“Groton Public Library – 2016 AUTHOR FESTIVAL
Saturday NOVEMBER 5, 2016
52 Newtown Road (Route 117)
Groton, CT
For information: 860-441-6750

NOON – 3:00 pm U.S. EST

Book lovers and readers: What a great opportunity to connect with more than 40 Connecticut authors! They will be selling and signing their books — a super chance to treat yourself and the special people on your holiday gift list.

Stroll from table to table, chatting face-to-face with authors representing many reading genres, including Bernice L. Rocque, Author of UNTIL the ROBIN WALKS on SNOW. She grew up in Norwich, Connecticut in the surroundings where her story is set.

robin-raves-posterThe award-winning book is historical fiction, based on a critical event in Ms. Rocque’s family history.

In 1922, her grandparents, their family, and friends were determined to save a 1.5 LB newborn, despite survival odds of less than 1 percent (of babies of that size nearly 100 years ago).

This novella length story, suitable for ages 10 and up, includes an appendix of Author’s Notes which offers facts, family history, and research information about the story. Reader reviews have often mentioned appreciation for the further specifics contained here about the medical, geographical, genealogical, and weather elements of the story.

Oh — refreshments and door prizes, too! Hope to see you…


“A Book and a Chat”
Radio Interview of Bernice L. Rocque, Author
New Visions Radio
Tuesday, FEB 23, 2016 LIVE
6:30-7:00 PM U.S. EST

THE RECORDING is now available!  CLICK HERE for the link.
(Then, scroll down the list 2016 interviews until you see my name. Select the green arrow.)

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Barry Eva will interview me about UNTIL the ROBIN WALKS on SNOW.

Please join us for a cozy half hour interview over the net… via your computer.

To listen to the LIVE interview, just press the arrow on the chat box that appears… after you CLICK HERE.

If you miss the live interview, check back here and I will post a link for the recorded interview after it occurs.


About “A Book and a Chat”

A Book and a Chat” has proved a hugely popular radio program with people of all ages. With nearly 1000 shows already recorded, the shows format of “a chat over a cup of tea” has received nothing but rave reviews from guest and … listeners alike.

The writer of a successful young adult romance book “Across the Pond” Barry has himself appeared on a large number of radio and TV programs.

“A Book and a Chat” is a program for writers and readers, not so much a literary show, more like… let’s sit around have a cup of tea and a few laughs.” –

You can listen to the radio show live AT THIS LINK .  Press arrow on chat box to listen.

Or to catch up on interviews in the archives, CLICK HERE .

Read what the guests are saying about the show: CLICK HERE .


30 JULY – 2 AUGUST, 2015
FOUR days of memories and fun!
JULY 30 – 5pm to 10pm
JULY 31 – 5pm to 10pm
AUGUST 1 – 10am to 10pm
AUGUST 2 – Noon to 8pm
Norwich, CT

Join the celebration as Taftville, the village of the famous Ponemah Mill turns 150.

Carnival midway, Food, Arts & Crafts vendors, Parade, Dunk Tank, Community nightly dinners, Stage Entertainment, and much more.

There will be a fabulous History of Taftville exhibit in the Fire House across from Wequonnoc School. I am very pleased that the planning committee invited me to provide a copy of my blog piece for the exhibit:

“Walking in the Footsteps of My Mother: Inside Taftville’s Ponemah Mill.”

Click here to read the online version.

Click here for the Event page on Facebook. Hope to see you!

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October 28, 2014
5:30 – 8:00 pm

My presentation subject is how I applied project management techniques to the writing and publishing of my first book, UNTIL the ROBIN WALKS on SNOW, and how I am setting up for the second book, with the addition of some lessons learned.

Click here for the meeting announcement and registration information. Hope to see you!

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NFA BOOK EXPO – Saturday, OCTOBER 11, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 PM
With a special appearance by Novelist Wally Lamb !!!
Slater Museum Atrium
Norwich Free Academy (NFA)
108 Crescent Street
Norwich, CT 06360
For Information: Leigh Thomas, Slater Museum Assistant Director, at 860-425-5561


More than 15 authors whose roots are in Norwich, CT will participate in the NFA Book Expo to be held SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014. There will be books to interest just about everyone: nonfiction, children’s books, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, local history, and dark fantasy.

Bernice L. Rocque, a Norwich native and author of UNTIL the ROBIN WALKS on SNOW, will be one of the authors featured.

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Bernice L. Rocque’s novella, UNTIL the ROBIN WALKS on SNOW, inspired by a true event, is based on her immigrant family’s determination to save her uncle, who weighed just 1.5 pounds at his birth in 1922.

The book includes a chapter about the family’s Lithuanian and Polish Christmas traditions, as well as Author’s Notes which provide additional background on the medical, historical, and genealogical aspects of the story.

In 2013, UNTIL the ROBIN WALKS on SNOW was honored with the Mom’s Choice Gold Award for YA Historical Fiction, as well as being named a Finalist in the Faction (fiction based on fact) category of the National Indie Excellence Award.

Bernice is an NFA classmate of Novelist Wally Lamb, the headliner of this Book Expo. Wally’s latest novel is the wonderful WE ARE WATER.

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In advance of the Book Expo, Wally will lead a Walktober Event called “Wally Lamb’s Norwich.” Call 860-887-6964 for more info about the 1:30 pm walk, which will stroll by his childhood home and take in some scene locations in his books.

