Firegirl

FiregirlBy Connecticut author Tony Abbott

“This novel may be brief, but it leaves a big impact.” —Publishers Weekly

From the moment Jessica arrives, life is never quite the same for Tom and his seventh-grade classmates. They learn that Jessica was in a fire and was badly burned, and will be attending St. Catherine’s while getting medical treatments.

The Golden Vendetta

GoldenVendettaThird in the Copernicus Legacy series
By Connecticut author Tony Abbott

Evil never takes a vacation.

It’s been two months since the Kaplan family hunted down the Serpens relic, and the malicious, conniving Galina Krause seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. But it’s only the calm before another terrible storm. She and her lackey Ebner von Braun suddenly and violently reappear in the South of France, stealing a rare sixteenth-century astronomy book that will lead the villainous Order to the next Copernicus relic.

Wade, Darrell, Lily, and Becca have no choice but to get back in the game and square off against Galina in a desperate search for an artifact said to be crafted by Leonardo da Vinci himself perhaps the strangest Guardian of all. The dangerous chase leads the Kaplans from Morocco to Monte Carlo, but along the way they uncover another layer to Galina’s sinister endgame… and there might not be enough time to stop it.

Filled with pulse-pounding action and cryptic codes, The Golden Vendetta is the third engrossing book in bestselling author Tony Abbott’s cloak-and-dagger series for young readers.

By Mouse & Frog

By Mouse and FrogBy Deborah Freedman – a Connecticut author!

A spritely read-aloud about the challenges and joys of collaboration.

Fastidious Mouse has one idea about how to tell a story. Free-spirited Frog has another. What happens when Frog crashes into Mouse’s story with some wild ideas? Chaos!…followed by the discovery that working together means being willing to compromise and that listening to one another can lead to the most beautiful stories of all.

In her best book yet, the visionary creator of Blue Chicken and The Story of Fish and Snail has crafted another subtle, clever book-about-books that’s also a delightfully entertaining story featuring adorable characters who will win readers’ hearts.

Postcards from the Highway of Life on Saturday September 12th at 4:00pm

Postcards_Cover_FinalPlease join us as we welcome Garrison Leykam as he discusses and signs his new book, Postcards from the Highway of Life on Saturday September 12th at 4:00p.m.

About the book:

Just like vintage postcards capture and share in pictures the memories of a favorite road trip, Postcards from the Highway of Life captures in words the people and places and things that have influenced author Garrison Leykam on the experiential highway of his life. Whether it’s contemplating how to handle life’s stresses through his musings about a malted milk, lamenting the lost art of letter writing or humorously recalling the potential for pressure cookers to take Sunday dinners airborne, Leykam’s Postcards from the Highway of Life is both a rich essay about baby boomer values as well as a wake-up call to preserve an entire generation’s identity. Leykam returns readers to the memory of one’s favorite diner booth where he serves a menu of life essays that will satiate even the greatest hunger for a return to basic values in today’s chaotic world. Postcards From The Highway Of Life is simple, profound wisdom served in heaping portions of nostalgia, memories and and the very stuff of what makes life meaningful.

About the author:

Garrison Leykam is an AARP card-carrying, motorcycle riding baby boomer, producer, author, stand-up comic and TV and radio host. He has been often referred to as the “the reinventor” as he lives his life in true George Plimpton-ian fashion, namely, upholding his philosophy that life should be a participatory adventure, not a spectator sport. His website is his online diner. And, like most classic roadside eateries, you never know who you might be sitting next to at the counter. On the menu are entertaining and informative podcasts, articles and profiles served-up by noted celebrities, experts and just plain everyday folks. Garrison’s online radio show, Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys, has eclipsed two million listens.

To register for this event and pre-order a copy of the book, click here.

“Garrison Leykam in his wonderful and erudite Postcards from the Highway of Life has done a beautiful capturing of America the Beautiful. His work demonstrates how this country at that time produced the Greatest Generation….”

—Ed Asner, Actor and winner of seven Emmy Awards

“Garrison Leykam sets his sights on real life, and in the process illumi- nates the process (and wonder) of living itself.”

—Christine Ohlman, the “The Beehive Queen”/Vocalist, member of the The Saturday Night Live Band

“Garrison Leykam’s essays provide windows to the past, present and fu- ture. His ‘postcards’ are a reminder that each of us is on a journey and make some interesting stops along the way. It’s equal parts parenting guide, existential call to arms, travelogue and autobiography infused with Americana, nostalgia, wisdom, and wit.”

—Dr. Ramani Durvasula, Professor of Psychology, California State University and contributor to CNN, HLN, E! Network, Bravo

“Coffee and pondering a great question in an old diner. A place where many such problems have been considered over the years. I just know that I am in good company.”

—Craig Vetter, American designer and inventor

 

Celebrate the paperback release of “Lincoln’s Gamble” by Todd Brewster on Wednesday September 16th at 7pm

Lincolns GamblePlease join us at Byrd’s Books on Wednesday September 16th at 7:00p.m. for an author talk and book signing of “Lincoln’s Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months That Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War” with Connecticut author Todd Brewster.

