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 October 11, 3:00pm

Sunday October 25, 3:00pm

Sunday November 8, 3:00pm

Sunday December 6, 3:00pm

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!!


Crenshaw Food Drive: Byrd’s Books & Brotherhood-In-Action

Join the Nationwide Crenshaw Food Drive

Crenshaw is imaginary. Childhood hunger isn’t. Help us feed families in need.

Crenshaw food driveThis October, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is partnering with independent bookstores to host a nationwide food drive to raise awareness of childhood hunger. Inspired by Crenshaw, a new middle grade novel by Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate, bookstores are teaming up with food pantries to collect items for children in need. Byrd’s Books will collect nonperishable food items during the month of October to help children in need through the efforts of Brotherhood-In-ActionBIA_Logo

Did you know…

  • Nearly one in five kids in America lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
  • Three out of five K–8 public school teachers say they regularly see students come to school hungry.
  • Teachers of hungry kids spend, on average, about $37 of their own money each month to buy food for students.

In her first novel since winning the NEWBERY MEDAL,
 delivers an UNFORGETTABLE and

CrenshawJackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.

Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.

Byrd’s Books will have containers on the store the month of October to collect non-perishable food items for children in need.

Murder, She Wrote: The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher with Donald Bain and Renee Paley-Bain

Murder, She WroteI love this series, and we are so lucky to have the authors right in the area! Donald Bain and Renee Paley-Bain are coming to Byrd’s Books on Wednesday October 14th at 7:00p.m. to tell us about this new book and the others in the series that have become part of the mystery vernacular! Join us for this exciting evening of mystery and story-telling.

About the book: The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher

An ailing Cliff Cooper says he’s dying and insists upon dictating his last will and testament to Jessica Fletcher:  Real estate agent Eve Simpson is to sell his house and give the proceeds to Cliff’s grandson who lives in Alaska.  Sounds simple enough, but as always, nothing goes according to plan. While Eve is stuck with trying to market a white elephant of a house, chock full of thousands of books and suspected of being haunted, Seth Hazlitt, Jessica’s good friend and Cabot Cove’s favorite physician, suspects foul play in Cliff’s demise.  Jessica is caught between the two and has to juggle their competing needs while an ambitious medium and a pair of pixilated twins pull the tale in different directions, much to the confusion of Sheriff Mort Metzger.

About the authors: 

Donald Bain

Donald Bain is the author/ghostwriter of over 120 books, including the best-selling “Murder, She Wrote” series of 45 murder mysteries, Margaret Truman’s Capital Crimes series, and “Coffee, Tea or Me?” which sold more 5-million copies worldwide. His autobiography, Murder HE Wrote: A Successful Writer’s Life, was published in 2006 (Purdue University Press). He was the first recipient of the John Seigenthaler Legends Award at Killer Nashville 2014, received the first Grand Master Scribe Award in 2007 from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and was named one of Purdue University’s Distinguished Alumni in 2003. www.donaldbain.com

Renée Paley-Bain

Renée Paley-Bain has been collaborating with her husband Donald Bain on the “Murder, She Wrote” series of original mysteries for 15 years. This year, for the first time, the books will carry her byline as well as that of the fictional Jessica Fletcher, and the real-life Donald Bain. Renée has also worked as a public relations professional, freelance business writer, and–way back when–a newspaper editor and reporter, and speech writer. She is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and the Authors Guild.

Click here to register and save a spot (and pre-order the book!)


Community Coloring with the Cultural Alliance & Byrd’s Books

Secret Garden insidesByrd’s Books is sponsoring an evening once a month of coloring at the Gallery at 287 Main Street Danbury (Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut). Be inspired by the art on the surrounding walls and create something lovely to take with you!
Included in the $15.00 fee: is one pull-out sheet from Joanna Basford’s upcoming book, “Secret Garden Artist’s Edition: 20 Drawings to Color and Frame” and light refreshments. We will have colored pencils for you to use.
Beverage is Bring-Your-Own! (yes, we will have glasses…:-)
The dates:
Friday September 18 from 6:30 – 9:00p.m.
Friday October 16th from 6:30 – 9:00p.m.
Friday Novemer 20th from 6:30 – 9:00p.m.
A selection of quality coloring books will be available for purchase, should you want more….

