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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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August 2013

Suzzy Roche

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   Suzzy Roche


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

I am especially happy to be presenting a real Renaissance woman as this month’s BCCLS Invite an Author.

Born and bred in the BCCLSLand town of Park Ridge and an alum of BooksNJ2013, she is a musician, recording artist, actress, and a writer.  Our Ms. August has two books to her credit one, an adult novel, and one, a picture book for kids.  Are you intrigued?

It is with tremendous delight that I present Suzzy Roche as BCCLS Invite an Author for August 2013.

Suzzy Roche is a singer/songwriter/performer/author and founding member of the singing group The Roches. She has recorded over fifteen albums, written music for TV and Film, and toured extensively for thirty years across the U.S. and Europe. Zero Church: an unusual collection of prayers (a collaboration with Maggie Roche) which was developed at Harvard’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue was originally staged at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, and has been performed around the country. Suzzy has been an associate member of The Wooster Group; the experimental theater company based in New York City, and performed with them off and on for years throughout Europe. Her children’s book Want To Be In A Band (Random House) was published in February 2013. Wayward Saints (Hyperion/Voice) is her first novel and was a selection of the Spring 2012 B&N Discover Great New Writers Program. Suzzy and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche have just released a brand new recording Fairytale and Myth, their first collaboration.

(And to add another factoid, it doesn’t say so in this bio but Suzzy was in one of my favorite films, Crossing Delancey.)

On Wayward Saints:

"VERDICT A great read for fans of The Roches; there are definite allusions to and pokes at the music industry here, from an insider's perspective. Themes of insider/outsider, despair/inspiration, faith, abuse, and acceptance/rejection are all addressed-with finesse. A well-done first outing; Roche handles sticky topics with grace."

Library Journal

On Want to be in a Band? :

"Doesn't everyone want to be in a band? Suzzy Roche, one of the trio of sisters constituting the Roches, explains to young readers how to go about making a musical dream come true. Speaking directly to her audience ("Are you one of those kids who likes to make noise?"), she keeps readers' attention with her folksy, friendly voice and story…Encouraging (about not giving up even when your instrument is hard to learn), honest (about stage fright), and realistic (about disagreements among band members), Roche's story will entertain a wide audience -- not just those looking to start a band."

Horn Book

Suzzy is happy to visit your libraries via Skype or in person (and asks that her travel expenses from NYC be covered).  Grab this Renaissance woman for a great evening.   Check out her website at and contact her directly at

 As someone at BooksNJ2013 said when he saw her, “I can’t believe she’s here.  I had every one of her albums when I was in college.” There’s an audience out there for Suzzy’s novel, Wayward Saints, and a whole new audience to be cultivated for her children’s book, Want To Be in a Band?  As I have been known to say, Suzzy is too cool for school.

Warmest regards,