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 250 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.  There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Bethel call Byrd’s Books at 203-730-2973.

We will print and post more details throughout the month of July!

For a list of participating vendors click here.

Byrd’s Books brings “Fairfield County Chef’s Table” to LaZingara Ristorante

Both the August 6th and August 13th dates are sold out.

Please join us at Bethel’s “2014 Best Restaurant”, LaZingara Ristorante, for an evening of fine food, a book signing, an author talk…and a recipe to go! We will gather at the restaurant at 6:30 on Wednesday August 13th (August 6th is sold out) when Amy will discuss her book.

Byrd’s Books is excited to welcome Amy Kundrat to LaZingara for a discussion of her new book, “Fairfield County Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Connecticut’s Gold Coast”. The evening will include farm-inspired fare from LaZingara, a signed copy of Amy’s book and a recipe to go!

About the book:

Fairfield County stakes a claim to some of Connecticut’s most diverse terrain, an enviable proximity to New York City, and a discerning community of food lovers driving the demand for a vibrant dining scene. The Gold Coast boasts some of the country’s toniest neighborhoods, such as Greenwich and Southport, as well as the state’s largest cities, including the historic port city of Norwalk, the corporate-minded Stamford, and the diverse Bridgeport. Fine dining, dense downtown dining districts, and neighborhood bodegas are equally at home along this dense and diverse corridor. Along Fairfield County’s suburban center are such towns as Ridgefield, New Canaan, and Westport, whose historic Main Streets and cultural landmarks draw a family-oriented population. As a result, reclaimed taverns, farmers’ markets, and upscale dining districts scattered with family-friendly options abound. At the landlocked northern fringes, quiet enclaves such as Easton, Wilton, and Newtown have large swaths of protected and undeveloped land, as well as bountiful farmland and a handful of farm-to-table restaurants.With recipes for the home cook from over fifty of the area’s most celebrated restaurants and showcasing over 200 full-color photos featuring mouth-watering dishes, famous chefs, and lots of local flavor, “Fairfield County Chef’s Table” is the ultimate gift and keepsake cookbook for both tourists and locals. LaZingara Ristorante has a recipe in Amy’s book!!

About the author:  

Amy Kundrat is the executive editor of CTbites, the award-winning website devoted to chronicling great food in Connecticut, especially her home in Fairfield County. A communications specialist with a concentration in new media, Amy’s career leading external communications teams has taken her from world-class art museums, to technology start-ups, and academic institutions. She currently works in New Haven at Yale University, where she indulges in the city’s vibrant food-truck scene. Amy is from Bethel.

About LaZingara: 

Imagine being in a tiny Italian village in Tuscany and walking into a beautiful restaurant on the town square. To your delight, you discover that the restaurant grows it’s own food and is THE place locals go to have dinner, celebrate events, enjoy their business lunches and share a glass of wine after work.

 That is the feeling when you first arrive at La Zingara in Bethel, CT., an intimate farm to table, and very local Italian restaurant.

Grown in nearby gardens and on local farms, La Zingara’s food is meticulously, deliciously prepared by one of Connecticut’s most celebrated kitchens and served by a knowledgeable, friendly staff who know what the specials are and which of our many great wines will enhance your enjoyment of each of them.

Praised by the food media, applauded on social media and truly beloved by its many dedicated customers, La Zingara is one of Connecticut’s great restaurants. It’s also home to a sibling, ECCO Rooftop Eatery and Bar, a more casual bistro up the stairs in back. A casual, glassy bistro, the whole place basks in the sunlight and glows in the moonlight.

The evening:  $50.00 per person (tax and gratuity included, cash bar): includes farm-inspired fare at LaZingara, a signed copy of Amy’s book (regularly $24.95 plus tax) and a recipe to take with you.    

Each registrant may bring a guest to dine at an additonal $25.00.

Each additional book is $22.00 each (event discount, sales tax included)

To register, click here. Event limited to 30 registrants.

