Bethel’s Byrd’s Books hosts discussion of Ann Leary’s new book at neighboring Edison Kitchen

Bethel’s Byrds Books brings together authors Ann Leary & Elissa Altman to discuss Leary’s new book, The Foundling, at neighboring Edison Kitchen

“I loved this book,” says Alice Hutchinson, owner of Bethel’s Byrd’s Books, “and thought this would be a great author event to take offsite for an evening of conversation between two great accomplished authors over a meal or appetizers and beverages.”

So, on Wednesday, July 13th, at 7:00p.m., Byrd’s Books is moving to neighboring Edison Kitchen, 186 Greenwood Avenue, where bestselling author Ann Leary will discuss her new book The Foundling, with James Beard Award-winning blogger, CT author Elissa Altman. 

“Though the event starts at 7:00pm, Edison Kitchen can accommodate you for dinner at 6:00pm before the event. Due to limited capacity, registration is required. To hold a spot at the restaurant, go to Books are available for pre-order in the registration link, and will be available the night of the event.

Ann Leary is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels, The ChildrenThe Good HouseOuttakes From a Marriage, and the memoir, An Innocent, A Broad. The Good House was adapted as a motion picture starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline and premiered this year at the Tribeca International Film Festival. Ann’s NY Times “Modern Love” essay, “Rallying to Keep the Game Alive,” was adapted for the Amazon Modern Love TV Series and stars Tina Fey and John Slattery.

 Elissa Altman is the critically acclaimed author of Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking and the James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name. Her book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, was a 2020 Lambda Award finalist, and her work has been anthologized in Best Food Writing six times.

Inspired by a true story about the author’s grandmother, The Foundling offers a rare look at a shocking chapter of American history. The story is of two friends, raised in the same orphanage, whose loyalty is put to the ultimate test when they meet years later at a controversial institution—one as an employee; the other, an inmate. This gripping page-turner will have readers on the edge of their seats right up to the stunning last page…asking themselves, “Did this really happen here?”

Byrd’s Books, the current home of the prestigious author series, Write America, airing over the Crowdcast channel, is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue, across from the Bethel Public Library. Author discussions and Book Group gatherings are regularly added to Byrd’s Books’ calendar of events at Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sundays 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. For directions to the store or more information, call Byrd’s Books at 203-730-2973. To review the shop’s expanded catalog of new titles, go to