At this very special literary event, Rita Mae Brown travels from Virginia to be in conversation with local resident Wade Rouse. The two met many years ago at an event in Charleston, where Rita Mae took Wade under her wing and termed him, “A modern-day Tallulah Bankhead.” The two have remained friends, and Wade has visited her at Tea-Time Farm, her 580-acre property outside Charlottesville, Virginia. Come for pre-show cocktails (purchase our VIP ticket for a private mix & mingle with the authors) then head into the theater to hear Wade and Rita Mae share hilarious tales about writing, publishing and book touring, honest moments from their lives, and poignant stories about their personal and creative journeys.
There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the authors plus a sneak peek at their upcoming projects.
Adjourn to the lobby for book signings with the authors. The authors’ books will be available for purchase.
RITA MAE BROWN is a literary icon, groundbreaking social and animal rights activist, working farmer, poet and Master of Foxhounds. She is the New York Times bestselling author of countless novels and memoirs, including Rubyfruit Jungle, which singlehandedly helped kick-start the modern-gay lit movement; the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede novels, including Six of One and Cakewalk; and the Mags Rogers mysteries. She is also an Emmy-nominated screenwriter. In 2015, she received the Pioneer Award at the 27th Lambda Literary Awards.
Brown has long been an outspoken advocate and trailblazer. She resigned in January 1970 from the National Organization for Women over Betty Friedan’s anti-gay remarks and NOW’s attempts to distance itself from lesbian organizations. NOW was so worried about the threat of lesbianism that Brown believed that “lesbian” was “the one word that could cause the Executive Committee a collective heart attack.” She played a leading role in the “Lavender Menace” zap of the Second Congress to Unite Women on May 1, 1970, which protested Friedan’s remarks and the exclusion of lesbians from the women’s movement. Brown and other lesbians from the Gay Liberation Front created The Woman-Identified Woman, which was distributed at the zap. The group that wrote the manifesto then went on to become the Radicalesbians.
Brown even became a tabloid star. She lived briefly with American author, screenwriter and actor Fannie Flagg, whom she met at a party hosted by Marlo Thomas. In 1979, Brown met and fell in love with tennis champion Martina Navratilova. In 1980, they bought a horse farm in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they lived together until their breakup, Brown still lives on the estate with her beloved cats, dogs, hounds and horses.
WADE ROUSE is the internationally bestselling author of nine books, including his latest novel, The Summer Cottage, which is set in Saugatuck, been a national bestseller and remains the #1 bestselling book in Michigan. To date, Wade’s novels, written under the pen name Viola Shipman, have been translated into nearly 20 languages, selected as a Michigan Notable Book and resonated with readers around the world. Wade chose his grandmother’s name as his pen name in order to pay tribute to the woman whose heirlooms, lives, lessons and love inspire his fiction. His next novel, The Heirloom Garden, will publish from HarperCollins/Graydon House in April 2020, followed by two novels – including a holiday novel – in 2021.
Wade’s books have been selected multiple times as Must-Reads by NBC’s Today Show, featured in the New York Times and on Chelsea Lately and chosen three times as Indie Next Picks by the nation’s independent booksellers. His writing has appeared in a diverse range of publications and media, including Coastal Living, Time, All Things Considered, People, Good Housekeeping, Salon, The Washington Post, Writer’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly.
Also a noted humorist of four memoirs, Wade was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards in Humor (he lost to Tina Fey) and was named by Writer’s Digest as “The #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, We’d Like to Have Drinks With” (Wade was sandwiched between Ernest Hemingway and Hunter Thompson). Wade’s memoirs include America’s Boy, At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream, Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler and It’s All Relative.
Proceeds from the evening support creative children’s programming at the SCA.
The evening is sponsored by Renee Zita, George Stoutin of Edward Jones, Jennifer & Mike DeWaard, Deb Minton & Terri Osborne, Susan & Bob Mikulay, Wade Rouse & Gary Edwards, and Coast 236|Chef Mindy Trafman.