August 10, 2023

    Check out this promotion for Kindle purchases of THE HIDDEN ROOM.





    And visit the HAKENSACK BOOK FESTIVAL on Saturday, August 12th.

    I’ll be signing books from 9:00 until 3:00

  2. A Creative Thank-you Note

    October 28, 2022

    After returning home from a week of school appearances in Houghton, Painesdale, and Baraga, Michigan, (and spending an enjoyable evening at the Portage Library) I received a a package of thank-you notes from the students in the Jeffers Middle School. My favorite was from Lana, who used the cover of my novel, The Journal of Otto Peltonen, to inspire her art work!

  3. Nov. 17th Author Appearance at North Mankato Library

    October 26, 2022

    I’ll be discussing my latest novel, THE HIDDEN ROOM,  which is set in Ukraine during the last year of WWII,

    as well as my earlier novels.  Autographed books will be available.

    Event starts at 6:00 p.m.

    Stop by and say hi.



  4. The Hidden Room Signing Sept. 10 at Fitger’s Bookstore Duluth

    September 7, 2022

    “The Hidden Room” is a novel by Duluth authors William Durbin and Barbara Durbin, set in Ukraine near the end of World War II. Written for young adults, it’s based on the true story of a Jewish family who took to a cave to hide from the Nazis. It’s a poignant survival story, anchored in specific details and propelled by the Durbins’ direct prose. The authors are donating half their royalties to Ukraine food assistance; the Durbins will be at the Bookstore at Fitger’s on Saturday at 3 p.m. to present their new book. For more information, see

  5. Snake River Fur Post, Pine City

    September 14, 2018

    I’ll be signing books at the Pine City Fur Post Fall Festival on Saturday, September 15.”

    Stop by and say hi.

    “Two hundred years ago, fur traders celebrated the success of the trading season with a giant party. Visitors can explore the sights and sounds created by 250 reenactors come to camp on the Snake River in the fall. Witness feats of strength and skill as contestants vie for the title of the best all-around voyageur. Shop for historic crafts and join children’s activities. On Saturday evening, learn the steps of lively country dance with live music.”

The Broken Blade Wintering The Journal of Sean Sullivan The Journal of Otto Peltonen The Journal of C.J. Jackson Song of Sampo Lake Blackwater Ben The Darkest Evening El Lector The Winter War