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David Michael Slater was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He teaches high school in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and son. David writes for children, teens and adults.
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Well, this is a nice shock. Fun & Games is an Honorable Mention on Heeb Magazine's 

(started up by some guy named Spielberg) Best Books of the Year list.

http://heebmagazine.com/best-books-5774-according-heeb/52252

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Not sure if this is related to the Publishers Weekly review, but Fun & Games is free on Kindle right now. 

It jumped into the Top 100 in Humor. Why is it so much easier to give books away then sell them? :)


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Check it out: Publishers Weekly noticed Fun & Games!


Jon is a normal teenager about to start college, but in Slater’s novel he finds that he can’t move forward in life until he comes to terms with his family’s past. While his grandmother is a Holocaust survivor, his father vehemently avoids religion. Jon’s two older sisters are a handful: Nadia is a manipulator, with her fingers in everything the family does, and Olivia is toeing the line between virgin and professional soft-porn star. When an incident at Hebrew school sends the rabbi to Jon’s house, it precipitates a crisis of faith that causes their father to abandon them for Israel, where he is killed. As Jon departs for college, accompanied by two of his best friends, the lies and intrigues get deeper, and the more he learns about his family, the more he realizes he doesn’t know them. When he returns home for a wedding, tragedy strikes and forces the family to reach a reckoning with their lies. The characters manage to be both familiar and well-realized individuals, and beneath the banal suburban setting hide deep troubles. Slater finds a successful tone between comedy and pathos that carries readers through some of the less plausible twists, even making the violent ending work. While Jon’s best friends could be more clearly defined, Jon’s own progression is strong. Slater has painted an intimate and memorable family portrait. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 09/29/2014 

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At very long last, Dictionaries Out of Order is here. Sort of. 

The ebook is now available, two weeks ahead of the 

hardcopy. I hope you will have a look!



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(Another) New Pub Date!
9/25/14


Dictionaries Out of Order defies simple description. Its stories, which intersect at Portland's "City of Books," range from the silly to the sublime, veering expertly from philosophy to farce. At its heart, the book is a love letter to the awesome and mysterious power of words. As comical as it is profound, this unique and unforgettable collection confirms that David Michael Slater is one of the most versatile authors writing today.

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Okay, I'm told firm pub date is now Sept. 11. Not an auspicious day, but exciting nonetheless!

Dictionaries Out of Order defies simple description. Its stories, which intersect at Portland's "City of Books," range from the silly to the sublime, veering expertly from philosophy to farce. At its heart, the book is a love letter to the awesome and mysterious power of words. As comical as it is profound, this unique and unforgettable collection confirms that David Michael Slater is one of the most versatile authors writing today.

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Can't wait! Bob Kolar is wonderful. 

Coming 3/15...

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8.

Very excited!


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Thrilled to say The Ring Bear is finally available from the amazing company called Tiny Tap (recipients of a million dollar grant from Verizon). It's now a super fun interactive game/book/app for your tablet/phone. The Tiny Tap app is free and easy to download. Hope you'll give it a try! http://www.tinytap.it/games/?search=ring+bear


THE RING BEAR

Westley and his mom are the perfect pair of pirates. That is, until she tells him she's going to marry Stan. When she asks Westley to be the ring bearer at the wedding, he hears "Ring Bear." So...there's only one thing to do: become a REAL bear and wreck everything!

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Join us! 7/19
Choose Your Own Adventure Literary Pub Crawl 
Reading from FUN & GAMES (for adults) 
@ Liberty Fine Arts Gallery Reno Rm. 1 @ 5:30 p.m. Sales and signing before & after.





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11.

Presentation: How to Get Lucky: A Path to Publishing

July 12th, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the South Valleys Library -15650 Wedge Pkwy, Reno, NV 89511

Author David Michael Slater will be speaking and taking questions about the process of getting published through the traditional route.

Also: Query Workshop:

July 12th, 2014 from 12:30p.m. to 2p.m. at the South Valleys Library -15650 Wedge Pkwy, Reno, NV 89511-(Map). This workshop is $5 for members, and $10 dollars for general admission.

Thinking of going the traditional route, but having issues writing a query letter? David Michael Slater is offering a query letter workshop. Those that wish to attend need to bring their current query letter, so that they can work on them during the workshop.


See you there!

Dms

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Reno folks interested in writing for children...A unique event/opportunity! Hope to see you there! Please share...


