What better way to celebrate books than in a roomful of them. And with those who devour them. And with a best-selling author who exudes a passion for them. On Sunday, December 17th at 3:00pm, Ann Hood, author of Morningstar: Growing Up with Books, will share that passion with a special appearance at Byrd's Books, located at 126 Greenwood Avenue, across from P.T. Barnum Square, in Bethel.
The afternoon is highly recommended for those who wish to indulge in the power of books.The event is free, but registration is strongly suggested, due to limited space. To register, go to http://conta.cc/2ARXHH7 For additional information, visit byrdsbooks.com or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973).
In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book That Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these beloved novels. Growing up in a household that didn’t foster a love of literature, the best-selling author discovered nonetheless the transformative power of books. She learned to channel her imagination, ambitions, and curiosity by devouring ever-growing stacks.
In Morningstar, Hood recollects how The Bell Jar, Marjorie Morningstar, The Harrad Experiment, and The Outsiders influenced her teen psyche and introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. Later, Johnny Got His Gun and The Grapes of Wrath dramatically influenced her political thinking, while the Vietnam War and the Kent State shootings became headline news and classics such as Dr. Zhivago and Les Miserables stoked her ambitions to travel the world. With characteristic insight and charm, Hood showcases the ways in which books gave her life and can transform–even save–our own lives. You can find out more about Ann, a resident of Providence, RI, by going to www.annhood.us
About Morningstar, Byrd's Books owner Alice Hutchinson notes, "I have read and loved this book dearly. Maybe I am just the right age to remember just how books defined certain periods of my life, but this book hit all the right marks for me. Read it, you will remember your own past and the books that resonated then."
Byrd’s Books is a general bookstore that carries only new titles, with a special focus on Connecticut authors, poets, publishers and illustrators. As a proud member of the American Bookseller’s Association and its division Indiebound, Byrd’s Books participates in the larger community of bookselling nationwide, especially encouraging and promoting a vibrant network of independent bookstore. Byrd's Books features additional sections that include bestsellers, children's books, poetry, mystery, science and nature, and classics, as well as greeting cards, gifts, puzzles, and a large selection of discounted titles. Byrd's Books is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. Plenty of parking is available behind the English Apothecary, where there is a rear entrance.