Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens. Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a tragedy, a beautiful hermit who has survived for years in a marsh becomes targeted by unthinkable forces. A first novel by the New York Times best-selling author of Cry of the Kalahari.

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The move, summer reading, etc.

We will be moving down the street the end of August. Meanwhile, we are still right in the middle of Summer Reading Mode! Come in, check out our great new reads and the kid’s school summer reading books.

Our “All About the Move” page is here. Our summer reading page is a here.

Making Comics in Antarctica with Karen Romano Young

Please join us Wednesday September 12th at 7:00pm at Byrd’s Books for a very special evening with Karen Romano Young as she shows us slides of her Arctic Log and shares her journey with us to the ends of the Earth.

About the author:

Read more about Karen from her websiteTwitter, Instagram.

Please note: this will be held at our new address at 178 Greenwood Ave.

To save a spot click HERE.
Light refreshments. Karen’s website.

Harry Potter Party at our new location!

Join us in our new location for a 20th Anniversary celebration of the launch of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Friday September 14th from 5-7:00pm. We will have activities, crafts with the The Toy Room, door prizes, give-aways and light refreshments. Shhh, we have a signed poster of the new covers to give away, so don’t miss it!
Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) has created all new covers for the series in celebration of the anniversary and we will have them on hand. Never fear- the original illustrations are still inside the book, these are just the new covers.
So, come in costume and have some wizarding fun with us! To pre-order the new covers, and have them waiting for you, click HERE.

The Vintage Baker celebrates with us on our Grand Re-Opening

Join us for a very special event on Saturday September 15th at 2:00pm, the day of our Grand Re-Opening! We are hosting a baking event with the author of The Vintage Baker, Jessie Sheehan. If you purchase the book in advance of the event, and bring a baked goodie from a recipe in the book, we will give you a $10.00 gift certificate to offset the price of the book. To save a spot for this event, purchase a book, or sign up to bake, click HERE.

About the book:

This keepsake cookbook features fetching retro patterns and illustrations, luscious photography, an embossed foil cover, and—surprise! —a tiny, vintage-style, booklet inside. Blue-ribbon recipes inspired by baking pamphlets from the 1920s to the 1960s are rendered with irresistible charm for modern tastes in this sweet package. Here are more than 50 cookies, pies, cakes, bars, and more, plus informative headnotes detailing the origins of each recipe and how they were tweaked into deliciousness. For home bakers, collectors of vintage cookbooks or kitchenware—really, anyone who loves beautiful, quirky gifts—this is a gem.
About the author:
Jessie Sheehan is the coauthor of Icebox Cakes (Chronicle Books) and has contributed to many other cookbooks. She writes, bakes, and develops recipes for sweets in Red Hook, Brooklyn, not far from her beloved Baked, the bakery where she got her start.

 

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

By Pema Chodron. An American Buddhist nun explains how to become compassionate and fearless by accepting the pain in individual lives in their present state through the study of fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist sayings.

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Terri-Lynne DeFino brings us The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and Their Muses)

Join us Tuesday September 25th at 7:00pm for a very special night with Connecticut author Terri-Lynne DeFino as she discusses and signs her latest book, The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and Their Muses). For more information, or to purchase the book, click HERE.

About the book:

After famous author Alfonse Carducci goes to a retirement home, he finds that he suffers from writer’s block, but he forms a friendship with a woman who was severely crippled in an accident and finds a muse who inspires him to write again.

“DeFino’s latest novel is a tale that emphasizes that second chances, artistic redemption and true love — in all its forms — can come at any time and any age. DeFino has a unique gift for language that captures the nostalgia and still-sharp wit of her aging artists perfectly.”– RT Book Reviews

“Rediscover the sheer joy of writing…intriguing characters help keep the reader engaged.”– Booklist

About the author: 

Terri-Lynne DeFino was born and raised in New Jersey, but escaped to the wilds of Connecticut, where she still lives with her husband and her cats. She spends most days in her loft, in her woodland cabin along the river, writing about people she’s never met. Other days, she can be found slaying monsters with her grandchildren. If you knock on her door, she’ll most likely be wearing a tiara. She’ll also invite you in and feed you, because you can take the Italian girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey Italian out of the girl.

A Beatrix Potter Afternoon Saturday October 13th ay 1:30 & 2:00pm

Join us on Saturday October 13th for a special afternoon for children and adults who love Beatrix Potter. Meredith McClung will read to children at 1:30pm, then will discuss Beatrix Potter’s gardening with the adults at 2:00pm. We will serve tea (at 2:00pm) and have select Beatrix Potter books on special that day. Please do not miss this very special afternoon. To save a spot for the gardening talk, click HERE.

 

About the presenter in her own words:

“I’m a native of Connecticut and lived here all my life.  A pre-school teacher for a number of years, currently Director of Children’s Ministries at Christ Church Parish in Redding Ridge,  I live in Fairfield with husband Tim. We have two sons (a high school English teacher and a veterinarian).  Like Beatrix Potter, I spent most of my school days in the art room, kept a menagerie of pets as a child and still do, which probably explains why I enjoy Potter’s books so much.  I’ve been a member of The Beatrix Potter Society for some years now; I am one of many Society members who, free of charge, offer Readings and Introductions on behalf of the Society.”

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.

 

Gail Carson Levine launches Ogre Enchanted at Byrd’s Books!

Please join us for a very special launch of Gail Carson Levine’s Ogre Enchanted on Tuesday October 16th at 5:00pm. To save a book for signing, please click HERE.

About the book:

Set in the world of the Newbery Honor-winning Ella Enchanted, this tale by beloved author Gail Carson Levine stars a clever heroine who is determined to defy expectations—and outwit a fairy’s curse.

Evie is happiest when she is healing people, diagnosing symptoms and prescribing medications, with the help of her devoted friend (and test subject) Wormy. So when Wormy unexpectedly proposes to her, she kindly turns him down; she has far too much to do to be marrying anyone. And besides, she simply isn’t in love with him.

But a certain meddling fairy named Lucinda has been listening in, and she doesn’t approve of Evie’s rejection. Suddenly, Evie finds herself transformed from a girl into a hideous, hungry ogre!

Stuck in this new and confusing form, Evie now has only sixty-two days to accept another proposal—or else be stuck as an ogre forever.

“Longtime fans and new readers alike will devour this.”–Kirkus Reviews

About the author: 

Gail Carson Levine’s first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine’s other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The WishThe Two Princesses of BamarreA Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

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