Past Events

  • Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of poetry at Phoenix Books Rutland.  This month's event will be hosted by Jackie Proulx.  Come to read, come to listen, or come for both!  Those interested in reading can sign up at the door.

    This event is free and open to all.  Registration is requested.  Please sign up below.

    ABOUT OUR GUEST HOST: Jackie Proulx grew up on the side of a mountain in NH surrounded by acres of beautiful forests which served as inspiration for her early writing. Jackie continues to celebrate nature by writing haiku and explores current events as well as her own...

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  • Thursday, April 11 at 6:00 pm

    Have you ever wondered how publishing actually works?  Are you sitting on a manuscript, but you’re not sure what to do with it next? Confused by the differences between traditional and self-publishing? 

    In this presentation by local publisher Onion River Press, we’ll walk you through the ins-and-outs of publishing. From self-publishing to traditional, we’ll lay out...

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  • Tuesday, April 02 at 7:00 pm

    Join us to kick off National Poetry Month with Vermont poets Stephen Cramer and Neil Shepard!

    In City Full of Fireworks & Blues Stephen Cramer collects a series of lyric poems that explore both love and loss with a taut musicality that enters the reader's very musculature. Though the book often features the emotional or intellectual skirmishes that are common to all, it is far more of a celebration than a dirge. "Let us learn," one of the poems offers, "the way cries inherit our breath, the way 1,000 facets of song...

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  • Tuesday, April 02 at 5:30 pm

    ** The meet-up originally planned for March 26th has been moved to April 2nd at 5:30 -- we hope to see you there! **

    Join us in Essex on Tuesday, April 2nd for Turning Pages Live!
    We will be discussing The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride with Mary of Star 92.9's Mike and Mary. Come prepared for spoilers--we're going to talk about the whole book!  Light refreshments and fabulous reading...

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  • at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center

    Monday, April 01 at 5:30 pm

    Join the Vermont Human Rights Commission and Fair Housing Project of CVOEO for a special conversation with Richard Rothstein & Leah Rothstein, authors of Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law.

    • Doors open at 5pm. Presentation, discussion, and book signing 5:30-7pm, followed by a Happy Hour 7-8pm with free refreshments, cash bar, and music.
    • Childcare with art activities is provided thanks to ONE Arts Community School and Phoenix Books will have copies of Just Action ...
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  • Saturday, March 30 at 11:00 am

    Please join us as we welcome Vermont author Eric Rickstad to Phoenix Books in Essex for a book signing and author meet-and-greet. We will be celebrating the release of Eric's latest book, Lilith, an incendiary powerhouse of a novel that strikes straight at the wounded heart of America.

    About the book:

    Mother. Hero. Villain. Killer.

    After her son, Lydan, suffers traumatic injuries in a school shooting, single mom Elisabeth Ross grows enraged at men in power. If they won't do anything to help end this epidemic...

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  • Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 pm

    Join our book buyer Laurel each month to discuss a paperback title.  March's selection is Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson.  Grab your copy at the Essex store or online, and come prepared for a lively discussion (including spoilers)!  

    About the book:  A successful art dealer confesses the story of his meteoric rise in this “powerful, intoxicating, and shocking” (The New York Timesnovel that’s a “slow burn à la Patricia Highsmith” (Oprah Daily). “You’ll struggle not to rip through in one sitting...

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  • Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm

    Join us on Zoom 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...

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  • Pre-release celebration

    Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 pm

    Celebrate the launch of The Princess of Las Vegas with New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian at this special in-person, pre-release event at Lake Champlain Chocolates' Flagship Store in downtown Burlington! Chris will be in conversation with author Margot Harrison.  

    THE PRINCESS IS FAKE. THE MURDERS ARE REAL.  A Princess Diana impersonator and her estranged sister find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of money and murder in this twisting tale of organized crime, cryptocurrency, and family secrets on the Las Vegas strip.

    Crissy...

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  • Sunday, March 10 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 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...

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