Nickolas Butler
Eau Claire, Wisc.
Established 1979

Bestselling Author of The Hearts of Men and Shotgun Lovesongs


Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His first novel was the internationally best-selling and prize-winning Shotgun Lovesongs, which has been optioned for film development and has been translated into ten languages. Beneath the Bonfire, a collection of short stories, followed a year later. In 2017, he published The Hearts of Men which was short-listed for two of France’s most prestigious literary prizes even before its American publishing. In 2019, his fourth book, Little Faith was published, and he is already at work on another novel, this one set in the mountains of the American West. Butler is the recipient of many literary prizes and commendations and has published articles, reviews, short stories, and poetry in publications such as: Ploughshares, Narrative, and The New York Times Book Review, to name a few. Prior to publishing Shotgun Lovesongs, Butler worked a long list of jobs including: coffee roaster, liquor store clerk, office manager, hot-dog vendor, author escort, meat-packer, bed-and-breakfast manager, telemarketer, and Burger King maintenance man. He is married and lives with his wife and two children on sixteen acres of land adjacent to a buffalo farm in rural Wisconsin.


2018 Friends of American Writers Literary Award
2016 Prix Medicis Estranger (short-listed)
2016 Prix Femina (short-listed)
2015 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award
2015 UW-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary Award
2014 PAGE Prix America
2014 Great Lakes Great Reads Award
2014 Midwest Independent Booksellers Award
2014 Flaherty Dunnan Award for First Novel (long-listed)
2014 FNAC Prix (short-listed)



Little Faith
The Hearts of Men
Beneath the Bonfire
Shotgun Lovesongs


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Rob McQuilkin, Massie McQuilkin
212.352.2055 \ rob@mmqlit.com

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Danielle Kolodkin, Harper Collins Speakers Bureau
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Naomi Laduke, Lightfoot Literary Consultants

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