'Shotgun Lovesongs' author Butler at UW-Whitewater

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WHITEWATER--Nicholas Butler, the Wisconsin author of the national best-selling novel, “Shotgun Lovesongs,” will give a reading Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Summer Auditorium of the James R. Connor University Center on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus.

Set in small-town Wisconsin, the novel chronicles four childhood friends as they test lifelong bonds and learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love.

Butler will give a reading from the novel and take questions from the audience before Chancellor Beverly Kopper presents him with the 2015 Chancellor's Regional Literary Award. Following the presentation, Butler will sign books, which will be available for purchase, in the auditorium from 5:30 to 6 p.m. A reception will take place in the Old Main Ballroom from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Butler was educated at UW-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He previously 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 itinerant work includes potato harvester, grape picker and Christmas tree axe-man. He lives with his wife and two children on 16 acres of land near Eau Claire, adjacent to a buffalo farm.

Visitors are invited to park on Prairie Street, in metered parking stalls in campus lots, or in Lot 7, adjacent to the Visitor Center, where guest parking is available for $2. For more information: http://www.uww.edu/adminaffairs/parking/visitors.

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