“Heart of a Lion” on Tuesday May 24th at 7:00p.m.

Heart of a LionByrd’s Books welcomes Will Stolzenburg as he discusses his book, “Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America” on Tuesday May 24th at 7:00p.m.

Do you remember? I followed his journey on Facebook! In the summer of 2009, a young mountain lion left his home in the Black Hills of South Dakota and set out on a cross-country journey that covered two years and more than two thousand miles across America, passing within thirty miles of Manhattan before ending tragically on a Connecticut parkway. In this hour-long presentation of images, film, and firsthand accounts of those whose lives were touched by this record-setting cat, author Will Stolzenburg chronicles this modern odyssey of perseverance and survival against overwhelming odds. 

review quotes:

The journey quest at the heart of William Stolzenburg’s new book features an unconventional hero to be sure, a three-year-old mountain lion who remains unnamed throughout. Yet readers will find it both compelling and insightful, a worthy addition to the narratives of young adventurers in search of riches, love, and meaning…Stolzenburg’s thoughtful and gripping narrative, in the end, is less about the sad heart of a lion on a fruitless quest, and more about the hearts and minds of the humans whose territory it traversed. Laurance A. Marschall, Natural History magazine

Part demon hunt, part natural history mystery, part unrequited love story, Heart of a Lion keeps tragic adventure company with Sebastion Junger’s The Perfect Storm and Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. — Christopher Spatz, President, Cougar Rewilding Foundation

An exhilarating book for anyone who yearns after the wild. Susan Orlean, author, Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief

About the author:

William Stolzenburg has written hundreds of magazine articles about the science and spirit of saving wild creatures. A 2010 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow, he is the author of the books Where the Wild Things Were and Rat Island. He is also the screenwriter of the documentaries Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators, and Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship. He lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Join us for an evening with Peter Selgin on Saturday June 4th at 6:30pm

the InventorsWelcome home Bethel native Peter Selgin as he joins us to reveal his new book, The Inventors: A Memoir on Saturday June 4th at 6:30p.m.

About the book:

“This book is mainly about two men who were very important to me.

“The first was there at my conception; the second came along 13 years later. Both men shaped my personality . . .

“The first man was my father, Paul Selgin, who, it so happens, was an inventor. The second was my eighth grade English teacher.”

Both Selgin’s father and the man he calls the teacher” led remarkable lives. Among other things, Paul Selgin invented the first dollar billchanging-machine and helped design the so-called proximity fuse, which hastened the end of World War II. As for the teacher, he became a forceful advocate for human rights and diversity, championing the cause of indigenous peoples and refuges from Southeast Asia, while insisting that they not forget their history ironically, since the teacher did everything he could to obliterate his own. As Selgin discovers only after their deaths, for very different reasons both men felt compelled to reinvent themselves.

The Inventors is the story of how these two charismatic men shaped the author’s life. It’s also the story of a relationship between a boy and his teacher, a relationship that was equal parts inspiring and destructive.

About the author:

Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the Flannery O Connor Award for Fiction, a novel, two books on fiction writing, and several children s books. Confessions of a Left-Handed Man, his memoir-in-essays, was short-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize. His novel, The Water Master, won the Wisdom/Faulkner Society Prize for Best Novel. His essays have won many awards and honors, including six citations and two selections for the Best American anthologies, in which the title essay of his collection appears.
Selgin’s drama, A God in the House, based on Dr. Kevorkian and his suicide machine, was staged at the Eugene O Neill National Playwright s Conference in 1991. Other plays of his have won the Charlotte Repertory New Play Festival Competition, the Mill Mountain New Plays Competition, and the Stage 3 Theater Festival of New Plays. His paintings have been featured in The New Yorker, Gourmet, Outside, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal, and exhibited nationally.
Selgin is the prose editor of Alimentum: The Literature of Food, and nonfiction editor and art director of Arts & Letters. He is Assistant Professor of English at Georgia College and an associate faculty member of Antioch University s Creative Writing MFA program in Los Angeles.

