1000 Books to Read Before You Die- with wine!

Join us for a festive evening of wine and apps with author James Mustich as we celebrate the release of his book, 1000 Books to Read Before You Die. Book presentation and discussion, casual conversation  with trivia and a book signing. This is the PERFECT holiday or birthday gift for someone else….or just for yourself!

There is no charge, but registration is suggested- to save a spot or reserve a book click HERE. (Yes, we will serve non- alcoholic beverages).

About the book:

The ultimate book for book lovers: the 1,000 must-read books across genres and eras, each accompanied by a thought-provoking short essay on why the book is so essential. Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the special enthusiasm readers summon when recommending a book to a friend.

“As the owner of a 90-year-old bookselling institution, I am not easily fazed by 1,000 books, but Mustich’s literary bucket list stopped me in my tracks. His expansive scope is coupled with a delightful wit and a perfect eye for the surprise detail. Never again will you have to wonder what to read next. A book you’ll cherish for a lifetime!” 
–Nancy Bass Wyden, Proprietor, Strand Book Store

“If you’ve ever doubted that books were the greatest invention of all time, and that they carry within them our collective memories and dreams, as well as any semblance of intelligence we have as a species, pick up James Mustich’s 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die and start reading.” 
–Ken Burns 

About the author: 

James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986, he co-founded the acclaimed book catalog, A Common Reader, and was for two decades its guiding force. He subsequently has worked as an editorial and product development executive in the publishing industry. He lives with his wife, Margot, in Connecticut.

Byrd’s Books welcomes Bethel’s First Poet Laureate

Please join us for a celebration on Saturday November 10th at 6:30pm honoring Bethel’s first Poet Laureate, Corney Davis. We will hear from the finalists in an informal evening of poetry.
The evening is early enough to go out to dinner in Bethel, should you choose to do so.
Light refreshments will be served and Cortney’s books will be available for sale.

The Kiss of the Sweet Scottish Rain on Wednesday October 24th at 7pm

Join us for a very special author event with Robert McWilliams as he discusses his new book, The Kiss of the Sweet Scottish Rain: A Walk from Cape Wrath to the Solway Firth.

To save a spot, or buy the book, click HERE.

About the book;

From Cape Wrath in the lonely northwest to a muddy estuary overlooking England, The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain takes the reader on a walk across Scotland. For Rob McWilliams-Scots-born but exiled since childhood-the walk is an obstinate ambition, and the start of a new direction in life.

McWilliams crosses wild and beautiful landscapes, meets an ever-changing cast of companions, and passes through communities from remote hamlets to the smiling, but rough-edged, city of Glasgow. Around every corner, he explores Scotland’s turbulent history and unique cultural and natural heritage, from the Gaelic language, to the fearsome Highland midge, and how the Stone of Destiny-an ancient coronation symbol – could now reside in an unassuming Glasgow pub.

Struggling with terrain, injury, atrocious weather, and above all his own fragile confidence, McWilliams weaves into his narrative the threads of his life that led to the journey, and discovers that the rewards of adventure are rarely those that were anticipated.

The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain informs and entertains. As well as a ben or a castle, there is usually a joke just around the next turn in the trail.

About the author: 

Robert McWilliams was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but moved with his journalist father’s job to the south of England at the age of three. Rob graduated from Wadham College, Oxford, with a BA Hons. in Modern History. After university, he worked as a tour guide and English teacher in France and Spain, before joining Reuters news agency in London. Rob spent 16 years at Reuters as a business manager in Hong Kong, Japan, the US, Venezuela and Brazil.

For nearly 20 years, Rob has lived in Connecticut with his wife and daughters, and is now a US citizen. Tired of corporate life, he quit his job to fulfill a stubborn ambition to walk the length of Scotland. He has contributed the Taking a Hike column to local newspapers every month for five years. Taking a Hike placed second in the general column category of the 2017 Connecticut Press Club awards. Rob has also written for A.T. Journeys, the official magazine of the Appalachian Trail, and Ctvisit.com. The Kiss of Sweet Scottish Rain is his first book.

Rob enjoys hiking, and travel off the beaten track. He does consulting work on information privacy, and volunteers with the Nature Conservancy, Appalachian Trail and other outdoor causes.

A Beatrix Potter Afternoon Saturday October 13th at 1:30 & 2:00pm

Join us on Saturday October 13th for a special afternoon for children and adults who love Beatrix Potter. Meredith McClung will read to children at 1:30pm, then will discuss Beatrix Potter’s gardening with the adults at 2:00pm. We will serve tea (at 2:00pm) and have select Beatrix Potter books on special that day. Please do not miss this very special afternoon. To save a spot for the gardening talk, click HERE.

