Come listen to the poetry of Sydney Eddison on October 4th at 2:00p.m.

We all know Sydney Eddison from Newtown. What you may not know is that she has written a beautiful book of poetry. Join us  to hear her read from her new book, “Where We Walk: poems rooted in the soil of New England”

where3Sydney Eddison has written six other books on gardening. She has been honored by National Garden Clubs Inc. with their Award of Excellence for 2010. For her work as a writer, gardener, and lecturer, she has also received the Connecticut Horticultural Society’s Gustav A. L. Melquist Award in 2002; the New England Wild Flower Society’s Kathryn S. Taylor Award in 2005; and in 2006, The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Bronze Medal. Her garden has been featured in magazines and on television. A former scene designer and drama teacher, Eddison lectures widely and is a frequent contributor to Fine Gardening magazine and other publications. Sydney Eddison lives with her Jack Russell Terrier, Phoebe, in a yellow farmhouse surrounded by a 2-1/2-acre garden of her own creation in Newtown, Connecticut. Her articles have appeared in such publications as FINE GARDENING and HORTICULTURE, and she is the award-winning author of seven books on gardening, including GARDENING FOR A LIFETIME, A PASSION FOR DAYLILIES, and A PATCHWORK GARDEN. She was Grand Marshall in the Newtown Labor Day Parade in 2014. This is her first book of poetry.


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.

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.

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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,, 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.

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“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, 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.

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”. This will be an event with DAWS (Danbury Animal Welfare Society). More detail to follow!

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.