Wednesday March 26th: Michael L. Printz Award discussion
Wednesday March 26th: Michael L. Printz Award discussion
Byrd’s Books is thrilled to welcome Len Vlahos as he “tells the story behind the story of ‘The Scar Boys’. It includes videos of 80s punk/pop music, pics, storytelling, and a live song or two. (I bring my guitar.) ” This is an event not to be missed!
Written as a college admission essay, eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss. A severely burned teenager. A guitar. Punk rock. The chords of a rock ‘n’ roll road trip in a coming-of-age novel that is a must-read story about finding your place in the world…even if you carry scars inside and out.
In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay–help us to become acquainted with you beyond your courses, grades, and test scores–Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life.
About the author:
Len Vlahos is the Executive Director of BISG, and the former COO of the American Booksellers Association, where he worked for the past 20 years. Len has also worked in indie, chain, and university bookstores, was an on-air personality for a commercial radio station in Atlantic City, and worked for a time for Internet marketing guru Seth Godin. He was in a punk rock band in the mid-1980s. The Woofing Cookies toured and their music was played on dozens of college radio stations coast to coast. You can visit him online at www.lenvlahos.com and on Twitter @LenVlahos.
(RESCHEDULED) Please join us for a book signing with Jill Treadwell on Saturday March 29th at 4:00p.m.
As she describes her book:
35-year-old Jill Treadwell has her bipolar under control until she is laid off from her job losing her health insurance and medications. She begins to head down a dark path of depression, mania and self-medication resu
lting in a life changing DUI. We follow her tragic and comedic struggle to find health
insurance with her pre-existing bipolar disorder meeting a motley crew of her friends and supporters along the way.
On the road back to mental health an old boyfriend resurfaces with issues of his own. This bizarre coupling of two psychologically challenged individuals leads to an endearing romance built on creativity and an understanding that surpasses the conventional boundaries of romantic love. Breaking through the challenges of finding health insurance and subsequent recovery from alcoholism, The Molecules That Surround Us chronicles a journey resulting i
Schoolteacher and ex-cop Raymond Donne finds the expanse of the Williamsburg Bridge wider than he expected after his former student transfers out of the Brooklyn public schools to a high-stakes Manhattan private high school and winds up murdered.
The dead boy’s mother asks Ray for the same kind of help he gave Frankie Rivas’s family eighteen months earlier (Sacrifice Fly, Minotaur Books, Oct. 2012), yet everyone else warns Ray to stick to the profession he chose after a tragic accident forced him give up police work. But Donne can’t — or won’t — turn off his “cop brain” once he jump-starts the case and connects it to the recent death and hospitalization of other classmates.
Following on the heels of his Barry Award–nominated debut, Sacrifice Fly, Tim O’Mara’s Crooked Numbers (Minotaur Books, Oct. 2013) is another critically acclaimed mystery that illuminates the streets and characters of New York City and further solidifies O’Mara’s place among the best new crime fiction writers working today.
Tim O’Mara has been teaching math and special education in the New York City public schools for more than 26 years — 12 of them in Brooklyn, the setting of his Raymond Donne mystery series. For the past 13 years he has hosted and co-produced a bi-weekly reading series of poetry and prose in New York’s East Village. St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books has slated O’Mara’s third Raymond Donne novel, Dead Read, for an early 2015 release, and he is currently writing his first crime e-novella, Smoked, for Stark Raving Group.
Please call or email the store to save a spot for this event: 203-730-2973, email@example.com
On Saturday April 5th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Byrd’s Books will host a special origami workshop. Ava Dawn Heydt of Seraphemera Books will lead this exciting event. The workshop is free and open to all – just call (203) 730-2973 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Come learn a new fold or two!
Susan L. Schulman’s scintillating “tell-some” contains just enough backstage dirt and glitz to be compulsively readable from start to finish. An impressive galaxy of egos and artists is sprinkled like stardust over four decades of theatrical press-agentry and repairs–Lauren Bacall, Zero Mostel, Mary Martin, George C. Scott, Yul Brynner, Bob Fosse and The Mighty Merrick, whom she actually bested. Worth the price of the book alone is the hilarious chapter on “Dream.” –HARRY HAUN, PLAYBILL MAGAZINE
About the author:
Schulman was a New York City ‘theatre kid’ who waited outside Broadway stage doors, not for autographs, but to tell actors how they had enhanced her life. After learning her craft from some of Broadway’s legendary press agents, she handled the publicity for many Broadway shows including DREAM, DANCIN’, SLY FOX, STATE FAIR, APPLAUSE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, SCAPINO, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN and REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT. She shares her adventures working with Mary Martin, George C. Scott, Lauren Bacall, Yul Brynner, Robert Redford, David Merrick, Bob Fosse, Raul Julia, Zero Mostel, Vanessa Redgrave, Henry Winkler, Lesley Ann Warren, Katharine Hepburn, Glenn Close, and many more. Schulman has survived some spectacular theatrical train wrecks including the play that killed Zero Mostel; legendary producer David Merrick’s final hurrah, and the fading film diva who sabotaged her own return to Broadway. Schulman also explains what a theatrical press agent does, how she does it, and how theatre promotion has changed. Susan lives in Connecticut.
