The Literary Awards Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association has chosen Nickolas Butler’s Shotgun Lovesongs as the Literary Award winner for 2015. The award is for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a work written in 2014.
Shotgun Lovesongs is, in many ways, a quiet novel. The reader is allowed to sit with the characters, and to be moved by their emotions and their bonds of love and friendship. While the sense of place is very strong, it still relates to most rural communities (and is therefore relatable for many readers). The Awards Committee appreciated the characters’ flaws and depth and the novel’s multiple points of view, each adding another layer to the story. Mr. Butler’s excellent descriptions bring both the setting and the people into focus for readers. This is a novel that lingers in the readers’ mind, with big thematic moments but not artificial melodrama.
The Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award is made possible by a grant from the WLA Foundation.