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Bill Roorbach


My newest novel is "Lucky Turtle." "The Girl of the Lake: Ten Stories" was long-listed for the 2017 Story Prize. Also from Algonquin are "The Remedy for Love," a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the best-selling "Life Among Giants," which won a Maine Literary Award in fiction. An earlier collection, "Big Bend," won the Flannery O'Connor and O. Henry prizes. My three memoirs in nature, "Summers with Juliet," "Into Woods" and "Temple Stream," are all available in new paperback editions and center largely on the Farmington area. "Temple Stream" won a Maine Literary Award in nonfiction. I’m proud to have been been an NEA fellow, MacDowell Fellow, Kaplan Foundation Fellow and, most recently, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellow and resident at their castello in Umbria, Italy. My craft book, "Writing Life Stories," has been in print for 25 years. Short work, both fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, Granta, Ecotone, New York Magazine, Playboy and dozens more. I live in Farmington and Scarborough with my family, artist Juliet Karelsen and actor/dancer Elysia Roorbach. 

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