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  • Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 pm

    Jeanne has drawn upon her storytelling heritage to craft the idyllic prose and soothing rhythms of How Does Sleep Come? Jeanne's grandfather, Roger Duvoisin, was a Caldecott Medal-winning children's book author and illustrator, most notably of the Petunia stories and The Happy Lion series. All of her siblings are authors of one sort or another. Jeanne grew up surrounded by wonderful stories, some of the best coming from her older brother, Marc Duvoisin, who often set his tall tales to dramatic piano accompaniment.

    Within the lines of her poetic prose, Blackmore has brought to life the lilting cadence of an unheard serenade, creating an exquisite...

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  • Friday, November 16 at 7:00 pm

    Calling all young writers! Join us at the Cafe at Phoenix for a two-hour write-a-thon, with prizes given out at the end of the night. This event will be coordinated by Browns River Middle School librarian Joyce Babbitt, and is inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which takes place during November). To learn more about the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program, visit ywp.nanowrimo.org, but don't worry: absolutely all young writers are welcome, whether you're participating in NaNoWriMo or not. See you there!

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  • Friday, November 16 at 7:00 pm

    It’s the long-awaited return of James Kochalka’s massively influential and deceptively ambitious autobiography, American Elf. Every day of his life is captured in a single comic strip, sometimes profound and sometimes silly, but always full of the earnest Kochalka passion that led Hi-Fructose to call him “an unrelenting force, sure to solve the oncoming energy crisis,” and earned him the title of Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont.

    In Kochalka's latest collection, spanning the years 2008-2011, James becomes Laureate, celebrates American Elf’s 10th year, pitches a TV show to Hollywood, releases a GameBoy album, travels to France, creates his own video game,...

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  • Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm

    Explore the Queen City from every perspective, when photographer Paul O. Boisvert visits Phoenix Books Burlington.

    Burlington, Vermont:  A Sense of Place is a visual tour through the four seasons in one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. Throughout the years, photographer Paul O. Boisvert has captured the city in many ways: from the air, water, and land. Some of these photographs were taken on assignment for different magazines or newspapers such as the New York Times, but most were taken while roaming around Burlington looking for new angles and perspectives.

    “Paul O. Boisvert sees the Queen City like no other photographer—he lives...

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  • Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 pm

    More than ninety percent of the electricity we use to light our communities, and nearly all the energy we use to run our cars, heat our homes, and power our factories comes from large, centralized, highly polluting, nonrenewable sources of energy.

    It doesn’t have to be that way.

    In Power from the People, energy expert Greg Pahl explains how American communities can plan, finance, and produce their own local, renewable energy that is reliable, safe, and clean. Pahl uses examples from around the nation and the world to explore how homeowners, co-ops, nonprofits, governments, and businesses are already putting power in the hands of local communities through...

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  • Monday, November 12 at 7:00 pm

    The health effects of short-term, high-level radioactive contamination are fairly well known, but what are the health effects of long-term, low-level exposure? While scientists and physicists continue to debate the topic, one fact is certain: there is no safe level of exposure to plutonium. Even one millionth of a gram, which is easily inhaled, is potentially lethal. And too many of us are at risk of exposure to this or other radioactive substances. Join Kristen Iversen for a shocking account of the government’s sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents’ vain attempts to seek justice in...

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  • Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 pm

    Steven Metz, D.V.M. has countless stories to tell with a cast of unforgettable characters: circus animals such as Princess, a Bengal tiger with hepatitis, and Anna Mae, an elephant with conjunctivitis; a boa constrictor caught napping in an acoustic guitar; a hypothermic ferret found in a freezer, and of course, a regular parade of curious dogs, frightened kitties, injured birds, and sickly fish.

    His new book Exotic Tails shares the humorous, dreadful, and heartwarming stories of one man’s dogged determination to follow his dreams. Dr. Metz recounts his unlikely journey from young boy frightened of even a fluffy puppy to skilled and...

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  • Thursday, November 08 at 7:00 pm

    Join long-time Vermont resident Astrid Helena Nicolay for an evening of wit, wisdom, and action-packed tales about squirrels from her adventures as a wildlife rehabilitator.

    By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, informative and keenly observant, Astrid Helena Nicolay’s new book The Squirrel Diaries invites you to laugh out loud, learn something new about the creatures in your every day world, and think twice about the role compassion plays in what it means to be human.

    Astrid Helena Nicolay was born in Venezuela. She spent her childhood in South and...

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  • Wednesday, November 07 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for an evening of story with Megan Mayhew Bergman, a local author and rising star at Simon & Schuster. Her new book is entitled Birds of a Lesser Paradise

    Exploring the way our choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world, Megan Mayhew Bergman's powerful and heartwarming collection captures the surprising moments when the pull of our biology becomes evident, when love or fear collides with good sense, or when our attachment to an animal or wild place can't be denied. In "Housewifely Arts," a single mother and her son drive hours to track down an African gray parrot that can mimic her deceased mother's...

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  • Sunday, November 04 at 2:00 pm

    Every self-help book tells us to "be present," but few succeed in showing us how. Christina leads readers to discover how the small, and seemingly mundane aspects of daily life can—through a shift in focus—become a springboard for the profound. It is an antidote to the perpetual rush we experience daily; and to that feeling that there will never be enough time to begin, to commit to a creative practice, or to become whatever it is we want most to be.

    Part adventure guide and part survival guide, A Field Guide To Now is filled with thought starters and creative exercises that will lead you to uncover your own extraordinary life amidst...

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