Offsite Event: Nickolas Butler at Madison Public Library-Central

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

Room is delighted to be selling books at the Madison Public Library for Nickolas Butler, whose appearance is presented by the Wisconsin Book Festival!

Nick worked at a number of dead-end jobs—including at a meat packing factory. He was rejected by six writing programs before getting into the Iowa Writers Workshop—which he commuted to from Minnesota, leaving his family for weeks at a time. Eleanor Catton was a classmate. Then, he sells his first novel for a high six figure advance in a fierce auction. No one was more astounded than Nick. To tell his mom about the deal he had to call the dispatch number at the trucking firm she works for. He used the first check to pay off his wife’s student loans. He now lives on a 16 acre farm in Eau Claire, the town where he grew up and that’s fictionalized in the novel. It’s clear that he knows it inside and out. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Narrative Magazine, The Kenyon Review and elsewhere.

It’s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends—all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town—it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so.

One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there’s Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

Now all four are brought together for a wedding. Little Wing seems even smaller than before. While lifelong bonds are still strong, there are stresses—between the friends, between husbands and wives. There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love.

Seldom has the American heartland been so richly and accurately portrayed. Though the town may have changed, the one thing that hasn’t is the beauty of the Wisconsin farmland, the lure of which, in Nickolas Butler’s hands, emerges as a vibrant character in the story. Shotgun Lovesongs is that rare work of fiction that evokes a specific time and place yet movingly describes the universal human condition. It is, in short, a truly remarkable book—a novel that once read will never be forgotten.

See more at the Wisconsin Book Festival website!

Event address: 
201 W. Mifflin Street
53703-2218 Madison
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ISBN: 9781250039811
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - March 11th, 2014