Come listen to the poetry of Phillip Lu on Saturday July 11th at 4:00p.m.

COVERPlease join us for a special chance to hear and discuss the poetry of Phillip Lu on Saturday July 11th at 4:00p.m.. This fifth book of poetry from Phillip Lu, An Alternate Anticipation, is written in both English and Chinese. Lovely and lyrical, this poetry reading is an afternoon not to be missed.

About the author:

Born in China in a peasant family, left home at the age of 12 to find work, then joined Artillery Youth Training Regiment. During the civil war, he drifted in southeast China from places to places with the regiment and eventually settled in Taiwan.

He came to America more than 50 years ago to pursue graduate studies and received his MA degree from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT., and Ph.D. in astronomy from Columbia University in New York City. He did the pre- or post-graduate researches at Yale and Wesleyan Universities, then taught and conducted research in astronomy at Western Connecticut State University nearly 30 years. During his tenure as Chairman and Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, he received numerous grants and awards from the National Science Foundation and other agencies. He has published nearly 100 research papers in Astronomical and Astrophysical Journals, compiled a two volumes of Yale Zone Star Catalogs, edited conference proceedings, “The Gravitational Force Perpendicular to the Galactic Plane” with D. Philip “the New Age of Exploration: Next 500 Years”.

PhillipLuHe and Hong-Yee Chiu have jointly translated the late Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” (Taiwan Yuanliou Books), received the late President of Acdimia Sinica, Dr. Da-Yu Wu’s Science Writer Prize, 2006 and the naming of the Minor Planet 175450 Phillipklu (2006QN58) on Oct. 09, 2014 by the IAU (International Astronomical Union) Small-Body Data Center.

After his retirement from teaching, he rejoined the Astronomy Department, Yale University to continue his research for few more years. He then began his passion of listening to classical music, writing poetry and reading classical essays, biographies, and joining a Creative Writing group to enrich his writing skills.

To save a spot at this very special event, click here.

Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey comes back to Byrd’s Books for honey tasting on Wednesday July 15th at 7:00 p.m.

IMG_0382Byrd’s Books welcomes Marina Marchese back to the store for a honey tasting on Wednesday July 15th at 7:00p.m. If you have not been here for this special event, you are in for a treat!

A leading authority in the world of honey tasting, Marina Marchese has dedicated her life to honeybees and to educating chefs, foodies and beekeepers across the country about the culinary delights of single-origin honey. Marina has shared her inspirational journey as a beekeeper in her international best selling book “HONEYBEE Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper” and now the groundbreaking concept of terroir and tasting and pairing honey in her recent book “The Honey Connoisseur”.

To save a spot, register here.




Celebrate Bethel’s 160th birthday with Town Historian Patrick Wild on July 17th at 7:00p.m.

Historic BethelWhat better way to celebrate Bethel’s 160th birthday on July 17th than with Bethel’s Town Historian Patrick Wild?! Please join us for a slide show and talk at 7:00p.m. on Bethel’s history on the 160th birthday of the Town of Bethel.

Copies of Patrick’s books, “Historic Tales of Bethel” and “Bethel Connecticut” will both be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served.

July is Where’s Waldo month in Bethel!

fwl_2014Where’s Waldo? In Bethel of course.  The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more.

In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and independent bookstores all across the country, including Byrd’s Books here in Bethel, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.

DSCF5116There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July, ending with a party on July 31st for those who qualify with 20-25 businesses visited on their passport. The “Passport” is published below- and copies will be available in all 25 locations. Good luck Waldo hunters!

For more information about hunting for Waldo in Bethel call Byrd’s Books at 203-730-2973.

The businesses participating are:

BYRD’S BOOKS- Host Store
A New Beginning
Alice’s Flower Shop
Bethel IT Services
Bethel Music Center
Capri Pizza
Carlson Therapy of Bethel
Comic Underground
Daily Fare
English Apothecary
Escape Salon & Spa
First Selectman M Knickerbocker
Famous Pizza
Gift Cottage
Kids Kuts & the Lil Toy Store
Molten Java
New Balance of Bethel
Quality Gem
Rita’s Italian Ice
Silver Touch
Square Creamery
Stony Hill Hardware
The Toy Room
UK Gourmet
Varano Bakery

The “Passport”:FWL 2015 Passport Two-Sided








Writing Workshops With Judith Marks-White

writing workshop graphic2Judith 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: 

Sunday June 28th, 3pm
Tuesday July 14th, 7pm
Tuesday July 28, 7pm
Sunday Aug.9th, 3pm
Sunday August 13th, 3pm
Sunday Sept. 27, 3pm

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!!


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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