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Past Events

  • Vermont Wild book signing

    Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 am

    Meet Megan Price, author of the Vermont Wild series, and help Megan and Phoenix raise money for Kilham Bear Center!

    On Saturday, April 27th - Independent Bookstore Day - a portion of "wild" sales will benefit orphaned black bear cubs. The money will be go to the Kilham Bear Center (KBC) in Lyme, New Hampshire.  Both the author and the bookstore will give, doubling the benefit to the rescue facility.

    "WCAX just reported KBC is currently overwhelmed caring for 65 cubs, with more expected this Spring" Price notes. "...

  • A Children's Book Week Event

    Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 am

    Join us for a story time and activities - and meet the beloved Jan Brett character, Hedgie!

  • Delve into other realms with us!

    Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 am

    The Vermont Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo is coming to the Champlain Valley Exposition April 27 & 28, 2019! Join us to mingle with authors, artists, gamers, comic enthusiasts, and cosplayers, check out fan organizations, vehicle displays, prop makers, fight demos, vendors and much more! A TWO DAY event at the Champlain Valley Exposition (105 Pearl St, Essex Junction).

    Click here for more details and tickets.
    Kids under 6 get in FREE.

    The Vermont Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo is being produced by Vermont Gatherings, the company behind the Vermont Renaissance Faire,Winter Renaissance Faire 2019, Vermont Living History Expo, Vermont Steampunk Expo, and...

  • Saturday, April 27 at (All day)

    Join us for giveaways (while supplies last) and general merriment as we celebrate with independent bookstores nationwide!

    Plus: Take part in the Vermont Independent Bookstores challenge! Visit three or more independent bookstores in Vermont on Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 27th for your chance to win the full prize package of a Vermont Independent Bookstores pin, sticker, magnet and reusable tote! Usually, winning all this loot would require visiting all 20 bookstores featured on the Vermont Independent Bookstores Passport, so this is a rare opportunity! Download your passport to print out and plan your route:...

  • The World Pushes Back: Poems

    Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm

    Join Garret Keizer for a reading from his new book, The World Pushes Back.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  The World Pushes Back, Garret Keizer's first book of poetry, is the winner of the 2018 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. The poems are mostly lyrical, often personal, and always accessible. They have appeared in a number of venues, including Agni, Antioch Review, Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, The Hudson Review, Image, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, and The Texas Review, among others.

    "The World Pushes Back provides a refreshing surprise in every poem: one reads the deftest of sonnets, say, just before a long free-verse meditation. Of course I'm not talking of technique...

  • A Celebration for Educators

    Thursday, April 25 at 4:00 pm

    Educators’ Night is a celebration for educators of all kinds: pre-K through 12th grade teachers, homeschool parents, librarians, and school administrators. Join us for conversation, giveaways, and refreshments. Our expert booksellers can’t wait to meet you!

    As a special gift for attending educators’ night, take 20% off purchases made during the event for both your classroom AND yourself!

    Let's talk about:

    • How can we help bring books and authors to your students? We will highlight some of the ways Phoenix Books Rutland can partner with you and your schools, including author visits, fundraisers and book fairs, online wishlists and reading lists, bulk orders, and more.
    • ...
  • Annual National Poetry Month Reading

    Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 pm

    Join members of the Poetry Society of Vermont for the seventh annual PSOV Poetry Reading at Phoenix Books Burlington!

    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. Anyone may join the society including high school and college students and non-residents of Vermont. Visit for more information.

    ADMISSION: This event is free and open to all.

  • Soon the Light Will Be Perfect *Book Launch*

    Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm

    Join Dave Patterson to celebrate the launch of his new novel, Soon the Light Will Be Perfect.  The event will also feature live music by Andrew James.

    ABOUT THE BOOKWe the Animals meets Hillbilly Elegy in this taut portrait of poverty, Catholicism, and a family in crisis in rural Vermont.

    A 12-year-old altar boy lives with his family in a small, poverty stricken town in Vermont. His father works at a manufacturing plant, his mother is a homemaker, and his fifteen-year-old brother is about to enter high school. His family has gained enough financial stability to move out of the nearby trailer park, and as conflict rages abroad, his father’s job at a weapons manufacturing plant appears safe. But then his mother...

  • Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

    Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 pm

    Join Jan Johnsen for a discussion of her new book Gardentopia!


    Any backyard has the potential to refresh and inspire if you know what to do. Jan Johnsen's new book, Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces, will delight all garden lovers with over 130 lushly illustrated landscape design and planting suggestions. Ms. Johnsen is an admired designer and popular speaker whose hands-on approach to "co-creating with nature" will have you saying, "I can do that '

    This info-packed, sumptuous book offers individual tips for enhancing any size landscape using 'real world' solutions. The suggestions are grouped into five categories that include Garden Design and Artful...

  • Sunday, April 14 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...