As a part of CADL’s 2012 Spring Author Series, bestselling author and humorist Wade Rouse is appearing twice in Ingham County this May. Books provided by Tuesday Books are available for sale and signing at each event, with seating on a first-come basis.
Though he didn’t grow up in Michigan, he found a home in Saugatuck where he encountered Michigan winters, wildlife and living in a tourist town for the first time. According to Rouse’s blog, “Some words just belong together. Like peanut butter and jelly or Captain and Tennille. Wade and winter, not so much. We do not go together, to quote that song from Grease…But I am learning.” All these tales are recounted in his memoir At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream: Misadventures in Search of the Simple Life (2009), described by Rouse as a Walden meets The Shining kind of story.
Four of his five books are critically-acclaimed memoirs, including America’s Boy (2006) and It’s All Relative: A Memoir of Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays and 50 Boxes of Wine (2011). Through writing these novels, Rouse found himself and what truly makes him happy. Now he travels the country sharing his message with those who can relate.
“I can’t tell you the number of e-mails I get from moms – even a lot of kids – who said the book has not only made them laugh, but really made them hold a mirror up to their own faces,” Rouse said.
Rouse is also a regular contributor to Michigan Public Radio, a humor columnist for LGBT-focused Metrosource magazine and a popular presenter at writing seminars.