Don Calame is an accomplished screenwriter and the award-winning author of four novels, Swim the Fly (Candlewick Press, 2009), Beat the Band (Candlewick Press, 2011), Call the Shots (Candlewick Press, 2013) and Dan Versus Nature (Candlewick Press, 2016).
Don has written screenplays for Universal Studios, Marvel Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures and the Disney Channel. He was the screenwriter for Employee of the Month (Lions Gate Films, 2006) and Hounded (Gaylord Films/Disney Channel, 2001). In 2009 the film rights for Swim the Fly were optioned by Paramount Pictures and Don was hired to write the screenplay based on his novel.
Don’s writing awards and nominations include the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, the Nevada Young Reader’s Award, the Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award, IndieBound Kids Next List, and the YALSA Popular Paperbacks Top Ten.
Don lives with his wife and dogs in the Pacific Northwest.
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Other Fun Facts
- I went to University for guitar for one year based solely on the fact that I was in a band that won the Battle of the Bands in high school. I don't recommend this. It did not turn out well.
- I am a crazed, obsessive hockey fan and I collect game worn NHL hockey jerseys. And yes, sometimes you can get them and they still smell.
- I've trained both my dogs to do tricks and perform in my book trailers. Scooter, our border terrier, is much more willing to work for food than Anna, our Maltipoo mutt mix, who is more happy to nudge the iPad off your lap so she can settle in for a nap.
- I also collect Marvel/DC/Star Wars action figures. They have started taking over my office and compete with the hockey jerseys for display space. It's quite possible I've never actually grown up.
- I have had to stop playing hockey because I nearly lost an eye, separated my shoulder and ruptured my bicep tendon. Though not all at the same time. Now the only hockey playing I get in is on my PS4.