Jerry Brooker returns to Byrd’s Books Friday December 19th at 7:00p.m.

Waiting For The Red CowByrd’s Books welcomes back Gerard (Jerry) Brooker for a book discussion and signing of his latest book, “Waiting For the Red Cow”.

About the book:

“Waiting for the Red Cow” is the last in the trilogy about Tyszka and Sarah. We watched them survive Auschwitz and fall in love in “The Illustrator”, move to Palestine to help found Israel in “Oh, Israel, My Heart Yearns for Thee”. And now, in “Waiting for the Red Cow”, we follow them on the most perilous of all their journeys, from the statehood of Israel through the many Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.

It is only when the myth of the Red Cow’s arrival in Jerusalem comes true that the wars, tensions, and struggles of untold years end. It is a story of the intriguing power of the imagination that empowers the coming of a red cow.

About the author in Jerry’s words: Gerard Brooker, author photo

“I spent core part of my teaching experience as chairman of the English Department at Staples H.S. in Westport, CT. for 25 years. I published over 350 articles and poems, mostly about social issues. Books of poems: “A Quiet Conversation” (Wing and a Prayer Press, 2002); “Even Whispers Can Be Heard” (Goose River Press, 2004). Novels: “A Gathering of Doves” (Tate Publishing, 2006), “The Illustrator” (Tate Publishing, 2008), “The Jesus Ultimatum” (2009), “Dew Drops in Tree Tops: a Book of Haiku,” (2009), and another novel, “Oh Israel, My Heart Yearns for Thee” (2010), “There’s a Fortune Cookie in My Turtle Soup” (2012) and “short Stories and Essays: The Musings of a Man Held Captive by His Imagination” (2013).

To read more about Jerry’s amazing life click here. Jerry lives with his wife in Bethel.

 

 

Writing Workshops With Judith Marks-White

Judith Marks-White has been conducting a great series of writing workshops at the store, so here we have scheduled another round! 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.

Sunday January 11th, 3:00p.m.
Tuesday January 20th, 7:00p.m.

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!!

 

How to work with WordPress basics workshop Tuesday January 13th 7-8:30p.m.

WordPress 3Byrd’s Books will host a beginner’s workshop on how to work with WordPress basics. Terry Laslo of Wingcat Web Design will teach:

*Setting up your site
*Pages -vs- posts
*Styling text
*Image sizes
*Making links
*Updates – and why to do them, touching on security, and end with a brief Q&A.
Please call the store to sign up- space is limited to 20 attendees. (203) 730-2973.
There is a $20.00 per person fee to attend. No need to bring your laptop- this is just a basic show & tell presentation.

Melanie Barnum returns with her latest book, “Psychic Abilities for Beginners: Awaken Your Intuitive Senses” on January 22nd at 6:30p.m.

Psychic AbilitiesWe are thrilled to have Melanie Barnum return with her latest book, “Psychic Abilities for Beginners: Awaken Your Intuitive Senses” on Thursday January 22nd at 6:30.

About the book:

There’s more to this lifetime than the naked eye can see, and “Psychic Abilities for Beginners” is the perfect guide to this unseen knowledge. When you develop your psychic skills, you will increase your confidence, stimulate your potential, and expose the magnificence that is already inside you. With true stories of actual psychic events and tips and techniques for starting your intuitive journey, author Melanie Barnum will help you: Discover your psychic senses with hands-on exercises Identify your unique psychic strengths Use your intuitive abilities to manifest abundance Enhance your relationships, career, and financial situation Overcome challenges and create a life you’ll love.

About the author:

MelanieBarnumMelanie Barnum (Bethel, CT) is a psychic medium, intuitive counselor, life coach, and hypnotist who has been practicing professionally for more than fifteen years. She was a VIP Reader at Psych Out, a gathering of the nation’s foremost psychics, organized by Court TV. Barnum is also an Angelspeake Facilitator, a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT).

“Art Young’s Types of the Old Home Town” book launch Saturday January 24th at 2:00p.m.

Art Young COVERJoin us as we’ll celebrate the first ever publication of the lost and last manuscript of the “Dean of American Cartoonists” (a 40 year resident of Bethel Conn.), Art Young!