 

Join us for a book discussion with the author of “The Rules of Love & Grammar” Tuesday June 7th at 7pm

Rules of LoveNot often do we have the chance to discuss a book with the author! Mary Simses joins us on Tuesday June 7th at 7:00p.m. for a discussion of her latest book, “The Rules of Love & Grammar”.

About the book:

A woman finds love and closure, and rediscovers herself, when she returns to her roots in the enchanting new novel from the author of “The Irresistible” “Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe.” Newly jobless, newly single, and suddenly apartmentless, writer Grace Hammond has come unmoored. A grammar whiz who’s brilliant at correcting “other “people’s errors, she hasn’t yet found quite the right set of rules for fixing her own mistakes. Desperate to escape the city and her trifecta of problems, Grace hits pause and retreats to her Connecticut hometown. What begins as a short visit with her parents quickly becomes a far more meaningful stay, though, as she discovers that the answers to what her future holds might be found by making peace with-and even embracing-the past. As Grace sets out to change her ways and come to terms, finally, with the tragedy that took her older sister’s life so many years ago, she rekindles a romance with her high school sweetheart, Peter, now a famous Hollywood director who’s filming a movie in town. Sparks also fly at the local bike shop, where Grace’s penchant for pointing out what’s wrong rattles the owner’s ruggedly handsome schoolteacher son, Mitch. Torn between the promise of a glamorous life and the allure of the familiar, Grace must decide what truly matters-and whether it’s time for her to throw away the rule book and bravely follow her heart.”

Ethan & Vita Morrow join us June 19th for a discussion of how to read a worldess book

The WhalePlease join us for a very special afternoon with authors Ethan Morrow and Vita Morrow as they reveal the process for creating their stunning book, “The Whale”. We will also discuss the way to best read a wordless book and how it can spark imagination in all age groups. 2:00p.m. – light refreshments will be served.

About the book:

There is a legend that a Great Spotted Whale lives in the ocean, although a sighting fifty years ago was never corroborated. Now two young whale watchers each set out to find the whale, one armed with sound-recording equipment, the other with a camera. When their boats collide, they pool their resources to capture incontrovertible proof that the mythical whale exists. The eventual sighting is a magical moment, especially when the children discover that it was their own grandparents who first glimpsed the whale fifty years ago. The Murrows’ spectacular wordless adventure is brought to life with stunning graphite drawings that convey the drama and haunting beauty of the ocean and capture the majesty of the awe-inspiring whale.

The book received a starred review in Kirkus, which reads in part: “Photorealistic graphite drawings stretch across pages, bringing sea spray, wires, lenses, wooden planks, waves, ropes, and frayed fabric into penetrating focus. These extraordinary black-and-white illustrations, etched with details, crosshatches, shadows, and shading, charge the children’s expedition with a pulsing, breathless urgency. Their preternatural technical proficiencies and passion-fueled mission emerge somehow as entirely believable. More astounding is the artist’s uncanny ability to reproduce the murky transparency of rippling ocean water, a whale submerged silently just beneath. Wordless, with masterful artwork and an intriguing narrative undertow, this whale’s tale will transfix.”

If you would like to watch a video of five questions with the authors, click HERE.

Author Hannah McKinnon returns to discuss her latest book, “Mystic Summer”

Mystic SummerI just love discussing books with the author! Hannah McKinnon returns to discuss her latest book, “Mystic Summer”, the sequel to “Lake Season”. Join us on Wednesday June 29th at 7:00.

About the book:

Returning home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, after her seemingly perfect life unravels, Maggie Griffin, expecting to find comfort in family and familiarity, instead runs into a young man from her past whose life has taken a turn that puts her own struggles in harsh perspective. By the author of The Lake Season.

About the author: Hannah McKinnon

Hannah McKinnon is the author of “The Lake Season”. She graduated from Connecticut College and the University of South Australia. She lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, with her family, a flock of chickens, and two rescue dogs.

 

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