Winterfest (11/24) and Small Business Saturday with Indies First (11/25)

Winterfest takes place in Bethel’s downtown throughout the day on Friday November 24th. To learn more about the schedule for the day check out here.

#ShopSmall in Bethel on Small Business Saturday-Saturday November 25th.

Here is a link to the page to tell you about all the special sales and events of the day!

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CIDER Monday

hot_apple_ciderAs an alternative to ordering online all day (Cyber Monday), come into the bookstore and spend some time with some real, live people! We will have hot cider and goodies all throughout the day- our first Monday open of the holiday season.
Sure, we will have specials- come in and see!!

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Byrd’s and Buzzed at PourMe!

Byrd’s Books brings author Erik Ofgang to PourMe in downtown Danbury on Friday December 1st 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

(This event is rescheduled from a previous date)

PourMe is located at 274 Main Street in downtown Danbury.

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Stress Reduction for the Holidaze

Join Irene Mardal on Wednesday December 6th at 7:00pm, original owner of Take Time Relaxation Center for an evening of simple techniques for reducing stress to help you enjoy the the holiday season.  $10.00 per person.

Irene – Licensed Massage Therapist since 1994, certified in:   Lymphatic drainage & comlete decongestive therapy, Post-secondary instructor , Tai Chi Easy, Infant Massage, and a Reiki Master.
Irene brings the science of anatomy and physiology to understand the importance of mindfulness in a fun, interactive workshop.  Her experience from massage through labor,
infants to Hospice care, Hospital to sports has created a unique look at life and our perception of stress.  Isn’t it time for you to Take Time?
T0 learn more and register, click here.

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Author and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro shares her new book with us at Byrd’s Books

We are honored to welcome Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro for an author talk and book discussion of her new book “The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle For the Vulnerable” on Friday December 8th at 7:00pm.
The outspoken Connecticut congresswoman’s impassioned defense of America’s safety net in the time of Trump.

Growing up in New Haven, Connecticut, DeLauro saw firsthand how vulnerable hard-working people are in the face of corporate indifference and government neglect. From fatal industrial fires to devastating childhood poverty, DeLauro witnessed it all–and emerged convinced that social programs are worth going to the mat for, again and again. Worker protections, Social Security, unemployment insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and housing assistance lift up all Americans; they fulfill this country’s promise of opportunity for everyone, and are essential for our country’s health.

For twenty-five years, DeLauro has been fighting for everyday Americans, earning a reputation as the most impassioned defender of our social safety net. The Least Among Us tells the story of a quarter century of deal-making on behalf of people too often overlooked, told by a woman as fearless as she is opinionated. Part House of Cards, part progressive manifesto, The Least Among Us shares lessons about power–how it’s gained and how to wield it for everyone’s benefit.

Registration strongly suggested due to space. Click HERE

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Nan Rossiter & Sharon Struth book signing!

Please join us Saturday December 9th for a double treat as Nan Rossiter and Sharon Struth sign their books from 10:00am – 2:00pm- just in time for holiday shopping!

Nan’s latest book, Summer Dance, came out this year. “A gripping story of three sisters, of love lost and found, and of a family’s journey from grief to triumph. A sure winner.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on More Than You Know

To save a spot, or pre-order a book, click HERE

Read more about Nan here.

Sharon’s latest book, The Sweet Life, came out this year. “Struth has a gift for layering stories within stories while keeping them all connected.” —Library Journal

Read more about Sharon here.

 

 

 

 

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An Afternoon of Poetry

In celebration of poetry and poets, please join us for a very special afternoon of poetry readings on Saturday December 9th at 4:00pm.

Some of the poets attending, so far, are: David K. Leff, Phillip Lu, Lisa Schwartz, Sydney Eddison, and more to come!

Light refreshments will be served.

To save a spot, click HERE.

 

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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Story Time with Santa

On Saturday December 16th at 11:00am we will host Story Time with Santa. Our friend Santa (Newtown’s Joe Hemingway) will read stories from 11:00-11:30, then he will be glad to have our younger friends get a photo with him.

Celebrate Morningstar: Growing Up With Books with Ann Hood

Join us Sunday afternoon December 17th at 3:00p.m. for a very special author talk with Ann Hood, author of Morningstar: Growing Up With Books. (rescheduled from October 29th)

This event will fill up quickly, and we reserve the right to limit attendance due to space. To register, 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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