About Us

We moved to our newest location at 178 Greenwood Avenue in August 2018 into the center of Bethel’s historic downtown. We are located directly across from the Bethel Public Library.

Byrd’s Books is a general bookstore that carries only new titles, with a special focus on Connecticut authors, poets, publishers and illustrators. A proud member of the American Bookseller’s Association, and its division Indiebound, allows Byrd’s Books to participate in the larger community of bookselling nationwide.

Fully 25% of the inventory is dedicated to children’s books of all ages and genres, including poetry. Our additional sections include bestsellers, mystery, nature, sci-fi and fantasy, classics as well as  greeting cards, gifts, puzzles, and a large selection of discounted titles. The bookstore takes special orders and offers gift certificates of any value. Our online ordering offers books, audiobooks and ebooks at 20% discount and $.99 per piece shipping. We also provide digital downloads from Libro.fm, audiobooks for Indies. Byrd’s Books does off-site book selling and in-store book fairs as fundraisers for non-profits.

The owner, Alice Hutchinson, is the daughter of Nancy Ivison who owned Pymander Bookshop in Westport for 30 years. Ms. Hutchinson served as its manager and buyer over the years. She also worked at Barnes & Noble when it first opened in Danbury. Her Master’s of Art degree is in Teaching (MAT) with an emphasis on Young Adult literature.

Alice has been actively involved in Bethel’s culture for many years. She was a commission member of Bethel’s Planning and Zoning commission for 16 years, and she served as First Selectman for one term. She has two adult children: Sarah, who lives in Cambridge, MA; and Stephen, who lives in Bethel and manages Byrd’s Books.


In 2015:

We were named “Best Bethel Business of 2015” by the Bethel Chamber of Commerce.

In 2017:

A nomination for a Pannell Award by the Women’s National Book Association.

One of Connecticut Magazine’s 10 Best Bookstores honor.

A BookRiot “The Best Bookstores in All 50 States +DC” honor.

In 2018: 

We were nominated for “Best Retailer of 2018” by the Bethel Chamber of Commerce.

PARKING: We have on-street parking available in front of the store. Public lots include the Bethel Public Library across the street and the “Old Train Station” where Broken Symmetry now resides. Other lots include The nearby Gift Cottage lot and across the street at Boylan Chiropractic lot, after hours.