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  • and Book Discussion with Chris Maggiolo

    Friday, October 02 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for a virtual toast as we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Phoenix Books Rutland! 

    Our celebration includes a discussion of Distilled in Vermont with author Chris Maggiolo and Erin Bell, Head Distiller at SILO Distillery. Bring your drink of choice, or for those who would like to mix along during the event, Chris will be sharing two recipes from his book. A list of ingredients will be sent as part of the event confirmation email.   

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Vermont is known as a center of contemporary craft food and beverage production, and the distilled spirits industry is no exception. From a handful of ambitious entrepreneurs a decade ago, the state now boasts more than fifteen distilleries and growing. But getting a...

  • Virtual Book Launch Celebration

    Thursday, October 01 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for a discussion with Allen Gilbert to celebrate the launch of his new book Equal Is Equal, Fair is Fair: Vermont's Quest for Equity in Education Funding, Same-Sex Marriage, and Health Care.

    About the book:  Equal is Equal, Fair is Fair  is about Vermont's push during the last 25 years for equity in education, marriage benefits for same-sex couples, and health care services. Why Vermont, and why success in the first two areas but not the third? What's the history behind these movements? Key is Vermont's constitution, the least amended of any state constitution in the country. It contains a vision for equity that's...

  • The Orphan's Guilt

    Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00 pm

    Archer Mayor atop a motorcycle

    Join us as we welcome Vermont author Archer Mayor to the Phoenix Zoom Channel for a talk on his latest novel, The Orphan's Guilt.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: A straightforward traffic stop snowballs into a homicide investigation after Joe Gunther and his fellow investigators peel back layer upon layer of history and personal heartbreak to learn a decades-old hidden truth.

    John Rust is arrested for drunk driving by a Vermont state trooper. Looking to find mitigating circumstances, John’s lawyer hires private eye Sally Kravitz to look into the recent death of John’s younger brother, purportedly from a childhood brain injury years earlier. But what was the nature of that injury, and might its mechanism...

  • Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 am

    Calling all kids!  

    Phoenix Books Rutland is hosting a Storybook Character Scavenger Hunt around downtown Rutland from Saturday, September 26 - Saturday, October 3 as part of our 5th Anniversary celebration.  Find 15 of your favorite characters, including Pete the Cat, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Dog Man "hidden" in storefront windows in the downtown area.  Please be sure to observe social distancing guidelines.  

    How to participate:

    1.  Pick up a copy of the Scavenger Hunt worksheet at Phoenix Books Rutland or print a copy from the attached file.  

    2.  Take a walk around downtown Rutland and look for these storybook characters "hidden" in the windows of the merchants listed.

    3.  Draw a line...

  • Virtual Book Discussion

    Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 pm

    Phoenix Books is honored to host a discussion with Dr. Beach Conger about his latest book: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us: The Opiate Education of a Vermont Doctor.

    About the book:  After forty-two years as a jack-of-all trades in the fictional town of Dumster, Vermont, Doc Conger finds himself increasingly out of step with the practice and teaching of medicine. He is reluctantly considering retirement, when an experience in the emergency room makes him realize that he still has something to contribute. As he dedicates himself to the treatment of those whose illness has in large part been contracted by the ministrations of his own profession, he finds new...

  • Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for an evening of poetry hosted by Phoenix Books' own Bianca Amira Zanella! 

    Come to read, come to listen, or come for both!  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...

  • Virtual Book Launch Celebration

    Wednesday, September 09 at 7:00 pm

    Phoenix Books is excited to host the virtual release celebration for Thea Lewis' newest book: Lakeview Cemetery of Burlington, Vermont!

    About the book:  Created in 1867, Lakeview is one of New England’s most beautiful burial grounds, where locals used to gather to share picnic lunches and stories of their past. Meet a selfless philanthropist and her equally generous brother, John Purple Howard, the innkeeper’s son who amassed a fortune in the hotel industry. From Civil War hero General George Stannard to...

  • Impersonation: Virtual Event

    Wednesday, September 02 at 7:00 pm


    “By turns revealing, hilarious, dishy, and razor-sharp, Impersonation lives in that rarest of sweet spots: the propulsive page-turner for people with high literary standards.” —Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers

    Phoenix Books is thrilled to welcome writer and editor Heidi Pitlor, series editor of The Best American Short Stories and author of the novel The Daylight Marriage, to our Zoom channel for a discussion of her latest novel, Impersonation.  Heidi will be in conversation with Margot...

  • A Virtual Event!

    Saturday, August 29 at 10:00 am

    Smashing History! Award-winning children's author Kate Messner joins us on the Phoenix Zoom Channel to bust myths from your history books and share some hidden truths from History Smashers, her new series for readers in grades 3-7. From the Pilgrims to the Suffragists, get ready to be surprised and try some interactive quizzes that will test your hidden-history knowledge! 

    About the author:  KATE MESSNER lives on Lake Champlain with her family. Her books have been New York Times Notable, Junior...

  • with Miciah Bay Gault, Jennifer McMahon, and Sarah Stewart Taylor

    Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00 pm








    Please scroll down and read all registration information before registering.


    Join Vermont authors Miciah Bay Gault, Jennifer McMahon...