The Spring Poetry Series at Byrd’s Books

Byrd’s Books welcomes some impressive talent to read their poetry on two dates this early spring: April 14th at 3:00pm and May 18th at 7:00pm. Originally scheduled in December (snowed out) we found we needed the inspiration that only poetry can bring.


Here is the spring schedule: (subject to change)

April 14th at 3:00pm:
      Donna Marie Merritt
      Gail Carson Levine
      Jen Sage-Robison
      Marilyn Nelson
      Doug Anderson
      Phillip Lu
To register for April 14th, click here.
May 18th at 7:00pm:   
      Amy Nawrocki
      Cortney Davis
      Emily Carney
      Jerry Brooker
To register for May 18th,  click here.

These events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

A Death of No Importance: A Mystery…on May 19th at 3:00pm

Join us at Byrd’s Books on Saturday May 19th for a special author event with Mariah Fredericks as we discuss her latest book, “A Death of No Importance: A Mystery”.

About the book:

A highly skilled ladies’ maid working among the upper echelons of 1910 New York society uses her insider knowledge of her entitled employer’s family to investigate the class-driven case of her mistress’ brutally murdered playboy fiancé.

About the author: 

Mariah Fredericks was born and raised in New York City, where she still lives with her family. She is the author of several YA novels. A Death of No Importance is her first adult novel.

Book Group with Amy Nawrocki

Join us for a very special book group on Sunday June 3rd at 3:00pm with author Amy Nawrocki as we discuss her new book, “A Comet’s Tail: A Memoir of No Memory“.

About the book:

I do not remember the tubes, the tests, or the icy cold of space. I do not remember losing six months of my life.

At age nineteen, Amy Nawrocki returned from her first year of college, scribbled a few notes in her journal, and took a terrifying summer trip. She remembers one night of disorientation, then nothing until Christmas, when awareness slowly restarts. The Comet’s Tail is the story of these missing months: the seizures and fever spikes, the deep nothing of coma, and the unexpected, dramatic recovery. Memory is recreated around EEG transcripts and doctors’ notes, family vigils and blurry Polaroids. From her unique perspective, Nawrocki investigates the connections between memory, trauma, and identity. She illuminates what it means to truly return to consciousness in this extraordinary memoir of illness, healing, and writing over the blank pages of our lives.

About the author: 

Amy Nawrocki is a Connecticut native, raised in Newtown and now living in Hamden. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas. She has received numerous honors for her poetry, including awards from the Litchfield Review Poetry Contest, the Codhill Chapbook Competition, The Loft Anthology, Phi Kappa Phi, New Millennium Writings, and the Connecticut Poetry Society. She is the author of five poetry collections: Potato Eaters, Nomad’s End, Lune de Miel, Four Blue Eggs and Reconnaissance. With her husband, Eric D. Lehman, she wrote A History of Connecticut Wine, A History of Connecticut Food and Literary Connecticut. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport and is mother to two cats, Maple and Django.