Writing Workshops With Judith Marks-White

Judith Marks-White has been conducting a great series of writing workshops at the store, so here we have scheduled another round! They fill up quickly so register here early!

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 November 1st, 4:00p.m.
Saturday November 15th, 4:00p.m.
Sunday December 7th, 3:00p.m.
Sunday January 11th, 3:00p.m.
Tuesday January 20th, 7:00p.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!!

 

Michael Nethercott returns with the latest in his O’Nelligan and Plunket series!

Originally from Bethel, Michael Nethercott returned to Byrd’s Books to tell the tale in the latest installment in his O’Nelligan and Plunket series, “The Haunting Ballad: A Mystery” on Saturday October 25th at 4:00 p.m. Perfect timing for a haunting tale we say! A Great time and a wonderful read- don’t mis it.Haunting Ballad

About the book:

seance society“The Seance Society “introduced mystery lovers to Mr. O’Nelligan and Lee Plunkett, an unlikely pair of sleuths on an equally unlikely case with a supernatural twist. Having taken over his father’s PI business, Lee enlists O’Nelligan, a dapper Irishman with a flair for solving mysteries, to help catch a killer. Now, in Michael Nethercott’s “The Haunting Ballad,” this sleuthing “odd couple” are back in another witty, charming, and wonderfully written mystery, this time set in 1957 in the burgeoning music scene of New York City’s Greenwich Village. It’s the spring of 1957, and O’Nelligan and Plunkett are summoned to New York to investigate the death of a controversial folk song collector. The trail leads the pair to a diverse group of suspects including an eccentric Beat coffee house owner, a family of Irish balladeers (who may be IRA), a bluesy ex-con, a hundred-and-five-year-old Civil War drummer boy, and a self-proclaimed “ghost chanter” who sings songs that she receives from the dead. To complicate matters, there’s a handsome, smooth-talking young folk singer who Lee’s fiancee Audrey is enthralled by. And somewhere in the Bohemian swirl of the Village, a killer waits…

Meet Rev. Patricia Brooks, author of “God is in the Little Things: Messages From Golden Angels”

God is in the Samll ThingsByrd’s Books welcomes Rev. Patricia Brooks as she discusses her struggle to reclaim her connection to her Higher Self and discover the meaning of her life. Patricia will discuss her past lives from Ancient Rome to present day Boston. Patricia will share the journey of her book, “God is in the Little Things: Messages From Golden Angels”.

Please join us for this special afternoon Sunday November 2nd at 2:00pm.

About the author:

Patricia is an animal totem intuitive, angel card reader, and healer with the Seven Rays. Patricia authors two spiritual blogs and is a contributing writer to Lightworkers World.

 

Andy Thibault joins us to discuss “More Cool Justice” Tuesday November 19th at 7:00pm

More Cool JusticeWe welcome journalist Andy Thibault for an exciting evening as he discusses his latest book, “More Cool Justice”.

About the book:

Andy Thibault is the author of the newly released “more COOL JUSTICE”, a second collection of hard-hitting essays credited with helping to free a woman unjustly convicted of first degree murder. Novelist Chandra Prasad calls Thibault “Connecticut’s premiere journalistic warrior.” Wally Lamb says: “Thibault is a junkyard dog for justice who bares his teeth at pomposity and institutional unfairness and only bites the truly deserving.” Thibault was honored by the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information in 2014 with the Stephen Collins Award for his “many contributions to the cause of open and accountable government and a free and vigorous press.” His first collection, “Law and Justice in Everyday Life”, was published in 2002, featuring an introduction by Howard Zinn and foreword by F. Lee Bailey. (true crime, journalism)

About the author:

Thibault is chairman emeritus of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust and has taught at Western Connecticut State University, the University of Hartford and Northwestern Connecticut Community College. Mr. Thibault has been an editor at such publications as The Hartford Courant, The Stamford Advocate, The Commercial Record, Norwich Bulletin, Register Citizen and The Times Leader. His profiles of subjects including poets and prosecutors, as well as essays on the arts, have appeared in Connecticut Magazine and Northeast Magazine. His work has also appeared on “Page Six” of The New York Post. He is a former commissioner and hearing officer for the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, an agency charged with opening access to government records; a former vice chairman of the Litchfield Board of Education and a former board member of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.

Thibault’s work as an investigative reporter and feature writer has earned numerous state and national awards. A judge from the Society of Professional Journalists writing competition said this about Thibault’s probe of the cover-up of a hit-and-run death in a Connecticut city: “The writer explores whether New London’s former mayor benefited from a widespread cover-up for the 1973 hit-and-run death of a college student. Witty, compelling — the writer has a knack for speaking in conversational tone, all the while quietly weaving in crucial facts to support his arguments that more people should be outraged by the shoddy circumstances surrounding the 1973 investigation.”

He co-authored and edited a series on the court system’s handling of a juvenile sexual assault case in 1982 and 1983 that led to changes in Connecticut law regarding the status of juveniles in adult court. The series won first place prizes from the National Newspaper Association for investigative reporting, the New England Press Association for community service and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting. Twice since 1999 Thibault’s notes and sources were sought by a lawyer who subpoenaed him to federal court. He refused to give up the sources and notes, and the court and the lawyer eventually left him alone. His legal expenses were subsidized by friends, colleagues, pro bono assistance from attorneys Phil Russell, Roy Ward and Norm Pattis and the Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund.

Read more about the author here.

We Are Water

WeAreWaterBy Wally Lamb

With humor and compassion, New York Times bestselling author Wally Lamb brilliantly captures human experience through vivid and unforgettable characters struggling to find hope and redemption in the aftermath of trauma and loss.

Annie Oh – wife, mother, and artist – has shaken her family to its core. After twenty-seven years of marriage and three children, Annie has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy, cultured, confident Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success. The two plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers, Connecticut, where gay marriage has recently been legalized. But this provokes mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s box of toxic secrets – dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs’ lives.

Told in the alternating voices of the Ohs – nonconformist Annie; her psychologist ex-husband, Orion; their do-gooder daughter, Ariane, and her rebellious twin, Andrew; and the free-spirited youngest, Marissa – We Are Water is vintage Wally Lamb: a compulsively readable and uplifting masterpiece that digs deep into the complexities of the human heart to explore the ways we search for love and meaning in our lives.

Nan Rossiter’s new book is “Under a Summer Sky”.

IMG_1033Connecticut author Nan Rossiter joined 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.

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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 black retriever named Finnigan. When not working, she enjoys hiking with her family and vacationing on Cape Cod.

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.

 

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.

 

Amy Nawrocki returns to Byrd’s Books! Saturday March 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Some of you may remember Amy when she joined us for our “History of Connecticut Food” and “History of Connecticut Wine” slide show and food/wine event. Well, we heard Amy was coming out with a new poetry book and we wanted her to come to Byrd’s Books to share it with you!! We love Amy’s poetry, and we know you will too.

Advance praise for Amy’s book:

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From poet Leslie McGrath:

Amy Nawrocki’s poems celebrate preservation and renewal in New England landscapes. Births, deaths, and the whimsical appearance of the mysterious—all are welcomed as the poet invites us to “light the light that will unblind us.” Nawrocki is a deft observer of the beauty of work, be it pickling or pulling a quahog from the muck. The weathered and the wasting, too, are treated with wonder by this poet who describes a bygone farm in which pumpkins in a field are “sitting like children watching a magic show.”

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