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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Billie Letts  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1938 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

-- Billie Letts on WorldCat --

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Warner Books,. New York :. 1998.

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.

Shoot the moon /
ISBN: 0446401145. OCLC Number:

Grand Central,. New York :. 2008.

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.

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

Grand Central Pub.,. New York :. 2009.

"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.


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