Magic Hill Publishing LLC is the imprint of novelist, short story and op-ed writer Bill Schubart
Born in New York City in 1945, I grew up in Morrisville, Vermont from the age of two. I attended Public School and then went on to Phillips Exeter Academy, Kenyon College and the University of Vermont where I got a degree in French language and culture, which I then taught until I entered communications as an entrepreneur.
I co-founded Philo Records http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philo_Records_(folk) and in 1982, Resolution, a fully integrated e-commerce services company, offering web commerce design & integration, customer care, on-demand media manufacturing, fulfillment, distribution and information & revenue management to broadcasters, print & electronic publishers and direct marketers.
I write and speak extensively on the media, book publishing, and civic issues and have long been a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. I have spoken at many industry and media events including Book Expo.
My interests include poetry, photography, stone gardening, classical, traditional, and primitive music. I live in Hinesburg, Vermont, with my wife Katherine, a writer and have three sons, Bill, Peter and Steven and a daughter Anna, as well as a stepson Guy and a stepdaughter Phoebe. My full CV is at www.Schubart.com.
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Coming this Fall
The Corruption Allegory
This fiction is set in an America seven years off and told through the eyes of five characters, three of whom are Latino immigrants. Jesús is an M.D. engaged in advanced pharmaceutical research at a prestigious university. His sister Maria is an Oakland public defender. Tomás, as a young man, flees rival gangs in his Ecuadoran hometown, crosses the border illegally and, with the help of a sexual predator, eventually earns a medical degree in Austin. Anna is the daughter of a street addict. The Prosecutor, under intense political pressure from medical, pharmaceutical and religious interests, has arrested Jesús but filed no formal charges. The story begins as he explains to Maria what led him to arrest her brother.
Jesús’s arrest inspires an army of clandestine health care workers and researchers to pick up his work exploring the immune system’s functional dependence on the human biome and its diversity of gut flora. Their laboratories are the mean streets and abandoned buildings of major American cities where legions of poor and homeless struggle with chronic disease. Word of their successes in reversing the ill effects of auto-immune or immuno-deficient diseases such as diabetes, asthma, certain cancers, Crohn’s, obesity, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, coronary artery disease, celiac, narcolepsy, myasthenia gravis, and, more recently, Alzheimer’s, brings further wrath from pharma and private medical interests. Their successes, they hope, will give them leverage to effect revolutionary social change.
In The Corruption Allegory, we see an America rife with undue political influence by pharma, food and chemical industries, a criminal justice system bifurcated by class, and a health-care delivery system beyond the reach of the homeless and unemployed. We see a quailing regulatory system intimidated by the industries they regulate and a Congress outnumbered by lobbyists. And so, our new Americans experience a cognitive dissonance between the dream and the reality of a country losing its equilibrium.
Author Statement: Although a work of fiction, all medical and scientific allusions have their basis in fact as reported by news or professional trade organizations of record. I’ve kept these articles on file. The book has further been reviewed by two medical microbiologists for verisimilitude and accuracy.