Writing Workshops With Judith Marks-White

Judith Marks-White returns to teach a series of workshops, “Tickling Your Funny Bone: The Art and Marketing of the Humorous and Reflective Essay”  Cover Seducing HarryJudith M-W

 “Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.” – Thomas Berger
 Learn to “put it there” in your own inimitable style. Discover your unique voice and talent as you create essays that will bring to life both the funny and serious person that you are.
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.

Saturday September 13th, 4:00p.m.
Tuesday September 30th, 7:00p.m.
Tuesday October 7th, 7:00p.m.
Saturday October 11th, 4:00p.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!!

 

Banned Books Week is September 21 – 27th

BBW14_300x250Byrd’s Books celebrates Banned Books Week by offering any banned book in the store at 25% off.

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2014 celebration will be held September 21-27.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Byrd’s Books takes authors on the road!

Byrd’s Books will host an author signing table at the 1st Congregational Church Fair in Danbury (164 Deer Hill Ave.) on Saturday September 27th from 10-4. Please come and meet our wonderful Connecticut authors, who would love to sign and discuss their wonderful books with you.

The schedule, so far includes:

10:00 a.m.: Susan L.Schulman, “Backstage Pass to Broadway”, Gary Kriss, “Zodiac Deception”, & Phillip Lu, “Fragments of Memory: A Bilingual Poetry Collection In English and Chinese”.

11:00 a.am: Sharon Struth, “The Hourglass” and “Share the Moon” & Ellen Lindell, “Decoding Your Dog”

12:00 p.m.: David K. Leff, “Finding the Last Hungry Heart”, Karen Romano Young, “Doodlebug” & “Stuck In the Middle”, Jennifer Thermes, “There Are No Moose on This Island” & “Helen Keller’s Best Friend Belle”.

1:00p.m.: David Leff, Amy Nawrocki, “Four Blue Eggs”, Eric Lehman, “Afoot in Connecticut: Journeys in Natural History” & ”Literary Connecticut”(both Amy and Eric)”

2:00p.m.: Janet Ettele, “How Patience Works: The Quiet Mind to Benefit Others”, Donna Marie Merritt, :Her House and Other Poems”

3:00p.m.: Cindy Eastman, “Flip-Flops After Fifty: And Other Thoughts on Aging I Remembered to Write Down”; Suzanne Davenport, “Letters From Sandy Hook-Newtown to the World“.

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Laura Volpintesta talks fashion – and her new book!

Meet fashion designer/author/educator Laura Volpintesta to discuss her new book, “The Language of Fashion Design: 26 Principles Every Fashion Designer Should Know”, on Sunday September 28th at 2:00 p.m.

languageFashionDesignWe will discover how to recognize some of the fundamental elements of great fashion design. She will explore some of her favorite designs and designers from the book, and the elements that set great fashion design apart. Join us for the chance to learn some new ideas and celebrate the success of this talented Bethel author!

A link to Laura’s fashion illustration course.

Mike Stobbe joins us for a discussion and signing of his new book, “Surgeon General’s Warning”

Please join us for a very special discussion with Mike Stobbe, author of “Surgeon’s General’s Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation’s Doctor” on Sunday October 12th at 12:00 noon. Surgeon General

What does it mean to be the nation’s doctor? In this engaging narrative, journalist Mike Stobbe examines the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, emphasizing that it has always been unique within the federal government in its ability to influence public health. But now, in their efforts to provide leadership in public health policy, surgeons general compete with other high-profile figures such as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, in an era of declining budgets, when public health departments have eliminated tens of thousands of jobs, some argue that a lower-profile and ineffective surgeon general is a waste of money. By tracing stories of how surgeons general like Luther Terry, C. Everett Koop, and Joycelyn Elders created policies and confronted controversy in response to issues like smoking, AIDS, and masturbation, Stobbe highlights how this office is key to shaping the nation’s health and explailns why its decline is harming our national well-being.

