While one bookstore closes down, another is opening: The Rutland Herald announced over the weekend that Phoenix Books is set to expand to a third retail location in Vermont, this time in Rutland. There’s no formal press release from the company just yet, but the article notes that the company is exploring three locations on Center Street or Merchants Row.
“We visited the area and found the marvelous historic buildings so charming, the downtown was actually a major factor in why we chose Rutland,” DeSanto said after
walking the area to explore possible locations. “It fits perfectly with the kind of atmosphere we want for the store.”
DeSanto said the new Phoenix Books will have a very similar feel to that of the Essex store.
“Very family friendly, with a large range of books for kids and adults and big chairs that invite people to hang out and read,” he said.
Like their two other locations in Essex Junction and downtown Burlington, this store will be partially financed through a fundraising drive: individuals and businesses can put $1000 forward, with that amount credited back once the store opens. So far, 54 pledges have been made.
The store is expected to open sometime this summer.
Phoenix Books and Essex Cinemas are teaming up for a cool event on November 1st: As You Wish – a Princess Bride party. The event will take place at the Essex Cinemas’ T-Rex theater at 5:30: the film will begin shortly after 6:30. There’ll be giveaways and more.
“There will be joy,” says Kristen, Phoenix’s events manager. “Anyone who knows never to go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line will want to be there. It’ll be a blast for anyone new to The Princess Bride, too. The evening will feature games, prizes, costumes, photo ops, and general merriment. For some of our prizes, we reached out to Houghton Mifflin, who publishes The Princess Bride, and they were as good as Miracle Max! We’re actually going to have a copy of The Princess Bride signed by William Goldman as part of our Grand Prize at this event. This is a special book, and it’s cool to think it might be passed down as an heirloom, just like the copy of The Princess Bride that the grandfather reads in the film.” Eaton says that fans should be on the lookout for other chances to win Princess Bride-related prizes, and the chance to purchase their own signed copy of the book.
The event was inspired by the publication of the new memoir by Cary Elwes, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. Cary Elwes – who played Westley in the film – was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories. With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for fans of this beloved film.
More details can be found here. Tickets are $11.25 for adults and $7.75 for Children and Seniors, and can be purchased here.
On October 11th, Phoenix Books will be hosting two science fiction related events: Star Wars Reads Day, and the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series event, War Stories!
Star Wars Reads Day
Starting at 1:00pm, Star Wars Reads day is an international celebration of Star Wars books held each year. It was created by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners–Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK Publishing, Random House Audio, Scholastic, Titan Magazines and Workman, and actively works to promote reading of all types.
Joining the event will be members of the 501st Legion’s New England Garrison, who’ll be on hand to pose for pictures. The store will also have Star Wars-themed crafts, and more! Costumes welcome.
Following Star Wars Reads Day, Geek Mountain State is pleased to present War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, an anthology edited by GMS founder Andrew Liptak. He will be joined by two of the book’s authors (potentially others), to read several of the stories from the anthology, to answer questions and to sign copies. Joining the event will be James Cambias and F. Brett Cox.
This event will start at 4pm.