Past Events

  • Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm

    Join Richard Nevell, author of A Time to Dance, for a discussion on the evolution of country dancing in America and the social experience of dance, an art form that has the power to unify us in increasingly divisive times.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  A Time to Dance: American Country Dancing from Hornpipes to Hot Hash presents a well-documented history of American country dancing. Richard Nevell records American country dances as historical artifacts, as social expressions of rural and urban communities, as manifestations of democracy, and as an evolving traditional art that...

  • Wednesday, April 25 at 10:00 am

    All ages are invited to join us to read Don't Blink!, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (the author of Uni the Unicorn), and to play Pin the Eyes on the Owl.

  • Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 am

    Enjoy your Saturday morning with a reading of the children’s book Here We Are, by Oliver Jeffers.  After we read together, we'll have a fun and interactive healthy food activity.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is Oliver Jeffers’ user’s guide to life on Earth. He created it specially for his son, yet with a universality that embraces all children and their parents. Be it a complex view of our planet’s terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (you are here), or a guide to all of the animals (they don’t speak our language, but that’s no reason to be mean to them), Oliver’s signature wit and humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-...

  • Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 am

    Come celebrate Earth Day weekend with a special "Earth Day Storytime," featuring Earth Day and conservation-themed books and planting flower pots to take home.


    DATE:  Saturday, April 21st at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.



  • Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm

    Screwnomics is the unspoken but widely applied economic theory that women should always work for less, or better, for free. Rickey Gard Diamond's new book about the ways the economy works against women and real ways to make lasting change is comprehensive, but accessible, and even fun. Diamond says the subject is best tackled in the company of your friends with refreshments and some nibbles, and she invites you to come join her at Phoenix to celebrate her new book in that spirit. Your ticket proceeds will help Vermont Foodbank!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  The personal is not...

  • Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 pm

    Join poet Greg Delanty for a reading from his new book, Selected Delanty. He will be joined by local poet B. Amore.

    ABOUT SELECTED DELANTY AND GREG DELANTY:  Poems and translations by Greg Delanty chosen and introduced by Archie Burnett.

    "A sense of vital,...

  • Wednesday, April 18 at 10:00 am

    All ages are invited to join us to read Hippy-Hoppy Toad, by Peggy archer & Anne Wilsdorf , and to do some activities and make finger puppets.

  • Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm

    Join Greg Bruno for a discussion of his new book, Blessings from Beijing: Inside China's Soft-Power War on Tibet.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  As we approach the sixtieth anniversary of China's 1959 invasion of Tibet--and the subsequent creation of the Tibetan exile community--the question of the diaspora's survival looms large. Beijing's foreign policy has grown more adventurous, particularly since the post-Olympic expansion of 2008. As the pressure mounts, Tibetan refugee families that have made their homes outside China--in the mountains of Nepal, the jungles of India, or the cold concrete...

  • Saturday, April 14 at 4:00 pm

    Join Arnie Kozak, PhD, for a discussion of his new book, Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to a More Focused and Quiet Mind.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Mindfulness--focusing on the present moment while accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations--is growing in popularity. You can find apps, online courses, and articles on the subject. Businesses like Google are incorporating the practice at work, resulting in lower stress levels, less frustration, fewer sick days, and less burnout. Health centers at universities are getting in on the act too, helping...

  • Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 am

    All ages are invited to join us to read Wordy Birdy, by Tammi Sauer, and to make feather crowns and word bubbles.