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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Small Business Saturday at Byrd’s Books- November 26th

DigitalBannerDon’t just Shop Small for our books, gifts & greeting cards. Shop Small for your community. When you Shop Small this Nov 26th you help Bethel’s downtown thrive!

Byrd’s Books will have authors in the store throughout the day. They will be here to discuss and sign their books.
The schedule, so far:
10am-12pm: David K. Leff (Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Romance, and Survival of the Wild)

12 noon -2pm: Karen Romano Young (Hundred Percent, Sea Turtle Rescue) Karen will be making bookmarks with children and families)

2pm-4pm: Jack Stetson (The Life and Times of the Great Danbury State Fair) and Erik Ofgang (Buzzed: Beers, Booze, & Coffee Brews).

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DAWS will wrap your purchases for tips from 11-4pm

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday coupons here

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