Willy Vlautin's unforgettable story of friendship and hope in dark times, now a major motion picture.
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and
writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music.
It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver's Too Much
Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing
stories. Vlautin has published three novels, The Motel Life
(2006) and Northline (2008) and Lean on Pete (2010), which
was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His fourth
novel, The Free was published in 2014.
Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994. The band has produced nine studio albums to date, plus a handful of live recordings and EPs. Driven by Vlautin's dark, story-like songwriting, the band has achieved critical acclaim at home and across Europe. 2014 will see the debut album from Vlautin's new band, The Delines, featuring vocalist Amy Boone (The Damnations).
Vlautin currently resides in Scappoose, Oregon.