 

About the presenter in her own words:

“I’m a native of Connecticut and lived here all my life.  A pre-school teacher for a number of years, currently Director of Children’s Ministries at Christ Church Parish in Redding Ridge,  I live in Fairfield with husband Tim. We have two sons (a high school English teacher and a veterinarian).  Like Beatrix Potter, I spent most of my school days in the art room, kept a menagerie of pets as a child and still do, which probably explains why I enjoy Potter’s books so much.  I’ve been a member of The Beatrix Potter Society for some years now; I am one of many Society members who, free of charge, offer Readings and Introductions on behalf of the Society.”

Gail Carson Levine launches Ogre Enchanted at Byrd’s Books!

Please join us for a very special launch of Gail Carson Levine’s Ogre Enchanted on Tuesday October 16th at 5:00pm. To save a book for signing, please click HERE.

About the book:

Set in the world of the Newbery Honor-winning Ella Enchanted, this tale by beloved author Gail Carson Levine stars a clever heroine who is determined to defy expectations—and outwit a fairy’s curse.

Evie is happiest when she is healing people, diagnosing symptoms and prescribing medications, with the help of her devoted friend (and test subject) Wormy. So when Wormy unexpectedly proposes to her, she kindly turns him down; she has far too much to do to be marrying anyone. And besides, she simply isn’t in love with him.

But a certain meddling fairy named Lucinda has been listening in, and she doesn’t approve of Evie’s rejection. Suddenly, Evie finds herself transformed from a girl into a hideous, hungry ogre!

Stuck in this new and confusing form, Evie now has only sixty-two days to accept another proposal—or else be stuck as an ogre forever.

“Longtime fans and new readers alike will devour this.”–Kirkus Reviews

About the author: 

Gail Carson Levine’s first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine’s other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The WishThe Two Princesses of BamarreA Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

Making Comics in Antarctica with Karen Romano Young

Please join us Wednesday September 12th at 7:00pm at Byrd’s Books for a very special evening with Karen Romano Young as she shows us slides of her Arctic Log and shares her journey with us to the ends of the Earth.

About the author:

Read more about Karen from her websiteTwitter, Instagram.

Please note: this will be held at our new address at 178 Greenwood Ave.

To save a spot click HERE.
Light refreshments. Karen’s website.

Where’s Waldo in Bethel? Look for him July 1st – 31st

Where’s Waldo this July? In Bethel, of course!

This July, Waldo is hiding in Byrd’s Books and 24 other Bethel businesses, and it’s your job to find him! Just pick up a Where’s Waldo passport at ANY participating business or print it out here, and start hunting! 

Once you’ve found Waldo at 10 different businesses, head back to Byrd’s Books to pick up your prizes — a Waldo sticker and a coupon for $1 off any Waldo book in the store. Waldo hunters who get their passports stamped or signed at 20 or morebusinesses are invited to attend our Where’s Waldo party, which will be held on Tuesday July 31st at 6:00pm at Byrd’s Books. If you get 20 or more stamps/signatures, you’ll also have the chance to enter the grand prize drawing for the complete Where’s Waldo boxed set! The drawing will be held at the Where’s Waldo party on Tuesday at 31st at 4:30. (Note: this year the top two prizes MUST be present to win).

Ready to start looking? HERE is a link to the passport that you can use beginning July 1st.

For our Where’s Waldo page click here.

 

Magic Tree House Passport to Adventure Summer Camp Activities

We will host two afternoons of themed summer camp activities based on the well loved Magic Tree House series. The themes are Animals, Nature, Sports and Heroes. Each afternoon will be an hour long and participation is free. Please register to save a spot for your child -so we do not run out of supplies.

The two day are Thursday July 26th and Friday August 3rd each at 4:00pm (8/3 is a Food Truck Friday). Each camp session includes crafts and activities.

 

Bookmark Contest Winners 2018

Congratulation to all of our Bookmark Contest Winners!…..and thank you to our judges for their time.

Each of you gets 25 copies of your bookmark in print and a $25 gift certificate!

PreK-3: Sienna Troetti- Berry School

4-5: Sophia Goncalves- RMT Johnson School

6-8: Isabella Trejos- Bethel Middle School

9-12: Adelina Fardella- Immaculate High School

Adult: Kate Broomhead

AND congratulations to all of our Honorable Mentions! you each get a $10.00 gift certificate to the store!

Honorable Mention: PreK-3- Abrar Karim

6-8: Lilly Carter- BMS and Rachel Greene-BMS

9-12: Celia Preveza- Immaculate High School

Adult: Michaela Beaudry

NOTE: we had SO many entries from all the categories- this was a very tough year to choose. We had 87 entries in the middle school category alone-wow!

We are closed July 4th

Byrd’s Books is closed July 4th, and will re-open to regular hours on Thursday July 5th. Enjoy the holiday!

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