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Motherland, Martinis and Whine! with Elissa Altman
Join us for an author event on Friday October 18th at 7:00pm with author Elissa Altman as we celebrate the release of her new book, Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing. What better way to discuss our mothers than with a martini in hand! Elissa will share with us the process and inspiration for her book over refreshments. To save a spot or pre-order a book, click HERE.
About the book:
After surviving a traumatic childhood in 1970s New York and young adulthood living in the shadow of her flamboyant mother, Rita, a makeup-addicted former television singer, Altman has managed to build a very different life, settling in Connecticut with her wife of nearly 20 years. To sustain their fragile mother-daughter bond, the author must navigate the turbulent waters of their shared lives and the practical challenges of caregiving for someone who refuses to accept it.
About the author:
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 and Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw. Her work has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times, Tin House, The Rumpus, Dame Magazine, LitHub, Saveur, and The Washington Post, where her column, "Feeding My Mother," ran for a year. Her work has been anthologized in Best Food Writing six times. A finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, Altman has taught the craft of memoir at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The Loft Literary Center, 1440 Multiversity, and Ireland's Literature and Larder program, and has appeared live on stage at TEDx and The Public, on Heritage Radio, and widely on NPR. She lives in Connecticut with her family.
Bookmark Contest -now through May 31st
Every year during the month of May we have a summer bookmark contest. Kids and adults design a bookmark of a book they love. We have guest judges choose a winner and runner-up in each of five categories/age groups - then we print 100 each of the winning bookmarks.
The five winners get a $25 gift certificate to Byrd's Books and 25 of their bookmark to give away. We keep the rest. Honorable mentions get a $10 gift certificate.
We use our copies of the bookmarks to give out all summer long!
We are going to start the contest now and go through the month of May, so you have plenty of time. There is one submission per person, and teachers may use them with students, we just need the completed entries by May 31st. Instructions for submitting them are on the entry form. We cannot wait to see your favorite books in art!