Suzi Wizowaty reads two excerpts from her 2002 novel, The Round Barn, in a show first broadcast on Oct. 22, 2009.
In the first excerpt, a character named David, who has yet to tell the world that he is gay, finds himself falling in love with his high school teacher, Mr. Marcus. In the second excerpt, a character named Tuesday Bailey figures out something on a hunting trip in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
Before and after the reading, the author speaks of her new role as a Vermont state legislator, the unexpected collegiality she’s found among the politicians in Montpelier, and the best way to find the “writing angels” needed to produce great fiction!
Listen to the show.
Read the excerpts as they appeared in Suzi’s book.
Visit the author’s legislative blog.
Suzi Wizowaty is the author of the children’s novel A Tour of Evil (Philomel, 2005) and novel for adults, The Round Barn (Hardscrabble Books, 2002), a BookSense 76 pick. She has won a Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award for an earlier novel for children as well as grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Wizowaty has worked as a reporter, editor, bookseller, librarian, teacher and non-profit administrator. Currently she teaches writing at Champlain, St. Michael’s and Burlington colleges and leads occasional book discussions for the Vermont Humanities Council in libraries, hospitals and prisons.
In 2008, she ran for the Vermont House of Representatives in the two-member Chittenden-3-5 district, and, as a writer, she frequently blogs about her experience in the legislature.