About World Book Night:
Each year, 30- 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.
After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.
Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography.
The PICK-UP: For those of you who are donating books you have the choice of two receptions to pick up your case of books: Wednesday April 16th at 7 or Tuesday April 22nd at 7. There will be light refreshments- let’s share where we plan to donate, I am inspired by each of you!!
Please join us for an evening of poetry with Donna Marie Merrit as she shares her book,”Her House and Other Poems” at 7:00 p.m. on Friday April 25th.
About the book:
Her House is a culmination of fine observation. Donna Marie Merritt reflects on those details that so often pass by undetected, yet play an enormous part in our lives. Along the way we examine our fragile bargain with nature—and how close we are to chaos when nature reminds us just who is in charge. Long countryside walks, a good glass of wine, family and friends, growing older… all these Merritt celebrates with gratitude, prompting us to truly see what surrounds us, reminding us that memory is precious and sweet.
To see the video click here.
About the author:
Donna Marie Merritt is the author of Her House and Other Poems (2013, Stairwell Books). She is also the author of the Poetry for Tough Times series: What’s Wrong with Ordinary? Poems to Celebrate Life (2012), Cancer, A Caregiver’s View (2011), and Job Loss, A Journey in Poetry (2010), all from Avalon Press. Donna’s work has appeared in magazines, school reading programs, and American Library Association’s Book Links. Her poems have been included in several anthologies: Caduceus, volumes 9 and 10, by the Yale Medical Group (2012, 2013); Olives, Now and Then: poems in honor of Donald Hall by the Connecticut Poetry Society (2011); and Dear One: A Tribute to Lee Bennett Hopkins by the National Council of Teachers of English (2009). In addition, Donna is the author of 15 math and science books for children.
Join us at Flip-Flop Night at Byrd’s Books! Celebrate Spring, wear your favorite flip-flops and join us as we laugh and discuss Cindy Eastman’s new book, “Flip-Flops After 50: And Other Thoughts On Aging I Remembered to Write Down.”
“Flip-flops After 50 “will amuse, enlighten, and provoke readers to think about the topics that affect all of us. Who hasn’t dealt with the emotions from family events, stress from lousy jobs, or the bittersweet feelings when the kids leave home? Not to mention body image, high school reunions, and parenting. Eastman’s conversational style and easy humor tackle the sublime and the ridiculous, the sacred and the profane. After a certain age–and it’s no secret that it’s 50–Eastman argues that attitudes change for the better. Making decisions gets easier, although there’s no guarantee that life does. Even so, her writing allows us to take a look at our own issues with the reassuring handholding of a confidante. (April 8 release)
“Cindy Eastman’s Flip-Flops After Fifty: And Other Thoughts on Aging I Remembered to Write Down is as funny, warm, and inviting as its title. Filled with the kind of everyday humor that made Erma Bombeck everybody’s favorite columnist, Eastman’s wit and generosity reach out to embrace the reader. With every laugh, there’s a moment of recognition and a sense of camaraderie.
—Dr. Gina Barreca, professor of English and feminist theory and author of It’s Not That I’m Bitter
About the author:
Cindy Eastman’s work is informed by her ability to be an observer as well as a participant in her life. With her dry sense of humor, she is able to address a variety of topical subjects and deliver an insightful analysis that’s both provocative and amusing. Currently she coordinates a supervised visitation service with her husband in his counseling practice and facilitates diversity and anti-bullying trainings for the Anti-Defamation League. She also teaches a writing course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Waterbury campus of UConn. Eastman makes her home in Connecticut with her husband, Angelo, and their cat. She is working on a second book when not babysitting her grandson.
Byrd’s Books is thrilled to host Dina Cheney on Saturday May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. as she discusses her new book from Connecticut publisher Taunton Press!
The 85 vegetarian—including more than 10 vegan!—recipes included in MEATLESS ALL DAY all wield high-impact ingredients like caramelized onions, black bean sauce, nuts, beans and lentils, tempeh, mushrooms, and more that add “meaty” flavor and texture to dishes of all kinds. With these ingredients as the foundation, dishes are hearty, flavorful, and super-satisfying.
Peppered throughout with cooking tips, serving suggestions, and ideas for turning vegetarian dishes into vegan fare, MEATLESS ALL DAY will become a staple in every kitchen.
About the Author:
Dina Cheney, a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, is the author of Year-Round Slow Cooker, Tasting Club, and Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Salads. She also develops recipes for several magazines, including Fine Cooking, writes monthly columns for Everyday with Rachael Ray, and contributes to many other food and lifestyle publications. Dina lives in Connecticut. Follow her at www.dinacheney.com, on Facebook (dinacheney) and on Twitter @DinaCheney.
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