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  • Love, Inc.: Dating Apps, the Big White Wedding, and Chasing the Happily Neverafter

    Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 pm

    Join Laurie Essig for a talk on her new book, Love, Inc.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  The notion of “happily ever after” has been ingrained in many of us since childhood—meet someone, date, have the big white wedding, and enjoy your well-deserved future. But why do we buy into this idea? Is love really all we need?

    Author Laurie Essig invites us to flip this concept of romance on its head and see it for what it really is—an ideology that we desperately cling to as a way to cope with the fact that we believe we cannot control or affect the societal, economic, and political structures around us. From climate change to nuclear war, white nationalism to the worship of wealth and conspicuous consumption—as the future becomes seemingly less secure,...

  • Saturday, February 16 at 11:00 am

    Meet Bruce the Bear at Phoenix Books Rutland as part of our Winter Fest Story Walk Celebration!

    Bruce will be appearing at the store from 11am-12:30pm. All ages welcome at this free event.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he's their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can't seem to rid himself of his new companions. What's a bear to do?

  • Saturday, February 16 at 10:00 am

    Head to Downtown Rutland with your little ones to kick off Rutland Winter Fest at the Center Street Story Walk! This year's Story Walk™ features Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins.

    Pick up a map & scavenger hunt at Phoenix Books Rutland and read Mother Bruce's pages in the windows of Center Street shops. Stop in the Rutland Free Library halfway and warmup with a book-making activity and enjoy free admission(!) at Wonderfeet Kids' Museum as you walk back down the street.

    The story will be read every hour, on the hour for the duration of the event at Phoenix Books with appearances by Bruce himself from 11am-12:30pm.

    Children should dress warmly as most of the pages will be read from outside of the participating business....

  • Sunday, February 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’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 the MFA for Writing and Publishing program. Bianca has workshopped under the BreakBeat Poets, DarkMatter, Aja Monet, and Sarah Kay. In addition to facilitating...

  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

    Thursday, February 07 at 6:00 pm

     On Harry Potter Book Night: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, we’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Here at Phoenix, young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an evening of magical games, activities, readings and quizzes. All ages are welcome to this free event. Costumes encouraged.

  • Love, Sex & Mushrooms: Adventures of a Woman in Science

    Saturday, February 02 at 2:00 pm

    Join Cardy Raper for a talk on her new book, Love, Sex, and Mushrooms.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: When a young girl, Cardy Raper told her mother, “When I grow up I want to be a scientist and make grand discoveries!” Her mother responded, “You could become a nurse.” Science was a man’s world then. Cardy refused to take “no” for an answer.
    Her dream seemed attainable when she met her mentor, Professor John “Red” Raper at the University of Chicago who said “Yes, you can be a scientist!” They became soul mates, fell in love, married, parented children, moved to Harvard, and did research together on the versatile sex life of fungi.
    Red’s untimely death left Cardy alone in the competitive world of cutting-edge science. She carried on, obtained a doctoral...

  • Love Between Equals

    Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 pm

    Polly Young-Eisendrath

    Join Polly Young-Eisendrath for a talk on her new book, Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Learn how to successfully negotiate conflicts and deepen our most intimate relationships in this practical and thoughtful guide by an experienced Buddhist teacher, psychotherapist, and couples counselor. A committed relationship, as most people see it today, is a partnership of equals who share values and goals, a team united by love and dedicated to each other’s growth on every level. This contemporary model for coupledom requires real intention and work, and, more often than not, the traditional archetypes of relationships experienced by our parents and grandparents fail us or seem irrelevant. Utilizing the...

  • Black is the Body *Book Launch*

    Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30 pm

    Emily Bernard (Credit Stephanie Seguino)

    Join Emily Bernard to celebrate the launch of her new book, Black is the Body.

    ABOUT THE BOOKAn extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race—in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way—in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America’s New England today. From the acclaimed editor of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van...

  • Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 am

    Entertainer and teacher Saragail Benjamin weaves story, rhythm, & song in a 100% interactive program.  We’ll drum a story, sing a sunrise, and dance to the rhythms of our hearts!  Join us for a blast of musical fun!

    Saragail Benjamin has engaged thousands of people, ages 1-102, in music making, in schools, camps, community centers, and boardrooms of international corporate giants like Reebok-Adidas & Sanofi Pasteur.  Visit  to learn more.

    All ages are welcome to this free...

  • Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 am

    Join us in welcoming the Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre to Phoenix Books!  They will be performing scenes from their upcoming show, Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None on Saturday, January 26 from 11 am-12 noon.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet the director and cast and to ask questions.

    All welcome!