"There is poetry in Bill Roorbach's prose ... his lyricism is touched lightly with irony." --The Boston Globe

"While genuine in his appreciation of nature, Roorbach is the antithesis of the smug and self-absorbed naturalist." --The Believer

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

"I've admired Bill Roorbach's voice for a long time. He's a writer who is full of compassion and warmth for his subjects, and he's funny as hell, too."
--Rick Moody

"Bill Roorbach's writing is notable for its warmth, its sensitivity to women, and its irresistable bad boy charm."
--Joyce Johnson

"Roorbach falls, for me, into that small category of writers whose every book I must read, then reread."
--Jay Parini

"Bill Roorbach is a storyteller's storyteller."
--Antonya Nelson.

"Roorbach has put his finger on a basid element of artistic creation: the desire to join with the things one loves." --Newsday

"Bill Roorbach's stylish writing--with its surprising and generous observations about landscapes, internal and external--makes for great literature."
--Debra Spark

"Here is a narrator who makes you glad to be alive, giddy to be in his presence, grateful to love friends and family and dogs with generosity and abandon, to show tenderness and thus by saved by strangers."
--Melanie Rae Thon

"Roorbach has a knack for tapping into deep undercurrents and bringing them to the surface with the least amount of fanfare or fuss."
--Los Angeles Weekly

"Bill Roorbach has quietly built a stellar reputation."
--Publisher's Weekly

Contact Bill at bill@​billroorbach.com

For conference and appearance bookings, private study, interviews, more information, or just to stay hello.

Spring News from Bill Roorbach


Algonquin will publish my new novel, THE HIGH SIDE, spring, 2012.


Hitting my stride at Fairfield University Bookstore, Fairfield, CT (11/15/12)

BILL ROORBACH's newest work is Life Among Giants, from Algonquin Books. His next book, fall 2014, will be called Storm of the Century, also from Algonquin. His other fiction includes the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend (University of Georgia Press, 2000), and the classic novel of skiing and memory, The Smallest Color (Counterpoint, 2001). His award-winning nonfiction books include Into Woods (University of Notre Dame Press, 2002), and Temple Stream (Random House, 2005). The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, Writing Life Stories (Story Press, 2008), is used in writing programs around the world. Recently, Bill was a judge on Food Network All Star Challenge, evaluating incredible Life Stories cakes made under the gun, so to speak. 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 magazines and journals. 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. He now writes full time and blogs with pal and fellow author David Gessner at www.billanddavescocktailhour.com.

Bill Roorbach, October 2004

From a Maine Ahead article by Josh Bodwell, 1/12

June 2010, Halibut Cove, Kachemak Bay, Alaska (Photo Dinty Moore)

Edgartown, c. 1980

June, 2010, Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Playing "The Beer Barrell Polka" at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge, China Poot Bay, Alaska

April, 1968

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
Essays
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
Fiction
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