With a special focus on Connecticut authors, poets, publishers and illustrators, Alice Hutchinson's Byrd's Books, located at 126 Greenwood Avenue, across from P.T. Barnum Square in Bethel, is a proven trailblazer. And what better month than July for a popular Connecticut independent bookstore to be in the vanguard and celebrate its hometown to boot.
On the 163rd Anniversary of Bethel’s founding, author Eric D. Lehman will entertain at the popular bookshop with a talk and signing of his latest book, Connecticut Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers & Their Legacies. In his book, the Hamden resident chronicles men and women who left their marks on Connecticut and the world as a whole, among them Noah Webster, Charles Goodyear, P.T. Barnum, Katharine Hepburn, Eli Whitney, Helen Keller, Frederick Law Olmsted and Sol LeWitt. Eric, author of twelve books of history, travel, and fiction, including The History of Connecticut Food, will share his insightful stories on Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00pm. Space is limited so make reservations by visiting https://conta.cc/2IKQaMQ
Another trailblazer, who as a child, fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil, Laura Bradford, now a national bestseller, will discuss her new book, Portrait of a Sister, on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00pm at Byrd's Books. Noted for her Amish mysteries, this graduate of Immaculate High School in Danbury has penned an engaging and tender story that encircles the challenges facing members of today's Amish community. For reservations, go to https://conta.cc/2Ni6OHe
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 bookstores. 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. For more information, visit byrdsbooks.com or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973).