Pen Name: None
Born: 1938 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Letts taught in Cairo and Paxton Illinois.
Biographical and Professional Information
Letts is a novelist and educator. She is the author of numerous highly acclaimed short stories and screenplays, and a former professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Aside from her teaching career, Billie Letts has also worked as a waitress, window washer, dance instructor, dishwasher, roller-skating waitress at a drive-in restaurant, and secretary to a private detective!
Her first novel, Where the Heart Is, won the Walker Percy Award, sold more than three million copies, and was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in December 1998. It was made into a major motion picture in 2000 and was directed by Matt Williams, starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd and Stockard Channing. Her husband, Dennis Letts, also appeared in the film.
Her second novel, The Honk and Holler Opening Soon, was named the first “Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma” selection. Her third novel, Shoot the Moon, was both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Billie Letts currently resides in Oklahoma.
- Where The Heart Is, Warner Books, 1995
- The Honk and Holler Opening Soon, Warner Books, 1998
- Shoot the Moon, Warner Books, 2004
- Made In The U.S.A, Hachette Books, 2008
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Where the Heart Is
Release Date: 2001-04-15
The Honk and Holler Opening Soon
Release Date: 1999-05-01
Shoot the Moon (Fiction/Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: 2008-08-01
Made in the U.S.A.
Release Date: 2009-05-04
Walker Percy Award in 1994 for Where the Heart Is
Oklahoma Book Award in 1996
The Honk and Holler Opening Soon was named the first “Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma” selection
Oprah's Book Club - Best Novel nominee for Where the Heart Is
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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New York, New York 10011
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