Poetry in spring is as natural as spotting the first robin's red breast. And listening to a poet's words in spring at Bethel's Byrd's Books is equally so. The popular independent bookstore, located at 126 Greenwood Avenue across from historic P.T. Barnum Square, will host "volume II" of its spring poetry series on Saturday, April 14th at 3:00pm, featuring some impressive talent and their equally notable words.
The afternoon of poetry will feature Donna Marie Merritt, recipient of a Teachers’ Choice Award from Learning Magazine; Gail Carson Levine, a Newbery Honor recipient; Jen Sage-Robison, creator of Kitchen Table Writers; Marilyn Nelson, former poet laureate of Connecticut and also winner of both Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honors; and Doug Anderson, winner of a Pushcart Prize, honoring the best "poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot" published in the small presses. The event is free and open to to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. To reserve a seat, go to http://conta.cc/2FHbXIG This special spring poetry series will conclude on Friday, May 18th at 7:00pm.
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. For additional information, visit byrdsbooks.com or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973).