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Robert Olen Butler

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Robert Olen Butler has published twelve novels—The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, The Deep Green Sea, Mr. Spaceman, Fair Warning, Hell and (forthcoming this August) A Small Hotel—and six volumes of short fiction—Tabloid Dreams, Had a Good Time, Severance, Intercourse, Weegee Stories, and A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Butler has 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 nineteen 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 fifteen 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.

Genres: Historical Mystery, Literary Fiction, Mystery
Christopher Marlowe Cobb
   1. The Hot Country (2012)
   2. The Star of Istanbul (2013)
   3. The Empire of Night (2014)
   4. Paris in the Dark (2018)
   The Alleys of Eden (1981)
   Sun Dogs (1982)
   Countrymen of Bones (1983)
   On Distant Ground (1985)
   Wabash (1987)
   The Deuce (1989)
   They Whisper (1994)
   The Deep Green Sea (1997)
   Mr. Spaceman (2000)
   Fair Warning (2002)
   Hell (2009)
   A Small Hotel (2011)
   Perfume River (2016)
   Late City (2021)
   A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (1992)
   Tabloid Dreams (1996)
   Had a Good Time (2004)
   Severance (2006)
   Intercourse (2008)
   Severance / Intercourse (2016)
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Series contributed to
Anthologies containing stories by Robert Olen Butler
Short stories
JFK Secretly Attends Jackie Auction (1996)

PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1993) : A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1993) : A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

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