Byrd’s Books brings “Fairfield County Chef’s Table” to LaZingara Ristorante

Both the August 6th and August 13th dates are sold out.

Please join us at Bethel’s “2014 Best Restaurant”, LaZingara Ristorante, for an evening of fine food, a book signing, an author talk…and a recipe to go! We will gather at the restaurant at 6:30 on Wednesday August 13th (August 6th is sold out) when Amy will discuss her book.

Byrd’s Books is excited to welcome Amy Kundrat to LaZingara for a discussion of her new book, “Fairfield County Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Connecticut’s Gold Coast”. The evening will include farm-inspired fare from LaZingara, a signed copy of Amy’s book and a recipe to go!

About the book:

Fairfield County stakes a claim to some of Connecticut’s most diverse terrain, an enviable proximity to New York City, and a discerning community of food lovers driving the demand for a vibrant dining scene. The Gold Coast boasts some of the country’s toniest neighborhoods, such as Greenwich and Southport, as well as the state’s largest cities, including the historic port city of Norwalk, the corporate-minded Stamford, and the diverse Bridgeport. Fine dining, dense downtown dining districts, and neighborhood bodegas are equally at home along this dense and diverse corridor. Along Fairfield County’s suburban center are such towns as Ridgefield, New Canaan, and Westport, whose historic Main Streets and cultural landmarks draw a family-oriented population. As a result, reclaimed taverns, farmers’ markets, and upscale dining districts scattered with family-friendly options abound. At the landlocked northern fringes, quiet enclaves such as Easton, Wilton, and Newtown have large swaths of protected and undeveloped land, as well as bountiful farmland and a handful of farm-to-table restaurants.With recipes for the home cook from over fifty of the area’s most celebrated restaurants and showcasing over 200 full-color photos featuring mouth-watering dishes, famous chefs, and lots of local flavor, “Fairfield County Chef’s Table” is the ultimate gift and keepsake cookbook for both tourists and locals. LaZingara Ristorante has a recipe in Amy’s book!!

About the author:  

Amy Kundrat is the executive editor of CTbites, the award-winning website devoted to chronicling great food in Connecticut, especially her home in Fairfield County. A communications specialist with a concentration in new media, Amy’s career leading external communications teams has taken her from world-class art museums, to technology start-ups, and academic institutions. She currently works in New Haven at Yale University, where she indulges in the city’s vibrant food-truck scene. Amy is from Bethel.

About LaZingara: 

Imagine 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. It’s also home to a sibling, ECCO Rooftop Eatery and Bar, a more casual bistro up the stairs in back. A casual, glassy bistro, the whole place basks in the sunlight and glows in the moonlight.

The evening:  $50.00 per person (tax and gratuity included, cash bar): includes farm-inspired fare at LaZingara, a signed copy of Amy’s book (regularly $24.95 plus tax) and a recipe to take with you.    

Each registrant may bring a guest to dine at an additonal $25.00.

Each additional book is $22.00 each (event discount, sales tax included)

To register, click here. Event limited to 30 registrants.

 

Mark Allen Baker tells the stories of “Spies of Revolutionary Connecticut”

Spies? In Connecticut? Yes…..there were “Spies In Revolutionary Connecticut”! and author Mark Allen Baker is here to tell the tale!

About the book: Spies of Rev. CT

Covert intelligence played a critical role in the American Revolution. Connecticut produced an extraordinary number of spies on both sides of the conflict, from the infamous traitor and Norwich-born Benedict Arnold to Patriot Nathan Hale, executed by the British for espionage. Spying during the Revolution entailed coded messages, early submarines with the first exploding torpedoes and the penalty of death for those caught in the act. Despite the risk, some spies even played both sides as double agents, such as Edward Bancroft, who was never caught. With stories of Silas Deane, Ethan Allen, Thomas Knowlton, the Culper Spy Ring and others, author Mark Allen Baker navigates the intrigues, dangers and double crosses of Connecticut’s most legendary Revolutionary spies.

About the author:

Mark Allen Baker is a resident of Hebron, Connecticut and is a former business executive of General Electric/Genigraphics Corporation, author, historian and writer. Baker is a graduate of the State University of New York, with postgraduate work at M.I.T., R.I.T. and George Washington University. He is currently the editor of The Pen & Quill, a worldwide book and manuscript journal serving the needs of historians, archivists and major auction houses.

 

Nan Rossiter joins us to discuss her book, “Under a Summer Sky”.

Connecticut author Nan Rossiter will join us for Book Group Thursday September 18th at 7:30p.m. to discuss her book “Under a Summer Sky”!

About the book:

New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter transports readers to Cape Cod with a warm, compelling story of family, new beginnings, and finding the courage to love honestly and well

The old Cape Cod house that Laney Coleman shares with her minister husband Noah and their five boys is usually brimming with cheerful chaos. There’s nothing fancy about the ancient kitchen or the wooden floors scuffed by the constant parade of activity and the clicking claws of their two Labrador retrievers. It’s a place to savor the sea breeze wafting through the windows, or sip coffee on the porch before another hectic day begins. This summer, life promises to be even busier than usual, because Noah’s younger brother, Micah, wants to hold his upcoming wedding on their property.

