Robert Olen Butler

Interviewed 20 June 2015

Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler has published 12 novels and six volumes of short fiction. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Butler has published a volume of his lectures on the creative process, From Where You Dream. Over the past 15 years he has lectured in universities, appeared at conferences, and met with writers’ groups in 17 countries as a Literary Envoy for the US State Department. He is a Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor holding the Michael Shaara Chair in Creative Writing at Florida State University. Butler lives in Capps, Florida, which has a population of one. Not surprisingly, he was recently elected Mayor of Capps.


Books by Robert Olen Butler

Paris in the Dark

An American journalist is in Paris when a bomb goes off and sets out to find the culprit.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Arnold Taylor

The Empire of Night

American journalist and spy Kit Cobb travels to Germany early in 1915, on the trail of an English knight suspected of working for the German cause.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Star of Istanbul

Reporter and US government spy Kit Cobb has a suspect German under investigation, crossing the Atlantic in 1915 on the Lusitania.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Chris Roberts