City Lit Books invites today’s top literary talents to share their insights in an informal interview format for our audience of booklovers. “Through conversations between authors, we want to enrich the experience of traditional author readings. These discussions raise questions about the writing process and sources of inspiration that those of us who aren’t writers might not think about,” said City Lit Books owner Teresa Kirschbraun.
Join us as we welcome Nickolas Butler, author of the exciting new release, Shotgun Lovesongs. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Midwesterner through and through, Butler grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, is about a group of four friends who keep getting drawn back into the orbit of their Wisconsin hometown. One friend never left, staying in Little Wing to tend to the family farm. One became a commodities trader in Chicago, another entered the rodeo circuit, and one of them hit it big as a rock star – a character based in part on the lead singer of Bon Iver who shares Butler’s hometown. Their bonds are tested when they return home for a wedding and a secret about the woman that has meant something special to each of them is revealed.
Butler will be in conversation with Scott Onak, who teaches at Story Studio Chicago and The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Studies. Onak has been published in Mid-American Review, Willow Springs, and Quick Fiction, and his book reviews appear regularly on The Rumpus.