Goosebumps Book Drive At The Essex Cinemas

The Essex Cinemas will be hosting a book drive to celebrate the opening of the upcoming Goosebumps film.

BOOK DRIVE ALERT! With the new movie Goosebumps headed to Essex Cinemas October 16th, we are excited to announce our Goosebumps Book Drive happening Oct 16th-30th! Book donations will get you entered into a raffle for prizes up to $50 in value, and the first 50 book donors on the 16th and the 23rd will receive a FREE Small Popcorn!!

Year Of Free Movies Is Back At Essex Cinemas!


Essex Cinemas is bringing back their Year of Free Movies contest!

Throughout October and November we will let you know via our website, newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter, when and how you can qualify for A YEAR OF FREE MOVIES AT ESSEX CINEMAS! From these mini qualifying contests we will select a winner, who will then have a chance at the grand prize of A YEAR OF FREE MOVIES AT ESSEX CINEMAS! Don’t worry, we are going to have many qualifying contests! The pass will admit the winner and one guest (per visit) to see one movie per week throughout 2016. Each attendee must be seeing the same movie at the same time.

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for opportunities to enter.

Star Wars Reads Day At Phoenix Books!

Phoenix Books of Burlington will be taking part in the annual Star Wars Reads Day this coming Saturday, October 10th, from 11-2pm.

Star Wars Reads Day is a national event that celebrates reading and Star Wars. 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.

Stop by for games, crafts and appearances from the 501st Legion’s New England Garrison!

RSVP here.

The Hobbit Trilogy Returns To Theaters This Week At Palace 9

Did you enjoy Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit? If you’ve been thinking to yourself that you’d like to see the entire trilogy on the big screen once again, you’re in luck. The trilogy is returning to theaters for a short while, and South Burlington’s Palace 9 will be screening the entire trilogy.

The movies will feature a special greeting from Peter Jackson.

Palace 9 will be screening the films on the following schedule:

  • The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, October 5th, 7:30pm
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, October 7th, 7:30pm
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, October 13th, 7:30pm

The Company She Kept: Now Out!

Archer Mayor’s latest installment in his long-running Joe Gunther series is now out! Here’s what it’s about:

Archer Mayor’s THE COMPANY SHE KEPT opens with Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation called in to investigate an especially brutal crime: A woman’s corpse has been found hanging high above the interstate with a homophobic slur carved into it. The victim is soon identified as not only a state senator, but also as a close confidante of Governor Gail Zigman, and the publicity swirling around the crime starts to impede the VBI’s investigation.

Gunther, who is also close with Gail and who knew the victim, follows up on the initial clues, which point to a violent misogynist who, it turns out, doesn’t have a direct link to the killing. With the VBI’s investigators looking into every lead, including the victim’s personal life, Gunther begins to see that the killing may be something other than a hate crime. And whatever the reasons are for the murder, its reverberations will be felt across the state.

With the book’s release, Mayor will be embarking on his traditional tour across the state:

Wed, Sept 30  —  NORWICH BOOKSTORE  Norwich, VT  —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Mon, Oct 5  —  OLDE AND NEW ENGLAND BOOKS  Newfane, VT —  7:30 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Thu, Oct 8  —  BENNINGTON FREE LIBRARY  Bennington, VT —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Fri, Oct 9  —  TOADSTOOL BOOKSHOP  Keene, NH —  6:30 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Oct 10  NORMAN WILLIAMS LIBRARY  Woodstock, VT  —  2:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion, presented by YANKEE BOOKSHOP.

Sat, Oct 10  —  NORTHSHIRE BOOKSTORE  Manchester Ctr, VT  —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sun, Oct 11  —  MYSTERY ON MAIN BOOKSTORE  Brattleboro, VT —  3:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sun, Oct 18  —  KNOWLTON LITERARY FESTIVAL   Knowlton, QC —  11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Brunch with Archer Mayor at Le Relais, Auberge Knowlton

Tue, Oct 20  BEAR POND BOOKS   Montpelier, VT  —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Thu, Oct 22   PHOENIX BOOKS   Burlington, VT  —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Oct 24   ILSLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY  Middlebury, VT  —  1:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Oct 24  PHOENIX BOOKS   Rutland, VT  —  4:00 p.m.
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sun, Oct 25  NELA Annual Conference   Manchester, NH
Keynote Speaker – New England Library Association

Thu, Nov 5  —  ARMS LIBRARY with BOSWELL’S BOOKS  Shelburne Falls, MA —  6:30 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Fri, Nov 6  —  VILLAGE SQUARE BOOKSELLERS  Bellows Falls, VT —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Nov 7    BAKER’S HALLMARK  Brattleboro, VT  —  11:00 am – 12:30 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Nov 7    CAVENDISH FLETCHER COMMUNITY LIBRARY  Proctorsville, VT  —  3:00 pm
Local author talk and signing, presented by THE BOOK NOOK.

Sun, Nov 8    THE STONE CHURCH  Chester, VT  —  2:00 pm
Vermont Voices: Four Sundays in November, hosted by Misty Valley Books

Tue, Nov 10  —  BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP  Northampton, MA  —  7:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Sat, Nov 14  —  WEEKS MEMORIAL LIBRARY   Lancaster, NH  —  1:00 pm
“The Company She Kept” reading & discussion.

Early Screenings: The Martian

Ridley Scott is coming back for a new Science Fiction film, an adaptation of Andy Weir’s The Martian! This is looking like it’s going to be a really great film, and a couple of theaters are screening the movie early, on October 1st. Here’s where you can see it early!

  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 8:00pm. (3D)
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 8:00pm (3D)
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, 9:00pm
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 8:00pm

Here’s where the film will be opening up normally on October 2nd:

  • Palace 9, South Burlington.
  • Capitol Theater, Montpelier.
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington.
  • Star Theatre, St. Johnsbury.
  • Village Picture Shows, Manchester.
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury.

The GMS movie club will be meeting up for the 7:00pm screening of the movie on Friday at Essex Cinemas.

Join Us At The Burlington Book Festival For The Fantastic Vermont and the Future Panel

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We’re talking part in the Burlington Book Festival this year with a panel discussion titled Fantastic Vermont and the Future!

Vermont has a long history of fantastic literature, from Rudyard Kipling to H.P. Lovecraft. The state is also home to a number of genre authors and has been used as a location for more than a couple of genre stories. This year representatives from Geek Mountain State will look ahead and ask the question: What is Vermont’s future and how can science fiction literature imagine where we’re headed? Panelists include F. Brett Cox, Kim Velk and Rachel Carter. Andrew Liptak will moderate.

The panel will take place from 10:30-11:30 AM in the Ira Allen Lecture Hall at UVM’s Billings Memorial Library. We hope to see you there!