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Author to discuss weight, food issues

MIDDLEBURY-Bill Schubart will be at Ilsley Public Library in downtown Middlebury, Saturday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m., to discuss his new collection of short stories titled, "Fat People: Stories About People Who Live to Eat."

Schubart, author also of "The Lamoille Stories: Tales of Vermont," will read from and discuss candidly his own experience as a large man and how he managed his own compulsive eating.

"'Fat People'," according to Schubart, "is not a prescriptive or a diet book. It neither encourages nor endorses recovery theories. My only goal in writing the stories in 'Fat People' is to have both those whose lives are defined by their weight and those who live with, and love, them have a better understanding of the commonality of fear, isolation, and prejudice with which compulsive eaters live."

Schubart lives in Hinesburg and serves as chair of the Vermont Folklife Center's board of trustees. He has served on numerous boards including the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Statehood Bicentennial Commission, Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont ACLU, and Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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