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Shotgun Lovesongs - Nickolas Butler - <span class="date-display-single">05/06/2014 - 7:00pm</span>

Shotgun Lovesongs

05/06/2014 - 7:00pm

Central Library - Community Room

A blue collar guy from the Midwest, Butler spent October and November driving to bookstores in the Heartland: Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio and Kentucky—at least 80 stores—giving out copies of the galley and spending time with booksellers. They all connected to the same thing: the idea (or idealization) of small town America, which is so beautifully realized in the book.


The novel tells a “Big Chill”-like story of four friends who come home to a small town in rural Wisconsin to find that their relationships have altered in ways they couldn’t have predicted. There is a musician who shot to indie rock fame after recording an album in a chicken coop (he’s based on the lead singer from Bon Iver), a financier who uses his wealth to upgrade the place, a rodeo star, and a farmer who married the girl they all loved. If it sounds like an old-fashioned story—it is. But it’s one that stays with the reader, if only for the beauty of the prose, the evocation of Wisconsin farmland and the way Butler explores the complexity of longtime friendships.

Nickolas Butler

About Presenter Nickolas Butler


Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, PA, and raised in Eau Claire, WI. His writings have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. A bestseller in both the U.S. and France, his debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, received the Midwest Booksellers Award, the Great Lakes, Great Reads Award, and France's Prix PAGE/America. He is also the author of Beneath the Bonfire, and The Hearts of Men which has already been longlisted for two of France's top literary awards. Butler graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before attending the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two children.



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