Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday April 28th

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, refreshments, kids events, 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.

On Saturday April 28th, all day, we will have special merchandise and store specials throughout the day in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. The is a Connecticut-wide bookstore passport for $500 worth of prizes (see below).




Also, will be giving away 25 digital downloads to folks who visit us during the day- wow!! Learn more HERE

ALSO, as part of the celebration of the day, Sharon Struth will do a book signing of her latest book, Willow’s Way from 1:00-2:00pm.

About the book:

Willow Armstrong, the once-famous “Queen of Weight Loss” and president of Pound Busters, succumbed to stress eating after her divorce. Now the scandal of getting caught on camera binging on pizza, and the internet-wide mocking of her new curves, may destroy her career. Add in a business advisor who drained her finances, and Willow is out of options-until she learns she’s inherited a house in England’s most picturesque locale, The Cotswolds….

About the author: 

Bestselling author Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail. She writes from Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived along with her husband and dogs. To pre-order the book, click HERE.

In addition, Harmony Verna will be here at 3:00pm to discuss and sign her book, Beneath the Apple Leaves.

About the book:

After a tragic accident leaves a young railroad apprentice severely injured, he leaves Pittsburgh with his aunt and uncle to start life anew on a rural Pennsylvania farm.

About the author: 

Throughout her twenty‑year career in communications, Harmony Verna has worked with all media facets: radio, television, magazines, newspapers, public relations, advertising and marketing. As a freelance writer, she has written scripts for the Food Network and articles for Modern Bride Magazine, Connecticut Woman Magazine and more. Daughter of Australia was a final round selection for the James Jones First Novel Contest. Verna lives in Newtown, Connecticut, with her husband and their three young boys. To save a spot for this author talk, click HERE.


In addition, Connecticut Bookstores have a scavenger hunt that could get you a total of $500 in gift certificates to Connecticut’s bookstores! Visit 15 of the 20 store in two days to get qualified!!

Click HERE for the passport and have two days of fun!

Byrd’s Books Summer Bookmark Contest- May 1st-31st

Design a bookmark inspired by your favorite book! You could win a Gift Certificate for $25.00 and 25 of your bookmarks in print for you to give to friends and WE will pass out the five winning designs all summer! The contest runs the month of May and will be judged by BethelArts.

ONE winning bookmark will be produced from EACH of the following 5 categories:

Pre-K – 3rd Grades, 4th – 5th Grades6th -8th Grades, 9th -12th Grades and an Adult category!

Note- the size of the space for the bookmark is actually 2 inches wide by 6 inches high.

Click HERE for form.

Artwork and completed entry forms must be returned to Byrd’s Books by Thursday May 31st at end of day.





The Spring Poetry Series at Byrd’s Books

Byrd’s Books welcomes some impressive talent to read their poetry on two dates this early spring: April 14th at 3:00pm and May 18th at 7:00pm. Originally scheduled in December (snowed out) we found we needed the inspiration that only poetry can bring.


Here is the spring schedule: (subject to change)

April 14th at 3:00pm:
      Donna Marie Merritt
      Gail Carson Levine
      Jen Sage-Robison
      Marilyn Nelson
      Doug Anderson
      Phillip Lu
To register for April 14th, click here.
May 18th at 7:00pm:   
      Amy Nawrocki
      Cortney Davis
      Emily Carney
      Jerry Brooker
To register for May 18th,  click here.

These events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

A Death of No Importance: A Mystery…on Sunday May 20th at 11:00am

Join us at Byrd’s Books on Saturday May 20th at 11:00am for a special author event with Mariah Fredericks as we discuss her latest book, “A Death of No Importance: A Mystery”. (Note time change due to the Memorial Day parade at 2)

About the book:

A highly skilled ladies’ maid working among the upper echelons of 1910 New York society uses her insider knowledge of her entitled employer’s family to investigate the class-driven case of her mistress’ brutally murdered playboy fiancé.

About the author: 

Mariah Fredericks was born and raised in New York City, where she still lives with her family. She is the author of several YA novels. A Death of No Importance is her first adult novel.

Book Group with Amy Nawrocki

Join us for a very special book group on Sunday June 3rd at 3:00pm with author Amy Nawrocki as we discuss her new book, “A Comet’s Tail: A Memoir of No Memory“.

About the book:

I do not remember the tubes, the tests, or the icy cold of space. I do not remember losing six months of my life.

At age nineteen, Amy Nawrocki returned from her first year of college, scribbled a few notes in her journal, and took a terrifying summer trip. She remembers one night of disorientation, then nothing until Christmas, when awareness slowly restarts. The Comet’s Tail is the story of these missing months: the seizures and fever spikes, the deep nothing of coma, and the unexpected, dramatic recovery. Memory is recreated around EEG transcripts and doctors’ notes, family vigils and blurry Polaroids. From her unique perspective, Nawrocki investigates the connections between memory, trauma, and identity. She illuminates what it means to truly return to consciousness in this extraordinary memoir of illness, healing, and writing over the blank pages of our lives.

About the author: 

Amy Nawrocki is a Connecticut native, raised in Newtown and now living in Hamden. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas. She has received numerous honors for her poetry, including awards from the Litchfield Review Poetry Contest, the Codhill Chapbook Competition, The Loft Anthology, Phi Kappa Phi, New Millennium Writings, and the Connecticut Poetry Society. She is the author of five poetry collections: Potato Eaters, Nomad’s End, Lune de Miel, Four Blue Eggs and Reconnaissance. With her husband, Eric D. Lehman, she wrote A History of Connecticut Wine, A History of Connecticut Food and Literary Connecticut. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport and is mother to two cats, Maple and Django.

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:

February 22nd: Joe Annino,

Friday April 13: Hannah Monroe

Friday June 1: Linda Hansen-Redamonti

Friday July 13: Chris Durante

Friday August 17th :TBA

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

Friday November 9th: Holiday show TBA

Educator Night at Byrd’s Books!

Dear Educators,

We would like to thank you for all that you do with a night just for educators! You are invited to join us Friday June 8th from 5:30pm-8:00pm for a festive evening of a Wine & Cheese reception, discussions with authors, publisher promotions and gifts with a 30% OFF SALE any book in the store.

Registration required, click HERE. We reserve the right to limit attendance due to space.

The sale does not include author event books, special orders or already deep discounted books. 

Please bring school ID if this is your first time visiting Byrd’s Books!

Writing Workshops

Whether you are a seasoned writer, or would like to start fresh from the beginning, we have found that our Writing Workshop can fill your needs. In a very casual, informal setting, we write from prompts and compare notes, with helpful hints to improve your writing in the process.

For two hours on assorted Sundays we gather to write. Unlike highly structured, expensive classes, this workshop can snap you out of a writing block, help with some new ideas for your own writing, allow you to express something you have always wanted to say, or to just dip a toe in the vast pool of writing to see if you get the itch to continue.

Each class is $30.00 per person. Five classes are $125.00. Registration requested.

Please call the store if you have questions (203) 730-2973






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.