Tour begins October 14, 2014.

For booking information email bill@​

Bill Roorbach, Laura Pritchett, and Pam Houston, Laramie County Community College Literary Connection, Cheyenne, WY, fall 2009.

"Bill Roorbach is a master at capturing and expressing joy."
--Hartford Courant

Events and Workshops 2014

The Remedy For Love Tour--Coming to a City Near You!


Tuesday, October 14th, 7 p.m: Longfellow Books, Portland, Maine

Thursday, October 16th, 7 p.m: Jesup Library, Bar Harbor, Maine

Friday, October 17th, 7 p.m: Emery Center, UMF, Farmington, Maine

Wednesday, October 22, Noon: Portland Public Library

Friday, October 24th, 7 p.m: Magers and Quinn Books, Minneapolis, MN [A Whiskey Tour event!]

Saturday, October 25th and 26th, Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX [A Whiskey Tour event!]

Monday, October 27th, 8 p.m: Books and Books, Coral Gables, FL [A Whiskey Tour event!]

Thursday, October 30th, 6 p.m: Watermark Books, Wichita Kansas

Saturday, November 1st, 2 p.m: Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop, Denver, CO

Tuesday, November 4th, 7:30 p.m: Book Bar, Denver, CO

Wednesday, November 5th, 7:30 p.m: Booksmith, San Francisco, CA

Thursday, November 6th, 7 p.m: Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA

Monday, November 10th, 7:30 PM: Powell’s Books (Hawthorne), Portland, OR 97214

Tuesday, November 11th, 6 p.m: University Books, Bellevue, WA

Monday, November 17th, 7:00 p.m: Talking Leaves Books, Buffalo, NY

Tuesday, November 18th, 7:00 p.m: RiverRun Books, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Wednesday, November 19th, noon: Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, Maine, Capital Reads Program discussion of Life Among Giants

Wednesday, Nov 19th, 7:00 p.m., public reading from Life Among Giants and The Remedy for Love, Viles Arboretum, Augusta, ME (with Lithgow Public Library).

Monday, November 24th, 7:15 p.m: Georgia Center for the Book at DeKalb County Public Library

Tuesday, November 25th, 7:00 p.m: Politics and Prose Washington, DC

Sundog Books, Seaside, Florida


Fall 2013 Life Among Giants Paperback Tour!

July: Visiting Artist at Haystack Mountain School of the Arts.

August 20th: Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT. Author luncheon. 12-1:30PM Call or see website for reservations!

August 21 through Friday, August 23: Visiting Writer at Bread Loaf writer’s conference, Middlebury Vermont.

Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2nd Decatur Book Festival, Decatur Georgia [Atlanta area]

September 7 and 8: Slice Magazine Writers Conference, Brooklyn, NY

September 10th: Belfast Free Library. “Maine Writers Talk About” Belfast, ME. 6:30 pm

September 12th 7:00 PM Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

September 18-23 Nashville, TN

Thursday, September 26th to 29th Booktopia 2013, Petoskey, MI

September 30th: Portland Stage Life Among Giants Event 7:00 p.m.

October 4-5 Bangor, Maine, Book Festival

October 7-9th Colby College

Oct 26th-27th: Texas Book Festival: http:/​/​​
Austin, TX

November 2nd Vegas Valley Festival of the Book, Las Vegas Nevada

November 8 and 9 Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver, CO 80206

Events and Workshops, 2012, 2013

First reading with Summers with Juliet, Brentano's 5th Ave, Feb., 1992, Nadine, Juliet, Suzy
June 6,7,8: Book Expo America, Javits Center NYC. Galley signing.

October 15: Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, Tacoma, WA: National Voices Luncheon.

November 1: Suny Fredonia, Fredonia, New York. Public reading 7:00 p.m.
November 5-7: University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Public reading 11/6. 7 p.m.
November 8: Bar Harbor, Maine, Public Library, 7:00 p.m. [Sherman’s Books]
November 9: LAUNCH PARTY. Emery Center, UMF, Farmington, ME. PARTY.
November 12: Sherman’s Books Freeport, Maine: 1:00 p.m.
November 13: RiverRun Books, Portsmouth, NH: 7:00 p.m.
November 14: College of the Assumption, Worcester, MA: 7:00 p.m.
November 15: Fairfield College, Fairfield, CT: 7:00 p.m.
November 16: Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT: Noon [postponed due to Sandy]
November 17: Westport, CT, Public Library: 1 p.m.
November 18: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th St. NYC: 7:00 p.m.


November 26: Big Hat Books, Indianapolis, IN: 6:00 p.m.
November 27, 28: Purdue University
November 29: Joseph Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH 7:00 p.m.
November 30: Books & Co, Dayton, OH: 7:00 p.m.
December 3: Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL: 8:00 p.m.
December 4: GA Center for the Book, DeKalb County Library, Decatur, GA: 7:15 p.m.
December 6: Andover Books, Andover, MA: 7:00 p.m.
December 12: Longfellow Books, Portland, Maine: 7:00 p.m.
December 13: New Caanan. CT, Public Library: 7:00 p.m. [Elm Street Books]


January 7: University Books, Seattle, WA: 7:00 p.m.
January 9: Booksmith, San Francisco, CA: 7:30 p.m.
January 10: Powell’s Books, Portland, OR: 7:00 p.m.
January 11: Pacific University, Oregon Coast
January 12: Sunriver Books, Sunriver Oregon: 7:00 p.m.
January 15: Watermark Books, Wichita, KS: 7:30 p.m.
January 17: Magers and Quinn, Minneapolis, MN: 7:30 p.m.

February 5: University of Southern Maine book store: 7:00 p.m.
February 6: Portland, Maine, Public Library: noon. [with Longfellow books]

March 6-9: AWP conference. Bill and Dave's Cocktail Hour table!
March 9-12: Tuscon Festival of the Book: University of Arizona Campus, Tuscon, AZ
March 21-24: Virginia Festival of the Book
March 25: Ashland University, Ashland, OH

April 26-27: Newburyport Literary Festival, Newburyport, Mass.

Dave draws Bill reading at UNC Wilmington, November 7, 2012

Damariscotta Lake Writers Conference, July 29-August 3

I'll be giving the Hog Island Lecture at the Damariscotta Lake Writers Conference this Summer, July 29-August 3. Hog Island, an Audubon preserve, is a boat ride away from the main conference, which has space for only eighteen participants.

A Retreat for Secondary School Teachers Who Write

Haystack was wonderful, back at the end of August--Big waves and power outage because of Hurricane Irene, great people, great setting, lots of energy between all the craft studios. And we writers making things just like the potters, the glassblowers, the fiber artists, the printmakers, the bamboo workers, and the dyers. Genius!

Events canceled or postponed until June, 2011

This was a big event--spinal fusion surgery on my neck, January 10, 2011. I tell the whole story on Cocktail Hour--do some scrolling to find all three entries! And see chapter 15, "I Used to Play in Bands," available under "Videos and Podcasts" on this site.

A portrait of the author....

Back in the game again/ back in the healing game --Van Morrison

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