Attracting Birds By Season

Have you ever wondered what to plant to keep birds coming back to your garden? Did you ever wonder what is their favorite food to plant? Kate Pratt from The Audubon Center at Bent of the River with share with us the secret of favorite bird plantings!
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Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

By Benjamin Dreyer. Authoritative as it is amusing, this book distills everything Benjamin Dreyer has learned from the hundreds of books he has copyedited, including works by Elizabeth Strout, E. L. Doctorow, and Frank Rich, into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best foot forward in writing prose. Dreyer offers lessons on the ins and outs of punctuation and grammar, including how to navigate the words he calls ‘the confusables,’ like tricky homophones; the myriad ways to use (and misuse) a comma; and how to recognize–though not necessarily do away with–the passive voice. (Hint: If you can plausibly add ‘by zombies’ to the end of a sentence, it’s passive.) People are sharing their writing more than ever–on blogs, on Twitter–and this book lays out, clearly and comprehensibly, everything writers can do to keep readers focused on the real reason writers write: to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively. Chock-full of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts on the rules (and nonrules) of the English language, this book will prove invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people’s prose, and–perhaps best of all–an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language

Poetry Writing Workshop for People Who Are Sure They Can’t Write Poetry

Would you like to write a poem but don’t know where or how to begin?  Do you feel some poetic stirrings but are afraid to put pen to paper?  Come join Cortney Davis, Bethel’s Poet Laureate, for a fun, easy, non-threatening workshop on Sunday March 31st from 3:30-5:30 during which you will discover your inner bard.  Through a series of prompts and writing exercises, you will find yourself writing poems–and hopefully go home invigorated with renewed belief in your own creativity abilities.

Bring a pad of lined paper, pen or pencil, an open mind and a sense of humor.

To register, click HERE.

($10 fee)

The Hidden Corpse comes to Byrd’s Books!

Join us as we welcome Debra Sennefelder Tuesday April 9th at 7:00pm for a discussion and signing of her book, The Hidden Corpse.

About the book:

Former reality TV baking show contestant and recent divorcée Hope Early is trying to find her recipe for success as a food blogger–but murder keeps getting in the mix . . .When Hope’s elderly neighbor perishes in a home fire, she can’t help but feel somewhat responsible. Only the day before, Peggy Olson had called her over, having burned a pot on the stove while she was sleeping and filling the house with smoke. In fact, she couldn’t even remember cooking. Clearly, it was dangerous for the woman to live alone.But it turns out she wasn’t alone. When a second body is discovered in the basement of the burned house, suddenly what appeared to be a tragic accident is beginning to look like premeditated murder. As rumors spread like wildfire, Hope is determined to sort out the facts and smoke out a killer, but she might be jumping from the frying pan straight into the fire . . .Includes Recipes from Hope’s Kitchen!
Note: This is a mass- market paperback
To learn more or register for this event, click HERE.
About the author: 
Debra Sennefelder is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and, as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person. Born and raised in New York City, she now lives in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in pre-hospital care, retail, and publishing. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled shih-tzus, Susie and Billy. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. You can learn more at www.DebraSennefelder.com.

Becoming

By Michelle Obama. An intimate and uplifting memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.

The Nature Instinct: Relearning Our Lost Intuition for the Inner Workings of the Natural World

By Tristan Gooley. The New York Times best-selling author of How to Read Water and The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs shows readers how to train themselves so that, ultimately, they can intuit the workings of the natural world without having to stop and think about it.

The President is Missing

By Bill Clinton and James Patterson. As enemies plan an unprecedented attack on American soil, Washington is gripped by uncertainty and fear as rumors spread of a traitor in the cabinet and the president himself comes under suspicion, before he goes missing.

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The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

By Elaine Weiss. An account of the 1920 ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted voting rights to women traces the culmination of seven decades of legal battles and cites the pivotal contributions of famous suffragists and political leaders.

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Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders. New to paper. Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the sixteenth president after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War.

A Piece of the World: A Novel

By Christina Baker Kline. Imagines the life story of Christina Olson, the subject of Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World,” describing the simple life she led on a remote Maine farm, her complicated relationship with her family, and the illness that incapacitated her.

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