Tea with Henry Whiskers on Saturday February 25th at 3:00pm

the-adventures-of-henry-whiskers-9781481465748_hrPlease join us for afternoon “Tea with Henry Whiskers” on Saturday February 25th at 3:00pm. Author Gigi Priebe will join us to celebrate the first book in her new series, “The Adventures of Henry Whiskers”. This event is free, but registration is suggested due to space. Click HERE to register.

Lisa, from UK Gourmet, will be here to share “Fun Tea Tips” and help us learn how to make a proper cup of tea! The “Will & Kate” scones will be supplied by Robin of Daily Fare.

 

About the book:

Henry Whiskers must face his fears and rescue his little sister from the scary Rat Alley in this fun, fast-paced debut chapter book set in Queen Mary’s historical dollhouse at Windsor Castle.

Twenty-five generations of Whiskers have lived in Windsor Castle’s most famous exhibit: Queen Mary’s Dollhouse. For young, book-loving Henry Whiskers and his family, this is the perfect place to call home.

But when the dollhouse undergoes unexpected repairs and Henry’s youngest sister, Isabel, goes missing, he risks everything in a whisker-whipping race against time to save her. His rescue mission will take him to the murky and scary world of Rat Alley, and Henry will have to dig deep and find the courage he never knew he had in order to bring his sister back home.

To read the Publisher’s Weekly review, click here.

About the author:

Gigi Priebe is the mother of three, the founder of Stepping Stones, an award-winning children’s museum in Norwalk, CT and the author of The Adventures of Henry Whiskers, the first in her middle grade series. When she is not writing – or rewriting – she is a philanthropic advisor and community volunteer in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she lives with her husband, a cat named Tigger, a dog named Clover, and probably some mice.

To learn more about Queen Mary’s Doll House, click HERE.

Byrd’s Books welcomes Back David K. Leff for, “Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Romance, and Survival of the Wild” on Saturday February 11th at 4:00pm

Byrd’s Books welcomes David K. Leff and he shares his latest book, “Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Romance, and Survival of the Wild” on Saturday February 11th at 4:00pm

About the book:

Meet Henry David Thoreau, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, and other intrepid explorers as you travel northern Maine’s rugged woods and waters. In a wild country of ledge and trees that stubbornly resists encroaching civilization, find a young couple padding through the trials, triumphs, and sheer mental and physical exhaustion of wilderness travel severely testing their ability to get along and even complete the trip. Fill your ears with roaring rapids and yodeling loons. Smell pungent spruce and dank swamps. Encounter moose and majestic sunrises cloaked in morning mist. A few pages, and you will find yourself deep in the evergreen forest.

About the author:

David K. Leff is an essayist and poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. His work focuses on the surprisingly intimate relationship of people to their built and natural environments. His nonfiction book, The Last Undiscovered Place (University of Virginia Press, 2004) was a Connecticut Book Award finalist. He is the author of two other nonfiction books, Deep Travel, (University of Iowa Press, 2009) and Hidden in Plain Sight, (Wesleyan University Press, 2012). His poetry collections are The Price of Water (Antrim House, 2008), Depth of Field (Antrim House, 2010), and Tinker’s Damn (Homebound Publications, 2013). His latest book, Finding the Last Hungry Heart (Homebound Publications, 2014), is a novel in verse about the confluence of the present and the 1960s. Maple Sugaring: Keeping it Real in New England, about the culture of producing this unique food, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in October 2015. Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Love, and Survival of the Wild, a memoir about a backcountry river trip, is due out from Homebound Publications in 2016. His work has appeared in the Hartford Courant, The Wayfarer, Appalachia, Yankee, Connecticut Woodlands, Connecticut Coastal, Canoe & Kayak, and The Encyclopedia of New England and elsewhere.

Review quotes:

“If you have been on a canoe trip, you know the adventure is the center of a complex venn diagram of relationship, history, and a testing of character and adaptability. David captures this and more in an artful way that will make you dream of hitting the water to commune with nature and your very soul.” -Walter Opuszynski, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Trail Director “Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash is a multi-layered story that transcends time, if not place. As we follow two individuals challenged by heavy winds, rapids, tough portages, and slightly bruised egos, we also encounter the stories of travelers and settlers from over the past 150 years. Through David’s poetic prose, we experience both natural beauty and the risky business of hard travel in a new relationship.” -Corinne H. Smith, author of Henry David Thoreau for Kids and Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey “Readers will hang onto the back of David Leff’s roiling canoe in this story. He steers through the early fractures of a relationship amid the beauties and terror of a wilder Allagash, and skillfully adds in details of the explorers and exploiters who floated before him. Refreshingly honest. A very strong narrative voice!” -Christine Woodside, Editor-in-Chief, Appalachia

“Greeting, Reading & Eating” with David Leite on Sunday April 23rd at 5:00pm

Byrd’s Books welcomes back author David Leite in celebration of his memoir, “Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression” on Sunday April 23rd at 5:00pm (6:00pm light fare served- prepared by David). For those of us who were fortunate enough to attend David’s author talk on his last book, “The New Portuguese Table” we got a preview of this new, wonderful book. Registration required.

Released by Harper Collins April 11th: 

The stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite s Culinaria a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity.

Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, “Banana” as his mother endearingly called him, obsessed over proper hair care, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French, thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of bipolar disorder. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in cooking, Julia Child, and a Viking stove he named “Thor.”

Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, yet tender memoir of growing up, accepting himself, and turning his love of food into an award-winning career. Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David looks back at the highs and lows of his life: from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to “turn straight” through Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown Manhattan, to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher, to his twenty-three-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David s readers as “The One,” which began with (what else?) food. Woven throughout these stories are the dishes David loves the tastes that led him to happiness, health, and success.

A blend of Kay Redfield Jamison s An Unquiet Mind, the food memoirsof Ruth Reichl, Anthony Bourdain, and Gabrielle Hamilton, and the character-rich storytelling of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and Jenny Lawson, Notes on a Banana is a feast that dazzles, delights, and, ultimately, heals.

About the author:

The winner of multiple James Beard awards, Leite grew up in a blue-collar Portuguese home in Fall River, MA, longing for middle-class stability and struggling with bipolar disorder, which was not diagnosed until his mid-thirties. Meanwhile, he threw himself into cooking.

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