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  • One Key: SEE, One Key: Do: accessing your brain's creative abilities

    Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 pm

    Join Phoenix Books Burlington and Onion River Press for the launch of Cinse Bonino's newest book in the see choose do series, One Key: SEE, One Key: DO: accessing your brain's creative abilities.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  With a foreword by Martin Cooper – inventor of the cellphone, this book, written by former professor of Creativity and learning specialist Cinse Bonino, explains how to improve your ability to be creative in useful and productive ways. Discover how to be creative on purpose, not just through happy accidents or in mysterious eureka moments. One Key: SEE, One Key: DO presents learning principles, creative methods, and tips for being intentionally aware that can help unlock your creative potential and let loose your inner...

  • Sunday, October 13 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 poetry performance workshops and teaching writing camps, Bianca has...

  • Lucy Dancer

    Saturday, October 12 at 11:00 am

    Join us for story time with author Eva Zimet as she reads from her new book Lucy Dancer!

    About the book:  Lucy's dream is . . . not ballet. She wants to fly. She leaps on the shore with feathers, she practices gymnastics, but it's dancing that really sets her free. Lucy unexpectedly finds the treasure of her spirit in dance and the world of dancers. Splashed with humor, engaging and charming watercolors, and a delightful and appealing personal story, Lucy Dancer has the ring of authenticity and real-life emotions that link effortlessly to experiences and an imagination we can all share.

    About the author:  Eva Zimet left academia after the third degree and...

  • Vermont Trout Streams

    Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 pm

    Join Peter Shea and Bob Shannon for a talk on their book Vermont Trout Streams.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  The Shannon-Shea writing partnership has surely given the luck of the Irish to those who wave a fishing rod in the Green Mountain State. Vermont Trout Streams is the first ground-up, comprehensive treatment of Vermont’s trout streams in more than thirty years. Within it, each author brings their own unique decades of experience to bear, in creating an extraordinary guidebook. The result is a complete guide to the geography and strategies of fly fishing the streams and rivers of Vermont – from Abbot to Zeebeedee Brooks. It is a reference work that anyone who chases trout in Vermont will want in their library. It offers the fly-fishing...

  • Bomber's Moon

    Thursday, October 03 at 7:00 pm

    Join Archer Mayor for a talk on the newest Joe Gunther mystery, Bomber's Moon. We'll celebrate Bomber's Moon and 30 years of Joe Gunther with light fare (including moon cookies) along with a raffle for totes filled with Joe Gunther accoutrements. We are also giving away Archer Mayor-autographed 2020 Moon Calendars to all attendees, while supplies last.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  The murder of a small-time drug dealer snowballs into the most complex case ever faced by Joe Gunther and his VBI team.

    It is said a bright and clear bomber’s moon is the best asset to finding one’s target. But beware what you wish for: What you can see at night can also see you. Often with dire consequences....

  • My Surly Heart & Hazel

    Wednesday, October 02 at 7:00 pm

    Join David Huddle for a book launch celebration for My Surly Heart: Poems. We'll also be featuring David's new novel, Hazel.


    My Surly Heart (poetry): In My Surly Heart, the prolific poet and novelist David Huddle reflects on turning seventy-six years of age and records his aghast reactions to changes brought about by the current president of the United States. Huddle avoids the pitfalls of speechifying, pseudo-philosophizing, or indulging in unmitigated complaint. Instead, he embraces the potential of poetry to use intelligence, wit, language, knowledge, and sense of form to move toward useful revelations. Throughout this idiosyncratic collection of verse, Huddle deploys poem making as...

  • Saturday, September 28 at 12:00 pm

    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 Ghost Clause

    Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 pm

    Join National Book Award Finalist Howard Norman for a reading and signing for Ghost Clause, his new “provocative . . . haunting”* novel set in a Vermont village and featuring a missing child, a newly married private detective, and a highly relatable ghost. (*Janet Maslin, New York Times)

    About the Book:  

    Simon Inescort is no longer bodily present in his marriage. It’s been several months since he keeled over the rail of a Nova Scotia–bound ferry, a massive heart attack to blame. Simon's widow, Lorca Pell, has sold their farmhouse to newlyweds Zachary and Muriel—after revealing that the deed contains a “ghost clause,” an actual legal clause, not unheard of in Vermont, allowing for...

  • Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre & Houdini: The Handcuff King

    Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 pm

    Join Glynnis Fawkes and Jason Lutes for a conversation about telling the stories of Charlotte Brontë and Harry Houdini. Charlotte Brontë before Jane Eyre  and Houdini: The Handcuff King - both presented by the Vermont's own Center for Cartoon Studies - are both written for grades 5-9, but all ages will enjoy these vibrant and accessible biographies.

    Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre is a beloved classic, celebrated today by readers of all ages and revered as a masterwork of literary prowess. But what of the famous writer herself?

    Originally published under the pseudonym of Currer Bell, Jane Eyre was born out of a magnificent, vivid imagination, a...

  • An Evening of Fiction and Cookies

    Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for an evening of fiction and cookies with Miciah Bay Gault (Goodnight Stranger), Ann Dávila Cardinal (Five Midnights), and Martin Philip (Breaking Bread).

    Lydia and Lucas Moore are in their late twenties when a stranger enters their small world on Wolf Island. Lydia, the responsible sister, has cared for her pathologically shy brother, Lucas, ever since their mom's death a decade before. They live together, comfortable yet confined, in their family house by the sea, shadowed by events from their childhood. When Lydia sees the stranger step off the ferry, she feels an immediate connection to him. Lucas is convinced the man, Cole Anthony, is...