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.

 

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.”

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.

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 Kiss of the Sweet Scottish Rain on Wednesday October 24th at 7pm

Join us for a very special author event with Robert McWilliams as he discusses his new book, The Kiss of the Sweet Scottish Rain: A Walk from Cape Wrath to the Solway Firth.

About the book;

From Cape Wrath in the lonely northwest to a muddy estuary overlooking England, The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain takes the reader on a walk across Scotland. For Rob McWilliams-Scots-born but exiled since childhood-the walk is an obstinate ambition, and the start of a new direction in life.

McWilliams crosses wild and beautiful landscapes, meets an ever-changing cast of companions, and passes through communities from remote hamlets to the smiling, but rough-edged, city of Glasgow. Around every corner, he explores Scotland’s turbulent history and unique cultural and natural heritage, from the Gaelic language, to the fearsome Highland midge, and how the Stone of Destiny-an ancient coronation symbol – could now reside in an unassuming Glasgow pub.

Struggling with terrain, injury, atrocious weather, and above all his own fragile confidence, McWilliams weaves into his narrative the threads of his life that led to the journey, and discovers that the rewards of adventure are rarely those that were anticipated.

The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain informs and entertains. As well as a ben or a castle, there is usually a joke just around the next turn in the trail.

About the author: 

Robert McWilliams was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but moved with his journalist father’s job to the south of England at the age of three. Rob graduated from Wadham College, Oxford, with a BA Hons. in Modern History. After university, he worked as a tour guide and English teacher in France and Spain, before joining Reuters news agency in London. Rob spent 16 years at Reuters as a business manager in Hong Kong, Japan, the US, Venezuela and Brazil.

For nearly 20 years, Rob has lived in Connecticut with his wife and daughters, and is now a US citizen. Tired of corporate life, he quit his job to fulfill a stubborn ambition to walk the length of Scotland. He has contributed the Taking a Hike column to local newspapers every month for five years. Taking a Hike placed second in the general column category of the 2017 Connecticut Press Club awards. Rob has also written for A.T. Journeys, the official magazine of the Appalachian Trail, and Ctvisit.com. The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain is his first book.

Rob enjoys hiking, and travel off the beaten track. He does consulting work on information privacy, and volunteers with the Nature Conservancy, Appalachian Trail and other outdoor causes.

Art Openings with Bethel Arts

Byrd’s Books has art! Bethel Arts needed a home, so we cleared a wall and added a professional hanging system. So, thirteen feet of wall space has a rotating exhibit every five to six weeks. Check our website and Facebook pages for updates.

We are so happy to collaborate with Bethel Arts and host shows at Byrd’s Books. Thank you for your support of the arts in Bethel.

Our scheduled art openings (6:30pm)are:

Friday June 1: Linda Hansen-Redamonti

Friday July 13: Chris Durante (subject to change due to our move down the street)

Friday August 17th : TBA

Friday September 28: Polly Castor (pottery), Diana Gubbay

Friday November 9th: Holiday show TBA

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