Phoenix Books Burlington will host Bill McKibben Nov 29

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On Wednesday, November 29th at 7pm, Phoenix Books Burlington will host Bill McKibben for a talk on his new book and debut novel. Radio Free Vermont follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that our state might be better off as its own republic.

About Radio Free Vermont:  As the host of Radio Free Vermont—“underground, underpowered, and underfoot”—seventy-two-year-old Vern Barclay is currently broadcasting from an “undisclosed and double-secret location.” With the help of a young computer prodigy named Perry Alterson, Vern uses his radio show to advocate for a simple yet radical idea: an independent Vermont, one where the state secedes from the United States and operates under a free local economy. But for now, he and his radio show must remain untraceable, because in addition to being a lifelong Vermonter and concerned citizen, Vern Barclay is also a fugitive from the law.

In Radio Free Vermont, Bill McKibben entertains and expands upon an idea that’s become more popular than ever—seceding from the United States. Along with Vern and Perry, McKibben imagines an eccentric group of activists who carry out their own version of guerilla warfare, which includes dismissing local middle school children early in honor of ’Ethan Allen Day’ and hijacking a Coors Light truck and replacing the stock with local brew. Witty, biting, and terrifyingly timely, Radio Free Vermont is Bill McKibben’s fictional response to the burgeoning resistance movement.

Bill Mckibben author, photo credit Steve Liptay.

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books, including Eaarth and Oil and Honey. He is a founder of" style="text-decoration-line:none;color:rgb(142,97,38)" target="_blank">, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. McKibben lives in Vermont.

Ticket proceeds will be donated to Vermont Foodbank. Tickets are $3 per person, and include a coupon for $5 off the featured book. Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event. Seating is limited. Phoenix Books Burlington is located at">191 Bank Street in Burlington, Vermont. Copies of Radio Free Vermont will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-448-3350 or visit"> (link is external)" style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:small" target="_blank"> (link is external).

About Phoenix Books:
Phoenix Books was established in 2007 on the principles of social responsibility, community, and sustainability, and is a proud member of Local First Vermont and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Phoenix Books Essex, Phoenix Books Burlington, Phoenix Books Rutland and Phoenix Books Misty Valley are Vermont-owned, independent bookstores.  Whenever possible, Phoenix Books sources eco-friendly products from Fair Trade/Green Certified companies. Seven Days readers voted Phoenix Books the "Best Bookstore" for the newspaper's 2013-2017 Daysie Awards, and Rutland Herald readers voted Phoenix Books the 'Best Local Bookstore' for the newspaper's 2016-2017 Best of the Best awards.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 7:00pm