Bear Pond Books’ SciFi+ Book Club: The Fifth Season

Bear Pond Books will be holding their next book club meeting on Monday, February 19th at 7:00PM, and they’ll be discussing N.K. Jemisin’s fantastic novel The Fifth Season.

Here’s the very broad back-cover copy:

This is the way the world ends…for the last time.
A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

If you haven’t read these books, you should. Bear Pond is selling the first one for 10% off.


Black Panther Early Screenings

The latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here: the long anticipated Black Panther. This one has been getting utterly fantastic reviews, and I can’t wait to see it.

Here’s where it’s opening early, on Thursday, February 15th.

  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 7:00PM (3D), 9:15PM.
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00PM (3D), 8:30PM.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 6:45PM, 9:45PM.
  • Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro. 7:00PM and 9:25PM.
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00PM, 8:30PM.
  • Merrill’s Roxy, Burlington. 7:00PM.
  • Middlebury Marquis, Middlebury. 7:00PM.
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 7:00PM.
  • Paramount Theater, Barre. 7:00PM.
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 7:00PM and 8:00PM.
  • Star Theater, St. Johnsbury. 7:00PM.
  • Welden Theater, St. Albans. 7:00PM.

Here’s where it’s opening normally, on Friday, February 16th:

  • Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. 6:00PM.
  • Stowe Cinemas 3plex, Stow. 6:30PM and 9:30PM (3D).
  • Bijou 4, Morrisville. 6:40PM and 9:00PM.

Killer Rabbit Comics and Games is moving out of state

Last year, Killer Rabbit Comics and Games moved from Williston to South Burlington’s Blue Mall, and now it’s on the move again, this time out of state.

Its owners, Mark Stair and Jennifer Garrett, have decided to move back to New Jersey, and the store is following them back home. The storefront closed up in January.

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter at Barnes and Noble

20 years ago, the Harry Potter series arrived in the US and became a massive hit. The South Burlington Barnes and Noble is celebrating the anniversary with a Harry Potter Book Night on February 3rd, from 6PM to 9PM.


Join us Saturday February 3rd at 6PM and help us kick off celebrations of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone being published in the US!

We’ll be celebrating with giveaways, activities and fun for all ages! Dress in house colors or come as your favorite character. Meet fellow fans and help introduce new generations to the magic that we have come to know through Harry Potter!

Swap Thing Comics Show

Comic fans will have an opportunity to check out an old-school comic show / swap in a couple of months. Hosted by Panel to Panel and Devil’s Dream, the Swap comics show will take place on Sunday, March 25th from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Essex Memorial Hall in Essex Junction.

Here’s the description:

Do you miss those comic shows of yore that were all about digging through bins of back issues?

Damn well bet that we do!

Do you want to immerse yourself in a World of Comics? Buy, sell and trade? Or maybe just stand around and bask in four-color glory?

Well, friend, it’s all going down at SWAP THING!

More comics! Less cosplay!

Admission is FREE! Seriously! Just show up and dive in!

Got comics you want to part with? Reserve a table and set up your stuff! 6′ tables are *only* $10! Don’t need a full table? Well, reserve half a table for $5! Dealers welcome!


RSVP here.

The Vermont Winter Renaissance Faire is coming in March

The Vermont Renaissance Faire has been going full steam the last couple of years, and those of you who are missing it will get a reprieve: the Winter Renaissance Faire is coming in March.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 3rd from 10AM to 7PM at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. 

The Winter Renaissance Faire, by the producers of the Vermont Renaissance Faire and Vermont Steampunk Expo, is a family-friendly event for all ages, featuring performance troupes including singers, musicians, acrobats and dancers; as well as medieval and Viking demonstrations of life on the battlefields of the old world.

With artisans and craft vendors—both local and from across New England—as well as mead, wine and, cider makers (including our sponsorGroennfell Meadery) patrons can find fascinating items and indulge their appetites with tasty treats from cultures around the world.

This year, the Winter Renaissance Faire will be held at the Champlain Valley Exposition, giving us more room and parking space for the attendees of this fabulous event.

Get your tickets now and follow Vermont Renaissance Faire or to stay up to date on this exciting event.

The Vermont Renaissance Faires: Kid friendly, Odin approved!

UVM’s 15th Tolkien in Vermont Conference announced

UVM will once again host its annual Tolkien in Vermont conference. The theme this year is Language and Etymologies, and it will take place on Saturday, April 7th.

A full schedule hasn’t been posted yet, but the conference committee is accepting papers on the theme and other subjects, according to its Facebook event page. (Papers are due by January 31st).

The Champlain Games Festival is coming to Essex

Gamers, mark your calendars for Saturday, April 14th. There’s a new event coming to the Champlain Valley Expo: The Champlain Games Festival. Billed as a family-friendly event highlighting locally made digital and tabletop games, the event will be a place for game designers to showcase their work, and for gamers to discover something new.

Tickets for the event will cost $15 — $10 if you buy them now. Thus far, there’s a small lineup of digital and tabletop games on the schedule, with more likely to be added. The event will take place at the Expo on the 14th, from 10am to 4pm.