Bill's Books



"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.

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

"Bill Roorbach is the best writer in the world. By far."
--David Gessner

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

Bill's Books

Most titles are available in signed and personalized copies. Contact bill@​billroorbach.com for more information.


LIFE AMONG GIANTS
The story begins in 1970, when disaster befalls David Hochmeyer, a high school football star. Across the pond in a mansion the size of a museum lives the world's greatest ballerina, whose own disasters intersect David's in the most intimate ways.

I'm awaiting gallies on this one. Editor is Kathy Pories. Publication date is November 13, 2012.

Temple Stream
"Entering Roorbach's attentive world, we can't help but witness the natural marvels that surround us--humans and all. --Los Angeles Times

"Bill Roorbach is a brilliant guide to the natural world. Gracefully combining deep knowledge, lyrical description and wry humor, his writing draws you out of your chair and into a world of streams and meadows and tress and bugs and beavers. And it makes you want to stay there." --Seattle Times

"Temple Stream is a deep, moving, sometimes hilarious celebration of the stream that flows through the fields below the author's house in Maine. History, science, natural history, autobiography, people, exploration, are all gorgeously framed in the year of his daughter's birth." --Dallas Morning News

A Healing Touch
Moving True Stories of hospice and hope by six Maine authors, edited by Richard Russo, 2009.

A Place on Water (with Robert Kimber and Wesley McNair)
This is a little book, with any luck a jewel like the pond it's about. Wes McNair is a poet, Bob Kimber an essayist, and we've teamed up with Tibury House to publish a sweet little book about friendship, dogs, conversation, and water. The book has recently been selected as a community reads book by several Waterville area towns: we'll be doing a number of events surrounding that honor in the fall of 2005.

Into Woods: Essays
"Bill Roorbach has the remarkable gift of evoking one of the most likeable companions I have ever encountered in literature. In his essays, the reader finds a friend who enlivens the senses and the spirit. 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 be saved by strangers." --Melanie Rae Thon

The Smallest Color: A Novel
"It's been a while since I read a novel as greedily as I did THE SMALLEST COLOR. Full of dark suspense, wonderfully playful writing, and people worth worrying yourself sick over, it's a richly satisfying read." --Rick Russo

Big Bend: Short Stories
"Here comes Bill Roorbach with nine good reasons to find the couch or some big chair. Reading these stories may be the reason we even have some of this furniture. Frankly, I recommend you take them into your house and meet these new people in BIG BEND. They are as tender and troubled as we are, as charming, indecisive, nervous, blessed, crazy, and destined to survive, find love, miss it. I've been waiting for these stories for a while now." --Ron Carlson

Summers With Juliet: A Love Story in Nature
"'There is nothing without the world,' Roorbach writes, and SUMMERS WITH JULIET is a double love story. Love of Juliet grows from the intense focus and tunnel vision of first love to become, in a wonderfully rendered process, love of the world. This open-eyed book provides its readers delight again and again." --William Matthews

Writing Life Stories: How to Make Memories into Memoirs, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature
"Bill Roorbach's WRITING LIFE STORIES is brimming with valuable suggestions, evocative assignments, insights into the writing process, and shrewd common sense. I can't wait to try some of his ideas in the classroom and on myself. This is one writing guide that delivers the goods." --Phillip Lopate

Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth
The most inclusive collection of creative nonfiction available, THE ART OF TRUTH is the only anthology that brings together examples of all three of the main forms in the genre: the literary memoir, the personal essay, and literary journalism.

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