Byrd’s and Buzzed at PourMe!

Byrd’s Books brings author Erik Ofgang to PourMe in downtown Danbury on Thursday October 26th at 7:00pm. With his book, Buzzed: Beers, Booze and Coffee Brews: Where to Enjoy the Best Craft Beverages in New England. Erik takes us on a journey throughout New England’s favorite beverage haunts. Join us for an evening of great dining, beverage samples and a book talk. Your $40.00 fee covers a copy of the book, lite fare from PourMe, tax and tip. Cash bar.

There will be limited space, so be sure to register early! HERE

 

PourMe is located at 274 Main Street in downtown Danbury.

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Celebrate Morningstar: Growing Up With Books with Ann Hood

Join us Sunday afternoon October 29th at 3:00p.m. for a very special author talk with Ann Hood, author of Morningstar: Growing Up With Books. To register and save a spot, click HERE.

About the book:

In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book That Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these beloved novels.

Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn’t foster a love of literature, Hood discovered nonetheless the transformative power of books. She learned to channel her imagination, ambitions, and curiosity by devouring ever-growing stacks. In Morningstar, Hood recollects how The Bell Jar, Marjorie Morningstar, The Harrad Experiment, and The Outsiders influenced her teen psyche and introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. Later, Johnny Got His Gun and The Grapes of Wrath dramatically influenced her political thinking, while the Vietnam War and the Kent State shootings became headline news and classics such as Dr. Zhivago and Les Miserables stoked her ambitions to travel the world. With characteristic insight and charm, Hood showcases the ways in which books gave her life and can transform–even save–our own lives.

About the author: 

Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, The Obituary Writer, and Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Review Quotes:

Morningstar is a love letter to the very act of reading and the power of books to light the way. I can think of no better guide than Ann Hood, whose generosity of spirit, courage, humor, gumption, and grace are a powerful reminder that language and story have the capacity to heal, to instruct, and to change our lives. What a mighty little book, so full of heart. –Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion and Slow Motion

From Alice: I have read and loved this book dearly. Maybe I am just the right age to remember just how books defined certain periods of my life, but this book hit all the right makes for me. Read it, you will remember your own past and the books that resonated then.

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Byrd’s Books Celebrates our 6th birthday with The Fearless Baker!

Please join us for an afternoon of birthday fun on Sunday December 10th at 1:00pm. as we celebrate Byrd’s Books 6th birthday! Author Erin McDowell (Fearless Baker, Food52 food column) will join us to discuss her book, The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro.

If you choose to bake for the event from the book, you will receive a $20.00 gift certificate to Byrd’s Books when you bring your goodie to the event. The author will get the chance to sample your efforts, as will the rest of the group! Boxes will be available for taking home the fruits of your baking efforts. It’s the holidays!! Books will be available October 24th for sale in the store, and through the link below. Boxes can be purchased for a $10 fee, which will be directly donated to DAWS, our local no-kill shelter.

The event is free, but registration is strongly suggested. We reserve the right to limit attendance due to space. Save a spot and register HERE.

About the book:

When people see Erin McDowell frost a perfect layer cake, weave a lattice pie crust, or pull a rich loaf of brioche from the oven, they often act as though she’s performed culinary magic. “I’m not a baker,” they tell her. But in fact, expert baking is not at all unattainable, nor is it as inflexible as most people assume. The key to freedom is to understand the principles behind how ingredients interact and how classic methods work. Once these concepts are mastered, favorite recipes can be altered and personalized almost endlessly.

With the assurance born out of years of experience, McDowell shares insider tips and techniques that make desserts taste as good as they look. With recipes from flourless cocoa cookies and strawberry-filled popovers (easy), through apple cider pie and black-bottom creme brulee (medium), to a statuesque layer cake crowned with caramelized popcorn (difficult), and “Why It Works,” “Pro Tip,” and make-ahead sidebars with each recipe, this exciting, carefully curated collection will appeal to beginning and experienced bakers alike.

About the author: 

Erin Jeanne McDowell writes a biweekly baking column for Food52, where she is a Baking Consultant at Large. She is the recipe editor for PureWow and a food stylist for Sift. She has styled desserts for more than sixty cookbooks and dozens of magazine and newspaper articles, as well as for billboard and TV ads. She lives in North Bergen, New Jersey.

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Writing Workshops

Judith Marks-White will continue through the autumn of 2017 with her great writing workshops. They fill up quickly so register here early!

The 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 have been published, this workshop serves beginner and advanced writer, alike.

The dates for the fall series are:

Sunday September 24th, 4-6pm
Sunday October 15th 4-6pm
Sunday October 29th 10am-12pm (morning workshop)
Sunday November 12th 4-6pm
Sunday December 3rd 4-6pm
Sunday December 17th 10am-12pm (morning workshop)
Follow the Facebook post to stay tuned! That is where we might need to cancel due to weather.
 You may register for one, or all of them HERE– just call the store to save a spot (203) 730-2973. The fee for each workshop is $30.00.

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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.

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