Sullivan is the author of ten books and numerous articles about Oregon,
including a "Oregon Trails" feature column for Eugene's Register-Guard.
Oregonian, Sullivan began hiking at the age of 5 and has been exploring
new trails ever since.
at Deep Springs College in the California desert, receiving an English
degree from Cornell University, and studying linguistics at Germany's
Heidelberg University, he earned an M.A. in German literature from the
University of Oregon.
hobbies include backcountry ski touring, playing the harpsichord, reading
foreign language novels, and promoting libraries. He helped with the campaign
to build Eugene's new library, is a member of the Oregon State Library
Board, and is vice president of the Lane Library League, a citizen group
with the goal of extending library service to the 90,000 people in Lane
County who currently lack service.
He and his
wife, Janell Sorensen, live in Eugene, but they spend summers in a log
cabin they built by hand on a roadless stretch of a remote river in Oregon's
In 1985 Sullivan
set out to investigate Oregon's wilderness on a 1,361-mile solo backpacking
trek from the state's westernmost shore at Cape Blanco to Oregon's easternmost
point in Hells Canyon. His journal of that two-month adventure, published
as "Listening for Coyote," was a finalist for the Oregon Book
Award and topped the New York Times' year-end review of travel books.
remote log cabin is the subject of a new book, Cabin Fever: Notes
From a Part-Time Pioneer.
by William Sullivan
latest work is "Oregon Trips & Trails," a full-color guide to
the state's most beautiful places, illustrated with 800 color maps and
photographs. The book has details for visiting 100 star destinations worth
a journey, 65 hiking trails, and 250 places to stay -- including campgrounds,
bed & breakfast inns, and quaint hotels.
completion of the popular 5-book series of "100 Hikes" guides to Oregon's
trails Sullivan has hiked every significant trail in Oregon. Now he is
rehiking many of those trails to keep his guidebooks up to date. "100
Hikes in Northwest Oregon" is printed fresh every year, and his other
books are updated every other year, keeping pace with new trails, storm
damage and new fee systems.
other books include "Hiking
Oregon's History" and "Exploring Oregon's Wild Areas" and
a popular series of 100 Hikes guidebooks to
the regions of Oregon.
with his brother, OSU business professor David Sullivan, Bill has co-authored
two college computer textbooks, Desktop Publishing and The New Computer
User. Bill has also edited and published two books written by his father,
retired Salem newspaper editor J. Wesley Sullivan: "Jam on the Ceiling"
and "To Elsie With Love."
first novel, "A Deeper Wild," was published in April 2000. This
historical novel is based on the true adventures of Joaquin Miller, the
swashbuckling Oregon Country gold miner, editor, pony express rider, horse
thief and county judge who won international renown in 1872 as the "Poet
of the Sierras."
newest book (April, 2004) is "Cabin Fever: Notes From a Part-Time
Pioneer," a memoir
about the log cabin Sullivan and his wife built by hand on a roadless
tract along a remote river in Oregon's Coast Range.