Bill Roorbach

Bill Roorbach writes fiction and nonfiction, and is the author of seven books, including a novel, The Smallest Color (Counterpoint Press, 2001), and a book of stories, Big Bend (University of Georgia Press, 2001), which won the Flannery O’Connor prize. He’s also an O. Henry Prize winner. Temple Stream (The Dial Press, 2005), his most recent book, won the 2006 Maine Book Award in nonfiction. He currently holds the William H. P. Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He lives in Farmington, Maine.

The Girl of the Lake

Chick Flexhardt grinned at the banner Grandma and he and his cousins and siblings had made a decade past—1961—from felt scraps and home-boiled glue, a dozen colors: WELCOME TO THE LAKE. He himself had cut and glued the last E…

Broadax Inc.

My old champ and pal “Frederick” Duk Nuhkmongamong simply appeared at my office—first sign of trouble, no phone call. Marie allowed him past the reception desk because I guess he was so beautiful in that suit, so clearly belonged in…