BELFAST — Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., invites the public to an in-person conversation between acclaimed Maine writer Bill Roorbach and award-winning journalist Murray Carpenter Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. The event is free but reservations are required at (207) 338-9009 or; masks are appreciated, regardless of vaccination status.

The event is a celebration of Roorbach’s new novel “Lucky Turtle,” a mesmerizing story about 16-year-old Cindra who’s sent to a reform camp in Montana. There she falls for smart, wilderness-ready camp employee Lucky and eventually escapes with him into the Rocky Mountains, though the life they build there together cannot last. Cindra is white, Lucky is biracial, and that many people (including Cindra, initially) are uncertain of his ethnicity is Roorbach’s very point in a book that examines ongoing prejudice.

Andrea Barrett, author of “The Voyage of the Narwhal” and “Archangel,” writes of “Lucky Turtle” that “Two great love affairs — one between characters, the other with the wilds of Montana as its original inhabitants knew it — surge through this engaging, audacious novel. Every page hums with life and energy.” And Lily King, author of “Five Tuesdays in Winter,” says that “No one writes about love or the American wilderness like Bill Roorbach. A thrilling, blistering tale of young love and old hate and the steady endurance of both.”

Joining Roorbach in conversation is journalist Murray Carpenter, author of “Caffeinated, How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us.” As a freelance writer focusing on science and environmental stories, Carpenter has reported for the New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, National Geographic, NPR, and PRI’s The World. He has also worked as a reporter for Maine Public Broadcasting Network, a staff writer for Maine Times, and reporter and editor for The Republican Journal. He holds a master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.

Roorbach is the author of five previous books of fiction, including “The Girl of the Lake,” the Kirkus Prize finalist “The Remedy for Love,” the bestselling “Life Among Giants,” and the Flannery O’Connor Award-winning collection “Big Bend.” His memoir in nature, “Temple Stream,” won the Maine Literary Award in nonfiction. Roorbach has received a  fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and his craft book, “Writing Life Stories,” has been in print for 25 years. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Ploughshares, Granta, New York magazine, and other publications.

For reserve copies of any of Roorbach’s books, call (207) 338-9009 or email