Billie Letts

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General Information

Name: Billie Letts

Pen Name: None

Born: 1938 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works

  • 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

ASIN: B000Q67J5M
Release Date: 2001-04-15

The Honk and Holler Opening Soon

ISBN: 0446675059
Release Date: 1999-05-01

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Shoot the Moon (Fiction/Grand Central Publishing)

ISBN: 0446401145
Release Date: 2008-08-01

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Literary Awards

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

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact Agent:

Elaine Markson @ Markson Thoma Literary Agency

44 Greenwich Ave.

New York, New York 10011

External Links

Billie Letts on WorldCat

Billie Letts on Amazon


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