Interview: Chris Bohjalian’s book of essays

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(Charnoff) Vermont author Chris Bohjalian has tackled some pretty heady topics in his eight novels, including grief, medical ethics, sex-change operations and wandering hearts. But a new non-fiction collection reflects Bohjalian’s mild manner. “Idyll Banter” brings together some of his favorite essays from his weekly newspaper column, which Bohjalian has been writing since 1992.

Taken together, these columns serve as an urban refugee’s diary of life in the rural town of Lincoln, a world of bake sales, misplaced septic tanks and bats in the woodstove. (To hear the interview, click on the “Listen” icon.)

“Idyll Banter-Weekly Excursions to a Very Small Town” is published by Random House. Bohjalian will be reading from his book at Border’s Books in Burlington, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

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