The Album


Wesley Stace’s debut, released by Yep Roc. Sixteen new songs, on CD and double vinyl LP, recorded in Philadelphia, with The English UK as backing band, produced by longtime collaborator Chris von Sneidern.

“Hugely appealing” ★ ★ ★ ★ —Q

“Excellent”—The New Yorker

One of Magnet's Top 25 Albums of 2013

The book


A delirious and touching novel of fathers and sons, the dangers of compromise and thwarted ambition, told with humor and energy by a writer as comfortable in a rock club as a bookstore. A backstage epic of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but also sippy cups, pillow fights, and Baby Bjorns, Wonderkid is Almost Famous through the looking glass.

An Overlook Hardcover


In Conversation With…

Two literary events are upcoming: Wes will be in conversation with Sarah Vowell on Wednesday, October 21 and with David Hare on Thursday, November 5, at the Parkway Central Library, Philadelphia PA. Sarah Vowell has been praised for her “learned, engagingly discursive, funny, sometimes even jolly” (New York Times Book Review) writing style. She is …

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Cabinet of Wonders Podcast on Salon has announced: “Salon is proud to partner with Cabinet of Wonders on this podcast. Since 2009, Wesley Stace has curated the best variety show in America, featuring hundreds of pioneering musicians, writers and comedians. We think that the format and talent will be well received by our devoted readers and are honored to swing open …

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West Coast News

I’m afraid I have had to cancel my June west coast trip for personal reasons. I wouldn’t take this decision lightly; in fact, as far as I can remember, this is the first time I’ve ever cancelled anything ever (as opposed to having a promotor tell me that a gig is no longer happening!) This …

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Working Playlist – an interview

Wesley Stace writes music (for about two decades he was known as John Wesley Harding, a singer-songwriter who released seventeen albums under that name, starting in the late eighties) and books (he’s published four novels, of vastly varying scope). He also runs a series of variety shows he calls his Cabinet of Wonders, bringing together …

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April Cabinet of Wonders Line Up

The line up for the April 10 Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery New York has been set. Tickets are still available.
Janeane Garofalo
The Milk Carton Kids
Robert Pinsky
Josh Rouse
Southside Johnny
Andrew VanWyngarden
Daniel Wolff & Bill Irwin