The late, great Desmond, Drury Pond Canine Laureate

Bill, Wes, Bob and WALLY, Desmond's constant companion (RIP 4/2/2006)

A Place on Water (with Robert Kimber and Wesley McNair)

Newsflash 4/​2/​11:
Wes McNair has just been named Maine's Poet Laureate, 2011-2016

Bob, Wes, and Bill

In a trio of wonderful, long essays, three quite different writers—one a nature and outdoor writer, another a poet, and the third an essayist and novelist—let us sit in on their friendship and what draws them, inexorably, to the same small pond in Maine. Bob, living in a farmhouse near the pond, buys a dilapidated camp at the water's edge and finds his way down there almost daily, to swim or ski, depending on the season. His friends discover the allure of the pond, too—summer afternoons of swimming with Bob, his wife Rita, and an assortment of canine dog-paddlers, or companionable conversations over a beer, enjoying the beauty of a quiet pond beyond the porch. Bob tells the McNairs about a neighboring camp up for sale, a perfect little camp, compact as a ship in all its details, and they buy it. Roorbach feels drawn to the pond so strongly that he and his wife sometimes bushwack through underbrush so as not to intrude, but the pond is a place where this trio of friendships flourishes. Told with humor and affection, the stories in this small book will appeal to anyone who feels drawn to spend time near water.

Bob Kimber is the author of A Canoeist's Sketchbook; Made for the Country; Upcountry: Reflections from a Rural Life; Living Wild and Domestic: The Education of a Hunter Gardener; and On Wilderness: Voices from Maine (edited with Phyllis Austin and Dean Bennett).

Wesley McNair is the author of The Faces of Americans; The Town of No; Twelve Journeys in Maine; My Brother Running; The Quotable Moose (editor); The Dissonant Heart;Talking in the Dark; Fire; Mapping the Heart; and The Maine Poets (editor).

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