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Wade Rouse


Wade Rouse

Wade Rouse has quickly established himself as one of America’s favorite memoirists (and, according to Writer’s Digest, “One of the Top 10 Writers, Dead or Alive, We'd Love to Have Drinks With” … Wade was #2, behind Ernest Hemingway, and ahead of Hunter S. Thompson, an honor he puts on the same level as winning the Pulitzer). Wade is the author of five books, including four critically-acclaimed memoirs: AMERICA'S BOY (Dutton/2006), CONFESSIONS OF A PREP SCHOOL MOMMY HANDLER (Harmony/2007), and the bestsellers, AT LEAST IN THE CITY SOMEONE WOULD HEAR ME SCREAM: Misadventures in Search of the Simple Life (Harmony/2009), and IT'S ALL RELATIVE: A Memoir of Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays and 50 Boxes of Wine (Crown/2011). Wade is also the creator and editor of the upcoming, humorous dog anthology, I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP: Hilarious, Heartwarming Tales about Man’s Best Friends by America’s Favorite Humorists (2011-NAL/Penguin),which features a foreword by Chelsea Handler and her dog, Chunk, and essays by 11 New York Times bestsellers and one Tony winner. Wade is donating a portion of the book’s proceeds to the Humane Society of the United States.

Rouse was a contributor to the humorous anthology on working in retail, The Customer Is Always Wrong: The Retail Chronicles (Counterpoint-Soft Skull Press). Rouse’s essay on working at Sears after years of wearing Husky’s was selected to kick off the collection.

Rouse is a regular contributor to Michigan Public Radio, the nation’s eighth-largest public radio station, where his humorous essays on life, love, technology and the holidays prompt laughter and tears in cars and offices across the state. He is a contributing humor columnist for Metrosource magazine, a national, glossy lifestyle and entertainment magazine geared towards the modern metropolitan gay community, as well as for, an online lifestyle magazine for Lake Michigan’s “Southern Riviera.”

Wade’s essays and articles have appeared in numerous national magazines and online publications, including, which reaches nearly 10 million readers, as well as on CBC Radio One’s popular “Definitely Not the Opera” in Canada and Chicago Public Radio. He has lectured and taught writing seminars around the country, from Chicago’s Printers Row Lit Festival and the Wisconsin Book Festival to The Chicago Public Library and the Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Workshop. Rouse is represented by the Random House Speakers Bureau --- alongside such luminaries as Ken Burns, Jay McInerney, Richard Russo, Jane Smiley, Gay Talese, Roy Blount Jr., and Lisa See --- and is available for select readings and lectures.  To inquire about a possible appearance, please visit or call 212-572-2013. 

Rouse’s personalized, intense and transformational writing retreats – which center on overcoming fears in one’s life and one’s writing – and provide insider advice on securing a literary agent and finding success as a fulltime author, have been credited by numerous writers for helping their manuscripts be published by mainstream publishers. For more, please visit

He earned his B.A. in communications (with honors) from Drury College (now University) and his master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Rouse lives on the coast of Michigan, where --- in between beach weather and blizzards --- he writes memoirs and battles for bed space with his partner, Gary, and their beloved mutt, Mabel. Wade is a volunteer and fundraiser for Wishbone, an animal shelter in Michigan, a member of HRC, and supporter of Hospice. He is a marathon runner, avid reader and movie/theatre buff, and addicted to fashion, hair, lip shimmer, reality TV and non-fat, triple shot white chocolate lattes.

Wade is represented by literary agent Wendy Sherman of Wendy Sherman Associates in Manhattan, and the Random House Speakers’ Bureau.

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Wade Rouse