Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to PemberleyA rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel “Pride and Prejudice” into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.

Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P. D. James masterfully re-creates the world of “Pride and Prejudice, ” electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it.

Author: James, P D

Goodnight Moon

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room–to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one–he says goodnight.

In this classic of modern children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

Margaret Wise Brown Author

Clement Hurd Author

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Byrd’s Books to Have Soft Launch Saturday

Byrd’s Books will open as a new business Saturday, Dec. 10. Located on the second floor of a newly renovated Victorian that anchors the Dolan Plaza, it is accessible through Molten Java coffee shop’s new location.

Byrd’s Books is a general bookstore that carries only new titles, with a special focus on Bethel authors, Connecticut authors, poets, publishers and illustrators. It also carries greeting cards and gifts- with a selection of mugs (remember- there is a coffee shop downstairs). The bookstore will take special orders and will have gift cards.

Both Molten Java and Byrd’s Books will have a combined Grand Opening Celebration, with a ribbon cutting, after the first of the year. Right now the bookstore will “soft open”- open the doors for business and allow Molten Java to finish getting ready downstairs.

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.

Hutchinson has been actively involved in Bethel’s culture for many years- serving on the Planning and Zoning commission for 16 years and serving as First Selectman for one term. She has two adult children: Sarah, who lives in Bethel; and Stephen, who lives in Manchester, NH.


Bethel’s new bookstore promises service and tradition

Alice Hutchinson has opened a bookstore called Byrd’s Books in Bethel. It’s located above the space which will become the new home of Molten Java at 213 Greenwood Ave. in the Dolan Plaza. Photo taken Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Photo: Carol Kaliff / The News-Times

Eileen FitzGerald, Staff Writer Published 11:15 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2012

There’s a new bookstore in Bethel — Byrd’s Books. It allows owner Alice Hutchinsonto follow her passion for books and tap knowledge gained working in her mother’s independent bookstore and at Barnes and Noble.

Byrd’s Books fills two rooms and 450-square-feet of space. It’s on the second floor of the renovated Victorian housethat anchors Dolan Plaza at 213 Greenwood Ave.

“I’m interested in the culture of books,” said Hutchinson, whose middle name is Byrd. “People who love books are looking for a discovery. I love it. I just love it.”

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Welcome to Byrd’s Books!

Byrd’s Books is a general bookstore that carries only new titles, with a special focus on  Connecticut authors, poets, publishers and illustrators. Additionally, we carry greeting cards, gifts, take special orders and offer gift cards of any value. We will have exciting author events throughout the year.  Events are posted regularly on the website and our Facebook page.

Byrd’s Books is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue, directly across from the Bethel Public Library. Parking is on-street parking, with public lots at the Library and the “Old Train Station” where Broken Symmetry now resides. There are several private lots in the area as well.

Filling the Void Left by Borders

Published: September 27, 2011

It is tempting to view the demise of the Borders Group as a dark cloud over the future of bookselling, and certainly the disappearance of hundreds of bookstores leaves a lot of vacancies where readers once browsed the aisles.

In July, the company made plans to liquidate after 40 years in operation and will close nearly 400 remaining stores by this fall. Yet in a few choice locations those spaces have been replaced by other booksellers, including Books-a-Million, the Hudson Group and a university bookstore. In other communities, the loss of a Borders may open up the retail landscape for independent or niche booksellers. Read more >