Rave Reviews!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

To say that I'm blown away by the rave reviews I received for my new memoir, AT LEAST IN THE CITY SOMEONE WOULD HEAR ME SCREAM (June 2), in today's (May 31) Sunday edition of both the Detroit Free-Press (4 out of 4 stars) and Grand Rapids Press ("His writing dazzles!") would be massive understatements.

Can't wait to hear what the readers think (as long as you concur with the following, of course)!

Link to Detroit Free-Press is: http://www.freep.com/article/20090531/FEATURES05/905310333

Link to Grand Rapids Press is: http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/05/simple_life_brings_mix

Upcoming Live Media Appearances!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I will be babbling live this Friday, May 29, around 9:45 a.m. on WGVU's Morning Show with Jon Helmrich about the launch of my memoir, AT LEAST IN THE CITY SOMEONE WOULD HEAR ME SCREAM, and my book tour around the state. Tune into 1480 AM & 88.5 FM, or 850 AM & 95.3 FM to hear the interview. WGVU is West Michigan's Public Radio affiliate.

The fun and fabulous Stephanie Webb, host of WZZM/Channel 13's live morning talk show, TAKE FIVE, will interview me on Monday, June 1. TAKE FIVE airs from 9-10 a.m. on Channel 13 in the greater Grand Rapids area ... tune in to see if I've had enough caffeine to actually complete sentences. And, what to wear, what to wear?

More to come as the tour bus pulls out of our gravel driveway and heads across the Midwest. (And by "tour bus," I mean Honda Pilot filled with more steamer trunks than Liza.)

Reviews will be posted very soon, including the two latest, raves from both OUT and METROSOURCE.


St. Louis Summer Read!

Monday, May 25, 2009

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has just named AT LEAST IN THE CITY SOMEONE WOULD HEAR ME SCREAM to its list of Summer Must-Reads.

The Post says, in part, about the memoir: "At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream" by Wade Rouse (Harmony, June 2). This is [Rouse's] third memoir, and the funniest (the Library Journal [calls] it "David Sedaris meets Dave Barry"). It's about living in the wilds of Michigan."

For all you St. Louisans, I will be in Cardinal Country Friday, June 19, for an event at Left Bank Books. To read the entire article and Summer Reading List from the Post-Dispatch, please click on the following link:


St. Louis is a great reading city, and I'm thrilled to be part of the community's summer reading agenda!

Loads of Great News!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

First things first, thanks to Joshua for making me look human again. After going w/o a haircut for six weeks in order to try to achieve that whole 1950s, slicked back, long hair look (think Zac Efron from Hairspray, or Adam Lambert doing a slow song), I realized my hair still grows UP and OUT not down. I looked like a mushroom cap. So, Joshua spent over an hour working his maj-ique (said with a French accent), and now my cropped, gay, piled Mohawk is so much cuter. I mean, grocery store clerks are, at least, no longer calling me "ma'am" when I check out.

Second, I was thrilled to be asked by Alison Jones Chaim, the director of the Wisconsin Book Festival, to be a headliner at their 8th Annual Fair to be held in Madison from October 7-11. The WI Book Festival is one of the larger book fairs in the nation, drawing over 15,000 book readers, lovers and fans to Madison's lively downtown arts and commercial district. Especially gratifying is the fact that this year's Festival theme is "Courage," and all Festival events and authors will explore the full spectrum of interpretations of this theme, ranging from topics such as civil or social courage, overcoming obstacles, bravery vs. bravado, physical courage, and consequences of courageous actions. I plan to speak on the courage it takes to go six weeks w/o a haircut (just kidding). Stay tuned for my speaking dates/venues.

Third, I kick off my book tour for AT LEAST IN THE CITY SOMEONE WOULD HEAR ME SCREAM Wednesday, June 3, at the Grand Rapids, Michigan, Public Library at 7 p.m. (http://www.grpl.org) ... and won't stop until the end of June. I hope to meet you at one of the many events scheduled in Michigan, Chicago, Milwaukee or STL. (Check out my Appearances!)

Fourth, OUT Magazine just named AT LEAST IN THE CITY one of its summer "Must Reads" in its June issue. So, I guess, you must read it.

Fifth (see, I can count), I will be posting next week all the wonderful media attention that AT LEAST IN THE CITY is generating! And by wonderful, I mean incredible. And by incredible, I mean huge. (You get where I'm going, right?) I'm blown away right now!

Sixth, Happy Memorial Day Weekend ... enjoy your BBQs, your beer, your S'mores, your picnics, your family, your friends! And please remember all those who lost their lives in service to our country!