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.

To register to save a spot and pre-order the book at a discounted price, click HERE.

Share the Love with Sharon Struth’s new book!

Bethel author Sharon Struth has a new book out! Check out her latest title!

About Sharon Struth:

Harvest MoonBestselling author Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best first Book. Her follow-up release, SHARE THE MOON-Book one in the Blue Moon Lake Novel Series-is published by Kensington Books and a Barnes & Noble romance bestseller. The series also includes Twelve Nights (11/15), Harvest Moon (12/15) and Bella Luna (2016).

She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut, along with her husband, two daughters and canine companion. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit sharonstruth.com or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle Ages & More at www.sharonstruth.wordpress.com.
Books will be available at the store for signing.
We also carry Connecticut author Terri-Lynne’s latest!
About Terri-Lynne DeFino:
Seeking CarolinaWriter, cat-wrantler, sparklequeen. My first fantasy novel, Finder, was published by Hadley Rille Books in October, 2010, followed by: A Time Never Lived in 2012, and Beyond the Gate in 2013. October 2015 will see the release of Seeking Carolina (first in the Bitterly Suite Series) from Lyrical, an imprint of Kensington Publishing, and my first attempt at romantic women’s fiction.

Sea Turtle Rescue: All About Sea Turtles and How to Save Them

Sae TurtleInspiring young animal lovers to get up close to sea turtles and the real-life challenges they face is what Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue is all about. Kids can connect their love of animals with their passion to help save them, discovering amazing true adventure stories, gorgeous photography, hands-on activities, fascinating information, and more. This introduction to sea turtles provides in-depth information about their habitats, challenges, and successes, so that kids can take action to help save these amazing endangered creatures. Proceeds help National Geographic conservation efforts.

We celebrated Bethel’s 160th birthday with Town Historian Patrick Wild on July 17th at 7:00p.m.

Historic BethelWhat better way to celebrate Bethel’s 160th birthday on July 17th than at Byrd’s Books with Bethel’s Town Historian Patrick Wild?! We were treated to a slide show and talk at 7:00p.m. on Bethel’s history on the 160th birthday of the Town of Bethel.

Copies of Patrick’s books, “Historic Tales of Bethel” and “Bethel Connecticut” were available for purchase and signing.

Melanie Barnum’s latest book, “Psychic Abilities for Beginners: Awaken Your Intuitive Senses”

Psychic AbilitiesWe were thrilled to have Melanie Barnum return with her latest book, “Psychic Abilities for Beginners: Awaken Your Intuitive Senses” on Thursday January 22nd at 6:30.

About the book:

There’s more to this lifetime than the naked eye can see, and “Psychic Abilities for Beginners” is the perfect guide to this unseen knowledge. When you develop your psychic skills, you will increase your confidence, stimulate your potential, and expose the magnificence that is already inside you. With true stories of actual psychic events and tips and techniques for starting your intuitive journey, author Melanie Barnum will help you: Discover your psychic senses with hands-on exercises Identify your unique psychic strengths Use your intuitive abilities to manifest abundance Enhance your relationships, career, and financial situation Overcome challenges and create a life you’ll love.

About the author:

MelanieBarnumMelanie Barnum (Bethel, CT) is a psychic medium, intuitive counselor, life coach, and hypnotist who has been practicing professionally for more than fifteen years. She was a VIP Reader at Psych Out, a gathering of the nation’s foremost psychics, organized by Court TV. Barnum is also an Angelspeake Facilitator, a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT).

“Art Young’s Types of the Old Home Town” is a part of Bethel’s history!

Art Young COVER

“Types of the Old Home Town” is a fond memory of small-town America, through illustrations and writings about characters or “types” such as The Lamp Lighter, The Village Grouch, Our Oldest Inhabitant, The Village Belle, The Retired Farmer, and more. Many of these images first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in the 1920s. If you are a fan of local history, storytelling, or Americana, this book is for you.

Local storyteller Marc Moorash (who made the film about the Stony Hill Inn – And the Swans Still Swim) will gave a presentation at Byrd’s Books with unreleased images, tales about some of the characters in the book, a little history on Art Young’s years in Bethel, and stories into how the manuscript was discovered and brought to print.

