Byrd's Books

126 Greenwood Avenue
203-730-2973

We moved to our new location at 126 Greenwood Avenue in September 2013 into the center of Bethel’s historic downtown. We have plenty of parking, and a rear entrance, behind English Apothecary.

Byrd’s Books is a general bookstore that carries only new titles, with a special focus on Bethel authors, Connecticut authors, poets, publishers and illustrators. A proud member of the American Bookseller’s Association, and its division Indiebound, allows Byrd’s Books to participate in the larger community of bookselling nationwide.

Fully 25% of the inventory is dedicated to children’s books of all ages and genres, including poetry. We have additional sections beside the Connecticut section, that include bestsellers, mystery, nature, classics as well as  greeting cards, gifts, puzzles, and a display of a large table of discounted titles. The bookstore takes special orders and offers gift certificates of any value. Our online ordering offers books, audiobook and ebooks at 20% discount and $.99 per piece shipping. Byrd’s Books does off-site book selling and in-store book fairs as fundraisers for schools.

The owner, Ms. Hutchinson, is the daughter of Nancy Ivison who owned Pymander Bookshop in Westport for 30 years. Ms. Hutchinson served as its manager and buyer over the years. She also worked at Barnes & Noble when it first opened in Danbury. Her Master’s of Art degree is in Teaching (MAT) with an emphasis on Young Adult literature.

Alice has been actively involved in Bethel’s culture for many years. She was a commission member of Bethel’s  Planning and Zoning commission for 16 years, and she served as First Selectman for one term. She has two adult children: Sarah, who lives in Boston, MA; and Stephen, who lives in Bethel.


Upcoming Events at Byrd's Books

Motherland, Martinis and Whine! with Elissa Altman

Friday, Oct 18, 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Bethel, CT
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Recent News

Bethel's Byrd's Books Hosts Puzzle Week from August 20 - 25, 2019

"Is a puzzlement," sang The King of Siam, and won 2 Tony awards and an Oscar for his perplexity. You can score, too, as Bethel's Byrd's Books hosts Puzzle Week, Tuesday, August 20th through Sunday, August 25th. Owner Alice Hutchinson and her staff…

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Where’s Waldo in Bethel? Look for Him Throughout July 2019

Illustrator Martin Handford, the man behind the mind-boggling Where's Waldo? books, is "a shy genius who is very dedicated to his work and has no interest in publicity, according to his publisher." So claims The Independent's Paul Bignell about the…

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Bethel's Byrd's Books urges you to Manifest Your Year

If you are looking to create a life you’ll love, stop in at Byrd's Books on Thursday, June 6th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, when Bethel author, Melanie Barnum, will share simple-to-use manifestation exercises to bring about all of the changes you want.…

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Bethel's Byrd's Books Invites You To Design A Bookmark Inspired By Your Favorite Book

5th Annual Contest Runs The Month Of MayWhat a delight to return to a favorite book only to find a page bookmarked with a photo of Mom and Dad when they first met, or a decades-old pass from Zurich to Istanbul by train, or any other tidbit of…

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Bethel's Byrd's Books Invites You to Read a Love Poem

Bethel's Byrd’s Books loves poetry. So, in celebration of St. Valentine, Eros, and iambic pentameter, the popular bookstore will open its doors on Friday, February 15th at 7:00pm for Read a Love Poem Night! The gathering, hopefully joining…

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Book group pick: Euphoria by Lily King at Byrd's Books

Inspired by an event in the life of Margaret Mead, this novel tells the story of three young anthropologists in 1930s New Guinea. Professional superstar Nell Stone and her Australian husband, Fen, flee one tribe, and, with the help of English…

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Book Group Pick: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll at Byrd's Books

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’sthis close to…

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Healing Without Hurting with Jenn Kozek at Byrd's Books

As she discusses 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…

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The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast

