Announcing: David Michael Slater

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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…then go check out some out some of our other awesome authors!

Afterwards, mark your calendar for Dictionaries Out of Order, coming this June from Shannon & Elm.

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