Phoenix Books takes the “Road to Boston”


Take a Thursday for yourself for some talk over tomes. On May 16 at 7 pm, Bill Mares will discuss his new book, “The Bach Road to Boston,” at Phoenix Books Burlington. “The Bach Road to Boston” is a heartwarming story of Mares’ experience running the Boston Marathon. It narrates a weekend ten years ago when he sang Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” on Easter Sunday and then ran the Boston Marathon the next day. More broadly, this book is about the interweaving of two hobbies of singing and running.

Raised in Texas and educated at Harvard, Bill Mares has been a journalist, high school teacher, and member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He has authored or co-authored 13 books on subjects ranging from the Marine Corps to workplace democracy to desert travel to Presidential fishing. His hobbies include running, beekeeping, singing and fly-fishing. His latest book, co-authored with Rick Peyser, was “Brewing Change: Behind the Bean at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.” He lives in Burlington with his wife of 41 years, Chris Hadsel and is a frequent commentator on VPR.

Phoenix Books Burlington is located at 191 Bank Street in Burlington, Vermont. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of “The Bach Road to Boston” will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 448-3350 or visit

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