Best-selling author Billie Letts, whose 1995 novel "Where the Heart Is" was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club and then adapted into a movie, has died in Oklahoma. She was 76.
Letts died Saturday in Tulsa of acute myeloid leukemia. Her publicist, Arlene Johnson, confirmed her death.
While teaching English and creative writing at Southeastern Oklahoma State University for years, Letts wrote poetry and screenplays of her own. She found success after turning a short story about an unwed pregnant teenager who finds refuge in a Wal-Mart into the novel "Where the Heart Is."
Published in 1995, when Letts was 57, the novel was chosen as an Oprah's...