Wade Rouse aka Viola Shipman in-store book signing Event

Let's give a warm welcome to Wade Rouse, a.k.a. Viola Shipman, at our Traverse City store on Friday, June 23rd at 1pm.  Rouse's popular pen name, Viola Shipman, was chosen as a tribute to his Ozarks grandma.  Come say hello - and leave with your signed copy of Famous in a Small Town.

Wade Rouse is a popular award-winning memoirist and internationally bestselling author of twelve books, which have been translated into twenty languages and selected as Today show Must-Reads, Indie Next Picks and Michigan Notable Books. Rouse writes fiction under his grandma's name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms inspire his writing. He lives in Michigan and California, and hosts Wine & Words with Wade, A Literary Happy Hour, every Thursday.

"Full of summertime delight...and sweet, nostalgic charm, Famous in a Small Town is a beautiful reminder to...fully embrace the magic that lives inside you." --Heather Webber, USA TODAY bestselling author of Midnight at the Blackbird Café

For most of her eighty years, Mary Jackson has endured the steady invasion of tourists, influencers and real estate developers who have discovered the lakeside charm of Good Hart, Michigan, waiting patiently for the arrival of a stranger she's believed since childhood would one day carry on her legacy--the Very Cherry General Store. Like generations of Jackson women before her, Cherry Mary, as she's known locally, runs the community hub--part post office, bakery and sandwich shop--and had almost given up hope that the mysterious prediction she'd been told as a girl would come true and the store would have to pass to...a man.

Becky Thatcher came to Good Hart with her ride-or-die BFF to forget that she's just turned forty with nothing to show for it. Ending up at the general store with Mary is admittedly not the beach vacation she expected, but the more the feisty octogenarian talks about destiny, the stronger Becky's memories of her own childhood holidays become, and the strange visions over the lake she was never sure were real. As she works under Mary's wing for the summer and finds she fits into this quirky community of locals, she starts to believe that destiny could be real, and that it might have something very special in mind for Becky..

Friday, June 23, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: 
243 E Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Famous in a Small Town: The Perfect Summer Read By Viola Shipman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781525804854
Availability: Click on title to see inventory for each store
Published: Graydon House - June 13th, 2023