“Buzzed: Beers, Booze, & Coffee Brews” with Erik Ofgang on October 29th at 4pm

Join us at Byrd’s Books as we host Erik Ofgang as he discusses his latest book, “Buzzed: Beers, Booze, & Coffee Brews” on Saturday October 29th at 4:p.m.

About the book:

buzzed-cover-hrBuzzed taps into New England’s burgeoning craft beer industry, longtime coffeehouse culture, and the up-and-coming world of craft distilling. With an everyman perspective and sharp wit, award- winning food and travel writer Erik Ofgang takes readers on a rollicking tour of New England’s booming craft beverage scene. Focusing on craft beverage clusters (areas where breweries, distilleries, and coffeehouses can be found in close proximity to one another), Buzzed tells readers all they need to know about visiting a particular drinking establishment. This travel guide is packed with inside information gathered directly from brewers and distillers, as well as bar trivia facts, historical tidbits, and Ofgang’s smart, humorous observations. Ofgang also suggests side trips, which include must-see museums, walking trails, and the standout attractions that make New England such a vibrant vacation destination.

About the author:

erikofgangwebErik Ofgang is an award-winning writer, musician, and magician whose work regularly
appears in dozens of magazines and news-papers throughout the country, including The
Associated Press, The Hartford Courant, and Connecticut Magazine, where he works as a
staff writer and content curator. He teaches writing at Western Connecticut State
University and is the founding editor of Poor Yorick, a literary journal published by the
university’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing program. Early praise for Buzzed calls the unique travel guide lively, detailed, and enthusiastic. “If your goal is to keep your finger on the pulse of all that is New England craft beer, Erik is your lifeblood,” wrote Kevin Mardorf of beerfests. com and CTBeer.com. When Erik is not writing, teaching, or conducting intensive field “research” at breweries or distilleries, he can be found playing bass with the Celtic roots band, MacTalla Mor. He lives in Western Connecticut with his wife and designated driver, Corinne. Although he’s an expert in alcoholic beverages, he prides himself in never having experienced the pain of a hangover. Yet.

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Jane Klonsky Shares Her Book “Unconditional” at 7:00pm on Friday November 4th

UnconditionalByrd’s Books welcomes Jane Klonsky on Friday November 4th as she shares slides and stories from her new book, Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love.

Anyone who has ever shared life with a dog knows that the human-canine bond is one that only grows stronger as dogs get older. For years celebrated commercial photographer and dog lover Jane Sobel Klonsky longed to pursue a project featuring dogs but couldn’t find the right catalyst. It wasn’t until a chance meeting at an insurance office in 2012 led her to witness the incredible relationship between Angela, the insurance broker, and her senior Bulldog, Clementine, that it came to her. Since then Jane has traveled the United States with one mission: to capture images and stories that focus on the powerful relationship between humans and their older dogs.

About the book:

Her book UNCONDITIONAL: Older Dogs, Deeper Love (National Geographic Books; October 25, 2016; $19.95; 208 pages) is a captivating collection of photographs and anecdotes that celebrates humans’ special bond with, and love for, their senior dogs. The dogs represented in the book include senior rescues with their adopters, service dogs with those they assist and guide, working dogs and their handlers, and lifelong cherished family pets with the people who dote on them. For each of her subjects, Jane collected personal narratives, accounts and anecdotes of their lives intertwined with their canine companions. Together with the photographs, these raw, funny, sometimes heartbreaking stories celebrate the enduring bond between humans and dogs.

UNCONDITIONAL will resonate with anyone now enjoying a close bond with a pet, and it will provide comfort to those who have lost old friends. It’s a beautiful reminder to cherish our older animals and the rich moments we have with them, and to thank them for the love and friendship they unconditionally offer us.

About the author: JaneKlonsky

Jane Sobel Klonsky launched her photography career in 1976 as the first photographer to scale the cables to the top of the Verrazano Bridge to get a shot of the start of the New York City Marathon. For nearly thirty years, she was a major player in the world of commercial and sports photography. Her work has taken her around the world to Kenya to shoot photos of a family of Masaai Warriors; to record an international running competition in Tokyo; and to chronicle the untouched beauty of far-reaching places like Papua New Guinea, and Myanmar (Burma). Her award-winning photographs have been published widely, and she has published several books, including one based on a 50,000 mile cross-country photographic tour of rural America taken with her photographer husband and two Great Danes. She continues to do extensive work for Getty Images. Mother to up-and-coming filmmaker Kacey, she lives with her husband, Arthur, their two therapy dogs, Charlie and Sam, and a cat, Humphrey, in rural Vermont.

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Brian Meehl brings us “Blowback ’07” on Saturday Nov. 12 at 4pm

Byrd’s Books is thrilled to bring back author Brian Meehl for his latest novel for young people, “Blowback ’07” on Saturday November 12th at 4:00pm  (book: grades 7-12, author talk- all ages!!).

