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Beneath the Bonfire - Nickolas Butler - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 1:30pm</span>

Beneath the Bonfire

10/24/2015 - 1:30pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

Young couples gather to participate in an annual "chainsaw party," cutting down trees for firewood in anticipation of the winter. A group of men spend a weekend hunting for mushrooms in the wilderness where they grew up and where some still find themselves trapped. An aging environmentalist takes out his frustration and anger on a singular, unsuspecting target. One woman helps another get revenge against a man whose crime extends far beyond him to an entire community. Together, the ten stories in this dazzling, surprising collection evoke a landscape that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has traveled the back roads and blue highways of America, and they completely capture the memorable characters who call it home.

Nickolas Butler

About Presenter Nickolas Butler


Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, PA, and raised in Eau Claire, WI. His writings have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. A bestseller in both the U.S. and France, his debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, received the Midwest Booksellers Award, the Great Lakes, Great Reads Award, and France's Prix PAGE/America. He is also the author of Beneath the Bonfire, and The Hearts of Men which has already been longlisted for two of France's top literary awards. Butler graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before attending the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two children.



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