David Rodeback fiction - The Dad Stayed and Poor As I Am

David Rodeback’s Short Fiction

60 East Press’s first two books are collections of David Rodeback’s short fiction.

  • Poor As I Am and other stories at Christmas includes the title novella (which is shorter than a novel), Poor As I Am, and eight short stories which somehow involve Christmas. They’re all modern tales, contemporary realism to be more precise, with plenty of humans but no vampires, zombies — just thirteen different celebrations of Christmas.
  • The Dad Who Stayed and other stories includes the title novella and a dozen short stories. Childhood, friendship, family, love, and loss are some of the themes.

Support Your Local Bookshop (or Mine)

Print editions of Poor As I Am and other stories at Christmas are in stock in the Local Authors section at HideAway Books in American Fork, Utah, and also available there online. (We’ll add more brick-and-mortar shops.)

Another way to support independent booksellers is to order at Bookshop.org. They handle the purchase and the shipping, but a local bookstore of your choice gets 30% of the price. (If you don’t choose a bookstore, 10% goes into a pool they distribute to member bookstores.) I chose HideAway Books.

Buy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.

Both collections are available as trade paperbacks and e-books from larger retailers, including Amazon. Choose your major retailer at books2read.com:

Author Appearances

Saturday, April 20, 2024: David will present at the League of Utah Writers Pre-Quill Conference at the Salt Lake City Marriott University Park, 480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108. Session: “Making it Strange” (1:00 p.m.). Pre-Quill begins at 8:30 a.m., with sessions during the day and other events into the evening. Admission is $30.

Saturday, June 8, 2024: David will present at the Cache Valley Writers Conference at Utah State University (details to follow). Sessions: “Worldbuilding? You’ll Need a Government” and “Writing Young Voices.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2024: David will present “Giving Useful Critiques and Being a Good Beta Reader” at an online meeting of the Blue Quills Chapter of the League of Utah Writers at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 22, 2024: David will present at the Eagle Mountain Literary Conference. The conference runs from 8:30 to 6:00 p.m. at 3688 E Campus Dr #101, Eagle Mountain, Utah, unless a larger venue is needed. David’s sessions: “You Can’t Make a Long Story Short (But You Can Make a Short Story)” (9:00 a.m.) and “Making It Strange” (4:00 p.m.).

Wednesday, August 21, 2024: David will present “It’s (Almost) All in the Voices” at an online meeting of the Blue Quills Chapters of the League of Utah Writers at 7:00 p.m. MDT.

Past Appearances

Saturday, December 2, 2023: David will appear as part of the 2nd Annual Utah Authors Day at Hideaway Books (a personal favorite), at 8 East Main Street, American Fork, UT 84003, from 10 a.m. to noon. This year’s Utah Authors Day features approximately 150 authors at 46 locations across Utah. Bring your books to be signed, or buy books at the store. Utah Authors Day is funded by Utah Humanities.

Saturday, November 4, 2023: David Rodeback is scheduled to be at the American Fork Library’s Indie Author Day from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 64 S 100 E, American Fork, UT 84003. There will be books for sale (many at a discount), a dozen local authors to meet, and, beginning at 3:30 p.m., brief readings by several authors, including David. Pro tip: This is a great place to do some early Christmas shopping.