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.
shotgunbutler - 2 months ago
Woke up this morning to discover that "The Hearts of Men" has been longlisted for a major literary prize (the Medicis prize for foreign literature) in France. I have to thank everyone at my French publisher, Autrement, but in particular, my translator Mireille Vignol. I don't know how a book set at a Boy Scout camp in northern Wisconsin and fascinated with supper clubs, birds, baseball cards, and American gun culture transcends its own Middlewesterness, but... She helped make it so. Thanks also to Camille Paulian, my stellar French publicist, and my former editor, Raphaëlle Liebaert.
shotgunbutler - 3 months ago
Sometimes I'll write an article about a friend:
shotgunbutler - 5 months ago
I did not see Shia LeBeouf yesterday while I was in Manitowoc, WI, but I did have a truly memorable reading there on a beautiful early summer night, and in the shadow of such horrifying news from Florida. I spent my entire four-hour drive across Wisconsin reflecting on the violence that transpired in Orlando. I'm headed to France and Denmark tomorrow, and I know that my European friends will ask me what is happening in America? The truth is, I don't understand at all. I don't understand. My life is overwhelmingly filled with love and I choose to focus on love.
shotgunbutler - 8 months ago
Sitting down this rainy afternoon with a manuscript of poetry and remembered writing this poem while working at Star Liquor in Madison, WI. An oldie, but a goodie:
shotgunbutler - 11 months ago
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