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Alas, if you were waiting for DICTIONARIES OUT OF ORDER today...I have be informed that the release date has been moved to the end of July. Exact date TBA. -DMS


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14.

Free for a limited time!


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Cover revealed...today! Pub date 6/6...

Dictionaries Out of Order defies simple description. Its stories, which intersect at Portland's "City of Books," range from the silly to the sublime, veering expertly from philosophy to farce. At its heart, the book is a love letter to the awesome and mysterious power of words. As comical as it is profound, this unique and unforgettable collection confirms that David Michael Slater is one of the most versatile authors writing today.


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16.

Got free?

12,000 
free downloads so far!

Want one?



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GREAT news! The Sacred Books Series will be published by the Modern Press, Co. in...CHINA! Modern Press is owned by The China Publishing Group Corporation, one of the largest publishers in the country. We are very excited!

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Have just set up shop at Goodreads and invite you to join me there!

-Dms

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Scenes from the SF Writers Conference
Days 2 & 3


Signing time!

 Mark Coker, President of Smashwords

 My final presentation (on dialogue) Overflowing!!

 NY editors panel

 SF!

Barry Eisler, no holds barred!

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20.

THE BOOK OF NAMES 

(Sacred Books, Volume V)

is 




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Excited to share!
 
From

Shannon & Elm is pleased to announce the recent signing of David Michael Slater,
and his short story collection Dictionaries Out of Order.
 
The title Dictionaries Out of Order stems from a Jean Cocteau quote which states, “The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.” This is much the case for Slater’s book: a collection of stories, all discrete, but which all draw together to speak to the theme of the written word, and what the written word means to those who love it as we do.
From Russia to Oregon, from the 1700s to the future, a web of words weaves writers and readers together in a bond they can’t quite escape.

David Michael Slater is an acclaimed author of fiction for all ages. His work includes the hilarious comic drama for adults, Fun & Games, which the New York Journal of Books raves “works brilliantly”; the teen fantasy series Sacred Books, which is being developed for film; and the picture books Cheese Louise!, Ned Loses His Head, and The Bored Book. He teaches in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son.

What else should we know about Mr. Slater, writer of writers?

What do you have the most fun with during the creative process?
Two times: 1) When arriving somewhere wonderful in a plot that I could never have predicted yet that feels utterly inevitable, and 2) When working on “alternate history” and I find real history cooperating with my twisted desires.

What comes first, the chicken or the alien egg?
Whichever the waiter in the Restaurant at the End of the Universe serves first.

What is a profound memory from this title’s writing process?
The first piece in this collection was my first published work as an author. I remember deciding to use my middle name on it because it made me feel more “authorial.” Been stuck using it ever since.

You can read the rest of Slater’s interview on his author page
 

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In Portland?
Join us at the MJCC 
Wed 4/2/14 @ 7:30 p.m.



I expect it will be engaging and fun. More importantly, refreshments will be provided! 

Book sales/signings after the event.

In this panel discussion, five authors who span the spectrum from fiction for children and adults to graphic novels and poetry will wrestle with these questions as they draw from experience weaving fantasy into their award-winning works. Additionally, PSU Jewish Studies Professor Michael Weingrad will contribute to the conversation from his study of modern Jewish and Hebrew literature.

Is there a place for such Jewish staples as matzoh balls and marzipan within the world of myth and magic? Come delve with us into chai fantasy.

Speakers Include:
Barry Deutsch
Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Lisa Goldstein
Willa Schneberg
David Michael Slater
PSU Hebrew and Judaic Studies Professor Michael Weingrad

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Greetings!

Some pics from Wednesday night's engaging and entertaining panel on Jewish Fantasy. We didn't 
come to blows over "Why There is No Jewish Narnia" (but only because there wasn't enough time). 


Featuring Barry Deutsch; Ruth Tenzer Feldman; Lisa Goldstein; Willa Schneberg; David Michael 

Slater; and PSU Hebrew and Judaic Studies Professor Michael Weingrad






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Thrilled to share that Jock & Spock has been reborn! But not just reborn: transformed into a joyful, fun, interactive game/app/book for Ipad/tablets from an amazing company called Tiny Tap (who just won a million bucks from Verizon). The TinyTap app is free to download. The book reads to you, asks questions, and lets you do some swiping around inside the story. Very excited. More collaborations on the way between DMS and Tiny Tap! Here's the link http://www.tinytap.it/games/g654/jock-and-spock

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Now available via iTunes for Ipad/Iphone!


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