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.

 

 

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List

A celebration of the reading life by the co-founder of the acclaimed A Common Reader presents a cross-genre, historically representative compendium of 1,000 forefront works of literature, complemented by essays on each book’s particular relevance.

BUY

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.

Eric Lehman brings us “Connecticut Vanguards” on July 17th at 7:00pm

On the 163rd Anniversary of Bethel’s founding, Eric Lehman will bring us an author talk and signing of his latest book, Connecticut Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers & Their Legacies”. Join us Tuesday July 17th at 7:00. To save a spot, click HERE.

About the book:
Noah Webster, Charles Goodyear, P.T. Barnum and Katharine Hepburn all have Connecticut in common. Like so many other residents, they had an inventive spirit and drive that changed the course of history for the rest of the state. Some of the state’s natives, like Eli Whitney and Henry C. Lee, pioneered new methods. Prudence Crandall and Helen Keller championed the rights of the underprivileged. Some, like Frederick Law Olmsted and Sol LeWitt, changed our perception of the world. Author Eric D. Lehman chronicles the lives of two dozen men and women who left their marks on Connecticut and the world as a whole.

About the author: 
Eric D. Lehman is the author of twelve books of history, travel, and fiction, including The History of Connecticut Food, Literary Connecticut, Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London, and Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity, which won the Henry Russell Hitchcock Award from the Victorian Society of America and was chosen as one of the American Library Association’s outstanding university press books of the year. His 2016 book Shadows of Paris was chosen as novella of the year from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, earned a silver medal in Romance from the Foreword Review Indie Book Awards, and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Bridgeport and lives in Hamden with his wife, poet Amy Nawrocki, and their two cats.

The Long Way Home

Henry Whiskers and his cousin, Jeremy, must find their way back home—Queen Mary’s dollhouse—and to Windsor Castle with the help of a mysterious treasure map in this fun, fast-paced follow up to The Adventures of Henry Whiskers.

Little Henry Whiskers is thrilled when he discovers an old, crinkly map, complete with a giant X marking a spot, full of treasure—at least, that’s what Henry thinks. All he knows is that this map is something BIG—he can feel it right down to the tip of his tail.

But before he can share his exciting find with his cousin and best friend, Jeremy, they find themselves in the danger zone: The Windsor Castle Kitchen. And after being unceremoniously caught and thrown out of the castle, with nothing but the map, the two little mice realize they have bigger problems than being caught in the kitchen! How will they get back to the dollhouse?

With the help of his cousin, Jeremy and a fellow field mouse named Wisely, the cousins battle a hungry falcon, an endless and stormy lake, and the maze of landmarks on the Windsor Castle Grounds as they try to find his way back home—and discover the mysterious map is more connected to the Whiskers family than either of them could have ever imagined

Buy book

SaveSave

Healing Without Hurting with Jenn Kozek on March 1st at 7:00pm

Byrd’s Books welcomed Jenn Kozek on Tuesday March 1st at 7:00pm as she discussed her new book, “Healing Without Hurting:  Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively Without Harmful Medications”.

About the book:

CoverUsing her candid parenting experiences with her son as a backdrop, Giustra-Kozek provides others with a practical reference guide for naturally treating ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and their co-morbid conditions such as sleep issues, depression, impulsivity, and anxiety. As both a parent and mental health professional, Giustra-Kozek examines the mistakes some conventional physicians make when it comes to treating these disorders. “Healing Without Hurting” provides a methodical approach to understanding the underlying causes and offers non-pharmaceutical solutions that work.

About the author:

Jenn KozekJennifer Kozek has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Criminal Justice from Western Connecticut State University. She is an accomplished licensed psychotherapist in private practice. She has over 15 years of clinical experience treating clients with an array of health disorders including Asperger’s, depression, anxiety, OCD and ADHD.

Marilyn Nelson has a new book, “My Seneca Village”

My Seneca VillageWe had the pleasure of hearing Marilyn Nelson as she read from her latest book, “My Seneca Village”. The book takes us back to a place we now call Central Park in New York City. It was once a village.

From the publisher:
“Poetry illustrated in the poet’s own words–with brief prose descriptions of what she sees inside her work–this … collection takes readers back in time and deep into the mind’s eye of Marilyn Nelson … [who] draws upon history, and her … imagination, to revive the long lost community of Seneca Village”
About the author:Marilyn_Nelson
Marilyn Nelson is the author of “Carver: A Life in Poems” and “Fields of Praise”. She has won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Marilyn lives in Storrs, Connecticut, where she is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

Byrd’s Books turns 4 years old on December 11th!

Book cakeHappy Birthday Byrd’s Books!  We have hit the 4-year mark and have you to thank for it!

We will be open from 10-6 with in-store specials throughout the day…..and birthday cake, of course. Where you purchase your books is a choice, so we thank you for choosing us as your local independent bookstore.

wwd