Independent Bookstore Day

IBD Logo Vertical SMByrd’s Books will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with over 400 other bookstores across the country on Saturday May 2nd- all day!

GVWe will have very special one-of-a kind merchandise (see below) created for that day for sale and we will celebrate the release of Seraphemera Book’s latest literary journal, Garbanzo V beginning at 1:00p.m. More fun to be added the closer we get!

Some of the special items for sale on Independent Bookstore Day are:

Days Like This: Good writers on bad luck, bum deals and other torments

Dayslikethis01A collection of personal essays (and a few short stories) by many of our favorite writers who were given the prompt, “My ________ From Hell” and set loose. The results—which cover everything from online dating to the death of a childhood classmate—are often laugh-out-loud, frequently heart-rending and sometimes downright jaw-dropping. With cover art by Rich Black.

Retail Price: $16.00
Author: Anne Lamott, James Patterson, Yiyun Li, Willy Vlautin, Mary Roach, Chris Collins, Brian Doyle, Novella Carpenter, Bonnie Tsui, Caroline Paul, Kathryn Ma, Chloe Caldwell, Katie Crouch, Lavinia Spalding, Janice Cooke-Newman, Megan Daum, Peter Hoffmeister, Rachel Levin, Scott McClanahan, Wendy Spe- ro, Joyce Maynard, Michelle Richmond, Jonathan Evison, and more!

Funny Ha Ha jokes & riddles from our best-loved illustrators

FunnyHaHa_cvrcompsNEWrevA full-color page-turner for the 6-11 crowd. Like last year’s I Smell Carrots: A Joke Book for Kids, this year’s version is made up of original art from some our best-loved and most recognizable children’s illustrators. The jokes are a mix of old groaners, originals and a few shaggy dogs. Designed by Christy Hale.

Retail Price: $15.00
Author: Tom Angleberger, David LaRochelle, William Joyce, Katherine Tillotson, Kate DiCamillo, Frans Vischer, Betsy Lewin, Bob Barner, Constance Lombardo, Harry Bliss, Lane Smith, Randy Cecil, Rob Harrell, Aaron Meshon, Ashley Despain, Marla Frazee, Susan Gal, Ed Young, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Raul Gonzalez, Amy Ignatow, David Shannon, Jane Wattenberg, Rosemary Wells, and more.

The “Bad citizen” stencil Margaret Atwood

IBD+CBD+Atwood+Text+Catalogue+Stencil+(light+wood)We’re starting a tradition. Last year’s Bad Citizen stencil quoted Don DeLillo and garnered lots of media attention and collector enthusiasm. Suitable for use as a stencil or as a stand-alone art piece, this year’s stencil quotes Margaret Atwood’s poem “Spelling”: A word after a word after a word is power

Retail Price: $35.00
Author: Margaret Atwood
Dimensions: 12” x 16” on 1⁄8” thick craft wood with detailed laser cutting

Huckleberry Finn’s Mississippi River Journey A Literary Map from Plotted

Huck FinnA lush, hand-drawn road map depicting Huck’s river journey. The map, which will appear in Plotted: A Literary Atlas, has been extended and expanded upon for IBD.

Retail Price: $7.95
Author: Andrew DeGraff
Dimensions: 8.5” x 24” (unfolded); 8.5” x 4” (packaged fold)


guess how much i love to read “bunsie”

GHMILY+bunsie+2-1Made of 100% soft European quality cotton. This onesie has snaps at the bottom making it easy to change and dress little ones. Each onesie comes with a special- ly designed hang-tag reading “Made exclusively in support of indie bookstores for Independent Bookstore Day 2015” with IBD logo. Start ‘em early!
Retail Price: $18.99
Dimensions: One size—9 months

A Literary map of the seas

Final+Map+of+the+Seas_6Following on the heels of the successful Literary Map of California created by 3Fish Studios in San Francisco for CBD 2014, comes the Literary Map of the Seas, a hand drawn fine art print of 24 great books set in the ocean. Includes classics from The Odyssey and Moby Dick to modern favorites like The Life of Pi, Plover, Pippi in the South Seas, and Swamplandia!. A full-color, gallery quality giclee print suitable for framing.

Retail Price: $40.00
Author: 3Fish Studios Dimensions: 14” x 18” giclee print

Hyperbole & a half broadside

HyperboleBring a little Allie Brosh home with this signed four-color print from her remark- able debut, Hyperbole and a Half. A perfect collectible for Allie Brosh’s legions of fans, this high quality print is suitable for framing. Limited print run of 1500.

Retail Price: $15 per print
Author: Allie Brosh
Dimensions: 14” x 9” horizontal with plastic sleeve

“American books everyone should read” A Consensus cloud from top lists & prizes by David McCandless

McCandlessA limited-edition, signed infographic print of popular books and authors from David McCandless, author of Knowledge is Beautiful and The Visual Miscellaneum. Each subject is color-coded and each title is written in the font of the original book jacket.

Retail Price: $20.00 Author: David McCandless Dimensions: 13” x 18”

IBD toteIndependent Bookstore Day tote bag!

