Bill Roorbach, October 2004

Bill Roorbach Biography

Bill Roorbach’s next book is The Girl of the Lake, a collection of stories coming from Algonquin in 2017. Also from Algonquin are The Remedy for Love, a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the bestselling Life Among Giants. Bill won the Flannery O'Connor and O. Henry prizes for his short story collection, Big Bend, the Maine Literary Award for Nonfiction for his memoir in nature, Temple Stream, just released in a new paperback edition by Down East Books. Other nonfiction books include Into Woods and Summers With Juliet, both with new editions as well. His popular craft book, Writing Life Stories: Making Memories into Memoir, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature, is used in writing programs around the world. His short work, both fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in such publications as Maine Farms, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Granta and New York. Bill taught at the University of Maine at Farmington, Colby College, and was on the graduate faculty at Ohio State before taking his last academic position, the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Since 2009 he’s written full time. He’s a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and—just announced—a 2018 fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, where he’ll spend a six-week residency. Bill lives in Farmington and Scarborough, Maine, with his wife, Juliet Karelsen, who is a visual artist, and their daughter, Elysia Roorbach, an aspiring ballerina and full-time teen.

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In Salmon Bay, Alaska, June 2010 (photo Dinty W. Moore)

Books by Bill Roorbach

Now in Paperback
Nature Nonfiction
"A Marvel in a genre that's tough to master." --National Geographic Explorer
"One of the best novels of this or any year... A flat-out funny, sexy, and poignant romantic thriller." David Abrams, author of FOBBIT
Stories, forthcoming from Algonquin in 2017
New Down East Books edition, 2016
Counterpoint Press, 2001 (paperback 2003)
(Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Prize for Short Fiction)University of Georgia Press, 2001, paperback: Counterpoint Press, 2003
Memoir/Nature Writing
Houghton Mifflin, 1992. Paperback: Ohio State University Press, 2000.
The Best Instruction Book on the Market
The Best Creative Nonfiction Anthology on the Market
Widely adopted, loved and admired. Oxford University Press, 2001