Located on the second floor of a newly renovated Victorian that anchors the Dolan Plaza, Byrd’s Books is accessible through Molten Java coffee shop.
Byrd’s Books is a general bookstore that carries only new titles, with a special focus on Bethel authors, Connecticut authors, poets, publishers and illustrators. A proud member of the American Bookseller’s Association, and its division Indiebound, allows Byrd’s Books to participate in the larger community of bookselling nationwide.
Fully 25% of the inventory is dedicated to children’s books, with sections that include Connecticut authors, Connecticut illustrators, grief and loss as well as children’s poetry. Carrying greeting cards, gifts, puzzles, and a display of a large table of discounted titles the bookstore takes special orders and offers gift cards of any value.
The owner, Ms. Hutchinson, is the daughter of Nancy Ivison who owned Pymander Bookshop in Westport for 30 years. Ms. Hutchinson served as its manager and buyer over the years. She also worked at Barnes & Noble when it first opened in Danbury. Her Master’s of Art degree is in Teaching (MAT) with an emphasis on Young Adult literature.
Alice has been actively involved in Bethel’s culture for many years. She has served on the Planning and Zoning commission for 16 years, and she served as First Selectman for one term. She has two adult children: Sarah, who lives in Bethel; and Stephen, who lives in Manchester, NH.