Author Event: Lisa Rogers - "Beautiful Noise: The Music of John Cage"

Event date: 
10/15/2023 - 1:00pm

Lisa Rogers, local picture book author of 16 Words and Hound Won't Go, joins us for the launch of her latest, Beautiful Noise: The Music of John Cage. Lisa will also bring a musical activity for kids to enjoy! 

This is a free event but we ask that you RSVP with the link below (no fees). If you would rather RSVP over the phone, you can call us at 781-431-1160. 

The author's books will be available for purchase at the event. Please note that if you would like the author to sign your book, it must have been bought from Wellesley Books. 




"Tantalizing glimpses of a composer who challenged the very definition of music." —Kirkus Reviews

Open this unique picture book and meet John Cage, the pioneering, inspiring composer who believed all sound—from the crash of a slamming door to the whirr of a blender to the whoosh of the wind—was music.

For John Cage, music was everywhere: in the hum of the refrigerator, the screech of a garbage truck, the patter of the rain. But other people disagreed. They felt that, surely, a pianist on stage must actually play their piano to create music...not just sit there. And in no way was it melodic to turn a musician's mic on and off as they do play their instruments--it was just chaos!

John Cage found sound in silence, and knew that all noises were unique. All you had to do was listen to hear it.

Told in second person and paired with exciting illustrations as innovative as Cage's music, here is a picture book--perfect for any budding musician--that celebrates the genius of a nonconforming musician who always stayed true to his artistic vision.



Lisa Rogers is the author of 16 Words, which received two starred reviews and was called "a fine introduction to a celebrated American poet" by the New York Times. She is a former elementary school librarian and a former newspaper reporter and editor. Lisa holds a master's degree in Library and Information Science and is a member of SCBWI. She lives just outside of Boston with her family.



Beautiful Noise: The Music of John Cage By Lisa Rogers, Il Sung Na (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lisa Rogers, Il Sung Na (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593646625
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Anne Schwartz Books - October 10th, 2023

Hound Won't Go By Lisa Rogers, Meg Ishihara (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lisa Rogers, Meg Ishihara (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807534083
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - April 1st, 2020

16 Words: William Carlos Williams and
By Lisa Rogers, Chuck Groenink (Illustrator)
This title is currently unavailable to order. Please check back, as stock may become available in the future.
ISBN: 9781524720162
Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 24th, 2019

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714