 

“The Giver” Discussion Groups

Please join us on Thursday August 7th for a discussion of Lois Lowry’s book, “The Giver”. The student discussion group will be at 4:00 p.m. and adult discussion group will be at 7:00p.m. You can choose the time when you register.

Since the movie comes out on August 15th, we felt a discussion of the book would be important, particularly since the book unfolds before a 12-year-old Jonas and the movie transforms the character to a 16-year-old.

The book is appropriate for ages 12 and up and is considered to be in the fantasy and magic category.

Any student is welcome to join us at 4:00p.m.- there will be juice and fruit at the store (particularly for those arriving from summer camp!). A signed hardbound copy of “The Giver” will be given away at this discussion, by drawing. Each registered student in attendance will be given a free book on that day.

The 7:00 p.m. evening discussion will be geared to an adult discussion of the themes in the book (most notibly the subject of euthanasia).

About the book:  

Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community. Winner of the Newbery Medal.

In a perfect world where there is no conflict, racism or sickness, every member of society has a specific role, and Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory. As Jonas uncovers the truth behind his world’s past, he discovers that many years earlier, his forefathers gave up humanity in order to have a stable society.

If you have any questions about this, or any other event at Byrd’s Books please feel free to call the store at (203) 730-2973.

Registration is required for each discussion. To register click here.

Join us for Sharon Struth’s book launch party for “Share the Moon” on August 23rd at 4:00p.m.

Please join us for a book launch party on August 23rd at 4:00p.m. for Bethel author Sharon Struth! She will be signing her latest book, “Share the Moon” which is out in print in August-BRAVA!! ShareTheMoon600x900

About the book:
Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out ot sea.

Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.

Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.

Peter Stein shares his father’s photography with us on Sunday September 7th (DATE change) at 4:00p.m.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH AT 4:00 P.M.

Peter Stein will join us for a very special afternoon as he shares his father’s extraordinary journey to Paris and New York as a photographer. Fred Stein was an early pioneer of the hand-held camera who became a gifted street photographer in Paris and New York after he was forced to flee his native Germany by the Nazi threat in the early 1930s. This will be a multi-media event at the bookstore. Please register early, since attendance is limited to 35 people.

About the book, “Paris New York“, release date July 15, 2014. Fredf Stein

Contributor(s): Freer, Dawn (Editor), Kugelmann, Cilly (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Mora, Gilles (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Stein, Fred (Photographer)

Fred Stein (1909-1967) was a master of street photography. As an early pioneer of the hand-held camera, he captured poignant moments in the street life of two of the world’s great cities: Paris and New York, where he lived after fleeing from Nazi Germany.

Fred Stein photoThis same immediacy infuses his portraits of the great personalities of the era, among them Albert Einstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Marc Chagall. Stein’s images are a vital document of the twentieth century and an important part of photo history. He left behind an existensive oeuvre which this publication presents comprehensively for the first time.

Fred Stein’s photographs reflect a world seen with poignant clarity. Born in Dresden, Germany in 1909, he became a brilliant law student and fervent anti-Nazi activist. He was forced to flee to Paris in 1933. Living among a circle of expatriate artists and intellectuals, Stein became a photographer. He was a pioneer of the small hand-held camera – the Leica. Its mobility allowed him to range through the streets documenting the life he saw there with ease and naturalness. This new approach also enabled him to make strikingly intimate portraits of the people who shaped the intellectual life of Europe in the 1930’s.
When war was declared, Stein was put in an internment camp for enemy aliens. He managed to escape as the Nazis were entering Paris, and after a harrowing journey, was reunited with his wife and infant daughter in Marseilles, where the three boarded the S.S. Winnipeg, one of the last boats to leave France.
New York in the 1940’s gave him access to the great artists and thinkers who shaped our age; and the freedom and diversity of the New World inspired his reportage as he ranged from Fifth Avenue to Harlem. The historical importance of his work is elevated by the beauty of his art.
About the event presenter: Peter Stein is a Professor of Cinematography at NYU’s Graduate Film Program – and has shot many films for the major studios and TV networks. He is also the son of the photographer Fred Stein (1909-1967).

