Closed due to weather

We are closing early Tuesday February 12th at 3:00pm due to weather conditions. We hope you have plenty of books to read on your snow day!! Our website is open 24/7 for special orders, or you may call the store and leave a message. Remember, our audiobook service Libro.fm has audiobooks that work on all devices, no matter what the weather!

See you on Wednesday when we open regular hours.

Love Poetry February 15th at 7:00pm

Come to Byrd’s Books for Read a Love Poem Night! We will gather Friday February 15th at 7:00pm to read poetry that celebrates love: love of another, love of the Earth, love of a pet…any love. Pick a poem or two by ANY poet that you would like to share and we will read them out loud. If lots of folks attend, each person reads one poem. If only a few show up, we will each read 2-3 poems. We love poetry.

Light refreshments- Literary tea (Simpson & Vail) and cookies.

Registering helps me put out enough chairs, but doesn’t commit you to reading…:-)

Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits on March 7th

We welcome James Herbert Smith for a discussion and signing of his book, Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits on Thursday March 7th at 7:00pm. Joining Jim will be three women profiled in the book, Linda Tuccio-Koonz, Jacky Smith and Jane Stern. To save a spot or pre-order a book click HERE.

About the book:

Newspaper columns by women journalists published in Connecticut newspapers from the 1950s to the present day (including a flashback to 1828) cover a spectrum of topics, including art, fashion, nature, open government, politics, health care, sports and high society events. Each is a singular voice. Collectively, the voices glimmer with facets of recent history, revealed with clarity, honesty, humor and vision.

 

 

 

About the women from the book attending the author event:

Linda Tuccio-Koonz, photo taken April 30, 2009 by Carol Kaliff

Linda Tuccio-Koonz followed her father into journalism. As a cub reporter in Maine in 1984, she helped the FBI solve a coed’s murder. In 2013, she was part of the writing team that captured a national award for a narrative on the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Much of her career was at The News-Times in Danbury, where she served as the longtime features editor. She now writes entertainment features for Hearst Connecticut Media based in Norwalk. Her writing also has appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Newsday, as well as in “Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul.” She and her husband, Brian Koonz, have two sons. She feels lucky to have had the chance to record and reflect on some of their early shenanigans in a series of parenting columns.

 

Jacqueline (Jacky) Smith, Danbury News-Times managing editor
April 30, 2010

Jacqueline Smith, Hearst Connecticut Media editorial page editor of The News-Times in Danbury and The Norwalk Hour, began her journalism career as a part-time Hartford Courant correspondent with a high school education. Mid-career she earned a B.S. in Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University, summa cum laude; and a master’s degree in writing with honors from Wesleyan University. She has taught Journalism at the University of Hartford and SCSU. Her first full-time reporting position was with The Day of New London, where she won first place in the New England AP News Executive Association for her investigations into wrongdoing in the management of the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp. in Groton. Jacky was a business writer and columnist for the New Haven Register. As a reporter at the Record-Journal in Meriden, her investigation into the dearth of minority teachers in the Wallingford School district, outlining how officials skipped over black and Latino candidates, earned her first place in the National Education Writers annual competition. She also served as city editor and assistant managing editor at the Record-Journal, managing editor of The News-Times and editor of the New Milford Spectrum. Her columns and editorials have won several first, second and third place awards from CT SPJ and from New England journalism organizations. She and her husband, James (the editor of this book), have four daughters.

 

