Please join us in welcoming back to Northshire Bill Schubart as he presents his new novel The Priest.
The Priest explores the struggle many boys have becoming men - especially around sexuality - and how one boy finds safety within the vocational confines of his Catholic faith, only then to be astonished as he experiences life vicariously in the shadow of the confessional. Ultimately, he must confront his own emerging sexuality in the real world and reconcile the inevitable collision between the security of doctrine and the risks of being human. The narrative follows a working class altar boy as he becomes a priest. His vicarious and then real experiences are increasingly at odds with his religion and he must choose between the dogmatic constraints of a crumbling Church and his own experience ministering to the needs of people he meets, all of which takes him to a surprising place.
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 (2008), a collection of Vermont tales. His bibliography includes three short story collections and five 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.