Erik Ofgang shares the story of Gillette Castle on Thursday July 27 at 7pm

Erik Ofgang returns to Byrd’s Books with his new book, “Gillette Castle: A History” on Thursday July 27th at 7:00pm. To save a spot, click HERE.

About the book:

During his career as an actor, William Gillette portrayed world-renowned character Sherlock Holmes in more than 1,300 performances. His career as a playwright and actor afforded him the opportunity to purchase a 184-acre estate, where he also built a twenty-four-room medieval-style castle. Overlooking the Connecticut River, Gillette’s castle was complete with spy mirrors, sliding furniture, hidden rooms and a three-mile quarter-scale railroad. Since becoming a state park in 1943, it has evolved into one of Connecticut’s most popular tourist attractions. Writer and award-winning journalist Erik Ofgang examines the history of an iconic structure and Gillette’s life and role in the evolution of Sherlock Holmes.

About the author:

Erik Ofgang is an award-winning writer, musician and magician whose work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers throughout the country, including the Associated Press, the Hartford Courant and Connecticut Magazine, where he is a senior writer. His debut book, Buzzed: Beers, Booze & Coffee Brews, Where to Enjoy the Best Craft Beverages in New England, was released in 2016. He teaches writing and journalism at Western Connecticut State University’s MFA writing program and at Mercy College. When he’s not writing, he can be found playing bass with the Celtic roots band MacTalla Mor. He lives in western Connecticut with his wife, Corinne, and their Labradoodle, Iris.

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Summer Thursdays in the Downtown

We celebrate summer in Bethel by staying open until 7:00pm on Thursdays and offering specials in six stores from 5:00-7:00pm: 20% of your choice of a book. Just mention the program when you check out.

Byrd’s Books, English Apothecary, Gift Cottage, John Fulton Jewelers, Silver Touch and the Toy Room are the participants.

 

Byrd’s Books offers 20% off your purchase (5-7:00pm).

July is Where’s Waldo month in Bethel!

Where’s Waldo in Bethel? wraps up tomorrow with a party at 1:00pm for Waldo Hunters who have 20-25 stamps on their passports. Waldo will be in attendance, and First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker will help Waldo pull the winning prize tickets!

Where’s Waldo? In Bethel of course.  The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more.

In celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and independent bookstores all across the country, including Byrd’s Books here in Bethel, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses.
There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire

DSCF5116month of July, ending with a party on Saturday July 29th for those who qualify with 20-25 businesses visited on their passport. The “Passport” is HERE and copies will be available in all 25 locations.

Good luck Waldo hunters!

For more information about hunting for Waldo in Bethel call Byrd’s Books at 203-730-2973.

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Join us for the book launch of “I Love You, Michael Collins” Saturday July 8th at 2:00pm

Please join us for the book launch of Lauren Barat-Logsted’s later book, “I Love You Michael Collins” on Saturday July 8th at 2:00pm. You can register HERE.

About the book:

It’s 1969 and the country is gearing up for what looks to be the most exciting moment in U.S. history: men landing on the moon. Ten-year-old Mamie’s class is given an assignment to write letters to the astronauts. All the girls write to Neil Armstrong (“So cute!”) and all the boys write to Buzz Aldrin (“So cool!”). Only Mamie writes to Michael Collins, the astronaut who will come so close but never achieve everyone else’s dream of walking on the moon, because he is the one who must stay with the ship. After school ends, Mamie keeps writing to Michael Collins, taking comfort in telling someone about what’s going on with her family as, one by one, they leave the house thinking that someone else is taking care of her–until she is all alone except for her cat and her best friend, Buster. And as the date of the launch nears, Mamie can’t help but wonder: Does no one stay with the ship anymore? With I LOVE YOU, MICHAEL COLLINS, Lauren Baratz-Logsted has created a heartwarming story about family and being true to yourself.

Cake will be served! (read the book to understand why!!!)

About the author:

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 25 books for adults, teens and children, including the popular nine-book series The Sisters 8, which she created with her husband and daughter. Before becoming a writer, Lauren was an independent bookseller, Publishers Weekly reviewer, freelance editor, sort-of librarian, and window washer. She lives in Danbury, Connecticut, with her family and their cat, Yoyo. She still remembers watching the astronauts land on the moon.

Bethel Summerfest & Sidewalk Sale

sidewalksaleByrd’s Books will be out on the sidewalk and inside the store with specials on both Friday July 14th and Saturday July 15th! Many books and gifts on the sidewalk Saturday from $.50-$1.00 See you there…

 

 

Authors signing books will be outside for the day on Saturday the 15th- get your signed copy!

