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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 2012, 2013

Fall 2013 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

First reading with Summers with Juliet, Brentano's 5th Ave, Feb., 1992, Nadine, Juliet, Suzy
Check back frequently for updates!

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

Coming November 13, 2012, from Algonquin!
The long awaited new novel!
Nature Nonfiction
"A Marvel in a genre that's tough to master." --National Geographic Explorer
Moving True Stories of hospice and hope by six Maine authors, edited by Richard Russo, 2009.
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