Bill Schubart and Phoenix Books Burlington will celebrate the launch of Schubart's new novel, Lila and Theron, on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 pm. Ticket holders who purchase Lila and Theron at the launch celebration will get a complimentary CD of Bill Schubart reading five of his favorite picks from Lamoille Stories! The genesis story of Lila and Theron, "Lila's Bucket" is on the CD. (Some exceptions apply.)
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. Award winning author and public radio commentator, Bill Schubart, first introduced us to Lila & Theron characters in his 2008 short story collection, The Lamoille Stories. Seven years later, he's returned to finish their stories. Lila and 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 often comes with great hardship.
"In a time all too rich with bombast and noise, Bill Schubart gives us a quiet tale of love, commitment, and utterly human interdependence—at once hard and graceful, plainspoken and eloquent. This is a romance that sidesteps shopworn clichés for sometimes painful truths and leaves the reader moved, thoughtful, and mourning the rarity of such honesty."
— Archer Mayor, bestselling author of Presumption of Guilt (Joe Gunther series)
"I have long considered Bill Schubart to be the wisest columnist in America. That same wisdom, deep life experience, and empathy come shining through on every page of his new novel, Lila & Theron. Full of joy, sadness, humor, and insight, Lila & Theron is a clear-eyed celebration of our almost boundless capacity, despite all our human frailties, to love both one another and the place we call home. Over the years I have known many true and good country people like Lila and Theron whom I have been proud and honored to call my friends. This is a beautiful book."
— Howard Frank Mosher, bestselling author of Marie Blythe and Walking to Gatlinburg
"Through the eyes of Lila and Theron, Schubart manages to not only give us a great love story, but also an homage to an icy hardscrabble Vermont, and a portrait of an evolving rural America in the 20th century. This book is both heartbreaking, tender and as real as a winter day. I loved it."
— Thomas Christopher Greene, bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife
Bill Schubart is an award-winning novelist and political and cultural commentator heard weekly on Vermont Public Radio (210,000 listeners) and a frequent public speaker on writing and entrepreneurship. He grew up in a small town in Lamoille County in Northern Vermont. In his largely French Canadian family, he heard countless stories.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank. Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book. Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.
Phoenix Books Burlington is located at 191 Bank Street in Burlington, Vermont. Copies of Lila and Theron will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-448-3350 or visit www.phoenixbooks.biz (link is external).
About Phoenix Books:
Phoenix Books was established in 2007 on the principles of social responsibility, community, and sustainability, and is a proud member of Local First Vermont and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Phoenix Books Essex, Phoenix Books Burlington, Phoenix Books Rutland and Phoenix Books Misty Valley are Vermont-owned, independent bookstores. Whenever possible, Phoenix Books sources eco-friendly products from Fair Trade/Green Certified companies. Seven Days readers voted Phoenix Books the "Best Bookstore" for the newspaper's 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Daysie Awards, and Rutland Herald readers voted Phoenix Books the 'Best Local Bookstore' for the newspaper's 2016 Best of the Best awards.