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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 lifeEdit

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 tribes in Ontario and elsewhere.[2]

After marrying Texan Jim Johnson, she moved with him temporarily to San Antonio in 1991.[4] After several years of travel, including living in Mexico, the couple finally settled down in San Antonio in 1995, buying a run-down limestone house in the historic district, and spending the next few years renovating it.[2] After the couple were divorced in 2003, Johnson lived on there until his death (Sept. 20, 2016).[4] Since 2004, Jiles has lived on a 36-acre ranch near Utopia, Texas, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.[4]

She has three stepchildren and six grandchildren.

Writing careerEdit

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

Selected bibliographyEdit


  1. ^ "October 2016 Archives". UMKC Alumni. UMKC Alumni Association. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  2. ^ 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. ^ a b c Cook-Monroe, Nancy. "Former San Antonian Paulette Jiles Nominated for National Book Award". The Rivard Report. ( Retrieved 7 October 2017.

External linksEdit

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