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  • Johnny Boo and the Silly Blizzard

    Saturday, February 20 at 11:00 am

    James Kochalka’s beloved Eisner-award-winning series takes a wintry turn as Johnny Boo and Squiggle discover the delights of eating snow—and the importance of staying warm!

    Kids love to eat snow! It looks a lot like ice cream…hey, maybe it really IS ice cream! Johnny Boo and Squiggle are excited to find out, unless the Ice Cream Monster eats it all first. Armed with his gigantic and mighty Ice Cream Fork, he seems unstoppable…until all that cold snow in his tummy knocks him down for the count. Can Johnny Boo and Squiggle warm up their frozen frenemy with mittens from their secret mitten box? Or will they get lost in the silly blizzard forever? Don’t worry, this snow day is guaranteed a very happy ending!...

  • Cooking Demo & Discussion

    Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 pm

    Please join us as we welcome Vermont cookbook author Melissa Pasanen to the Phoenix Zoom stage! Melissa will be chatting about her new cookbook and demonstrating her recipe for the Apple and Cheddar Hand Pies. 

    The Little Local Vermont Cookbook brings the natural flavors of the Green Mountain State to your table. Whether you’re starting the day with Maple Bacon Skillet Biscuits or enjoying a midday meal of Cheddar Ale Soup, this sweet little book will pack a powerful punch of nostalgia. No matter where you’re eating, you can round out your evening with Harvest Stuffed Squash, followed by a batch of classic Maple Ginger Cookies, and you’re guaranteed to feel like you’re back in Burlington. Written...

  • Saturday, February 13 at 10:00 pm

    Calling all kids!  

    Join us for the Winter Fest Downtown Rutland Story Walk™ featuring Once Upon a Winter Day by Liza Woodruff.  

    How to participate:

    1.  Pick up a copy of the Story Walk map and worksheet at Phoenix Books Rutland or print a copy from the attached file.  

    2.  Starting at Phoenix Books, read the pages in merchant windows and answer the questions according to the location number.  

    3.  Turn the completed sheet into Phoenix Books Rutland or take a photo and email it to by 5 PM on Saturday, February 20th to be entered to win a Phoenix Books Gift Card.  The drawing will be held on Sunday, February 21st and the winner will be notified.  ...

  • Tuesday, February 09 at 7:00 pm

    Phoenix Books is excited to welcome Dayna Lorentz to our Zoom channel to celebrate the release of her new middle-grade book, Of a Feather. Dayna will be joined by fellow author Kate Messner.

    About Of a Feather:  Great horned owl Rufus is eight months old and still can’t hunt. When his mother is hit by a car, he discovers just how dangerous the forest can be. Reenie has given up on adults and learned how to care for herself—a good thing, since she’s sent to live with an aunt she’s never met. Yet this aunt has a wonderful secret: she’s a falconer who...

  • A Virtual Book Conversation & Celebration

    Thursday, February 04 at 7:00 pm

    "This book feels like your best friend giving you a hug—it’s warm and sweet and healing."—Mason Deaver, bestselling author of I Wish You All the Best

    Join us for a conversation with debut author Crystal Maldonado!

    Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard. 

    Harder when your whole life is on fire, though.

    Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat. 

    People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it's hard...

  • with the Editors: Dave Mance, Virginia Barlow, and Patrick White

    Tuesday, February 02 at 7:00 pm

    Phoenix Books is thrilled to welcome the Editorial team behind the creation and publication of Vermont Almanac: Stories From & For The Land, Vol 1 for a discussion of their recently released book!

    About Vermont Almanac: “What is unique to Vermont’s sense of place has been captured in a new book that really must be added to any Vermonters’ book collection or coffee table. Vermont Almanac . . . is a beautiful compilation. It is breathtaking in its depth of advice and information. It is, in effect, How to Vermont. Broken down by month, it has something for everyone who loves the state.” – Barre-Montpelier Times Argus/Rutland Herald

    The Almanac is organized by month and provides a year’s...

  • Thursday, January 28 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 Vermont-based performance poet, paper artist, and events coordinator, as well as the Poet-in-Residence at Phoenix Books Rutland. Zanella’s poems have most recently appeared in The Rutland Herald, The Mountain Troubadour, and The Reverie. In 2019, Bianca acted as Wellness Coordinator for the Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (FEMS) tournament based in Cambridge, MA, and founded “Infinite Lit: a night of spoken word poetry,” co-producing this series alongside Michael Kingsbury around Rutland County. In 2020, Bianca founded and is the owner of The...

  • A Virtual Book Discussion

    Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 pm

    “Catherine Grace Katz paints a vivid portrait of one of history’s great international summits through the eyes of three young women, each a daughter of a key participant. We get the inside story, and learn the compelling details that bring history to life.” —Erik Larson, author of The Splendid and the Vile

    About The Daughters of Yalta:  The untold story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference in February 1945, and of the conference’s fateful reverberations in the waning days of...

  • with Nancy Richardson and Sue Burton

    Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 pm

    Looking for our April 11th event with Max Brallier & The Last Kids on Earth? For more information, vist the event page.



    Phoenix Books is honored to host an evening of poetry with Nancy Richardson and Sue Burton.

    Both Nancy Richardson and Sue Burton were raised in Ohio steel towns during the period of the deconstruction of the steel industry and the crumbling of that once prosperous region. For both poets that experience resulted in the development of a social conscience and an expansion of that conscience into poetry that touches injustice...

  • Saturday, January 09 at 11:00 am

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

    Join us for a reading and drawing lesson with cartoonist James Kochalka to celebrate the release of his new book for young readers!  


    From Eisner Award-winning cartoonist James Kochalka comes an uproariously funny new series. Banana Fox is on the case! Can Banana Fox and his sidekick, Flashlight, put an end to the Secret Sour Society once and for all?

    Wowie pow!

    The great detective Banana Fox is called back to duty to find a missing turtle. But the deeper he digs, the more he discovers, and it's worse than he thought! The Secret Sour Society is back, and they're mixing up a bunch of trouble. 

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