A book talk with food and wine, “A Greeting, Reading & Feeding”!! Don’t miss this exciting evening Friday December 4th at 7:00pm with David Leite- Byrd’s Books hosts the author talk with a bit of wine- the author will bring the food!!…

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Byrd’s Books welcomes back Connecticut author Melanie Barnum

Come celebrate Melanie Barnum’s new book, “Psychic Vision: Developing Your Clairvoyant and Remote Viewing Skills” on Wednesday December 9th at 6:30pm. This event will fill up quickly- please call the store to save a spot! (203) 730-2973. About…

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Poetry with Marilyn Nelson as She Reads from her Latest Book, 'My Seneca Village'

Please join us on Thursday December 10th at 5:00pm for an afternoon of poetry with Marilyn Nelson as she reads 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…

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Book Group: Please Don’t Bite the Baby

Byrd’s Books brings author Lisa Edwards to discuss her latest book  “Please Don’t Bite the Baby (And Please Don’t Chase the Dogs): Keeping Our Kids and Our Dogs Safe and Happy Together”. About the book: Please Don’t Bite the Baby (and…

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Book Group: Please Don’t Bite the Baby

Byrd’s Books welcomes back author David K. Leff for a book signing. with his highly anticipated book, “Maple Sugaring: Keeping It Real in New England”. About the book: Maple Sugaring gives readers an intimate look at the art and science of…

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Community Coloring

Byrd’s Books is sponsoring three evenings of coloring at the Spark Arts (across the street from the bookstore). Be inspired by the art on the surrounding walls and create something lovely to take with you! Included in the $15.00 fee: is one…

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Writing Workshop With Judith Marks-White

Judith Marks-White has been conducting a great series of writing workshops at the store, so here we have scheduled several more! They fill up quickly so register here early! The classes will function as workshops where you will be introduced to…

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Coloring Night

Come join us as we cross the street to SparkArts for a relaxing evening of coloring sponsored by Byrd’s Books. One pull-out sheet from Joanna Basford’s newest book, “Secret Garden Artist’s Edition: 20 Drawings to Color and Frame” and light…

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KatinaMakris Discusses Her Newest Book on Lyme Disease

Please join us on Thursday October 29th at 7:00pm as Byrd’s Books hosts author Katina Makris, author of “Out of the Woods”, as she diseases her latest book “Autoimmune Illness and Lyme Disease Recovery Guide: Mending the Body, Mind, and…

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'Poor Man’s Feast' by Elissa Altman

Byrd’s Books brings New York Times bestselling author Elissa Altman to a very special author event which includes a farm fresh meal from LaZingara, an author talk from Elissa Altman, a signed copy of the newly released paperback edition of “Poor…

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Timothy Kenny brings us 'Far Country: Stories From Abroad and Other Places'

About the book: “Timothy Kenny’s Far Country moves from Kabul to Detroit, Azerbaijan to Kosovo, and the connecting thread is not the obvious adventure but human relationships. Each essay is a story we fall into, story after story…

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Book Discussion: 'Nantucket'

Byrd’s Books welcomes Nan Rossiter as she joins us for a book discussion of “Nantucket” About the book: Over twenty-five years ago, Liam Tate and Acadia McCormick Knox fell in love. It was summer on Nantucket, and…

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Celebrate the Paperback Release of 'Lincoln’s Gamble'

Author talk and book signing of “Lincoln’s Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months That Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War” with Connecticut author Todd Brewster. About the book: On July…

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Come listen to the Poetry of Sydney Eddison

We All Know Sydney Eddison From Newtown. What You May Not Know Is That She Has Written A Beautiful Book Of Poetry. Join Us  To Hear Her Read From Her New Book, “Where We Walk: Poems Rooted In The Soil Of New England” Where3sydney…

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Book Group Pick: To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird: Regarded as a masterpiece of American literature, this timeless story of growing up in the South became an instant bestseller when first published in 1960 and later was made into a classic film. Go Set a Watchman  An historic…

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