1984 Book Discussion

So much has been said of “1984” by George Orwell of late, that I thought it time to discuss the book. We will gather Thursday March 9th at 7:30. All are welcome!

Yes, we have copies!

“Greeting, Reading & Eating” with David Leite on Sunday April 23rd at 5:00pm

Byrd’s Books welcomes back author David Leite in celebration of his memoir, “Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression” on Sunday April 23rd at 5:00pm (6:00pm light fare served- prepared by David). For those of us who were fortunate enough to attend David’s author talk on his last book, “The New Portuguese Table” we got a preview of this new, wonderful book. Registration required.

Released by Harper Collins April 11th: 

The stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite s Culinaria a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity.

Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, “Banana” as his mother endearingly called him, obsessed over proper hair care, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French, thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of bipolar disorder. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in cooking, Julia Child, and a Viking stove he named “Thor.”

Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, yet tender memoir of growing up, accepting himself, and turning his love of food into an award-winning career. Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David looks back at the highs and lows of his life: from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to “turn straight” through Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown Manhattan, to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher, to his twenty-three-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David s readers as “The One,” which began with (what else?) food. Woven throughout these stories are the dishes David loves the tastes that led him to happiness, health, and success.

A blend of Kay Redfield Jamison s An Unquiet Mind, the food memoirsof Ruth Reichl, Anthony Bourdain, and Gabrielle Hamilton, and the character-rich storytelling of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and Jenny Lawson, Notes on a Banana is a feast that dazzles, delights, and, ultimately, heals.

About the author:

The winner of multiple James Beard awards, Leite grew up in a blue-collar Portuguese home in Fall River, MA, longing for middle-class stability and struggling with bipolar disorder, which was not diagnosed until his mid-thirties. Meanwhile, he threw himself into cooking.

Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

Details to follow.

“The Conversation Project” at Byrd’s Books on January 12th at 7pm

tcp-logo-2On Tuesday May 16th at 7:00pm we will host a workshop on The Conversation Project with Beryl Knudsen, who is a facilitator of a bereavement support group at Danbury Hospital. The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their end-of-life care.

Following our Book Group discussion of Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal”, we realized that we wanted to learn more about this important subject. Being Mortal

Free and open to all, please use this LINK (coming soon) to save a spot. Free Conversation Project Starter Kits will be provided to all who register in advance.

To learn more about the Conversation Project, click HERE.

About Beryl:

BERYL KNUDSEN, BA, BSN, M.DIV

Beryl is currently a member of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Bethel.  Having graduated from both Barnard College with a BA Degree and Cornell University – New York Hospital School of Nursing with a BSN, Beryl started her work in healthcare as a registered nurse. She received a master of divinity from St. Vladimir’s Seminary and trained in chaplaincy at St. John’s Riverside in Yonkers and is now a chaplain at Danbury Hospital.  Beryl is also facilitator of a bereavement support group at Danbury Hospital.

Gail Carson Levine, the author of “Ella Enchanted”, has a new book!

Byrd’s Books celebrates the release of Gail Carson Levine’s latest book, “The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre” with the author on Saturday May 13th at 1:00pm.

About the book:

In this compelling and thought-provoking fantasy set in the world of The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Newbery Honor-winning author Gail Carson Levine introduces a spirited heroine who must overcome deeply rooted prejudice—including her own—to heal her broken country.

Peregrine strives to live up to the ideal of her people, the Latki—and to impress her parents: affectionate Lord Tove, who despises only the Bamarre, and stern Lady Klausine. Perry runs the fastest, speaks her mind, and doesn’t give much thought to the castle’s Bamarre servants, whom she knows to be weak and cowardly.

But just as she’s about to join her father on the front lines, she is visited by the fairy Halina, who reveals that Perry isn’t Latki-born. She is Bamarre. The fairy issues a daunting challenge: against the Lakti power, Perry must free her people from tyranny.

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.

Writing Workshops With Judith Marks-White

typewriterThe classes will function as workshops where you will be introduced to style, technique, tricks of the trade, and critiques of your work as you create a publishable piece of writing targeted to the current markets.

We work from provided prompts and write for 20 minutes, share each other’s work then comment to help improve the writer’s material. Although many of our attendees ahem been published, this workshop serves beginner and advanced writer, alike.

The dates and times: You may register for one, or all of them (see registration button below). The fee for each workshop is $20.00, which is passed directly to the instructor.

The dates in this series of  workshops: 

Sunday January 8th at 3:00pm

Sunday January 22nd at 3:00pm

Sunday February 12th at 3:00pm

Sunday February 26th at 3:00pm

Sunday March 12th at 3:00pm

Sunday March 26th at 3:00pm

Sunday April 9th at 3:00pm

Sunday April 30th at 3:00pm

About the author and workshop facilitator:

Award-winning Westport News columnist and novelist, Ms. Marks-White has been involved in the design and instruction of creative writing programs in Connecticut, and has taught writing for many years. She was an adjunct Professor of English/Writing at Norwalk Community College for many years where she won Teacher of the Year Award for 2005 “for imparting wisdom with contagious enthusiasm” and where she continues to teach a course in the Art and Marketing of Humor Writing. 

Ms. Marks-White turned her attention to novel writing.  “Seducing Harry” was her debut novel.  Her second novel, is “Bachelor Degree”. Both are published by Random House/Ballantine.  She is presently working on her third novel. Ms. Marks-White lives in Connecticut.

To register for the workshops click HERE.

 

Story Time for Little ones Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Story TimeByrd’s Books host a Story Time for little ones at 10 on Wednesday mornings. No registration is required. For weather or holiday cancelations, please check the website and/or our Facebook page.

Facebook Friday Specials

We never know what special we’re going to cook up! The only way to find out – is to “LIKE” us on Facebook!

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