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‘Lunch with Author’ slated for Aug. 30 at WIDL

IRON RIVER— The Friends of the West Iron District Library will host a “Lunch with an Author” at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, in the J. Patrick White Conference Room.  
    Tickets for the event are $6 and will be on sale Aug. 7-28 during regular library hours. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. No phone reservations will be accepted. Seating is limited.
    The featured writer is international best-selling author Nickolas Butler, whose novels include “Shotgun Lovesongs,” “The Hearts of Men” and his recent work “Little Faith.” He also authored a collection of short stories titled “Beneath the Bonfire.”
    Butler has received numerous literary prizes and commendations and has published articles, reviews, short stories and poetry in publications such as Ploughshares, Narrative and The New York Times Book Review.
    “Little Faith” is the story of Lyle and Peg Hovde, who live a quiet life in rural Wisconsin. Their estranged daughter Shiloh returns home with her five-year-old son, giving the Hovdes a second chance as a family. However, changes in Shiloh and her commitment to an extremist church present conflicts and struggles for Lyle, forcing him to make a decision that may irreparably sever their family bond.
    In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly stated that Little Faith is, “Breathtaking yet devastating …. Butler weaves questions surrounding faith, regret, and whether it’s possible to love unconditionally into every page of this potent book …. This is story telling at its finest.”
    Butler was born in Allentown, Pa., raised in Eau Claire, Wis., and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
    Butler has ties to Iron River where he spent summers visiting his grandparents on Stanley Lake. Butler now lives with his wife and two children on 16 acres of land adjacent to a buffalo farm in rural Wisconsin.
    Butler will hold a book signing following the presentation with his works available to purchase.
    For more information about the event, contact the library at 265-2831.