Individual Author Record
Name: Robert Olen ButlerPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction Born: 1945 in Granite City, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionButler was born and grew up in Granite City. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston and lived in Illinois until 1967.
Biographical and Professional InformationRobert Olen Butler is an American fiction writer. He served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971. He rose to the rank of sergeant in the Army Military Intelligence Corps. His experiences during that period have affected his writings, and as a result, in 1987 Butler received the Tu Do Chinh Kien Award from the Vietnam Veterans of America for outstanding contributions to American culture by a veteran.After working as a steel mill laborer, a taxi driver, and a substitute teacher in high schools in the years following his tour of duty in Vietnam, Butler joined Fairchild Publications, where he worked on the staffs of trade publications such as Electronic News. From 1975 until 1985, he was the editor-in-chief of Fairchild's Energy User News. Butler taught creative writing at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, from 1985 to 2000. He then joined the faculty of Florida State University as a Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor, holding the Michael Shaara Chair in Creative Writing. His short-story collection, ''A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain'' was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1993.
*''Alleys of Eden'', 1981*''Sun Dogs'', 1982*''Countrymen of Bones'', 1983*''On Distant Ground'', 1985*''Wabash'', 1987*''The Deuce'', 1989*''A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain'', 1992*''They Whisper'', 1994*''Tabloid Dreams'', 1996*''Deep Green Sea'', St. Martin`s Press, 1997*''Mr. Spaceman'', Grove Press, 2000*''Fair Warning'', 2002*''Had a Good Time: Stories from American Postcards'', 2004*''From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction'', 2005*''Severance'', Chronicle Books, 2006*''Intercourse: Stories'', Chronicle Books, 2008*''Hell: A Novel'', Grove Press, 2010*''A Small Hotel'', Grove Press, 2011*''The Hot Country'', Mysterious Press, 2013*''The Star of Istanbul'', Mysterious Press, 2014*''The Empire of Night'', Mysterious Press, 2014*''Perfume River'', Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016