The 143rd in Iraq: The 143rd in Iraq provides a firsthand account of a National Guard Military Police Company’s attempt to recruit and prepare an Iraqi Police Force and the dangers they faced as a result. Ever wonder what “boots on the ground” means? This history makes it clear, putting you in the thick of the action with these brave men and women.
Marc Younquist has over 40 years experience in military and law enforcement. After retiring, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve, and then the Connecticut Army National Guard. During this time, he served in Panama, the Dominican Republic, as 9/11 Airport Security, and in Western Baghdad. Marc has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Marc lives, writes and builds kayaks with his wife and dogs in Connecticut.
                               
Love Your Life: Have you ever experienced the nagging sensation that your life hasn’t turned out the way you planned? This book is designed to help you get back on track so that you can live a life that you love and reclaim your happiness. If you’re ready to live a life that is both satisfying and fulfilling, this book is for you.
Cheryl Marks Young has ventured from the Caribbean to Antarctica, hitting all seven continents during her travels. Although trained in finance, Young explored several other job files, including hiking guide, travel writer, matchmaker, jewelry designer, professional coach and author. Through her own discovery process, she developed the Love Your Life process and used it to find her husband, the perfect home and a high-paying job with a successful nonprofit. Young now lives with her family in New Jersey and coaches others who want to crate a life they love.

What a great way to celebrate Summeriest and spend a weekend in Bethel- join us!

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Byrd’s Books Summer Bookmark Contest- May 1st-31st

Design a bookmark inspired by your favorite book! You could win a Gift Certificate for $25.00 and 25 of your bookmarks in print for you to give to friends and WE will pass out the five winning designs all summer! The contest runs the month of May and will be judged by BethelArts.

ONE winning bookmark will be produced from EACH of the following 5 categories:

K – 3rd Grades, 4th – 5th Grades6th -8th Grades, 9th -12th Grades and we have added an Adult category!

Note- the size of the space for the bookmark is actually 2 inches wide by 6 inches high.

Click HERE for form.

Artwork and completed entry forms must be returned to Byrd’s Books by Wednesday May 31st at end of day.

 

 

 

 

Educator Night at Byrd’s Books TONIGHT!

Dear Educators,

We would like to thank you for all that you do with a night just for educators! You are invited to join us Friday June 9th from 5:00pm-8:00pm for a festive evening of a Wine & Cheese reception, author presentations, publisher promotions and gifts with a 30% OFF SALE any book in the store.

Registration requested, click HERE.

The sale does not include author event books. Please bring school ID if this is your first time visiting Byrd’s Books!

Byrd’s Books is closed Tuesday July 4th

Byrd’s Books is closed Tuesday July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends. See you Wednesday when we open back up.

Closed Sunday April 16th

We will be closed Sunday April 16th to allow staff to celebrate the Easter Holiday with family.

David Leite’s New memoir is “Notes On a Banana”

Please join us when David returns for a book discussion of this book on Thursday June 15th with our Book Group.

Byrd’s Books welcomed back author David Leite in celebration of his memoir, “Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression”. For those of us who were fortunate enough to attend David’s author talk on his last book, “The New Portuguese Table” we got a preview of this new, wonderful book.

Released by Harper Collins April 11th: 

The stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite s Culinaria a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity.

Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, “Banana” as his mother endearingly called him, obsessed over proper hair care, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French, thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of bipolar disorder. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in cooking, Julia Child, and a Viking stove he named “Thor.”

Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, yet tender memoir of growing up, accepting himself, and turning his love of food into an award-winning career. Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David looks back at the highs and lows of his life: from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to “turn straight” through Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown Manhattan, to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher, to his twenty-three-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David s readers as “The One,” which began with (what else?) food. Woven throughout these stories are the dishes David loves the tastes that led him to happiness, health, and success.

A blend of Kay Redfield Jamison s An Unquiet Mind, the food memoirsof Ruth Reichl, Anthony Bourdain, and Gabrielle Hamilton, and the character-rich storytelling of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and Jenny Lawson, Notes on a Banana is a feast that dazzles, delights, and, ultimately, heals.

About the author:

The winner of multiple James Beard awards, Leite grew up in a blue-collar Portuguese home in Fall River, MA, longing for middle-class stability and struggling with bipolar disorder, which was not diagnosed until his mid-thirties. Meanwhile, he threw himself into cooking.

My review of the book on Goodreads:

In a beautifully written memoir of self-discovery, David Leite takes us on a journey of finding the true balance in his heritage, his sexual orientation, his bi-polar disorder and his deep and abiding love of food. With the anchor of strong family and culture, the author mines the depths of mental illness and the aching journey of diagnosis to find balance and, ultimately, happiness. From the author of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria, David Leite has given us a feast of a journey to devour in this piercing memoir.

Would like a signed book? Click HERE, and pick it up at the store.

Would you like a signed book mailed to you or a friend? Click HERE.

 

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