HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Nickolas Butler

Internationally Bestselling, Prizewinning Novelist & Short Story Writer


  • From Food Stamps to a Bestselling Novel: The Years Before a Breakout Success
  • Short Stories as Business Cards: Building Your Quality and Career with Short Stories
  • An Evening with Nickolas Butler



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. He is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Shotgun Lovesongs and a collection of acclaimed short stories entitled, Beneath the Bonfire.  He is the winner of France's prestigious PAGE Prix America, the 2014 Great Lakes Great Reads Award, the 2014 Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, the 2015 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award, the 2015 UW-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary Award, and has been long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty Dunnan Award for First Novel and short-listed for France's FNAC Prix.  Along the way, he has worked as: a Burger King maintenance man, a tutor, a telemarketer, a hot-dog vendor, an innkeeper (twice), an office manager, a coffee roaster, a liquor store clerk, and an author escort.

His newest novel, The Hearts of Men, has already been shortlisted for two of France’s most prestigious literary prizes, and will be published by Ecco in the United States in March of 2017.

He lives on sixteen acres of land in rural Wisconsin adjacent to a buffalo farm. He is married and has two children.

Praise for The Hearts of Men:

“Like a great campfire story, The Hearts of Men is epic and hushed in the right places, simultaneously local and universal, and brilliantly, beautifully unspooled. It’s both a love letter to good men of the past and a hopeful cheer for the good men to come.”
--J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest