Bill Roorbach, October 2004

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Bill Roorbach Biography

BILL ROORBACH's newest novels are The Remedy for Love and the bestselling Life Among Giants, both from Algonquin Books. LIFE AMONG GIANTS is in development at HBO for a multi-year drama series. TEMPLE STREAM, winner of the Maine Prize for nonfiction, is about to be reissued in a quality paperback by Down East Books. His other books include the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner BIG BEND, just reissued by The University of Georgia Press, and the classic novel of competitive skiing and suppressed trauma, THE SMALLEST COLOR. Other nonfiction books include INTO WOODS: ESSAYS, and the romantic memoir SUMMERS WITH JULIET. His famous 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 been published in Harper's, Orion, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and dozens of other great places. His story "Big Bend" was featured on NPR's "Selected Shorts," read by actor James Cromwell at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Bill taught at the University of Maine at Farmington, Colby College, and Ohio State before taking his last academic position, the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts, a five-year position. As of April, 2009, Bill writes full time. He lives in Maine with his family.

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

Books by Bill Roorbach

In development for a drama series at HBO!
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
Tilbury House: May, 2004. Three essays, three writers, one jewel of a Maine pond.
University of Notre Dame Press, 2002
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