When was football almost abolished?

When was the forward pass against the rules?

Why was the first football helmet something you grew?
Hear the answers and much more about how football was saved and transformed into the game we know today by a scrappy team of Indians from the Carlisle Indian School.

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About the book:

blowbackClashing teenage twins Arky and Iris have one thing in common: an ancient musical instrument left to them by their mother. When Iris plays the strangely curved woodwind, the trouble begins; Arky’s friend, Matt, the school’s star quarterback, disappears.

Transported to 1907 and the Carlisle Indian School, Matt is forced to play football for Coach Pop Warner as the Carlisle “Redmen” revolutionize Ivy League football. Matt’s struggle to “play his way home” is complicated when he falls in love with an Indian girl.

Meanwhile, Arky and Iris discover a cache of secrets that might bring Matt back, and lead to the ultimate rescue: their mother, trapped in the past.

Blowback ’07 launches a century-spanning trilogy to be continued in Blowback ’63 and Blowback ’94. Books two and three propel Arky and Iris to the illuminating past, and transform them in ways they never imagined. After all, as their mother once cautioned, “Every road to the future winds through the past.”

About the author:

Brian Meehl is the award-winning author of five novels, including the vampire comedies, Suck It Up and Suck It Up and Die. He enjoyed a successful career writing for television, winning three Emmys, and performing Muppets on “Sesame Street” and in Jim Henson films, including “The Dark Crystal.” While he’s currently finishing up the next two books in his Blowback trilogy, Brian welcomes visitors to his websites, blowbacktrilogy.com and brianmeehl.com.

Bobbi Wolverton Shares Her Story of “Black Empress: Rescuing a Puppy from Iran” on Friday December 2nd at 7pm

Wolverton - Black Empress cover RGB (3)Please join us Friday December 2nd at 7:00p.m. for an author talk like no other- saving a puppy while working in Iran. In this inspiring memoir, Bobbi Wolverton tells the story of rescuing her beloved dog from Iran. Her bond with the puppy brought untold happiness and important meaning throughout her life.

In 1972, at the age of 29, Bobbi Wolverton became a secretary at the Iran Safaris Company. Working in a foreign country was challenging and rewarding. Saving a throw-away puppy contributed to those challenges, ones that were both threatening and frightening.

From the moment of her arrival in Iran, she bonded with the runt puppy that was destined to be killed as the dog held no value to the fishing and hunting company.

To save the puppy, Wolverton defied her host and employer, as well as the Muslim culture. She survived dreadful incidents of river crossings, police interrogations and attempted rape and yet witnessed caring individuals who helped her save the puppy, the Black Empress. Join us to hear this thrilling true story.

Light refreshments will be served.

About the author:

Bobbi Phelps Wolverton grew up in Darien Connecticut, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, and joined an international airline company in 1965. She worked as a flight attendant for six years, flying into Vietnam, bringing troops in and out of the warzone. During her world travels, she landed in Cairo just as the infamous Six-Day War erupted and was one of 567 rescued by the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet.

In 1975 she created the Angler’s Calendar Company. Her business won Exporter of the Year for the State of Idaho.

Her accomplishments include: 

  • Arnold Gingrich Writing Award
  • President of the Authors Guild of Tennessee.
  • Twenty-year member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
  • Nine-year board member of The Nature Conservancy in Idaho.
  • Founding member with Dr. Marty Becker (Dr. Oz Show Veterinarian) of the Hound Pound, a Twin Falls, Idaho, animal shelter.

Cookie Swap with “Dorie’s Cookies” author Dorie Greenspan

dories-cookiesWhat better way to celebrate Byrd’s Book’s 5th Birthday than with a COOKIE SWAP on Sunday December 11th at 2:00pm! Dorie Greenspan will discuss her new book, “Dorie’s Cookies” in celebration of the day.
If you bake cookies from the book to bring to the event,  you will get a $20.00 Gift Certificate to spend in the store as you like! Bring cookies, get cookies, how cool is that?!

Want to take cookies? We have boxes to fill for $10.00- a suggested donation to DAWS (Danbury Animal Welfare Society- our local no-kill shelter)

Either way, we get to visit with Dorie Greenspan and she gets to see her cookies made by others- and we get to sample them and take some home- what fun!!
About the author: dorie
Inducted into the James Beard Foundation s Who s Who of Food and Beverage in America, DORIE GREENSPAN is the author of “Around My French Table, ” a “New York Times” bestseller that was named Cookbook of the Year by IACP; “Baking Chez Moi;” and “Baking: From My Home to Yours,” a James Beard Award-winner.She lives in Westbrook, Connecticut, New York, and Paris.”

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