Byrd’s Books brings Jo Ann Simon to LaZingara

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Join us as we celebrate the release of Jo Ann Simon’s book, “Rose Colored Glasses: A Memoir of of Love, Loss, Hope” at LaZingara on Wednesday June 27th at 6:00pm. This event is registration only. To save a spot, click HERE.

About the book: 

Life was the best it could be for Jo Ann Simon.  She was happily divorced, with a good job and a full enjoyable life. Then she met Tom. He said – when he first saw her – that he would spend the rest of his life with her. To her surprise, he actually did. They shared a love that most people only imagine in their dreams. They lived life to the fullest until a tick bite and a diagnosis of Lyme disease, and then ALS changed their dream world forever. Rose Colored Glasses includes thirteen appendices of the tests and medical information Jo Ann and Tom received, helpful to all who have questions about Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, plus ALS.

 

About the author:

Jo Ann Simon, a corporate executive, is a lifelong nutmegger, living in various locations in the Nutmeg state of Connecticut.  She is a constant traveler, exploring the world including her favorite country, Italy.  When she is not traveling, Jo Ann loves spending time with her family, friends and her seven grandchildren.  Her day job running a company, painting fine art, gardening and writing fill in the blanks of her life.  Palm trees are essential in her personal landscape with beaches to match.

Where’s Waldo in Bethel? Look for him July 1st – 31st

Where’s Waldo this July? In Bethel, of course!

This July, Waldo is hiding in Byrd’s Books and 24 other Bethel businesses, and it’s your job to find him! Just pick up a Where’s Waldo passport at ANY participating business or print it out here, and start hunting! 

Once you’ve found Waldo at 10 different businesses, head back to Byrd’s Books to pick up your prizes — a Waldo sticker and a coupon for $1 off any Waldo book in the store. Waldo hunters who get their passports stamped or signed at 20 or morebusinesses are invited to attend our Where’s Waldo party, which will be held on Tuesday July 31st at 6:00pm at Byrd’s Books. If you get 20 or more stamps/signatures, you’ll also have the chance to enter the grand prize drawing for the complete Where’s Waldo boxed set! The drawing will be held at the Where’s Waldo party on Tuesday at 31st at 4:30. (Note: this year the top two prizes MUST be present to win).

Ready to start looking? HERE is a link to the passport that you can use beginning July 1st.

For our Where’s Waldo page click here.

 

Eric Lehman brings us “Connecticut Vanguards” on July 17th at 7:00pm

On the 163rd Anniversary of Bethel’s founding, Eric Lehman will bring us an author talk and signing of his latest book, Connecticut Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers & Their Legacies”. Join us Tuesday July 17th at 7:00. To save a spot, click HERE.

About the book:
Noah Webster, Charles Goodyear, P.T. Barnum and Katharine Hepburn all have Connecticut in common. Like so many other residents, they had an inventive spirit and drive that changed the course of history for the rest of the state. Some of the state’s natives, like Eli Whitney and Henry C. Lee, pioneered new methods. Prudence Crandall and Helen Keller championed the rights of the underprivileged. Some, like Frederick Law Olmsted and Sol LeWitt, changed our perception of the world. Author Eric D. Lehman chronicles the lives of two dozen men and women who left their marks on Connecticut and the world as a whole.

About the author: 
Eric D. Lehman is the author of twelve books of history, travel, and fiction, including The History of Connecticut Food, Literary Connecticut, Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London, and Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity, which won the Henry Russell Hitchcock Award from the Victorian Society of America and was chosen as one of the American Library Association’s outstanding university press books of the year. His 2016 book Shadows of Paris was chosen as novella of the year from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, earned a silver medal in Romance from the Foreword Review Indie Book Awards, and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Bridgeport and lives in Hamden with his wife, poet Amy Nawrocki, and their two cats.

Author talk and books signing with Laura Bradford on July 18th at 7PM

Byrd’s Books welcomes Laura Bradford as she discusses her new book, Portrait of a Sister, on Wednesday July 18th at 7:00pm. To save a spot, click HERE.

