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Robert Olen Butler

 

Robert Olen Butler has published twelve novels, the most recent of which is Perfume River. Released in 2016, it is an historical fiction story about the impact of the Vietnam War on several generations of a New Orleans family. It explores the painful and subtle ways that war influences us all, through the eyes of the Quinlan family and their decades of struggle. Butler has also published a volume of his lectures on the creative process, From Where You Dream, edited with an introduction by Janet Burroway. His works have been translated into 19 languages, including Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Polish, Japanese, Serbian, Farsi, Czech, Estonian, and Greek. He was also a charter recipient of the Tu Do Chinh Kien Award given by the Vietnam Veterans of America for “outstanding contributions to American culture by a Vietnam veteran.” Over the past 15 years he has lectured in universities, appeared at conferences, and met with writers groups in 17 countries as a Literary Envoy for the U. S. State Department. Bob is a recipient of the Faulkner Society’s annual ALIHOT (A Legend in His Own Time) Award for Literature. His other works include The Alleys of EdenSun DogsCountrymen of BonesOn Distant GroundWabashThe DeuceThey WhisperThe Deep Green SeaMr. SpacemanFair WarningHell and A Small Hotel (2011)—and six volumes of short fiction—Tabloid DreamsHad a Good Time, SeveranceIntercourseWeegee Stories, and A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. For more on Robert Olen Butler and his work, including praise for his love novel, A Small Hotel, Click Here!

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