Under a Summer

Though thrilled that Micah has found happiness after past heartache, Laney is apprehensive about having her home turned upside down. She has other concerns too her youngest son is being bullied at school, and Noah’s father is not the robust patriarch he once was, in mind or body. As the bride and groom’s large, close-knit families gather, there will be joyful celebration but also unexpected sorrows and revelations, and a chance to store up a lifetime of memories during the fleeting, precious days of summer.

About the author:

Nan Parson Rossiter is the author / illustrator of several award-winning books for children including Rugby & Rosie, The Way Home, and Sugar on Snow. She lives in rural Connecticut with her husband, two handsome sons, and a yellow re triever named Mul ligan. When not working, she enjoys hiking with her family and vacationing on Cape Cod.

Fairfield County Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Connecticut’s Gold Coast ( Chef’s Table )

Fairfield CountyBy Amy Kundrat. Amy Kundrat is the executive editor of CTbites, the award-winning website devoted to chronicling great food in Connecticut, especially her home in Fairfield County. A communications specialist with a concentration in new media, Amy’s career leading external communications teams has taken her from world-class art museums, to technology start-ups, and academic institutions. She currently works in New Haven at Yale University, where she indulges in the city’s vibrant food-truck scene. Amy lives in Bethel.

How Patience Works: The Quiet Mind To Benefit Others (How Life Works)

HowPatienceWorks-cvr-thumbBy Janet Ettele. In How Patience Works, Troy continues his journey in the fable that began with How Generosity Works and How the Root of Kindness Works. The teachings of Master Shantideva’s Perfection of Patience provide the guiding wisdom that leads Troy as he struggles to conquer the internal tyrant of his own anger. Building on the lessons learned from Grace in How Generosity Works, and Abe in How the Root of Kindness Works, Troy and his girlfriend Maggie encounter another sage. Mrs. Sternau is an elderly widow who is a regular customer a the diner where they work. The mysterious way she shares her wisdom that crosses between dimensions of time unfolds into teaching Troy the next lesson he needs to learn: Patience. (May 6th release)

Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey writes about bees and honey

MarinaA leading authority in the world of honey tasting, Marina Marchese has dedicated her life to honeybees and to educating chefs, foodies and beekeepers across the country about the culinary delights of single-origin honey. Marina has shared her inspirational journey as a beekeeper in her international best selling book “HONEYBEE Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper” and now the groundbreaking concept of terroir and tasting and pairing honey in her recent book “The Honey Connoisseur” (co-written with Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine). Red Bee honey is now carried at Byrd’s Books.

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David K. Leff has published his new novel in verse, “Finding the Last Hungry Heart”

David K. Leff has published his latest novel in verse, “Finding the Last Hungry Heart”. As David stated, “It’s a project I’ve worked on for thirty-five years.”

About the book:  Finding the Last

The story is a confluence of the present and the 1960s.  Caleb Dempster, a disillusioned refugee from that turbulent era makes his living operating a municipal landfill, dealing with the waste of a society he’d once hoped to reform.  One night Dempster catches some teens climbing the landfill fence in the hope of spotting a bear that’s feeding on the garbage.  The kids’ interest in Dempster’s past enables him to see some value in experiences that had only tormented him with disappointment.  There’s some small town politics and violence, but ultimately the kids enable Dempster to triumph by finding value in what he had thought was a wasted youth of unfulfilled promises.

About the author: David K. Leff

David K. Leff, author of numerous essays, columns, and stories for the Hartford CourantAppalachia and other publications, is a former Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is a member of the Collinsville Historic District Commission and was chairman for twenty years, is a former volunteer firefighter, and a Boy Scout merit badge counselor.

The author of three nonfiction books and three volumes of poetry, David has read his work, given book talks, and lectured on literary and environmental topics throughout Connecticut and beyond.  He is on the board of Directors of the Riverwood Poetry Series.

 

Janet Ettele has a new book to share with us June 7th at 4:00p.m.

Janet Ettele has released the third book in her “How Life Works” series.

About the book:

Things are looking up for Troy. Summer’s around the corner, he’s wrapping up his spring semester at the community college, and the dynamics with his stepmother Maureen are at least more polite than they were a few months ago. He knows he’s lucky to have met Grace and Abe who, through their kindness and shared wisdom, have helped him begin to turn his life around. He’s in love with Maggie and knows he’s lucky she loves him in return even after he’s told her some of the darker things from his past. He’s determined to clean up his act and grow into the man he wants to be. With the things he’s learned from Grace and Abe that means developing his wisdom and offering across-the-board compassion, including to Maureen.

