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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Pamela Joyce Bruzan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946, in Newark, NJ

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Illinois Connection

Bruzan was born in New Jersey and raised in New York State. She moved to Illinois following graduation from Syracuse University. After working as a reporter for what was then the Illinois State Register in Springfield, she established her own firm, Sangamon Valley Writing Associates. Pamela and her husband, Ray Bruzan, have lived in Rochester since 1971.

Biographical and Professional Information

Reporting for a daily newspaper became Pamela Bruzan's springboard to establish Sangamon Valley Writing Associates. In addition to preparing public-information materials, the company has researched, written and edited technical papers and articles focused primarily on emerging water and wastewater treatment techniques, as well as innovative materials and designs for airports and highways.


Certificate of Excellence, Illinois State Historical Society, Cotton, Violins & Shots in the Night: A Timeline Visit to Rochester, Illinois

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes. Co-authors Ray and Pam Bruzan make joint presentations, each of which highlights one of several former Rochester residents who appear in Cotton, Violins & Shots in the Night: A Timeline Visit to Rochester, Illinois. Presentations also describe the events that led to compiling this intriguing history of a small village and township. It is perhaps of most interest to adults who are curious about the type of fascinating stories that are part of any local history. Book sales and signings follow each 30 to 40-minute Power Point presentation. Phone: 217-498-7325 or email

Selected Titles At Your Library

Cotton, violins & shots in the night :
ISBN: 0999314602. OCLC Number: 1006913049

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Presents a chronological history of the history of Rochester, Illinois.