Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m.
at the Vermont Book Shop, presented in partnership with Vermont Folklife Center.
The Vermont Folklife Center’s John Barstow will facilitate a conversation featuring Bill Schubart’s newest book Lila & Theron. The award-winning author and Vermont Public Radio commentator first introduced us to these characters in his 2008 short story collection The Lamoille Stories. Set in rural America and spanning much of the 20th century, Lila & Theron captures the spirit of the American rural experience, as it relates to their personal stories of love and sacrifice. Lila & Theron plumbs the depth and triumphs of the human spirit in a way now lost in today’s obsessions with consumerism and celebrity culture, immersing us in a receding world where neighbors and nature are the gifts and love is often comes with great hardship.
Bill Schubart has lived with his family in Vermont since 1947. Educated locally and at Exeter, Kenyon, and the University of Vermont, he is fluent in French language and culture, which he taught before entering communications as an entrepreneur. He co-founded Philo Records and is the author of the highly successful Lamoille Stories, a collection of Vermont tales. His bibliography includes three short story collections and four novels. He has served on many boards and currently chairs the Vermont College of Fine Arts, known for its writing programs. He speaks extensively on the media and the arts, and writes about Vermont in fiction, humor, and opinion pieces. He is also a regular public radio commentator and blogger. He is the great, great nephew of the renowned photographer Alfred Stieglitz and lives in Vermont, with his wife Katherine, also a writer.