CHESTER, Vt. – On Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m., Phoenix Books Misty Valley will host author Gary Meffe to talk about his new work of fiction, “The Wizard of Odd: A Vermont Tale of Community Devotion,” and the rich tapestry of real-life characters that makes Vermont – and any genuine small town which inhabits it – a special and memorable place.
Welcome to Oddertown, Vt., population 700, more or less. With a collection of quirky characters, “Odd” epitomizes the traditional yet independent ways of small New England villages. With a population ranging from hard right conservatives to far left earth muffins yet all guided by mutual respect and love of community, the town unites around the historic structure that defines town life: the Oddertown Country store, now in its 137th year. Through comedy, tragedy, resilience, despair, surprises, and love of place, and inspired by challenges that face real Vermont towns, “The Wizard of Odd” captures the essence of what comprises an authentic community worth fighting for.
Gary Meffe is a retired research professor in ecology and conservation biology from the Universities of Georgia and Florida and was Editor-in-Chief of an international scientific journal. Gary turned to non-scientific writings and in 2014 published a collection of essays called “Van Cortland Chronicles: A Celebration of Life in a Small Vermont Town.” When not writing, he enjoys fly fishing, woodworking, and outdoor activities that connect him to the natural world. He and his wife of 36 years live in Brandon, Vt.
Phoenix Books Misty Valley is located on The Green at 58 The Common, Chester, Vt. For more information, please call 802-875-3400 or visit www.facebook.com/events/405339573383772.