Via the walk and the book expo, Wally’s fans may learn more about the movie release of his nostalgic Christmas novel, Wishin’ and Hopin’. Many scenes were shot at NFA, in Norwich, and in other eastern CT locations. Here is a recent article about the filming this past summer.

Best-Selling Author Wally Lamb Heads to the Big Screen

The theatrical premiere is scheduled for November 23 at the Garde Arts Center in New London, CT. For tickets and further information, call 860-444-7373.

Here is the full list of authors currently scheduled to appear at the NFA Book Expo on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

John-Manuel Andriote
Dan Blackstone
Stephen Fan
Stephanie Fielding
Beryl Fishbone
Esther Friesner
Greer Gilman
Brian Girasoli
Wally Lamb
Zachary Lamothe
Dale Plummer
Faye Ringel
Bernice L. Rocque
James Rourke
Martha Simpson
Tricia Staley
Julie Wakely
Dan Waters

So do take the opportunity to meet and chat with these authors in person. They all have a special connection to Norwich. It will be a good opportunity to pick up some great reading for yourself or those on your holiday list! I understand light refreshments will be served, too.

11 AM to 7 PM at Booth #38
Olde Mistick Village
Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT
Exit 90 – I-95

Ever been to the Garlic Festival in Mystic, CT? Attendees love it, so I will be there this Saturday, September 20, at the Olde Mistick Village, right off I-95 at exit 90. If you decide to go, please stop by and say hello. I’ll be at booth #38 near the church bldg and not far from Franklin’s General Store, one of the fabulous shops in this beautiful walking complex. I’ll be chatting with readers and signing my book, UNTIL the ROBIN WALKS on SNOW.

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The fabulous fundraising cookbook, A LITERARY FEAST, will be available for purchase at my booth, as well as the captivating children’s books by Frances Gilbert, including TODAY the TEACHER CHANGED OUR SEATS, honored recently as a Finalist in the CLIPPA Awards.

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By the way, the cookbook’s 3-ring binder format includes 500 recipes of the Friends, library staff, community members, authors, and chefs.

Three of my recipes are contained in this cookbook, including Bernice’s Granola which was featured on a recent WTNH-TV Connecticut Style show. Here’s the link:


AUTOGRAPHED “Robins” – September 13, 2014
Otis Library Friends booth
First Congregational Church of Norwich
81 East Town Street, Norwich, CT

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Autographed copies of UNTIL the ROBIN WALKS on SNOW will be available at the Otis Library Friends booth. It is not too early to think about holiday gifts!

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The Friends will be selling their fabulous fundraising cookbook, A LITERARY FEAST.

The cookbook’s 3-ring binder format includes 500 recipes of the Friends, library staff, community members, authors, and chefs.

Author Bernice L. Rocque, a Norwichtown native, contributed 3 recipes including her granola, featured in July 2014 on WTNH-TV, Connecticut Style, link.


WTNH-TV Connecticut Style – JULY 9, 2014
12:30 – 1:00 pm
Making Granola

Bernice L. Rocque, Author of UNTIL the ROBIN WALKS on SNOW, will make her granola recipe on behalf of the FRIENDS of the OTIS LIBRARY. The show will air JULY 9, 2014 mid-day on the Connecticut Style program of WTNH-TV in New Haven.

The Friends recently published a new fundraising cookbook, A Literary Feast. The cookbook includes 500 great recipes from the community, twenty authors, and numerous area chefs.

The 3-ring binder cookbook is available for $15.00 from the Otis Library and at the following Norwich, CT area retail locations:
Backus Hospital Gift Shop, Chelsea Groton Bank, Forever Flowers and Gifts, Hart’s Greenhouse, Johnson’s Flowers and Gifts, McKenna’s Flower Shop, Lisbon Town Clerk’s Office, Norwich Senior Center, Otis Library, The Pantry, Small Potatoes, Sprague Historical Society, Tulli’s Family Pizza, Utley Jones Pharmacy, and Waitte’s Insurance Agency.

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The authors who supplied recipes for this cookbook are:

Sarah Addison Allen, Cordelia Biddle, Kate Breslin,
Sandra Brown, Cathy Lynn Bryant, Yangsze Choo,
Yvette Corporon, Barbara Delinsky, Cindy Eastman,
Jo Gillespie, John Paul Godges, Merry Jones,
Susan Hagenbach Jones, James Littlefield, Debbie Macomber,
Caragh M. O”Brien, Sheila Roberts, Bernice Rocque,
Adriana Trigiani, and Susan Wiggs.

The chefs’ recipes represent:
Fat Cat Grill and Bar, Gus’s Pub,
Kitchen Little, Modesto’s,
NFA Brickview Inn, Norwich Inn,
Prime 82 Restaurant, Sugar Maple Farms,
and Tulli’s Family Pizza.

The OTIS LIBRARY FRIENDS Cookbook Committee
Chairperson: Debbie Froio. EMAIL:
Committee members are:
Barbara Bergman, Barbara Cambria, Denise Dembinski, Pepi Kahn, Carol Lahan, Jeanne May, Cynthia Strouse, Jennifer Tyler.


WRITERS  READ – May 1, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm; Free to the public
Trumbull Public Library
33 Quality Street, Trumbull, CT 06611, USA

Several local writers, including Bernice L. Rocque, Author of UNTIL the ROBIN WALKS on SNOW, will read from their work at the Trumbull Public Library’s WRITERS READ. Please join us at 6:30-8:30 pm on MAY 1, 2014 in the Community Room.