James Sulzer, author of "The Voice at the Door," a novel about Emily Dickinson published by Ashland's Fuze Publishing, will give a reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland.
"The Voice at the Door" recreates the fateful meeting of Emily Dickinson with the famous Philadelphia pastor Charles Wadsworth, using her letters and poems to give dramatic dimension to a seminal relationship in Dickinson's life that has, until now, remained shrouded in abstractions. Sulzer encompasses the three great mysteries of Dickinson's life: her agonized love poetry of the early 1860s, her partial blindness from 1863 to 1865, and her subsequent withdrawal from the world.
Sulzer lives on Nantucket Island, Mass., and teaches reading and writing to students in fifth through eighth grades. A graduate of Yale University, where he was a Yale National Scholar, he is the author of "Nantucket Daybreak" (Walker and Co.) and the memoir "Mom Comes Home."