About the author:

Life is filled with chance meetings, and there are some that change your life in the most unexpected ways. I’ll start by telling you about the chance meeting I had with John Cerullo, a publisher and fellow student at a Tibetan Buddhist Center.  JKEttelePortrait-300x200

It was 2010 when John and I had a conversation about a shared vision to present the Buddhist teachings in such a way that non-Buddhists could benefit, and without implying a need to become Buddhist. Several months later I received an email from John describing his concept for a series of books based on The Six Perfections taught in Buddhism. He didn’t seem concerned that I am not an authority on the subject. Nor did he seem concerned that I had never written fiction, created characters, plot, or dialog. Accustomed to life’s unexpected turns, I took a giant leap of faith, a lot of deep breaths, and began the journey of writing the series.

Writing on a topic as profound as The Six Perfections isn’t something I take lightly, and my comfort level has undeniably been stretched by the work involved. I have benefited tremendously by the challenging and deeper study required, and I am extremely fortunate to have the help and guidance from excellent teachers where I study at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling (DNKL) in Redding, Connecticut.  To begin, I took the adage “write what you know” to heart. For my first attempt at creating a character I used my own life to form the outlines that are colored in by the distinct and unique character you will meet in Grace. Like Grace, I was divorced when my sons were very young, and with a degree in music I was able to earn money by teaching piano from home. And like Troy, the character whose journey we follow through the series, it was only through some stroke of luck that the right people were there to help me find my way when I was young and my life was at loose ends.

Dreaming of George Harrison

As a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, I studied music composition. For me, music is all about painting pictures with sound.  I feel writing is about the same thing, only with words. I have found that elements of music composition such as theme, phrasing, rhythm, and dynamics are common elements in writing words. It is an awareness of these shared elements that helps guide my writing.

When His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited DNKL in October 2012, I had the ultimate good fortune to present him with copies of my first two books, How Generosity Works and How the Root of Kindness Works. While I don’t presume he has read the books, just knowing the Dalai Lama has held them in his hands is more thrilling to me now than was the possibility of my fantasy as an eight-year-old that, if only I could meet him, George Harrison would hold my hand and fall in love with me.

Garbanzofest IV is September 20th!!

Please join us for a day of poetry, music and mayhem! Saturday September 20th marks Garbanzofest IV. lead the way by Marc Moorash and Ava Dawn Heydt.

About the day:   garbanzo

Bethel Connecticut’s Seraphemera Books and their Garbanzo Literary Journal, in conjunction with independent bookseller Byrd’s Books are excited to announce Garbanzofest 4 – A Celebration of Words – a community and family friendly party for the release of Garbanzo Literary Journal (book four).
Taking place on Saturday September 20th, 2014 journeying from 12pm (noon) until 4pm-ish, at Byrd’s Books at 126 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel CT, the event will feature live readings of stories and poems from a number of the authors published in Garbanzo, a number of authors reading their works via pre-recorded video or audio, and an open-mic for anybody who would like to read their work.  With music to round out the day- it will be THE place to be.
And LOTS of Hummus…
This is a free, all-ages invited event, open to all interested in continuing the traditions of storytelling (which means both telling a tale as well as being the ears interested in listening – as all stories need an audience), anybody who is interested in hearing good local music that both moves the soul and the body (c’mon everybody, it is time to dance – just follow the children who have no qualms about dancing to these artists), and anybody looking for a unique and creative event that is entirely put together by local artists and creators who are looking to increase the artistic and imaginative culture in Bethel, CT.
For additional information about the event, interviews, book information and more, please contact Marc Moorash at 832 515 9539

 

Writing Workshops With Judith Marks-White

Judith Marks-White returns to teach a series of workshops, “Tickling Your Funny Bone: The Art and Marketing of the Humorous and Reflective Essay”  Cover Seducing HarryJudith M-W

 “Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.” – Thomas Berger
 Learn to “put it there” in your own inimitable style. Discover your unique voice and talent as you create essays that will bring to life both the funny and serious person that you are.
The classes will function as workshops where you will be introduced to style, technique, tricks of the trade, and critiques of your work as you create a publishable piece of writing targeted to the current markets.

Once again, join Judith Marks-White at Byrd’s Books and learn how to release your “inner writer” by creating marketable essays by the person who knows you best: yourself.

The dates and times: You may register for one, or all of them (see registration button below). The fee for each workshop is $20.00, which is passed directly to the instructor.

Saturday August 16th, 4:00p.m.
Saturday September 13th, 4:00p.m.
Tuesday September 30th, 7:00p.m.
Tuesday October 7th, 7:00p.m.
Saturday October 11th, 4:00p.m.

About the author:

Award-winning Westport News columnist and novelist, Ms. Marks-White has been involved in the design and instruction of creative writing programs in Connecticut, and has taught writing for many years. She was an adjunct Professor of English/Writing at Norwalk Community College for many years where she won Teacher of the Year Award for 2005 “for imparting wisdom with contagious enthusiasm” and where she continues to teach a course in the Art and Marketing of Humor Writing. 

Ms. Marks-White turned her attention to novel writing.  ”Seducing Harry” was her debut novel.  Her second novel, is “Bachelor Degree”. Both are published by Random House/Ballantine.  She is presently working on her third novel. Ms. Marks-White lives in Connecticut.

To register for the workshops click here. You can come to one- or all of them!!

 

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