Wednesday, July 13, 2022 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Edison Kitchen
186 Greenwood Ave.
(two doors away from Byrd's Books)
Bethel, CT 06801

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Byrds Books

Byrd's Books presents Ann Leary in conversation with Elissa Altman

at Edison Kitchen

Byrd's Books presents bestselling author Ann Leary in conversation with Elissa Altman. We will gather at Edison Kitchen for refreshments before both the authors discuss Ann's new book, The Foundling. We thought this would be a great author event to take offsite for a relaxing evening of conversation between two great accomplished authors- over a meal or app and a beverage!

The event starts at 7:00pm at Edison Kitchen, but you are welcome to have dinner at 6:00pm before the event.  MENU

Registration is required for this event so we can hold a spot for you at the restaurant, due to limited capacity.

Note: I loved this book and my review quote was published in the IndieNext monthly newsletter! Books are available for pre-order in the registration link below, and will be available the night of the event.

About the book:  

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Good House, the story 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.

About Ann Leary:

Ann Leary is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels, The Children, The Good House, Outtakes From a Marriage, and the memoir, An Innocent, A Broad.

Her work has been translated into eighteen languages and she has written for numerous publications including Ploughshares, NPR, Real Simple and the New York Times. 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. The Good House was adapted as a motion picture starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline and will premiere at the Tribeca International Film Festival on June 16, 2022.

Her new novel, The Foundling was just released on May, 31, 2022.

Ann and her husband Denis Leary live in New York.

About Elissa Altman:  

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. Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, was published in hardcover by Ballantine Books in 2019 and was a 2020 Lambda Award finalist.

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.

Review Quotes for the Foundling:

The Foundling is Leary’s first historical novel, and she has all the right instincts .... she asks you to root for a protagonist who comes equipped with the orthodoxies of her own day ... Leary is such a virtuoso that she doesn’t indulge herself at the expense of Mary’s characterization ... Leary is too clever and too honest not to know exactly what she’s doing; “The Foundling” arrests us precisely because its antagonist comes cloaked in the good intentions of progressive social reform ... Book clubs, uncork your bottles."
—Beatriz Williams, The New York Times

"Ann Leary’s THE FOUNDLING is a compelling, shocking record of a too-hidden piece of history - when eugenics was commonly applauded as progressive social science…. A stunning reminder that not much time has passed since everyone claimed to know what was best for a woman - everyone except the woman herself.”
-Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here

“Ann Leary is a remarkable storyteller, and The Foundling is harrowing, gripping, and beautiful. You'll be thinking about these characters long after you turn the last page."  
— Laura Dave, New York Times Bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me