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...
First 38 years of my life: zero trips to Germany. Past three months: two trips. Tomorrow I fly to Fr...
by @shotgunbutler - one month ago
KAUKANA! MENASHA! FOX CITIES! Achtung!
by @shotgunbutler - 5 months ago
Jake & Elwood Blues defend America.
by @shotgunbutler - 7 months ago
Check out this really fulfilling collaboration with Brett Rawson and Handwritten... In 2003/2004, I...