An Interview with Bill Roorbach, by Heidi Sistare
Bill Roorbach is a lot of things: novelist, essayist, father, screenwriter, and naturalist. Most of all, he is someone who finds, writes, imagines, and tells good stories. His most recent novel, The Remedy for Love, is a love story set during an apocalyptic snowstorm. He also wrote Life Among Giants, which is in development as an HBO series; Temple Stream, winner of the Maine prize for nonfiction; and many others. I spoke with him about his blog, writing for television, and advice for new writers.
A Reading at Engine, Featuring Douglas W. Milliken, Joshua Bodwell, Mira Ptacin, and Bill Roorbach
The latest installment of In the Telling, our semi-weekly podcast series, captures a reading that took place at Engine, a nonprofit arts organization located in Biddeford, Maine. The reading featured Slice alums who reside in Maine: Douglas W. Milliken, Joshua Bodwell, Mira Ptacin, and Bill Roorbach. As you’ll notice in the podcast, it was lively event, fueled by great prose and some delicious beer from the folks at Banded Horn Brewing Co. Our sincere thanks to Tammy Ackerman, the director of Engine, for co-hosting the event. Peter Swegart, also a Maine native, produced this issue of “In the Telling.”
An Interview with Bill Roorbach, by Celia Johnson
Bill Roorbach has written several award-winning fiction and nonfiction titles. His latest novel, Life Among Giants, does not disappoint, and the critics wholeheartedly agree. “Its wild characters feel genuine, their aches and flaws and desires wholly organic; and the plot they’re tangled in moves forward at a breakneck pace,” observed Haley Tanner, in a rave review for the New York Times. This novel combines unlikely characters (world-famous celebrities with a quirky middleclass family) and unlikely worlds (dance, football, tennis, food, business). They coalesce under the narrative lens of a towering football star named David, who also goes by Lizard. The result is an epic tale filled with intrigue, hope, and heartbreak.
I met Roorbach at a Honda repair shop on the day of his interview with Slice. He was having seats installed in his van, so that he could drive his twelve-year-old daughter and all of her friends to the beach. It quickly became clear to me that if Roorbach isn’t orchestrating an adventure, then he’s discovering one. We drove a short distance to a restaurant called Slate’s, just across the way from the Kennebunk River, in the tiny town of Hallowell, Maine. Inside, the conversation leapt from topic to topic: the delicious food, the music, the publishing industry, the wilderness of Maine. Roorbach has a knack for pinpointing humor and mystery in just about anything, and that expansive interest shines in his prose.