Past Events

  • Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 pm

    Senior Investigator Shana Merchant must dredge up dark secrets and old grudges if she's to solve the murder of a prominent local citizen in the Thousand Islands community she now calls home.

    Please join us as we welcome Tessa Wegert to our Zoom stage for a discussion of Dead WInd, hew new novel featuring Senior Investigator Shana Merchant.  Tessa will be in conversation with fellow mystery author Sarah Stewart Taylor.

    About Dead WindThe body is discovered on Wolfe Island,...

  • presented in partnership with Vermont Italian Cultural Association

    Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm

    “Adriana Trigiani never fails to sweep you away with her richly transportive prose. The Good Left Undone takes you through time and across the globe from the Italian coast to the Scottish Highlands as long-held secrets of the Cabrelli family come to light. An emotional and beautiful tale of family, love, and loss.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid

    Phoenix Books and Vermont Italian Cultural Association are thrilled to present an evening with New York Times bestselling author, Adriana Trigiani. Adriana will be joining us on Zoom to talk about her upcoming book which will be on sale on April 26, 2022.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: From Adriana Trigiani, “a master of visual and palpable detail” (The Washington Post), comes a lush, immersive...

  • Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 pm

    Our celebration of National Poetry Month continues! 

    Please join us as we welcome Bianca Stone to our virtual stage for an evening of poetry.  Bianca will be reading from her latest collection, What is Otherwise Infinite.

    Stone's poems reframe the search for meaning by addressing the self-care and self-perfection complex. Because even though it's natural to want to "fix" our lives—sometimes obsessing over our lives can work against us.— NPR Morning Edition

    Written in four sections with incisive and vivid lyrical language, Bianca Stone’s What is Otherwise Infinite considers how we find our place in the world through themes of philosophy, religion, environment, myth,...

  • Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 pm





    Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month with readings from members of the Poetry Society of Vermont (PSOV).

    Founded in 1947, PSOV is an association of poets and supporters who join in promoting an interest in poetry through meetings, workshops, readings, contests, and contributions to the society's chapbook, The Mountain Troubadour. 

    How to register:  Registration is free; please...

  • Virtual Book Launch Celebration

    Tuesday, April 05 at 7:00 pm

    “...A satisfyingly deep dive into the art and antiques world, and an expert and tricky mystery make this a must-read debut for Esden's clever antiques dealer Edie Brown. Bring on Edie's next adventure!”—Sarah Stewart Taylor, Vermont author of the Maggie D’arcy mystery series

    Please join us for an evening with Vermont author Trish Esden to celebrate the release of her new novel, The Art of the Decoy. 

    ABOUT THE BOOK: After her mother is sent to prison for art forgery, Edie Brown returns to Northern Vermont to rebuild her family’s fine art and antiques business. She’s certain she can do it now that her mother is gone. After all, butting heads with her mom over...

  • Virtual Book Launch Celebration

    Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for an evening of poetry with James Morehead as we celebrate the release of his latest collection of poetry, portraits of red and gray: memoir poems.

    In this collection of memoir poems, James C. Morehead brings universal themes to life through journeys to the USSR and the mountains of Tuscany, the concert halls in San Francisco and a tiny town in Wyoming, the cables of Yosemite's Half Dome and the beaches of Normandy.

    James Morehead is the Poet Laureate of Dublin, California, author of canvas: poems and and portraits of red and gray: memoir poems he hosts The Viewless Wings Poetry...

  • Virtual Demo & Book Chat

    Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm


    “Caketopia is a glittering example of how to use colors and textures to create truly one-of-a-kind cakes. The decorating techniques are fun and approachable for beginners and seasoned decorators alike. You’ll also find some truly delicious and well-tested recipes to add to your baking arsenal!”
    —LIZ BUTTS, founder & CEO of Sprinkle Pop

    Calling all bakers! Join us as we welcome Sheri Wilson to our Zoom stage to celebrate the release of Caketopia: Your Guide to Decorating Buttercream Cakes with Flair.  Sheri will be demonstrating how she assembles and puts the...

  • A Conversation with Essex-Westford School Board Candidates Laura Taylor and Marlon Verasamy

    Monday, March 28 at 7:00 pm

    Join Essex-Westford School District (EWSD) School Board candidates Laura Taylor and Marlon Verasamy for a virtual conversation on challenged books in school libraries. Books such as Dear Martin by...
  • Sunday, March 27 at 2:00 pm

    Please join Phoenix Books a special pre-Passover event with Susan Kusel and Sean Rubin, the author and illustrator of the award-winning picture book, The Passover Guest.   After reading the story, Susan and Sean will help us create our own Seder table using special activity sheets created just for The Passover Guest!  The link to use to print the activity sheets is below.
    Muriel assumes her family is too poor to hold a Passover Seder this year-- but an act of kindness and a mysterious magician change everything.

  • Thursday, March 24 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 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 also been on exhibit with PoemCity Montpelier, Merwin Gallery, Stone Valley Arts, SPACE: a Pop Up Art Gallery, and Surdam Gallery.

    They received the...