About the author:

Mike Stobbe is a national medical correspondent for The Associated Press and is based in New York City. He covers the CDC and writes on a range of health and medical topics. He has a doctorate in public health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina.

Reviews:

“A richly detailed account of the rise and fall of the United States surgeon general. . . . An important book for policymakers. Many readers will lament the declining state of a post that has contributed much to the country’s health.”—Kirkus
“Stobbe’s skillful, engaging report is especially relevant today as the public’s health continues to challenge the nation’s leaders.”—Publishers Weekly
“With the rare blend of a reporter’s nose for a story and a scholar’s fastidiousness, Stobbe chronicles the past century and a half of Surgeons General. The result is a stimulating perspective on the history of American public health.”—Dave A Chokshi The Lancet
“Mike Stobbe’s history of the U.S. surgeon general is more than a grand tour of American medicine. It is a thoughtful and engaging analysis of what the surgeons general did and do while pursuing the not-always-so-straight line of advancing the public’s health.”—Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, Director at the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, and Editor-in-Chief of The Milbank Quarterly

 

L.Todd Wood joins us for an author talk and book signing with his latest book, “Delta”

DeltaTalk about art imitating life! L.Todd Wood joins us for a discussion of his new release, “Delta”, a wonderful historical fiction novel with Russia and the Ukraine as backdrops.. We will gather Sunday October 19th at 4:00p.m.

About the book:

Rafe Savaryn is happy. He’s in Venice writing a novel on the Renaissance, enjoying being alone after a devastating divorce. He’s trying to answer the question, what makes societies fail? Then a stunningly beautiful woman walks into his life and leads him on a horrifying journey back to the Dark Ages where the answer to his question is revealed. He is shocked as he must make a choice no one should have to make. I won’t give away any more of the plot but I will say, “Fasten your seat belt! It’s a roller coaster ride of history, suspense, and thrills!” The answer to the question is right in front of you.

About the author: L.Todd Wood

Born in Georgia and raised in Savannah,  Todd spent his early summers in Carp Lake, Michigan listening to the vivid stories of his grandparents recalling their youth in the northern wilderness.  Ever since his earliest days, he loved story telling.

Todd left Savannah in 1982 to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO where he studied aeronautical engineering.  Upon graduation in 1986, he immediately left the Academy for flight school.  His initial assignment was flying Combat Search and Rescue helicopters at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska.

Todd is a contributor to Fox Business News, NY Post, The Moscow Times, Armed Forces Journal, Newmax Money News, National Review, Zero-Hedge, and others.

For more of his astonishing bio, click here.

Michael Nethercott returns with the latest in his O’Nelligan and Plunket series!

Michael Nethercott returns to Byrd’s Books to tell the tale in the latest installment in his O’Nelligan and Plunket series, “The Haunting Ballad: A Mystery” on Saturday October 25th at 4:00 p.m. Perfect timing for a haunting tale we say!Haunting Ballad

About the book:

seance society“The Seance Society “introduced mystery lovers to Mr. O’Nelligan and Lee Plunkett, an unlikely pair of sleuths on an equally unlikely case with a supernatural twist. Having taken over his father’s PI business, Lee enlists O’Nelligan, a dapper Irishman with a flair for solving mysteries, to help catch a killer. Now, in Michael Nethercott’s “The Haunting Ballad,” this sleuthing “odd couple” are back in another witty, charming, and wonderfully written mystery, this time set in 1957 in the burgeoning music scene of New York City’s Greenwich Village. It’s the spring of 1957, and O’Nelligan and Plunkett are summoned to New York to investigate the death of a controversial folk song collector. The trail leads the pair to a diverse group of suspects including an eccentric Beat coffee house owner, a family of Irish balladeers (who may be IRA), a bluesy ex-con, a hundred-and-five-year-old Civil War drummer boy, and a self-proclaimed “ghost chanter” who sings songs that she receives from the dead. To complicate matters, there’s a handsome, smooth-talking young folk singer who Lee’s fiancee Audrey is enthralled by. And somewhere in the Bohemian swirl of the Village, a killer waits…

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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