It’s Lonely Out There!

categories: Cocktail Hour / Reading Under the Influence



Nothing sucks more than when no one shows up for a reading or event when you’re on the road.  And nothing is nicer than a drink with friends in strange towns.  I mean, the towns aren’t strange.  I like the towns.  But being alone is strange.  So I’ll paste my tour schedule as it currently stands and hope you’ll come out and see me, also let friends and family know if I’m coming to their part of the country.  Because they’ll like me!  And I’ll like them. 

November 1: Suny Fredonia, Fredonia, New York. Public reading 7:00 p.m.

November 5-7: University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Public reading 11/6. 7 p.m.
November 8: Bar Harbor, Maine, Public Library, 7:00 p.m. [Sherman’s Books]
November 9: LAUNCH PARTY. Emery Center, UMF, Farmington, ME. PARTY.
November 12: Sherman’s Books Freeport, Maine: 1:00 p.m.
November 13: RiverRun Books, Portsmouth, NH: 7:00 p.m.
November 14: College of the Assumption, Worcester, MA: 7:00 p.m.
November 15: Fairfield College, Fairfield, CT: 7:00 p.m.
November 16: Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT: Noon luncheon
November 17: Westport, CT, Public Library: 1 p.m.
November 18: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th St. NYC: 7:00 p.m.


November 26: Big Hat Books, Indianapolis, IN: 6:00 p.m.
November 27, 28: Purdue University
November 29: Joseph Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH 7:00 p.m.
November 30: Books & Co, Dayton, OH: 7:00 p.m.

December 3: Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL: 8:00 p.m.
December 4: GA Center for the Book, DeKalb County Library, Decatur, GA: 7:15 p.m.
December 6: Andover Books, Andover, MA: 7:00 p.m.
December 7: Book Rack, Newburyport, MA: 7:00 p.m.

December 12: Longfellow Books, Portland, Maine: 7:00 p.m.
December 13: New Caanan. CT, Public Library: 7:00 p.m. [Elm Street Books]


January 7: University Books, Seattle, WA
January 9: Booksmith, San Francisco, CA: 7:30 p.m.
January 10: Powell’s Books, Portland, OR: 7:00 p.m.

January 15: Watermark Books, Wichita, KS: 7:30 p.m.
January 17: Magers and Quinn, Minneapolis, MN: 7:30 p.m.

February 5: University of Southern Maine Book Store: 7:00 p.m.

February 6: Portland, Maine, Public Library: noon. [with Longfellow books]

March 9-12: Tuscon Festival of the Book: University of Arizona Campus, Tuscon, AZ
March 25: Ashland University, Ashland, OH


  1. Hi Bill,

    Save a thought for Purdue from me, my alma mater. I wish I could greet you in person!


  2. Cheryl McKeon, bookseller writes:

    Hi Bill, it was great to meet and introduce you at PNBA! I have a new job (Book Passage Ferry Building in SF) requiring a BART ride, and chose Life Among Giants as my first commute book. Almost missed my stop several times! Congratulations on a wonderful novel. I will tell my family back in Ashland, Ohio to mark their calendars for March! (CA for the paperback?)

  3. Ryder Ziebarth writes:

    I’m sending my sister-in-law, Kathryn, the founder of the blog Nine Lives for Woman to your Westport reading–She will ove your work. Lisa Romeo is my editor/writing coach and I see you’ve ear- marked her blog–good choice! Todays post was about ME! Coming to see you myself in NYC. Look forward to it. Ryder

  4. Jamie writes:

    I see that you are going to be at Purdue. I live in Lafayette and am a Librarian in Frankfort. I don’t see a time for your event. Is it closed to the public? It would be great to see you speak!

    • Bill writes:

      The Purdue event is at 7:30 on Tuesday, November 27, and it is open to the public. I’ll post the venue when I know it, or check their website. Thanks! I look forward to seeing you.

  5. Janine writes:

    I have friends who work in literacy promotion in Chicago. Want me to hook you up?

  6. malcolm bates writes:

    Keep working on Seattle, You supply the site, we’ll supply huddled masses yearning to buy books!

  7. Lea writes:

    Hi Billy! I’m hoping to see you on Thursday at Fairfield. I’ll do my best. –LG

  8. Dori Henderson writes:

    See you in MPLS – M&Q is a great spot!

  9. Margaret writes:

    Really? No stops in Memphis? Davis Kid booksellers would love to have you as would the best little bookstore in Arkansas, That Bookstore in Blytheville.

  10. jacki bell writes:

    What? No Columbus stops? Bummer. Congrats, Bill.

  11. Deb Gould writes:

    Will try to catch you on Monday, 12th, at Sherman’s in Freeport — looking forward to it!

  12. Tommy writes:

    See you in Decatur. Dinner at Raging Burrito (two blocks away)? Taqueria del Sol (half mile away)? Dekalb Farmer’s Market (1 mile away)? I know Papi will be there.

    • Bill writes:

      That’s great Tommy–can’t wait to meet you. I’ll be in my family’s hands, but you’ll get to meet them all!

  13. john e harvey writes:

    No Texas? I can’t say I blame you.

    How ’bout KC, MO? I have some friends there I’m dying to visit.

    No? Err, It’s a long way, but I’ve been meaning to make a trip out to Portland – not the close one; the one on the left coast.

    I’m running out of options here. . . maybe Texas just isn’t on your calendar yet? Coming to Denton again would be cool, but if that isn’t in the cards, then surely you need to journey down to Austin – I hear that is a bit of a college town. Not quite as Texan as other parts of the Lone Star State.

    • Bill writes:

      Maybe Texas for the paperback. And I do love Texas… I’ll be in Wichita–kinda far… But I bet I’ll need some folks there!

  14. Carson Vaughan writes:

    Though I no longer live there, I’m sad to see there’s not a stop in Nebraska! Lincoln’s a great college town with some great bookstores. They could use a little Bill Roorbach. I guess I’m lucky I moved to Wilmington.

    • Bill writes:

      Do you know I lived in Beaver Crossing for a while? Working on my uncle’s farm. Riding a horse named Bill.

  15. Pat shipley writes:

    Please write a post about what it was like reading at the New Canaan public library. I’m wondering what that will feel like, childhood memories impacting on current accomplishments, etc. Pictures would be nice.
    Safe travels.

    • Bill writes:

      New Canaan is in the near future. I’m hoping to get together with a bunch of old classmates, and will report back. Remember gathering on the library lawn on study night? Pictures to come! Thanks, Pat.

  16. Paula writes:

    Come to Ontario. I’ll be there!

  17. Heather McCarthy Radcliffe writes:

    Dear Bill,
    Assumption?? What about Holy Cross? I’m sad to see you will be in Worcester when I will be in Seattle. I’ll have to catch you later on in the tour…