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Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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September 2015

Michael Laser

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Michael Laser


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

It is with sincere enthusiasm that I present Michael Laser as BCCLS Invite an Author for September 2015.

A local author with a lot of adult and YA titles under his belt and great reviews besides, Laser’s new adult novel, a dark comedy for adults, My Impending Death, is set in New Jersey. Do I see this novel being optioned for a movie?

Michael grew up in Queens, earned a Master’s from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, lived in Manhattan for many years, and has raised two children as a stay-at-home dad in Montclair. Along the way, he has also published many short stories, as well as feature articles and op-eds in the New York Times and other publications.

He loves librarians, believes that he may hold the all-time record for BCCLS reserve book requests, and enjoys visiting book groups and library audiences.
You can learn more about Michael and his books at:

On My Impending Death:

"Laser works writing magic… [T]he novel becomes a seesaw of tender moments, total screw-ups, and a suspense that becomes unbearable… Laser... mounts a steamroller of a novel. This book is a well-written, welcome surprise."

Kirkus Reviews

"Laser’s third novel is a charming and satisfying story, funny without being an out-and-out comedy, a beautifully executed character study… Laser isn’t as well known as he ought to be, but, with any luck, this book will give him some serious exposure."


"With clever writing and surprisingly fitting humor…. My Impending Death is more a story about living than about dying… Infused with humor about both the most serious of topics and the most mundane elements of life itself, My Impending Death never disappoints."

San Francisco Book Review, ***5 Stars***

"Michael Laser has written a down-to-earth New Jersey love story that convinces with every detail and rings powerfully true—a real achievement. Funny, mordant, soulful, with a sneaky plot that grabs you, My Impending Death is a hard book to put down."

Ian Frazier

On Cheater:

"A well-developed cast of secondary characters, some intriguing high-tech cheating tools, and a late-breaking plot twist round out this entertaining debut that will go over well with fans of David Lubar and Gordon Korman."


"...the hyperbolic novel raises provocative questions: how do we teach students about ethics and honor in a corrupt world? Is there ever a good reason to cheat? Several characters in the book weigh in, but Laser reveals his true message through Karl's friend and longtime crush Lizette, whose disappointment in him is devastating. Karl is a realistically conflicted teen, and the hot topic and fast-paced story line hold appeal."

Horn Book

"When a student's life is laid waste by an evil school vice-principal with a McCarthy-like penchant for hunting down cheaters, geek genius extraordinaire Karl Petrofsky steps up to the plate and conspires to aid and abet a band of Robin Hood-like rogue cheaters in his high school….The message isn't all yuks, however, especially when Laser uncovers an ugly political underbelly beneath the city's education system. The lines between right and wrong become skewed as Karl begins to question authority and his future, and what results is a full-on Animal Farm style attack on No Child Left Behind, where readers find themselves illicitly cheering for the underdogs."

Kirkus Reviews

Mr. Laser’s publisher, Permanent Press, has been very generous and sent me copies of My Impending Death for you to add to your collections and/or use with your book clubs. It certainly sounds like a title that would generate great discussion. Email arlene @ for a copy while supplies last.

There are so many possibilities here...YA Book Talks for Cheater and Adult Book Talks for My Impending Death - and those are just two of Mr. Laser’s books. Take a look at his website and the BCCLS catalog to see his other titles.

Email him directly at michael @ to invite him to your library. Mr. Laser will not charge for a visit to any BCCLS library but, as always, an honorarium would be most welcome. In the above excerpted review for My Impending Death, Booklist says, “Laser isn’t as well known as he ought to be...” Let’s change that.

Warmest regards,