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Past Events

  • Sunday, February 09 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 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...

  • The Triwizard Tournament

    Thursday, February 06 at 6:00 pm

    Harry Potter Night featuring some of our customers and staff making broomsticks and monster books. On Harry Potter Book Night: The Triwizard Tournament, 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. RSVP encouraged but not required!


  • The Misfortunes of Family *book launch*

    Tuesday, February 04 at 6:30 pm

    Join us in celebrating the launch of Meg Little Reilly's new book, The Misfortunes of Family.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  For three weeks this summer, the four Bright sons and their families are sequestered away in the Berkshires with their parents, retired Senator John Bright and perpetually perfect matriarch, Patty. Beautiful, prideful, competitive, and a bit terrible, JJ, Spenser, Charlie, and Phillip are prepared for the usual petty family dramas that arise from spending too much time with each other. But add a documentary film maker and their father’s possible run for the governorship, and suddenly the family reunion begins to go off the rails.

    Slowly secrets begin to spill. Starting with Phillip’s startling and life-changing announcement and...

  • Come chase away the winter blues at the Winter Renaissance Faire, February 1 & 2, 2020, indoors at the Champlain Valley Exposition

    Saturday, February 01 at 10:00 am

    Part of the Phoenix Books booth with books, toys and games

    Come stroll through the old world during the Winter Ren Faire, Saturday & Sunday Feb 1st -2nd, from 10-6. 

    Phoenix Books is at this fantastical weekend with a wagon-load of fantastic books, gifts & games for all ages.

    The Vermont Renaissance Faires: Kid friendly, Odin approved!

  • The Little Winter Book of Gnomes book signing

    Friday, January 31 at 6:00 pm

    Join Kristen Sevig for a book signing featuring her cozy book of gnomes (and gnomes)!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Kirsten Sevig grew up hearing about little gnomes in great Nordic folktales. When she realized that a “gnome” was also another word for a proverb, she brought the two together. The result is a charming collection of Scandinavian wisdom accented by whimsical illustrations. There are gnome women chopping wood (“chop your own wood and it will warm you twice”), men surreptitiously knitting (“two balls of yarn are better than one”), and gnome kids making snow angels, skiing, and more.

    In The Little Winter Book of Gnomes, Sevig invites readers into a cozy wonderland of her own prolific imagination. With recipes...

  • The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great

    Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 pm

    Join Alexander Gardner for a talk on his book, The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great: Tibet's Great Treasure.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  The first-ever extensive biography of Tibet’s most famous nonsectarian Buddhist lama

    Known as the “king of renunciates,” Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye (1813–1899) forever changed the face of Buddhism through collecting, arranging, and disseminating the various lineage traditions of Tibet across sectarian lines. His extensive treasury collections of profound Buddhist teachings continue to be taught and transmitted throughout the Himalayas by all major traditions and represent the breadth and profundity of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice.

    Jamgon Kongtrul was a polymath,...

  • I Live in the Land of Apples Book Launch

    Tuesday, January 21 at 7:00 pm

    Join Onion River Press and Phoenix Books Burlington to celebrate the launch of I Live in the Land of Apples, the poignant memoir by Charlotte author, JoAnna Blaine Easton.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Compelled to make sense of her life's mysteries, Easton's memoir outlines the detective work, joys and struggles involved in understanding that life. As a photographer and poet, her keen experience began early and lingers still, guided by an inner compass developed to field loneliness and difference. The outer world of a bi-ethnic home life, learning and mastery, years of living abroad, interests and accomplishments dazzle and puzzle her by turns. Original poems bring a lyrical flow to a more-or-less linear timeline. Easton's education and career as an Educational...

  • Stop by Phoenix Books for our curated group of storytellers to transport you one last time in 2019.

    Tuesday, December 31 at 3:00 pm

    A new year brings with it new stories to be told and shared. Stop by Phoenix Books Burlington for our curated group of storytellers to transport you one last time in 2019.
    Join James Kochalka (3pm), Bill Torrey (5pm), Thea Lewis (6pm), Megan Price (7pm) and Martin Philips (8pm) for a great listening session at Phoenix Books. And yes, that’s quite a line up!

    Highlights tickets (1 ticket, 40+ events!) are available at Phoenix Books Essex & Burlington as well as other local venues.


  • The House that Santa (Almost) Missed book signing

    Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 pm

    Join us for a holiday book signing featuring The House that Santa (Almost) Missed, a heartwarming story for young and old by Vermont author and illustrator Paul Laud.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: The House that Santa (Almost) Missed is a whimsical, rhyming tale about a Christmas Eve snow storm which buries one house so deep that Santa winds up passing it by. James and Alisa, the family's two children, spend Christmas Eve arguing about who will get the most presents. Meanwhile Janie, a big-hearted, lumbering dog, and her sidekick, a little white cat named Nell, brave the snowy night in an adventure to rescue Christmas for the family's two children. After failing to grab Santa's attention on his busiest night of the year, Janie and Nell...

  • at Phoenix Books Rutland!

    Saturday, December 14 at 11:00 am

    Calling all kids! Visit with Santa, enjoy some cookies, and make a holiday craft.

    This event is free and open to all ages.