Wade Rouse

Acclaimed author, humorist, and memoirist

  • About Wade Rouse

    The writings of humorist and memoirist Wade Rouse have been featured multiple times on NBC’s Today show and on Chelsea Lately on E!, as well as inPeople, Salon, Forbes, Publishers Weekly, and Writer’s DigestThe Washington Post calls Wade “an original writer and impressive new voice,” and theChicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize–winning cultural critic Julia Keller states that his memoirs are filled with “sparkling humor” and that everyone should “read Wade Rouse, especially if you value laughter and wisdom.”

    Wade has lectured around the country, making audiences laugh and reflect—on topics ranging from the writing process, using humor to overcome tragedy, diversity and discrimination, and redefining one’s life—at venues such as the Chicago Public Library/Cultural Center, Chicago’s Printers Row Lit Fest, the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (the largest humor writers’ workshop in the nation), and at numerous private and public colleges, universities, and gay rights organizations.

    Wade’s current memoir, It’s All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine, which celebrates the yearly celebrations that bring out the very best (and worst) in our nearest and dearest, was nominated for a 2011 Goodreads Choice Award in Humor. In addition, Wade created, edited and contributed to the hilarious dog anthology, I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship: Hilarious, Heartwarming Tales about Man’s Best Friend from America’s Favorite Humorists.

  • Speaking Topics

    There's a Place for Us

    In this lecture, Wade tells about how he was bullied for being gay in rural America and then battled sexual discrimination in the workplace; how he used humor as a uniting and defense mechanism to overcome those odds; and why—based on his nearly two decades of experience in university, college, and prep school administration—bullying and discrimination continues and what must be done to stop it. (Wade also lectures on how to achieve diversity in student bodies, administration, faculty and boards.)

    Fear Factor

    Americans—writers, especially—are defined by their fears today, rather than their passion. Wade talks about how to “fuggetabout fear” and turn it into “Free Every Artistic Response,” and how you can change your life, pursue your passion, and write what calls to you.

    The Three H's

    In this lecture, Wade discusses how “The Three H’s”—humor, heart and honesty—are the keys to memoir writing (and life), and how the art of writing funny and poignant (combining the lyrical punchline and the heartrending moment) can be achieved by following the Three H’s.

    Fat Boys Shouldn't Wear Ascots

    Wade discusses—with humor and sensitivity, and by sharing insight and exercise/lifestyle/eating tips—how he lost over 100 pounds and has maintained his weight loss for nearly two decades by connecting the physical to the spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional.

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  • Praise for Wade Rouse

    Praise for It’s All Relative

    Damn you, Wade!! Damn you! I missed two ebay auctions and delayed taking my Ambien every night for a week so I could finish It's All Relative, but it was so worth it. This book rocks! Charming, funny and saucy enough to make me blush. Wade's family makes mine look like the Kennedys (the ones not driving around on sleeping pills or the ones charged with felonies).

    Laurie Notaro, bestselling author of We Thought You Would be Prettier

    Wade Rouse is back and better than ever in his new memoir It's All Relative. Rouse's books combine the one-two punch of hilarity and heart and never cease to delight. Filled with uproarious one liners and enough soul to truly satisfy, readers are going to clamor for a seat at Rouse's holiday table! I can't tell you how much I loved this book.

    Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author of My Fair Lazy
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