Deborah Goodrich Royce at the Avon Theatre on Saturday, January 7, “Reef Road” Book Launch Party

Local author Deborah Goodrich Royce will be at the Avon Theatre, 272 Bedford Street, in Downtown Stamford on Saturday, January 7 from 10am – 12:00 noon to launch (3 days before the official publication) her new novel, Reef Road. Guests will receive a signed copy of Reef Road with each ticket purchased for $50. Also included is an elegant Bagels & Mimosa Brunch sponsored by Marcia Selden Catering of Stamford.

The book launch party is in partnership with Barrett Bookstore of Darien, who will also have on hand copies of Deborah’s previous best-sellers, Finding Mrs. Ford and Ruby Falls for sale and signing.

Deborah will welcome fellow best-selling author, Beatriz Williams, to the Avon’s stage in the large theatre at 10:30am. These two dynamic writers will share a conversation about their writing process, publishing challenges, and promotional tours. Books by Beatriz Williams will also be available for purchase and signing before and after the author talk.

All proceeds from the book launch will support the independent, non-profit Avon Theatre Film Center.

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Deborah Royce is the President of the Board of Directors of the Avon Theatre that she helped restore with her husband, Chuck Royce, almost twenty years ago. She and Chuck are passionate about the importance of preserving the Avon as a cultural hub and cinematic treasure that also has a huge economic impact on “Main Street” in Downtown Stamford.

The excitement is building for Reef Road, which Publishers Weekly describes as, “An expertly paced thrill ride.” The esteemed Kirkus Reviews writes, “A truly absorbing mystery by a writer at the top of her game.”

The story will grab you with the following synopsis – When a severed hand washes ashore in the wealthy enclave of Palm Beach, Florida, the lives of two women—a lonely writer obsessed with the unsolved murder of her mother’s best friend and a panicked wife whose husband has disappeared with their children—collide as the world shutters in the pandemic lockdown of 2020.

“Reef Road is magnificent. It feels utterly real, a novel of deeply personal context. It swerves between truth and lies—the lies that lead to an even deeper—and more devastating—truth. Though pure fiction, it reads as compellingly as a mixture of memoir and exposé. It has left me shaken to the core. Deborah Goodrich Royce writes with brilliant understanding of the mystery and occasional grace of trauma.”

—Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

A young woman’s life seems perfect until her family goes missing. A writer lives alone with her dog and collects arcane murder statistics. What each of them stands to lose as they sneak around the do-not-enter tape blocking Reef Road beach is exposed by the steady tightening of the cincture encircling them.

In a nod to the true crime that inspired it, Deborah Goodrich Royce’s Reef Road probes unhealed generational scars in a wrenching and original work of fiction. It is both stunning and sexy and, like a bystander surprised by a curtain left open, you won’t be able to look away.

Deborah Goodrich Royce’s thrillers examine puzzles of identity. Ruby Falls won the Zibby Award for Best Plot Twist in 2021 and Finding Mrs. Ford was hailed by Forbes, BookRiot, and Good Morning America’s “best of” lists in 2019. Her newest, Reef Road, will be published on January 10, 2023.

Deborah Goodrich Royce began as an actress on All My Children and in multiple films before transitioning to the role of story editor at Miramax Films, developing Emma and early versions of Chicago and A Wrinkle in Time. With her husband, Chuck, Deborah restored the Avon Theatre, Ocean House Hotel, Deer Mountain Inn, United Theatre, Savoy Bookstore, and numerous Main Street revitalization projects in Rhode Island and the Catskills. She serves on the governing and advisory boards of the American Film Institute, Greenwich International Film Festival, New York Botanical Garden, Greenwich Historical Society, the Preservation Society of Newport, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, and the PRASAD Project. Deborah holds a bachelor’s degree in modern foreign languages and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Lake Erie College.

To learn more about Deborah Royce’s upcoming Reef Road Book Tour, visit:
For additional information about the Launch Party, please contact Louisa Greene at the Avon at [email protected] or call 203-550-2697.