Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Phoenix Books hosts virtual readings

Thursday, Nov 12. at 7 p.m.—RUTLAND—Join Phoenix Books in Rutland for a virtual book release celebration Thursday and a virtual story time on Saturday, both presented for free via Zoom. On Thursday, local author Peter Hogenkamp will be on hand for the release of his new book, “The Vatican Conspiracy.”

It is an ordinary day in Marco Venetti’s quiet coastal parish—but the woman who’s come to confess is not ordinary. Marco has always been drawn to beautiful Elena, and she brings news that will shatter his peace.

Elena’s sister and daughter have been kidnapped, to force her to bring a gang of ruthless men into the country—if she doesn’t, her family will be brutally killed. But if she obeys, many more innocents will die… In her desperation she turns to Marco, knowing his time in the military has given him the skills she needs. Determined to protect her, Marco draws on the violent past he has tried to forget.

Peter Hogenkamp is a practicing physician, public speaker, and author of medical fiction and thrillers living in Rutland. His first novel, “The Intern” was published in April 2020 by Touchpoint Press. When he isn’t writing or practicing medicine, he loves to hike, ski, and take photographs.

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For the kids, join John and Jennifer Churchman on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. for a reading of their book, “The Christmas Barn.” They be joining from Moonrise Farm for a very special story time featuring their new book in the Sweet Pea and Friends series. This new Christmas story from the creators of the New York Times bestselling book “The Sheep Over” will warm your heart this holiday season!

When the old pine tree cracks and falls after an autumn storm, Farmer John knows just what to do. He will give the farm animals a very special present for Christmas. He draws up a plan, and piece by piece, a structure is built, while the farm animals—sheep, dogs, chickens, geese, ducks, and some alpacas —look on in wonder at what it will be!

Join all the animals on Moonrise Farm as they watch Farmer John prepare his Christmas gift for them!

John Churchman is a photographer, artist, and farmer. Jennifer Churchman is a multimedia artist, storyteller, and writer. The couple combine their talents to give voice to the stories of the animals that surround them and add boundless enjoyment to their lives. They have made their home on a small farm in the countryside of Essex with their daughter Gabrielle.

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