About the book:

On July 12, 1862, Abraham Lincoln spoke for the first time of his intention to free the slaves. On January 1, 1863, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, doing precisely that. In between, however, was a tumultuous six months, an episode during which the sixteenth president fought bitterly with his generals, disappointed his cabinet, and sank into painful bouts of clinical depression. Most surprising, the man who would be remembered as “The Great Emancipator” did not hold firm to his belief in emancipation. He agonized over the decision and was wracked by private doubts almost to the moment when he inked the decree that would change a nation. It was a great gamble, with the future of the Union, of slavery, and of the presidency itself hanging in the balance.
In this compelling narrative, Todd Brewster focuses on this crucial time period to ask: was it through will or by accident, intention or coincidence, personal achievement or historical determinism that he freed the slaves? “Brewster brings elegant clarity to the tangle of conflicting ideologies, loyalties, and practicalities that pushed the proclamation forward” (“Publishers Weekly”), portraying the president as an imperfect man with an unshakable determination to save a country he believed in, even as the course of the Civil War remained unknown.

“A masterful psychological portrait” (George Stephanopoulos) of the most critical six months in Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, when he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the course of the Civil War.

About the author:

Todd Brewster has served as Don E. Ackerman Director of Oral History at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and is a longtime journalist who has worked as an editor for Time and Life and as senior producer for ABC News. He has written for Vanity FairTimeLifeThe Huffington PostThe Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, and is the coauthor with the late Peter Jennings of the bestselling books The CenturyThe Century for Young People, and In Search of America. He lives with his wife and two sons in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Lincoln’s Gamble is his first book.

To register for this event click here.

Byrd’s Books welcomes Nan Rossiter as she joins us for a book discussion of “Nantucket” on Thursday September 24th at 7:00pm

NantucketPlease join us with New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter for a book discussion of her new book , “Nantucket” on Thursday September 24th at 7:00p.m

 About the book:

Over twenty-five years ago, Liam Tate and Acadia McCormick Knox fell in love. It was summer on Nantucket, and seventeen-year-old Liam knew that wealthy, college-bound Cadie was way out of league for a local boy who restored boats for a living. Yet the two became inseparable, seizing every chance to slip away in Liam’s runabout to secluded spots, far from the world that was trying to keep them apart. 

After Cadie returned home to New York and discovered she was pregnant, her parents crushed any hope of communicating with the boy she’d left behind. Unanswered letters and calls couldn’t change Liam’s heart, but over the years he’s settled into a simple, solitary life in his rambling beachfront house. Now he’s learned that Cadie is returning to Nantucket for the opening of her son’s art show. Over a weekend of revelations and poignant memories, Cadie and Liam have an opportunity to confront the difference time can make, the truths that never alter, and the bittersweet second chances that arrive just in time to steer a heart back home…

To save a spot and/or order a book, click here.

Becca and the Prisoner’s Cross

Becca-Tony AbbottA follow-up to Wade and the Scorpion’s Claw finds studious language expert Becca suffering from mysterious blackouts that allow her to see the time of Copernicus, where she receives coded messages about a next relic.

Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey comes back to Byrd’s Books for honey tasting on Wednesday July 15th at 7:00 p.m.

IMG_0382Byrd’s Books welcomed Marina Marchese back to the store for a honey tasting on Wednesday July 15th at 7:00p.m. What a treat!

A 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”.

We carry Red Bee honey and lip balm in the store for sale alongside her marvelous books!

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Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth

Big Top BurningOn Friday June 5th we hosted an exciting evening of history, pictures and discussion with Laura Woollett for the Book Launch of “Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth” all about the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire. The book is written for ages 10+, but the talk and slide show was geared to ALL ages, including adults.
About the book:
Big Top Burning investigates the 1944 Hartford circus fire and invites readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence

The fire broke out at 2:40 p.m. Thousands of men, women, and children were crowded under Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s big top watching the Flying Wallendas begin their death-defying high-wire act. Suddenly someone screamed “Fire!” and the panic began. By 2:50 the tent had burned to the ground. Not everyone had made it out alive.

With primary source documents and survivor interviews, Big Top Burning recounts the true story of the 1944 Hartford circus fire—one of the worst fire disasters in U.S. history. Its remarkable characters include: Robert Segee, the 15-year-old circus roustabout and known pyromaniac; and the Cook children, Donald, Eleanor, and Edward, who were in the audience when the circus tent caught fire. Guiding readers through the investigations of the mysteries that make this moment in history so fascinating, this book asks: Was the unidentified body of a little girl nicknamed “Little Miss 1565” Eleanor Cook? Was the fire itself an act of arson—and did Robert Segee set it? Big Top Burning combines a gripping disaster story, an ongoing detective and forensics saga, and World War II–era American history, inviting middle-grades readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence and draw their own conclusions.

We have signed copies at the store.

Writing Workshops With Judith Marks-White

writing workshop graphic2Judith Marks-White has been conducting a great series of writing workshops at the store, so here we have scheduled several more! 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.

The dates in this series of workshops: 

Sunday June 28th, 3pm
Tuesday July 14th, 7pm
Tuesday July 28, 7pm
Sunday Aug.9th, 3pm
Sunday August 13th, 3pm
Sunday Sept. 27, 3pm

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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