Vermonters shopping locally! Head to www.flyingpigbooks.com to order books to pick up at the store or for us to deliver. This wonderful Bookshop.org website is just for orders shipping out-of-state.
The Flying Pig Bookstore opened in 1996 in the original Charlotte, Vermont post office. Ten years later, when our "towers of knowledge" (\stacks of books on the floor) made it clear that we'd outgrown our building, we moved to Shelburne. Over the years, we've had an incredible bookselling staff, amazing visiting authors and artist, and countless creative, fun events. We've been honored with an award for Best Children's Bookstore in the country, two "best of" awards from Yankee Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal chose us as one of seven bookstores around the country that help serve as anchors for their wonderful towns. We feel so lucky to be part of our vibrant reading community and to play a small part in the lives of our many customers.
WHY THE NAME?
Originally (but no longer) a children's bookstore, founder Elizabeth Bluemle wanted a name with child appeal and whimsy. The name "Flying Pig" popped into her head, and it fit: the symbol of impossible dreams come true, the flying pig is the perfect representative for a little independent bookstore flapping into the challenging headwinds of commerce and somehow staying aloft.