In Peter’s words: “The book is published by Kehrer Verlag in Heidelberg Germany and the text is in English and German. There are approximately 130 images in the book – of Paris in the 1930s, New York in the 1940s and portraits of noted personalities. My father was friends with (and photographed for many years), intellectuals like Hannah Arendt, André Malraux and Arthur Koestler, as well as Willy Brandt the Chancellor of Germany who lived with him and my mother occasionally when they were both young and fighting against the Fascists.”

Do not miss this very special event. To register for this event click here.

 

 

 

Nan Rossiter joins us to discuss her book, “Under a Summer Sky”.

Connecticut author Nan Rossiter will join us for Book Group Thursday September 18th at 7:30p.m. to discuss her book “Under a Summer Sky”!

About the book:

New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter transports readers to Cape Cod with a warm, compelling story of family, new beginnings, and finding the courage to love honestly and well

The old Cape Cod house that Laney Coleman shares with her minister husband Noah and their five boys is usually brimming with cheerful chaos. There’s nothing fancy about the ancient kitchen or the wooden floors scuffed by the constant parade of activity and the clicking claws of their two Labrador retrievers. It’s a place to savor the sea breeze wafting through the windows, or sip coffee on the porch before another hectic day begins. This summer, life promises to be even busier than usual, because Noah’s younger brother, Micah, wants to hold his upcoming wedding on their property.

Under a Summer

Though thrilled that Micah has found happiness after past heartache, Laney is apprehensive about having her home turned upside down. She has other concerns too her youngest son is being bullied at school, and Noah’s father is not the robust patriarch he once was, in mind or body. As the bride and groom’s large, close-knit families gather, there will be joyful celebration but also unexpected sorrows and revelations, and a chance to store up a lifetime of memories during the fleeting, precious days of summer.

About the author:

Nan Parson Rossiter is the author / illustrator of several award-winning books for children including Rugby & Rosie, The Way Home, and Sugar on Snow. She lives in rural Connecticut with her husband, two handsome sons, and a yellow re triever named Mul ligan. When not working, she enjoys hiking with her family and vacationing on Cape Cod.

Garbanzofest IV is September 20th!!

Please join us for a day of poetry, music and mayhem! Saturday September 20th marks Garbanzofest IV. lead the way by Marc Moorash and Ava Dawn Heydt.

About the day:   garbanzo

Bethel Connecticut’s Seraphemera Books and their Garbanzo Literary Journal, in conjunction with independent bookseller Byrd’s Books are excited to announce Garbanzofest 4 – A Celebration of Words – a community and family friendly party for the release of Garbanzo Literary Journal (book four).
Taking place on Saturday September 20th, 2014 journeying from 12pm (noon) until 4pm-ish, at Byrd’s Books at 126 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel CT, the event will feature live readings of stories and poems from a number of the authors published in Garbanzo, a number of authors reading their works via pre-recorded video or audio, and an open-mic for anybody who would like to read their work.  With music to round out the day- it will be THE place to be.
And LOTS of Hummus…
This is a free, all-ages invited event, open to all interested in continuing the traditions of storytelling (which means both telling a tale as well as being the ears interested in listening – as all stories need an audience), anybody who is interested in hearing good local music that both moves the soul and the body (c’mon everybody, it is time to dance – just follow the children who have no qualms about dancing to these artists), and anybody looking for a unique and creative event that is entirely put together by local artists and creators who are looking to increase the artistic and imaginative culture in Bethel, CT.
For additional information about the event, interviews, book information and more, please contact Marc Moorash at 832 515 9539

 

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 August 16th, 4:00p.m.
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!!

 

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

 

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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