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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BMS In-Store Book Fair March 30, 31, April 1 and 2nd

BMS logoByrd’s Books welcomes the Bethel Middle School for their in-store Book Fair from Wednesday March 30th through Saturday April 2nd.

A special Ladies Night will be Thursday March 31st at 6:30pm.

Secret FilesWe will host authors Stephanie Robinson and Jessica Haight on Saturday April 2nd at 1:00p.m.. They are the authors of “The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow” (Delacourte Books for Young Readers)

Students, parents, guardians, friends and teachers are all welcome to shop in support of the BMS P.T.O. Special “Wish Lists” for the teachers will be provided to help add books to the classroom. A percentage of all sales during those days will be given to the BMS P.T.O. in support of students, teachers and programs.

For further information on the Book Fair, please contact the Bethel Middle School P.T.O directly, or call the store at (203) 730-2973




Our 2015 Holiday catalogue

NEIBA catalogCheck out the titles in our 2015 Holiday Catalogue! We have some great titles that are hand-picked just for you. Click here to be directed to the full listing.