Past Events

  • Virtual Book Discussion

    Tuesday, November 16 at 7:00 pm

    Join us as we welcome author Katharine Blake for a discussion of her new book The Uninnocent: Notes on Violence and Mercy, a harrowing intellectual reckoning with crime, mercy, justice and heartbreak through the lens of a murder. Katharine will be in conversation with Robert L. Sand, the Founding Director of the Vermont Law School Center for Justice Reform.

    "The Uninnocent is so elegantly crafted that the pleasure of reading it nearly overrides its devastating subject matter . . . a story of radical empathy, a triumph of care and forgiveness." --Stephanie Danler, author of Stray and Sweetbitter

    On a Thursday morning in June 2010, Katharine...

  • Virtual Book Discussion

    Thursday, November 11 at 7:00 pm

    Join us as we welcome Catherynne M. Valente for a discussion of her new book Comfort Me with ApplesCatherynne will be in conversation with author Margot Harrison.

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  • Virtual Book Launch and Discussion

    Tuesday, November 09 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for a virtual celebration for the release of Our Basin of Relations:  The Art & Science of Living with Water!

    Water does not lie. Here in the Champlain Basin--a flowing landscape of mountains and rivers, forests and farms, towns and cities--it is the water that whispers difficult truths. From erosion, pollution, and habitat loss, to the toxic algae blooms that close Champlain's beaches every summer, this once vital ecosystem is coming undone. And while there is no shortage of proposed technical and legislative solutions, it is clear that we also need distinct cultural responses to the problem--ways to see, hear, feel, and understand what the water is telling us. That is where this book comes in. Featuring the fine art...

  • Banana Fox and the Book-Eating Robot

    Saturday, November 06 at 11:00 am

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

    Join us for a reading and drawing lesson with Eisner Award-winning cartoonist James Kochalka who returns with another uproariously funny caper for Banana Fox to sniff out in Banana Fox and the Book-Eating Robot.

    Booie Hoo!

    Banana Fox's late fees have landed him in library jail! And when a familiar foe is found around town and a giant book-eating robot is unleashed, it looks like Flashlight and William need to step in to save the day. The junior detectives put their heads together, but when their investigation runs cold, an unlikely hero emerges and proves his own sleuthing skills! But without Banana Fox's help, can the trio put Sour...

  • Thursday, October 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...

  • Saturday, October 23 at 11:00 am

    Calling all kids! Join us for a special Halloween story time on Zoom. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

    Lucy's got a messy room, and a big problem! 

    Can an unexpected houseguest whip up enough magic to help her solve it in time for Halloween? 

    In her book, There’s A Witch In My Sock Drawer! author Thea Lewis, Vermont’s Queen of Halloween, conjures up spooky fun while unraveling the eternal mystery of our misplaced socks. 

    Lewis is the creator of Queen City Ghostwalk in Burlington Vermont, the haunted tour that’s been thrilling locals and visitors for nearly two decades. Her writing has been featured in Kids VT and books by Arcadia Publishing. 

    Thea is also the creator and producer of large scale...

  • An Evening with Alexander Wolff, Brett Dakin, and Judy Polumbaum

    Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm

    Please join us for an evening with authors Alexander Wolff, Brett Dakin, and Judy Polumbaum for a discussion of their new non-fiction titles which revolve around family histories and in which resistance to various forms of political depravity play a key role.

    Alexander Wolff’s Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home  is a sweeping portrait of the turmoil of the twentieth century and the legacy of immigration, as seen through the German-American family of the celebrated book...

  • Virtual Book Launch Celebration

    Tuesday, October 05 at 7:00 pm

    Please join us for the virtual launch celebration of Kimberly Harrington's new collection of essays But You Seemed So Happy: A Marriage, in Pieces and Bits, a tender, funny, and sharp companion to her acclaimed memoir-in-essays Amateur Hour, that explores and confronts marriage, divorce, and the ways love, loss, and longing shape a life.  Kimberly will be in conversation with Kate Baer.

    Six weeks after Kimberly and her husband announced their divorce, she began work on a book that she thought would only be about divorce — heavy on the dark humor with a light coating of anger and annoyance. After all, on the heels of planning to dissolve a twenty-year marriage they had chosen to still...

  • Virtual Book Discussion

    Monday, October 04 at 7:00 pm

    Please join us as we welcome Eric Rickstad to our Zoom stage for a discussion of his new novel, I Am Not Who You Think I Am, an ingenious, addictive, and shattering tale of grief, obsession, and fate as eight words lead to lifetimes of ruin.

    "A riveting tale of consequences, family, and fate--darkly poetic and deeply felt...Do not miss this." -- Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

    One secret. Eight cryptic words. Lifetimes of ruin.

    Wayland Maynard is just eight years old...

  • Virtual Book Launch Celebration

    Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 pm

    Join us as we welcome Vermont author Archer Mayor to the Phoenix Zoom Channel for a talk on his latest novel, Marked Man.

    “Mayor expertly intertwines murder with a view of life off the beaten path. This long-running series continues to impress.” - Publishers Weekly

    A year ago, local philanthropist and millionaire Nathan Lyon died a natural death in his sprawling mansion, a 150,000 square foot converted mill, surrounded by his loving, attentive family. Or so it seemed at the time. Now Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team has discovered that almost nothing about that story was true. Nathan Lyon was actually Nick Bianchi from...