Phoenix Books goes local

WRP authors showcased this fall

Peter Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council and VPR commentator, will speak at Phoenix Books on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 pm. He is the first of five WRP authors in a series that celebrates the mutual success of local authors, publishers, and Phoenix Books, an independent local bookseller. Peter Gilbert will speak about the contemplations presented in his new book, “I Was Thinking…Travels in the World of Ideas.”

Mike DeSanto owner of Phoenix Books in Burlington and Essex, announced that throughout the fall, the bookstore is “going local” with Shelburne’s Wind Ridge Publishing, (WRP).

“Wind Ridge is an interesting and very Vermont-based company located in Shelburne,” commented DeSanto. “Phoenix Books greatly admires what this publisher is doing and we want to do everything we can to help this venture succeed. So, in the month of November on four successive Thursday nights and two Saturday evenings, Phoenix Books in Burlington will showcase a Wind Ridge author and happily provide them a platform to present their works.”

WRP authors are all local residents; however, their books reflect a broad range of issues, experience, and global interests—from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ Rick Peyser and Bill Mares’ in “Brewing Change,” Peyser’s personal account of social responsibility and the lives of coffee farmers, to Vermont wildlife rehabilitator Helena Nicolay’s “Squirrel Diaries” and Shelburne veterinarian Dr. Steven Metz’s book, “Exotic Tails.” Other featured WRP releases include VPR commentaries from the executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council, Peter Gilbert’s “I Was Thinking,” and Paul Boisvert’s photo essays in his coffee table book, “Burlington ~ A Sense of Place.”

“There is something for nearly every book lover,” said DeSanto. “They will make fabulous holiday gifts, especially when personally autographed and inscribed by the authors. I see this as a unique kind of partnership, where a bookstore commits heavily to the books of one publisher. As we move, forward Phoenix Books anticipates being a kind of home bookstore for many of the authors Wind Ridge will publish.”

Lin Stone, managing editor of Wind Ridge Publishing’s book division commented, “This collaboration truly is an effort in building support for local people and economies. Wind Ridge is an independently and locally owned publishing house, and it publishes the voices of Vermonters; Phoenix Books is a locally owned independent purveyor that helps us to put those Vermonters’ books into readers’ hands. It doesn’t get much more ‘Buy Local’ than that.”

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