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Wade Rouse
Wade Rouse

Wade Rouse

Wade Rouse is the internationally bestselling author of 12 books, which have been translated into 21 languages and sold over a million copies around the world. A noted humorist of four memoirs, Wade was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards in Humor (he lost to Tina Fey) and was named by Writer’s Digest as “The #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, We’d Like to Have Drinks With” (Wade was sandwiched between Ernest Hemingway and Hunter Thompson).

His new memoir, Magic Season, explores the tumultuous relationship Wade had with his  Ozarks father; the only thing that bonded them was their love of baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals, and the memoir takes place, inning by inning, over the last game they watched together.

Wade chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, as a pen name to honor the working poor woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his fiction. Wade’s most recent novel, The Clover Girls, was an Indie Bestseller and #1 Bestseller in the Great Lakes.

His first holiday novel, The Secret of Snow, will publish Oct. 26, and his new memoir,
Magic Season, will publish June 2022 (both from HarperCollins).


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