A collector’s item if there ever was one…:-)











Gail Carson Levine brings her new book to Byrd’s Books!

Stolen MagicNewbery Award winning author Gail Carson Levine comes to Byrd’s Books with her new book, “Stolen Magic” on Saturday May 9th at 11:00 a.m.

About the book:

The Newbery Honor author of Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine, weaves a thrilling tale of mystery in this companion toA Tale of Two Castles.

Elodie, the dragon detective Meenore, and the kindly ogre Count Jonty Um are all on their way to Elodie’s home island of Lahnt. Elodie has barely set foot on land before she learns that the Replica, a statue that keeps her island’s deadly volcano from erupting, has been stolen! If the Replica isn’t found in three days, a mountain will be destroyed. And when Elodie ends up alone with a cast of characters each of whom may be guilty, she has to use her wits to try to unravel a tangled web of lies.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carson Levine has written an imaginative, fast-paced mystery that will be enjoyed by fans ofA Tale of Two Castles as well as those meeting Elodie, Meenore, and Count Jonty Um for the first time.

To register or pre-order “Stolen Magic” lease click here.

Gregg Mangan brings On This Day in Connecticut History to Byrd’s Books!

On this Day CT histGregg Mangan will give an author talk and sign copies of his new book, “On This Day in Connecticut History” on Saturday May 9th at 4:00p.m.

About the book:

Connecticut’s character runs much deeper than breathtaking fall foliage and quaint coastal towns. One day at a time, author Gregg Mangan chronicles fascinating episodes in state history, from the earliest European settlements to the modern era. After a lengthy debate, the state senate voted in favor of “Yankee Doodle” as the official state song on March 16, 1978. Bridgeport’s General Electric Company completed work on the bazooka on June 14, 1942. On the morning of December 4, 1891, the only four-train collision in American history occurred at the railroad station in East Thompson. Each date on the calendar holds a nugget of knowledge in this celebration of Constitution State history.

To register for this event and pre-order the book, please click here.

Writing Workshops With Judith Marks-White

Writing Workshop graphicJudith Marks-White has been conducting a great series of writing workshops at the store, so here we have scheduled several more! 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.

Once again, join Judith Marks-White at Byrd’s Books and learn how to release your “inner writer” by creating marketable essays by the person who knows you best: yourself.

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:

Wednesday April 15th, 7:00p.m. (NOTE: our only weeknight)
These are all on a Sunday at 3:00p.m.
Sunday May 3rd
Sunday May 17th
Sunday June 7th
Sunday June 28th
Sunday July 12th

About the author:

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. You can come to one- or all of them!!


An Evening With Liz

Liz at WBNWe will joyfully celebrate the favorite books our dear friend Liz Teed on Tuesday May 12th from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the bookstore. Byrd’s Books joins with Liz’s family and friends to read from some of her favorite books & poems. Books were a very meaningful part of Liz’s life and it is a fitting way to remember her through her love of literature. Please join us- light refreshments served.

Some of those reading are:

Shannon Passaro Trew Davies: The Snatchabook  
Elaine Lawlor O’Keefe: Each Kindness 
Mary Fox: Mr. Peabody’s Apples  
Theresa Schrader: Odd Velvet 
Robin Gerety:  Beautiful, Beautiful Hair 
Giving TreeBetty Gore: The Giving Tree 
Sheridan Jones:  Poems
Meg Jones: One Smile 
Judy Mangan:  Mercedes and the Choclate Pilot  
Mary Lynne Bement: The Kissing Hand 
Graham Teed:  Poetry   
Maureen Ardvison:  Either reading or storytelling…..
The readers and readings are all subject to change….. 

Note: Please park in the back parking lot. Feel free to come in for a little bit, or stay for awhile. All are welcome.


Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth

Big Top BurningPlease join us Friday June 5th at 7:00p.m. for an exciting evening of history, pictures and discussion with Laura Woollett for the Book Launch of “Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth” all about the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire. The book is written for ages 10+, but the talk and slide show is geared to ALL ages, including adults.
About the book:
Big Top Burning investigates the 1944 Hartford circus fire and invites readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence

The fire broke out at 2:40 p.m. Thousands of men, women, and children were crowded under Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s big top watching the Flying Wallendas begin their death-defying high-wire act. Suddenly someone screamed “Fire!” and the panic began. By 2:50 the tent had burned to the ground. Not everyone had made it out alive.

With primary source documents and survivor interviews, Big Top Burning recounts the true story of the 1944 Hartford circus fire—one of the worst fire disasters in U.S. history. Its remarkable characters include: Robert Segee, the 15-year-old circus roustabout and known pyromaniac; and the Cook children, Donald, Eleanor, and Edward, who were in the audience when the circus tent caught fire. Guiding readers through the investigations of the mysteries that make this moment in history so fascinating, this book asks: Was the unidentified body of a little girl nicknamed “Little Miss 1565” Eleanor Cook? Was the fire itself an act of arson—and did Robert Segee set it? Big Top Burning combines a gripping disaster story, an ongoing detective and forensics saga, and World War II–era American history, inviting middle-grades readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence and draw their own conclusions.

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

Byrd’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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