“Types of the Old Home Town” is published by the Bethel Historical Society in conjunction with the Art Young Gallery and Seraphemera Books. The book is an artistic piece to properly give homage to Art Young’s legacy – there is a numbered and limited first edition of 333 books. They are all handmade and hand-stitched, hard-covered and dust-jacketed books. Further, three random books in the run will have authentic Art Young autographs inserted into them as an added collector’s treasure!

The book is available at Byrd’s Books. The book can be ordered here, or by calling the store (203) 730-2973.

I was published in the New York Times!

New York TimesAs part of our Writer’s Workshops with Judith Marks-White, we were asked to write from a selection of prompts. I wrote a “Dear Santa” letter and submitted it, at Judith’s suggestion, to the Metropolitan Diary section of the New York Times. It was printed on December 23, 2014 and the comments that followed are as wonderful as seeing my name in print.

Here it is:

Dear Diary:

Dear Santa,

I would really like you to keep the New York of my youth. You know, the one without all the crowds of people.

I want the New York when my grandparents took me downstairs from their apartment to get ice cream at Schrafft’s.

I want the New York when my mom took me to the Plaza’s Palm Court for my birthday because I loved Eloise so much.

I want the Rockefeller Center where I run into my college buddies — no matter how often and when I visit.

I want the Pan Am Building back.

I want the New York where my other grandmother, thinking I would like opera, took me to “The Barber of Seville” before there were subtitles.

I want the New York where I can walk right up to Saint Patrick’s without a line and find peace in the quiet back chapel where the old ladies pray to Mary — even though I am not a Catholic.

So, knowing that my old New York is faded, could you please take care of the horses that pull the carriages until I get the chance to fulfill my dream to get a ride through Central Park?

I still believe,

Alice

P.S. Thank you for not letting them wreck the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal and for keeping the Metropolitan Museum.

Jerry Brooker returns to Byrd’s Books Friday December 19th at 7:00p.m.

Waiting For The Red CowJerry Brooker has a new book, “Waiting For the Red Cow”.

About the book:

“Waiting for the Red Cow” is the last in the trilogy about Tyszka and Sarah. We watched them survive Auschwitz and fall in love in “The Illustrator”, move to Palestine to help found Israel in “Oh, Israel, My Heart Yearns for Thee”. And now, in “Waiting for the Red Cow”, we follow them on the most perilous of all their journeys, from the statehood of Israel through the many Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.

It is only when the myth of the Red Cow’s arrival in Jerusalem comes true that the wars, tensions, and struggles of untold years end. It is a story of the intriguing power of the imagination that empowers the coming of a red cow.

About the author in Jerry’s words: Gerard Brooker, author photo

“I spent core part of my teaching experience as chairman of the English Department at Staples H.S. in Westport, CT. for 25 years. I published over 350 articles and poems, mostly about social issues. Books of poems: “A Quiet Conversation” (Wing and a Prayer Press, 2002); “Even Whispers Can Be Heard” (Goose River Press, 2004). Novels: “A Gathering of Doves” (Tate Publishing, 2006), “The Illustrator” (Tate Publishing, 2008), “The Jesus Ultimatum” (2009), “Dew Drops in Tree Tops: a Book of Haiku,” (2009), and another novel, “Oh Israel, My Heart Yearns for Thee” (2010), “There’s a Fortune Cookie in My Turtle Soup” (2012) and “short Stories and Essays: The Musings of a Man Held Captive by His Imagination” (2013).

To read more about Jerry’s amazing life click here. Jerry lives with his wife in Bethel.

 

 

Share the Moon

ShareMoonBy Bethel author Sharon Struth

Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.

Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.

Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.

Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.

“Heart-tugging small town romance with real emotion. Struth is an author to watch!” –Laura Drake, author of The Sweet Spot

Amy Kundrat’s “Fairfield County Chef’s Table” & LaZingara Ristorante

Byrd’s Books enjoyed a very special evening with Amy Kundrat at LaZingara for a discussion of her new book, “Fairfield County Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Connecticut’s Gold Coast”. The evening included 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.

We look forward to having another event like this one in the future. Byrd’s books keeps signed copies of Amy’s book at the store.

 

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