celebrate reading and diversity by challenging children nationwide to read a book about a character who doesn’t look or live like them; read a book about a topic they don’t know much about; and/or read a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun.

    Come on in to Phoenix Books in Essex, Burlington, or Rutland to get...

  • The Wizard of Odd

    Sunday, June 23 at 4:00 pm

    Join author Gary Meffe to talk about his new work of fiction, The Wizard of Odd, and the rich tapestry of life and characters that constitute this microcosm of what makes Vermont—and any genuine small town—a special and memorable place.
    ABOUT THE BOOK: Welcome to...
  • Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont

    Thursday, June 20 at 7:00 pm

    Join Teresa Mares for a talk on her new book, Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In her timely new book, Teresa M. Mares explores the intersections of structural vulnerability and food insecurity experienced by migrant farmworkers in the northeastern borderlands of the United States. Through ethnographic portraits of Latinx farmworkers who labor in Vermont’s dairy industry, Mares powerfully illuminates the complex and resilient ways workers sustain themselves and their families while also serving as the backbone of the state’s agricultural economy. In doing so, Life on the Other Border exposes how broader movements for food justice and labor rights play out in the agricultural sector, and...

  • Do I Have a Book in Me?

    Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 pm

    Bill will engage the audience in one of his favorite topics,  "Do I have a book in me?" As an author of eight fictional works - both self-published and traditionally published - he will answer questions about the work of writing and the new business of publishing. Bill recently published his eighth novel, The Priest, and will discuss the book as well.

    ABOUT THE BOOKThe Priest explores the struggle many boys have becoming men - especially around sexuality - and how one boy finds safety within the vocational confines of his Catholic faith, only then to...

  • Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 am

    Meet some of your favorite superheroes at this event with The Guardian Legion!  We'll have activities and themed snacks, as well.  The Guardian Legion is a Vermont based Cosplay & Charity group.

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • The Silk Road

    Thursday, June 13 at 7:00 pm

    Join Kathryn Davis for a reading from her new book, The Silk Road, a spellbinding novel about transience and mortality.

    ABOUT THE BOOKThe Silk Road begins on a mat in yoga class, deep within a labyrinth on a settlement somewhere in the icy north, under the canny guidance of Jee Moon. When someone fails to rise from corpse pose, the Astronomer, the Archivist, the Botanist, the Keeper, the Topologist, the Geographer, the Iceman, and the Cook remember the paths that brought them there—paths on which they still seem to be traveling.

    The Silk Road also begins in rivalrous skirmishing for favor, in the protected Eden of childhood, and it ends in the harrowing democracy of mortality, in sickness and loss and death. Kathryn Davis’...

  • Bessie's Story: Watching the Lights Go Out

    Thursday, June 13 at 6:00 pm

    The author and Bessie, a chocolate lab, with trees in background.

    Join us for an evening of inspiration with Bessie, a beautiful chocolate lab, and her owner (and author), Thomas Farmen who discovers just how much dogs can teach us about ourselves in his book, Bessie's Story: Watching the Lights Go Out.

    Praise for BESSIE’S STORY -
    Author Steven Bauer (The Strange and Wonderful Story of Robert McDoodle: The Boy Who Wanted To Be a Dog) writes of Bessie's Story:
    This is the first-person non-fiction account of several years in the lives of a man approaching retirement and his chocolate Lab as she gradually loses her sight. It painstakingly traces the subtle but inexorable changes in Bessie, an exuberant passionate retriever and lover of humanity, as she struggles to make sense of a world of increasing darkness and learns to...

  • Sunday, June 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’s poems have most recently appeared in The Mountain Troubadour and The Reverie. The recipient of a 2014 Robert T. Marsh Memorial Prize for Excellence in Writing and a 2017 Green Mountain Scholarship, Bianca plans to finalize her initial poetry as social change manuscript while studying at Vermont College of Fine Arts in...

  • murmurs at the gate

    Thursday, June 06 at 7:00 pm

    Join Suzanne S. Rancourt for a reading from her new book of poetry, murmurs at the gate.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Suzanne S. Rancourt’s second book of poetry uses both fictional and auto-biographical events to create a chorus of survivors. These poems for the unspeakable, the marginalized, the “in-betweeners,” create a chorus of survivors in the theatre of life’s sorrow, love, tragedy, beauty, and profound human resiliency.  Ms. Rancourt’s life attests to being a survivor, and states, “Prejudice is non-discriminatory.”  murmurs at the gate, is a poetic narrative that explores the harsh measures of life’s wars. “If we are at war with everything, who are the Warriors? Who are the survivors? And, for how long does the war cry...

  • The Great Pyramid

    Tuesday, June 04 at 7:00 pm

    Join David Lightbody for the US launch of his new book, The Great Pyramid Operations Manual.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: The Great Pyramid Operations Manual takes the technical description and historical interpretation of the last ‘Great Wonder of the Ancient World’ to the next level. Lavishly illustrated with the most accurate architectural diagrams and three-dimensional reconstructions currently available, the book pays tribute to the greatest iconic work of human culture. The Great Pyramid was the world’s tallest monument for nearly 4,000 years. Until the 19th century, it was also the heaviest structure ever built. It was the central component of a huge funerary complex called Akhet Khufu, ‘Khufu’s Horizon’, by the ancient Egyptians. Over time, the...