Jane Grossman Stern specializes in books about travel, food, and popular culture. She writes a regular column for Hearst CT Media. With her former husband Michael Stern, they are best known for their Roadfood books, website, and magazine columns, in which they find road food restaurants serving classic American regional specialties and review them. Starting their hunt for regional American food in the early 1970s they were the first food writers to recognize that this food was as worthy to report as was the haute cuisine of other nations. Their book Square Meals (Knopf 1985) put comfort foods like mac and cheese, meatloaf, and mashed potatoes on the culinary map. Jane grew up in New York City where she attended the Walden School and received a BFA in graphic design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Jane earned an MFA in painting from Yale. In addition to their food writing, the Sterns have written books on American popular culture, including The New York Times bestselling Elvis World (1987) and The Encyclopaedia of Bad Taste (1990). In all, they have written over 30 books. They were staff writers for Gourmet magazine for 18 years. They are regular guests on American Public Media’s public radio program, The Splendid Table. They have won numerous awards, including James Beard awards. The couple divorced in 2008. Jane Stern now lives in Ridgefield. They still write as a team. In 2011 they published The Lexicon of Real American Food and Jane Stern published a book on her little known but long-standing career as a tarot card reader. cuisine of other nations. Their book Square Meals (Knopf 1985) put comfort foods like mac and cheese, meatloaf, and mashed potatoes on the culinary map. Jane grew up in New York City where she attended the Walden School and received a BFA in graphic design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Jane earned an MFA in painting from Yale. In addition to their food writing, the Sterns have written books on American popular culture, including The New York Times bestselling Elvis World (1987) and The Encyclopaedia of Bad Taste (1990). In all, they have written over 30 books. They were staff writers for Gourmet magazine for 18 years. They are regular guests on American Public Media’s public radio program, The Splendid Table. They have won numerous awards, including James Beard awards. The couple divorced in 2008. Jane Stern now lives in Ridgefield. They still write as a team. In 2011 they published The Lexicon of Real American Food and Jane Stern published a book on her little known but long-standing career as a tarot card reader.

 

 

Best Children’s Literature of 2018

Please join us Tuesday January 15th as Byrd’s Books hosts Robert Zupperoli as he presents the Best Children’s Books of 2018. This is a comprehensive presentation with slide show and book samples designed for educators and use in the classroom- but wonderful for all adults to learn about some of the best in children’s books of 2018.

About Robert: Robert reviews and writes curriculum for the major publishers of literature for youth and is a career educator.

All are welcome- anyone registering will receive the hand-outs for the evening. Many thanks.

Enough Already! with Elizabeth Trinkaus on Tuesday January 22nd

Join us for a discussion and signing on Tuesday January 22nd at 7:00pm of Enough Already! Yes, You Are: A Step-By-Step Guide to Crushing the Myth That If You Do Just One More Thing, You Will Finally Be Enough by Elizabeth Trinkaus. To save a spot, click HERE.

About the Book: Elizabeth offers real-life solutions for you to get who you really are separate from what you have and do and provides step-by-step tools to help you live in the powerful present. Best of all: Enough Already! will have you living with more joy and satisfaction now, and will bring more creativity and inspiration to all those important dreams. So grab a comfy seat . . . this book is in your hands for a reason.

About the author: Elizabeth Trinkaus is the owner of Pinnacle View, a life-enrichment company. She is a speaker, author, and coach who has been inspiring audiences around the globe for over 25 years. She is a certified trainer for the Canfield Success Principles, Louise Hay Heal Your Life program, and her writing has been included in collections authored by Deepak Chopra and Stephen Covey. Elizabeth resides in Chapel Hill, NC, with her life squeeze, Greg, and their two rescue pups. You can reach her at www.enough.rocks.

Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup For the Soul series) endorses Enough Already HERE

Story & Craft Time on Wednesday February 6th

Join us for Story Time and Craft Time. Stories at Byrd’s Books at 10:00am followed by a craft at The Toy Room. This is geared for 2-5 year-olds but all ages are welcome and there is no registration.

About The Great Backyard Bird Count on February 5th

Do you want to know about the Great Backyard Bird Count? Would you like to find out why it is important? Join us on Tuesday February 5th at 7:00pm to learn about and prepare for the bird count that takes place from February 15-18th. Kate Pratt from the Audubon Center at Bent of the River will help us understand just how important this is to the future of birds in our area.

This event is free and open to the public- please use the ticket/registration link to save a spot.

*How is the information from the GBBC used?
Bird populations are constantly changing. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to keep track of the complicated patterns of movement of species around the world. The information from GBBC participants, combined with other surveys, helps scientists learn how birds are affected by environmental changes.

We will have related books in stock for the event. Light refreshments served.

Happy New Year 2019

We will be open Sunday the 30th from 12-4, Monday the 31st from 10-3 and Closed January 1st. We resume regular hours in the New Year.

Byrd’s Books Holiday Catalog

We have special books for all of your gift giving this time of year. Each of the links directs you to a description of the book. You are welcome to purchase the book at the bookstore or order directly from our website.

 

CIDER Monday

hot_apple_ciderAs an alternative to ordering online all day (Cyber Monday), come into the bookstore and spend some time with some real, live people! We will have hot cider and goodies all throughout the day- our first Monday open of the holiday season.
Sure, we will have specials- come in and see!!

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