“Types of the Old Home Town” is a fond memory of small-town America, through illustrations and writings about characters or “types” such as The Lamp Lighter, The Village Grouch, Our Oldest Inhabitant, The Village Belle, The Retired Farmer, and more. Many of these images first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in the 1920s. If you are a fan of local history, storytelling, or Americana, this book and event is for you.

Local storyteller Marc Moorash (who made the film about the Stony Hill Inn – And the Swans Still Swim) will give a presentation with unreleased images, tales about some of the characters in the book, a little history on Art Young’s years in Bethel, and stories into how the manuscript was discovered and brought to print.

“Types of the Old Home Town” is published by the Bethel Historical Society in conjunction with the Art Young Gallery and Seraphemera Books. The book is an artistic piece to properly give homage to Art Young’s legacy – there is a numbered and limited first edition of 333 books. They are all handmade and hand-stitched, hard-covered and dust-jacketed books. Further, three random books in the run will have authentic Art Young autographs inserted into them as an added collector’s treasure!

The book will be available at Byrd’s Books starting on January 14th, 2015 – Art Young’s 149th birthday. The book can be pre-ordered here, or by calling the store (203) 730-2973.

Byrd’s Books welcomes Gail Carson Levine to the store on Saturday February 7th at 11:00 a.m. for a Writer’s Workshop- for kids!

Writer to Writer hcByrd’s Books is thrilled to host a Writer’s Workshop with Newbery-Honor winning author Gail Carson Levine- for KIDS!!!

We celebrate the release (Dec.23, 2014) of Gail Carson Levine’s second book on writing, Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, which presents a companion to Writing Magic that draws on advice from her popular blog to counsel aspiring writers about the creative aspects of a writing career. Gail Carson Levine

There is no fee to attend the workshop, but reservations are required. You may call the store to hold a place, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees due to space. The target age group is 8-12 year-olds.

About the author: 

Gail Carson Levine was born in New York City and shares a birthday with William Carlos Williams. Her first book for children, “Ella Enchanted”, won a Newbery Honor and was made into a feature-length film starring Anne Hathaway. Her other books include “A Tale of Two Castles”; the “New York Times” bestsellers “Ever” and “Fairest”; “Dave at Night”, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; “The Wish”; “The Two Princesses of Bamarre”; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book “Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly” and the picture books “Betsy Who Cried Wolf! “and “Betsy Red Hoodie”. Gail and her husband, David, live in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

Byrd’s Books welcomes Garth Stein on Saturday March 21st at Western Connecticut State University’s Ruth Haas Library

A Sudden Light_2nd_High Res (1)On Saturday March 21st at 6:30p.m., Byrd’s Books is proud to host New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein in the Ruth Haas Library at Western Connecticut State University with a reading & presentation on his new novel, A Sudden Light, flowed by a short question and answer period and book signing.

About the book:

A family confronts long-buried secrets as it struggles for forgiveness and redemption in this breathtaking story set against the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But as Trevor explores the house’s secret stairways and hidden rooms, he discovers a spirit lingering in Riddell House whose agenda is at odds with the family plan. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.

A Sudden Light is a spellbinding, atmospheric work rich with unconventional characters, scenes of transcendent natural beauty, and unforgettable moments of emotional truth that reflect Garth’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation.

About the author: garth_stein_1111_1

Garth Stein’s newest novel is A Sudden Light, published by Simon and Schuster in September, 2014.  He is the author of three previous novels:  Raven Stole the MoonHow Evan Broke His Head and Other Secretsand The Art of Racing in the Rain.  The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold more than 4 million copies in 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list.  It has inspired a Young Reader edition as well as a children’s picture book adaptation (2014), a stage adaptation by Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, and is currently in development with Universal Studios for a major motion picture.

Admission to this event is by reservation only. Please call the store for information and/or to make a reservation. You may also make a reservation by clicking here.

Admission is the price of the book: one book and one ticket or one book and two tickets.

To register click here.

NOTE: Only books sold at Byrd’s Books will be permitted at this event.

To watch the trailer of the book, click here.

 

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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