To save a spot please register here (we may have to limit the number of attendees, due to space)

Timothy Kenny brings us “Far Country: Stories From Abroad and Other Places” on Sunday October 18th at 3:00p.m.

FAR COUNTRY COVERJoin us for an afternoon with Timothy Kenny, author of “Far Country: Stories From Abroad and Other Places” on Sunday October 18th at 3:00 p.m. Listen to the journeys to places all over the world.

About the book:

“Timothy Kenny’s Far Country moves from Kabul to Detroit, Azerbaijan to Kosovo, and the connecting thread is not the obvious adventure but human relationships. Each essay is a story we fall into, story after story connected through relationship and observation, from darkness to the next darkness. Kenny’s essays are not just reports from the front but a fascinating set of hard-won observations on any front, any complex of situations, that any of us might encounter.”
Trish Harris, editor Pea River Journal

About the author:

Timothy Kenny is a former USA Today foreign editor, non-profit foundation executive, Fulbright scholar and associate professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut. TimKenny

In 2002-03 Kenny lived for a year in Kosovo, working as a senior media advisor and trainer for professional journalists. He established two Kosovo journalism associations, taught broadcast writing and helped develop a local Internet wire service. Kenny was director of research and news history at the Newseum, the world’s only interactive museum of news, based in Washington, D.C., and worked for 23 years as a newsman, the last 12 at USA Today.

As the national daily’s foreign editor Kenny traveled widely in Central and Eastern Europe from 1989-93, reporting from Russia and throughout the region, including Bosnia and Croatia during the early stages of the conflicts there. Kenny has filed stories from more than 40 countries, including Northern Ireland, Israel, Nicaragua, Panama, Afghanistan, the Caucasus and throughout Central Asia. He has also worked as a legislative and political reporter for United Press International and was an editor and reporter at daily and weekly newspapers in Oregon and Michigan.

Kenny taught journalism as a Fulbright Scholar in 1991-92 at the University of Bucharest, Romania, where he established the first student newspaper. He was selected by the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) as one of two international scholars in journalism for 2010-2011, working with the faculty at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He also taught journalism during two, short-term Specialist Fulbrights, the first to Romania in summer 2005, and to Baku, Azerbaijan, in November- December 2013.

In addition to USA Today, his reporting and op-ed pieces have appeared in the Toronto Star, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal/Europe, the Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Hartford Courant, the Providence Journal, EurasiaNet.org, The American Editor, Quill, Global Journalist and the British Journalism Review, among other publications. He has co-authored scholarly magazines articles as well as a book chapter about Central Asian journalism that appears in “After the Czars and Commissars: The Press in Central Asia after Independence.”

Kenny’s narrative nonfiction has appeared in several literary magazines, including the Kenyon Review Online, The Louisville Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Green Mountains Review, Irish Pages, The Pea River Journal, The Common, The Galway Review and elsewhere. His first book, a collection of creative nonfiction entitled Far Country: Stories from Abroad and Other Places, was published in May 2015.

To save a spot, or pre-order the book, click here.

“Poor Man’s Feast” by Elissa Altman at LaZingara on Wednesday October 28th at 6:30p.m.!

Poor mansByrd’s Books brings New York Times bestselling author Elissa Altman to a very special author event at LaZingara Ristorante on Wednesday October 28th at 6:30p.m. The cost for the evening is $50.00 per person, which includes a farm fresh meal from LaZingara, an author talk from Elissa Altman, a signed copy of the newly released paperback edition of “Poor Man’s Feast” and a recipe card from the book to take with you. Beverage is a cash bar. This is a registration only event so be sure to save a spot early by clicking here.

About the book:

“Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking”, which includes twenty-six delicious recipes—is tender and often hilarious; a story of finding sustenance and peace in a world with unlimited excess and inauthenticity. It is about finding one’s true self as our family’s influence and the relationships we build with people throughout our lives intersect with the food we put on our table. Elissa Altman’s relationship with Susan changed her relationship with food forever and shows us how all of our stories are inextricably bound up with what, and how, we feed ourselves and those we love.

“Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, this is one of the finest food memoirs of recent years.”

–New York Times Book Review

About the author:

Elissa Altman was born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and a food fanatical father who taught her that fancy cuisine is always best. While her mother avoided and distrusted food, her father filled her childhood with dinners at every upscale culinary establishment in town, from Le Pavillion to Le Grenoille. Elissa devoted her life to all things gastronomical, even serving rare game birds at elaborate dinner parties. She learned that taller food was always fancier and better, and created towering culinary masterpieces.

