Nickolas Butler was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His award-winning debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, was an international bestseller and has been optioned for film by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Butler graduated from the University of Wisconsin before attending the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.
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The state of the short story has been much-debated recently. The form is having a come back, say some; short story writers still feel in the shadow of novelists, say others; aren't novels just long stories anyway, so why do we pit them against each other? say others again. The debate is as al...
Music is at the heart of Shotgun Lovesongs: it's in the voices, the place and the language. Here are some of the songs that are mentioned in the novel or that I was reminded of, and the passages that made me think of them. I'd love to know if there are any that you thought of while r...
My first year as a student at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, I rented a room in a drafty house from an adjunct professor of English who shelved her books according to color (white, ROYGBIV, black – from left to right, if memory serves) and whose cat (I’m allergic to cats) was named...
shotgunbutler - 2 days ago
Jake & Elwood Blues defend America.
shotgunbutler - 10 days ago
Check out this really fulfilling collaboration with Brett Rawson and Handwritten... In 2003/2004, I worked as a meatpacker at the Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, WI. This plant was only recently shuttered, after being in business for more than a 100 years and providing tens of thousands of Wisconsinites meaningful, high-paying, Union jobs. This is the first of three journals I kept during my time at Oscar Mayer. Please share widely. Thanks for looking.
shotgunbutler - 16 days ago
Sam Shepard was one of my biggest influences. For a two year period, I almost exclusively read his plays and short stories. Then I re-read them. Admired everything about them. So, even though the news cycle is yet again obsessed with our president and his dysfunction, I'll be mourning Shepard, watching Treva Wurmfeld's brilliant "Shepard & Dark", and perusing "2 Prospectors", edited by my friend Chad Hammett. Here is Sam at his funniest:
shotgunbutler - 5 months ago
Minneapolis! St. Paul! Shoreview! Arden Hills! Woodbury and Roseville! Apple Valley and Lakeville! Eagan, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Woodbury! Edina, Apple Valley, Burnsville, and Minnetonka! I will be reading tonight at Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis! 7PM! Peter Geye will also be there, wearing his favorite purple sequined Prince jumpsuit! Let's sell some books!
"The Hearts of Men" has been selected as People Magazine's next Book of the Week. Huzzah.
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