Billie Letts, a former college English professor, became
a household name when Oprah Winfrey selected her first novel, "Where the Heart
Is" (1995), as an Oprah Book Club selection. The book, an international
bestseller, features pregnant teenager Novalee Nation, who seeks refuge in an
Oklahoma Wal-Mart store. Also an accomplished screenwriter, Letts is the mother
of Pulitzer-winning playwright Tracy Letts. His play, "August: Osage County" (2008) is partially based on the tumultuous marriage of Billie’s parents.