About the book:

Fraternal twins Katie and Hannah Beiler couldn’t be more different. Hannah is extroverted, and Katie prefers to be by herself sketching. When Hannah moves to New York City prior to the sisters’ baptism in their Amish church, Katie is devastated. Offered an opportunity to visit Hannah, Katie jumps at the chance but finds the city as strange as being on the moon. But Hannah is determined that her sister love the city and brings Katie’s drawings to an art gallery where they are well received. With the possibility of a new life in New York, Katie returns to her Amish community in Pennsylvania, where she must decide what is most important to her. Bradford (“Amish Mysteries” series) explores the challenges facing members of the Amish community—and those yet to be—as they strive to follow the rules issued to the baptized. VERDICT Engaging characters and a tender story line will please fans of Amish fiction, especially readers of Amy Clipston.

About the author: 

As a child, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else. Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Amish Mysteries, the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the Tobi Tobias Mystery Series. Her first women’s fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister, released in June 2018.  Laura is a 1982 graduate of St. Joseph’s School in Brookfield and a 1986 graduate of Immaculate High School in Danbury.

Laura is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

 

Florida

By Lauren Groff. A collection of stories spanning centuries of time in mercurial Florida examines the decisions and connections behind life-changing events in characters ranging from two abandoned sisters to a conflicted family woman. By the award-winning author of Delicate Edible Birds.

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The Word is Murder

By Anthony Horowitz. The best-selling author of Moriarty reinvents himself as the fictional sidekick of a disgraced police detective whose dark and mysterious secrets complicate the case of a woman found strangled hours after planning her own funeral. 100,000 first printing.

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Bookmark Contest Winners 2018

Congratulation to all of our Bookmark Contest Winners!…..and thank you to our judges for their time.

Each of you gets 25 copies of your bookmark in print and a $25 gift certificate!

PreK-3: Sienna Troetti- Berry School

4-5: Sophia Goncalves- RMT Johnson School

6-8: Isabella Trejos- Bethel Middle School

9-12: Adelina Fardella- Immaculate High School

Adult: Kate Broomhead

AND congratulations to all of our Honorable Mentions! you each get a $10.00 gift certificate to the store!

Honorable Mention: PreK-3- Abrar Karim

6-8: Lilly Carter- BMS and Rachel Greene-BMS

9-12: Celia Preveza- Immaculate High School

Adult: Michaela Beaudry

NOTE: we had SO many entries from all the categories- this was a very tough year to choose. We had 87 entries in the middle school category alone-wow!

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

By Ruth Ware. After erroneously receiving a mysterious letter about a large inheritance, Hal attends the deceased’s funeral and realizes that something is very, very wrong.

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Byrd’s Books Summer Bookmark Contest- May 1st-31st

Design a bookmark inspired by your favorite book! You could win a Gift Certificate for $25.00 and 25 of your bookmarks in print for you to give to friends and WE will pass out the five winning designs all summer! The contest runs the month of May and will be judged by Bethel Arts.

ONE winning bookmark will be produced from EACH of the following 5 categories:

Pre-K – 3rd Grades, 4th – 5th Grades6th -8th Grades, 9th -12th Grades and an Adult category!

Note- the size of the space for the bookmark is actually 2 inches wide by 6 inches high.

Click HERE for form.

Artwork and completed entry forms must be returned to Byrd’s Books by Thursday May 31st at end of day.

 

 

 

 

Two Kinds of Truth

By Michael Connelly.

Harry Bosch searches for the truth in the new thriller from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly

 
An NPR Best Book of 2017
Times Critics’ Top Book of 2017

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Mystery of 2017

An Amazon Book of the Month

Harry Bosch, exiled from the LAPD, is working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department when all hands are called out to a local drugstore, where two pharmacists have been murdered in a robbery. Bosch and the tiny town’s three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big-business world of prescription drug abuse. To get to the people at the top, Bosch must risk everything and go undercover in the shadowy world of organized pill mills.
Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s days with the LAPD comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues are not keen on protecting his reputation. But if this conviction is overturned, every case Bosch ever worked will be called into question. As usual, he must fend for himself as he tries to clear his name and keep a clever killer in prison.
The two cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way, Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.
Tense, fast-paced, and fueled by this legendary detective’s unrelenting sense of mission, Two Kinds of Truth is proof positive that “Connelly writes cops better than anyone else in the business” (New York Post).

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