ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Schubart is the author of two collections of short stories and two novels. He is a regular commentator on Public Radio and has spent most of his life founding and leading businesses, including Philo Records, and also serving a variety of nonprofits. He lives in Northern Vermont with his wife, Kate, and divides his time between harvesting wood and stone from nearby woods, writing fiction and commentary, and continuing his work with non-profits. You can learn more at www.Schubart.com.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Photographic Memory is about the impact of photographs on memory. Are the photographs themselves the memory or do they merely record and prompt it? The story follows a boy’s struggles as he grows up in two very different cultures – one, the urbane world of his paternal grandmother, peopled with artists, publishers, and financiers, and the other, a small, tightly-knit, Vermont community of farmers, loggers and tradesmen where he lives with his mother and new French-Canadian stepfather. Widowed in World War II, David’s mother takes her infant son and flees the stifling world of her in-laws to start over in rural Vermont. Young David must now reconcile the expectations of his German-Jewish grandmother and those of his new Québécois-Catholic family. The differences come to a head the summer he accompanies his imperious grandmother on the “grand tour” and tells her he has decided to postpone college and work on a chainsaw crew in Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom.
“This novel, from start to finish...is told objectively with great insight and generous detail. Schubart, a gifted writer, uses beautiful language from the very beginning to set the scene: 'They gaze at him, caught in silver halide, albumen and salt print memory, these relatives with their sad, dark eyes and sepia surroundings, Fragonard backdrops…and the reticence of hands.'” --Kirkus Reviews
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, September 23rd at 7pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington
EVENT FORMAT: Bill will read a short passage from Photographic Memory, and then speak about how "a sense of place" imbues literature and memory before inviting audience discussion. Photographic Memory will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed at the event. ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to all.
Location: Street: 191 Bank Street Additional: City: Burlington, Province: Vermont Postal Code: 05401 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)