Book Talk and Signing with Wade Rouse
Book Talk and Signing with Wade Rouse (writing as Viola Shipman)
author of The Recipe Box
Tuesday, June 19th, 7:00 PM
Treats from recipes in the book will be served, so reservations are requested. Please call (269) 982-1110 or email.
Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha "Sam" Mullins felt trapped on her family's orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star's New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.
When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family's orchard cooking and baking. Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family's history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box. By the bestselling author of The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest. (Macmillan, $26.99, available now.)
Wade Rouse is the internationally bestselling author of seven books, including his latest novel, The Hope Chest, which launched in March from St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books, and The Charm Bracelet, which came out in paperback in January. To date, the novels, written under the pen name Viola Shipman, have been translated into over a dozen languages and resonated with readers around the world. Wade chose his grandmother’s name as his pen name in order to pay tribute to the woman whose heirlooms, lives, lessons and love inspire his fiction and inspired him to become a writer and the person he is today.
Wade is also the popular, critically acclaimed author of the memoirs America's Boy, At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream, Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler”and It's All Relative.
Wade's work has been selected multiple times as a Must-Read by NBC’s Today Show, featured on Chelsea Lately on E!, and been chosen three times by the nation's independent booksellers as an Indie Next Pick.
Wade has written for People, Good Housekeeping, Coastal Living and Metrosource, among others, as well as been a regular contributor to All Things Considered, where he did a series of funny, poignant essays on family holidays. Wade's writing has also appeared in Time, Forbes, Salon, the Washington Post, Out, The Advocate, Publisher’s Weekly and Writer’s Digest. USA Today calls Wade “a wise, witty, often wicked voice,” the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic states that everyone should “read Wade Rouse, especially if you value laughter and wisdom", and Writer’s Digest recently named Wade the #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, “We'd Love to Have Drinks With” (Wade was just behind Ernest Hemingway, and just ahead of Hunter S. Thompson).
Wade earned his bachelor of arts in communications, with honors, from Drury University and his master of science in journalism from Northwestern University. He divides his time between the resort towns of Saugatuck-Douglas, Michigan, and the Palm Springs, California.
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