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Philadelphia, PA 19119
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Wesley Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex, in 1965, and educated at the King’s School, Canterbury, and Jesus College, Cambridge. Under the name John Wesley Harding, he has released 17 albums, ranging from traditional folk to full-on pop music. His new album The Sound Of His Own Voice (Yep Roc, October 2011) was recorded in Portland in November 2010. The album features 13 new songs, backed by an all star band, The King Charles Trio, featuring members of The Decemberists, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Rosanne Cash, Laura Veirs, and John Roderick.
John Wesley Harding has been joined onstage by Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Bruce Springsteen (with whom he recorded a duet on his album Awake), Joan Baez, Evan Dando, David Baddiel, Rick Moody, Tanya Donelly, Josh Ritter, Andrew Bird, Rosanne Cash, Colin Meloy, Scott MacCaughey and Robyn Hitchcock, among others. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His songs have been featured in films (including High Fidelity) and covered by other artists.
His series of “Cabinet of Wonders” variety shows, inaugurated in spring 2009 in New York, featured appearances by Rosanne Cash, Graham Parker, Josh Ritter, Rick Moody, Colson Whitehead, and Jonathan Ames. It’s “a brilliant evening of laid-back fun” (Village Voice) and “one of the most whip-smart variety shows on the market” (Portland Tribune). Two further series in 2009/10 featured among others: A. C. Newman, Colin Meloy, Rhett Miller, Eugene Mirman, Tanya Donelly, Patrick McGrath, and Todd Barry. The Cabinet of Wonders has now moved to City Winery in Manhattan. The next series features appearances by Craig Finn, Ted Leo, Howe Gelb, Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT), Todd Barry, John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) and many others.
His first novel, the international bestseller Misfortune, was published (under his real name) to great acclaim in 2004 by Little, Brown (USA) and Jonathan Cape (UK)—translations followed in Italy, France, Holland, Taiwan, Japan, Spain, and Israel. It was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, listed as one of the books of the year in the Washington Post and the Boston Phoenix, and was one of Amazon’s Top Ten Novels of the Year. His second novel, By George, was published in August 2007; it was one of the New York Public Library’s Books To Remember of 2007, and Booklist Editor’s Choice for books of the year. His third, Charles Jessold, Considered As A Murderer, was published in July 2010 by Jonathan Cape in the UK to excellent reviews: “The most confident musical fiction I have read in years” (New Statesman), “Stace’s artistry makes our language a continual surprise” (The Independent), “Inventive black comedy unfolding with Nabokovian precision” (Financial Times). It was published in the USA by Picador in February 2011.
Stace/Harding is currently artist-in-residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, where he curates the Words & Music Festival. On May 6, 2010, the second Festival ended with “Jersey Rain: Robert Pinsky and Bruce Springsteen in conversation with John Wesley Harding” at which the two NJ writers talked about their work. JWH and Springsteen performed a duet of “Wreck on the Highway.” The series also included a presentation by Harding and Paul Muldoon on their collaboration.
Stace reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Times. He has lived in America since 1991, and resides in Philadelphia with his wife Abbey, daughter Tilda, and son Wyn.
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