In a blend of history, fiction, and magical realism, The Vanishing, is a new novel from David Michael Slater. The book traces how one girl, as a result of witnessing a brutal murder, turns invisible to save her best friend from the horror of Nazi Germany.
Slater will be joined in conversation by Jay Lender, writer and storyboard director of SpongeBob SquarePants and Phineas and Ferb, who is adapting the book into a live-action film. Moderated by Susan Dubin, library director and education specialist at the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center in Las Vegas. In addition to the content of the book, the conversation will address David’s process of writing the novel and how Jay plans to make it into a film.
The Vanishing will be available at shop.mjhnyc.org.
David Michael Slater is an acclaimed author of nearly thirty books of fiction and nonfiction for children, teens, and adults. He teaches in Reno, Nevada. You can learn more about David and his work at davidmichaelslater.com.
Jay Lender is an Emmy-nominated writer, director, and artist, and an original crew member for the classic first three seasons of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. The Nosferatu gag? That was his. He also wrote, directed, and composed songs for two seasons of Disney’s ingenious Phineas and Ferb. He has worked in video games and comics, on properties as diverse as Looney Tunes, The Dukes of Hazzard, and The Sopranos. His original novel, Duster (with frequent collaborator Micah Wright), is a feminist WWII-era home front action story. Lender and Wright also co-wrote and co-directed the live-action workplace comedy They’re Watching.
Susan Dubin is the library director and education specialist at the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center in Las Vegas. She teaches professional development classes for the Clark County School District and writes classes for the Nevada State Department of Education.