If you’ve been a telemarketer, a coffee roaster, a meatpacker, an innkeeper (twice), a liquor store clerk, an office manager, a hot dog vendor, an author escort, and an award-winning poet, when do you have time to write a novel? On Sunday, September 28, 2 PM, at the Tower Road Library Branch, debut author Nickolas Butler will be speaking about his first book, Shotgun Lovesongs, and how he got there. The book was picked as one of Amazon’s ten best books of the month and took the number one spot on IndieBound’s Indie Next list.
The New York Times calls Shotgun Lovesongs a good old-fashioned novel, a sure-footed and unabashedly sentimental first effort that deserves to be among the standouts in this year’s field of fiction debuts. Butler is pretty passionate that yes a male author can write about relationships. He is a graduate of the famed Iowa Writers Workshop and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives on 16 acres of land in rural Wisconsin. His next door neighbors are about 30 buffalo.
Oh and shotgun lovesongs? The title refers both to the forced marriages in the story and to the title of the album that made one of the main character’s famous.