Elissa Altman writes PoorMansFeast.com, winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for Individual Food Blog. A food and cookbook editor as well as writer, her work has appeared in Saveur and the New York Times, on Gilt Taste and the Huffington Post, and has five times been selected for inclusion in Best Food Writing. Her work will be included in Best Food Writing 2015. She is also the author of the Washington Post column, “Feeding My Mother”. She lives in Connecticut with Susan Turner and a small herd of animals.

About LaZingara Ristorante:

lazingara_with_painted_LADYImagine 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.



Katina Makris discusses her newest book on Lyme Disease Thursday October 29th at 7:00pm

Please join us on Thursday October 29th at 7:00pm as Byrd’s Books hosts author Katina Makris, author of “Out of the Woods”, as she discusses her latest book “Autoimmune Illness and Lyme Disease Recovery Guide: Mending the Body, Mind, and Spirit”.

About the book:

autoimmune Don t let an autoimmune disorder leave you torn apart- learn to mend from the inside out.
The occurrence of autoimmune illnesses has spiked dramatically over the last forty years. MS, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia are plaguing people worldwide. The suffering is vast, and the dependency on medication and the amount of physician care involved are overwhelming the health-care system. Most disturbing is that people do not necessarily heal from diseases like lupus or chronic fatigue syndromethey merely manage their disability.


Katina MakrisKatina I. Makris, veteran natural health-care practitioner and former sufferer of CFS, fibromyalgia, and Lyme, carefully explains the mechanisms at play with autoimmune illness. The body is not compartmentalized into illness symptomology, but is integrated and whole; the mind-body-spirit are entwined as one, searching for balance or homeostasis, she writes. With clear insight into our seven energy chakra centers and the correlation to our bodily systems and specific emotional interplay, “Autoimmune Illness and Lyme Disease Recovery Guide” is a manual and workbook, educating readers on the role of Integrative Medicine and dietary and lifestyle management for optimizing recovery potentials, as well as how to ignite the mind-body healing pathway. Makris shows us how to attune to the innate healing gifts we all bear. Instead of being fragmented and dependent on outside sources such as drugs and doctors, the tools Makris offers teach us how to mend ourselves “because when we are whole, we are well.”

Please call the store to save a spot, or to order a book in advance: 203-730-2973.

Coloring Night at SparkArts with Byrd’s Books

ArtistsCome join us as we cross the street to SparkArts for a relaxing evening of coloring on Friday November 6th at 6:30pm– sponsored by Byrd’s Books.

Included in the $15.00 fee: is one pull-out sheet from Joanna Basford’s newest book, “Secret Garden Artist’s Edition: 20 Drawings to Color and Frame” and light refreshments. We will provide colored pencils for you to use.

Beverage is Bring-Your-Own! Yes, we will have glasses…

Additional coloring books will be available for purchase in case you would like more coloing fun to take home.

We reserve the right to limit attendance due to numbers- so please call the store to save a spot (203) 730-2973.

Please Don’t Bite the Baby (And Please Don’t Chase the Dogs): Keeping Our Kids and Our Dogs Safe and Happy Together

PLease Dont BiteByrd’s Books brings author Lisa Edwards to discuss her latest book on Saturday November 7th at 2:00pm, “Please Don’t Bite the Baby (And Please Don’t Chase the Dogs): Keeping Our Kids and Our Dogs Safe and Happy Together”.

About the book:

Please Don’t Bite the Baby (and Please Don’t Chase the Dogs), chronicles certified professional dog trainer Lisa Edwards’ endearing and entertaining journey to ensure that her household survives and thrives when she introduces her son to her motley pack of animals. As Lisa knows all too well, the dog/child relationship is simultaneously treasured, misunderstood, and sometimes feared. In a twist, Lisa’s dog training techniques inevitably seep into how she navigates her first year with baby to mixed but enlightening results.

Lisa includes her best training techniques for the everyday pet owner itemized at the end of each chapter. This book is important for parents, grandparents, and caregivers who have dogs and young children together and want to ensure safety for all.

This will be an event with DAWS (Danbury Animal Welfare Society). We will also give attendees a chance to support the work of DAWS by donating to fund specific items for animal rescue, like blankets, food and supplies, if they so choose.

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.