Paulette Jiles

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Jiles at the 2017 Texas Book Festival

Paulette Jiles (aka Paulette K. Jiles, Paulette Jiles-Johnson) (born 4 April 1943) is an American poet, memoirist, and novelist.

Personal life[]

Paulette Kay Jiles was born in 1943 in Salem, Missouri. She attended college at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, graduating in 1968[1] with a major in Romance Languages.[2] Jiles moved to Toronto, Canada in 1969, where she worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation[2] and, subsequently, helped set up native language, FM radio stations with indigenous peoples in the far north of Ontario and Quebec for the next 10 years.[3] In the process, she learned the Ojibwe language spoken by the Anishinaabeg peoples in Ontario and elsewhere.[2]

After marrying Jim Johnson, she moved with him to San Antonio in 1991.[4] After several years of travel, including living in Mexico, the couple resettled in San Antonio in 1995, buying a house in the historical district. [2] After her divorce in 2003, Jiles has lived on a 36-acre ranch near Utopia, Texas, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.[4]

Writing career[]

Her 2016 novel News of the World was a finalist[2] for the National Book Award for Fiction.

Selected bibliography[]


  1. ^ "October 2016 Archives". UMKC Alumni. UMKC Alumni Association. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e Jiles, Paulette. "Author's Page". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ Salaman, Jeff. "True Western". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Cook-Monroe, Nancy. "Former San Antonian Paulette Jiles Nominated for National Book Award". The Rivard Report. ( Retrieved 7 October 2017.

External links[]

Her blog is Paulette Jiles, Author. <accessdate=7 October 2017>

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