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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Billie Letts  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

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.


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

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Contact Agent Elaine Markson at Markson Thoma Literary Agency 44 Greenwich Ave. New York, New York 10011 [mailto:elaine@marksonthoma.com elaine@marksonthoma.com]

Selected Titles At Your Library

Made in the U.S.A.
ISBN: 9781415958063. OCLC Number: 213811654

Books on Tape,. .

Billie Letts takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the best and worst of America's heartland as she tells a story of two abandoned children desperately searching for people to call family and a place to call home--Provided by publisher.

Made in the U.S.A. :
ISBN: 044658245X. OCLC Number: 335443636

Grand Central Pub.,. .

"Billie Letts takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the best and worst of America's heartland as she tells a story of two abandoned children desperately searching for people to call family and a place to call home"--Provided by publisher.

Shoot the moon /
ISBN: 0446401145. OCLC Number: 209719643

Grand Central,. .

A beautifully told story of a small Oklahoma town and a mystery that has haunted its residents. In 1972, Morgan David Evers, no more than a baby at the time, disappears in the tiny town of De Clare. Only his pajama bottoms are found on the banks of Willow Creek. Now, 30 years later, he mysteriously returns in this edgy, intriguing tale peopled by authentic heartland characters.

The Honk and Holler opening soon
ISBN: 044661288X. OCLC Number: 55879287

Warner Books,. .

In Oklahoma, a depressed Vietnam veteran in a wheelchair gets a new lease on life, thanks to an Indian woman he hires for his roadside cafe. A look at the power of love.

The Honk and Holler opening soon /
ISBN: 0446675059. OCLC Number: 38079264

Warner Books,. .

In Oklahoma, a depressed Vietnam veteran in a wheelchair gets a new lease on life, thanks to an Indian woman he hires for his roadside cafe. A look at the power of love.

Where the heart is
ISBN: 9781455535118. OCLC Number: 898911253

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A pregnant girl abandoned by her boyfriend hides in a Wal-Mart store, gives birth and becomes a celebrity as the mother of the Wal-Mart Baby. Help flows from everywhere as people jump on the publicity bandwagon, then the baby is kidnapped.