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Author Lecture: Wade Rouse Writing as Viola Shipman

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Author Lecture:

Wade Rouse Writing as Viola Shipman

 Wade Rouse  The Recipe Box

Join us on Wednesday, March 21st for an Author Lecture with Wade Rouse. He will discuss his third book The Recipe Box written under the pen name Viola Shipman (as a homage to his grandmother). The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC). The Recipe Box will be released March 20, 2018.

The Recipe Box is about Samantha "Sam" Mullins, who, growing up in northern Michigan, 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 alongside the women in her life: her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, 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.

Viola Shipman, whose first novel was The Charm Bracelet, is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist.  Rouse chose his grandmother’s name to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, amongst other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered.  His second novel titled The Hope Chest (written under the same pen name) was released last year.

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