Wm. Stage Reads This Weekend from Fool for Life


A little while back former RFT writer Wm. Stage dropped off a copy of his new "memoirish" book, Fool for Life. Like so many other things that land on my desk, it soon established residency -- which is to say that it, and the nice note Stage attached to it, were quickly obscured by many of those aforementioned so many other things.

I'm glad to say I uncovered the book in time to discern that 1) it's pretty entertaining and 2) Stage is scheduled to read and sign copies tomorrow from 1 till 3 p.m. at Second Reading Book Shop in Alton.

Back when the book came out in the spring, Chad Garrison wrote a nice post summing up the storyline, but he didn't mention that the book grew out of a piece Stage pitched and then wrote for RFT in 2003. That story, which is not at all fictionalized, chronicles Stage's real-life search for his birth parents and his heritage, a journey that took him first to Michigan and later to Nova Scotia. That story, "The Son Rises," is well worth a read.

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