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2024 Bombeck Workshop Keynoter Wade Rouse

Wade Rouse

Wade Rouse is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of five memoirs and 12 novels. His new Christmas novel, The Wishing Bridge, publishes Nov. 7 from HarperCollins.

He writes fiction under his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the Ozarks seamstress whose sacrifices changed his family’s life. His books have been named three times to the American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next List. His memoir America’s Boy was on the American Library Association’s inaugural Rainbow List recognizing outstanding books with authentic LGBTQIA+ content.

He has written for Coastal Living, Time, All Things Considered, Good Housekeeping, Parade, Salon, Forbes, Writer’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly.

He was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards in Humor in 2011 for It’s All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine (he lost to Tina Fey), and Writer’s Digest named him “The #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, We’d Like to Have Drinks With” (he was sandwiched between Ernest Hemingway and Hunter Thompson).

Rouse hosts the Facebook Live literary happy hour “Wine & Words with Wade” every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on the Viola Shipman author page.