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Dave David Korinetz grew up in Winnipeg, where he was employed in the Aerospace industry for 19 years. In 1993 he packed up and moved to Vancouver Island, where he began a new career in the software industry. His travels finally brought him to Penticton in 2000. While working there as computer programmer he decided to try writing in his spare time. This decision would ultimately alter the course of his life.

The catalyst that made David's dream of being a Fantasy writer become a reality was enrolling in a Writer's Digest correspondence course in 2002. His instructor, Steven F. Havill, taught what POV (point of view) means, why stories have plots, and more importantly, how to make an outline. Armed with this new knowledge, David spent the next four years writing, rewriting, and ultimately publishing his first fantasy novel, FireDrakes (2007). In 2009 David published his second book, Sorceress, and started Red Tuque Books, a book distribution company for Canadian self-published authors and small presses. In 2011 David published the third novel in his Daemon Knight Fantasy series, Halfling.

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What has David been up to?

Skaha Lake Middle School

Skaha Lake Middle School, Penticton, November 2014

David visits Skaha Lake Middle School to talk with the grades eights about writing and publishing.

Thanks to the Penticton Herald South Okanagan Raise A Reader program, each student received one of his books to take home.

Shane Koyczan

1st Annual Penticton & District Arts Awards, February 2014

David presents Shane Koyczan with the Penticton And District Art Council's Literary Arts Award. This wonderful event which celebrates outstanding achievement in the arts was held at the Shatford Centre, on February 27th, and was emceed by retired CBC broadcaster, Bob Nicholson.

David's distribution company, Red Tuque Books, was the sponsor of this 1st annual Literary Award.


Shaw TV, Go OKananagan, November 2013

David being interviewed at Penticton Secondary by Shaw TV for Go Okanagan during a Raise-a-Reader visit. David shares what he has learned about writing and publishing with some of the English students.

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Get Published Podcast, March 2013

Mike Plested interviews David for 'Get Published'. They talk about David's books and his Canadian book distribution company, 'Red Tuque Books'.

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Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret Secondary, Penticton, February 2013

David at another Raise-a-Reader author event. This time at Princess Margaret Secondary, where he shared what he has learned about writing and publishing with the grade 9, 10 and 11 English students.

Each student received one of his books to take home.


Shaw TV, Go OKananagan, December 2012

David, being interviewed by Shaw TV for Go Okanagan at the Authors & Artists Christmas Faire. David talks about self publishing, his Canadian book distribution company, Red Tuque Books, and the Canadian Tales writing contest.

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Oliver Elementary

Oliver Elementary, Oliver, October 2012

David attending a Raise-a-Reader author event at Oliver Elementary. He discussed Fantasy writing and publishing with the students.

Each student received a book of their own to take home.


WindWard TV, June 2012

David, being interviewed by Kevin Schilter for WindWard TV. David talks about his novels, his Canadian book distribution company, Red Tuque Books, and using WindWard software to handle consignment issues.

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Paul Crawford

Shatford Centre, Penticton, October 2011

David and Penticton's Art Gallery curator, Paul Crawford, pose for a picture during a dinner bash at the newly opened Shatford Centre.

Pen High

Penticton Secondary, February 2011

Dave, in the school library at Penticton Secondary, talking about writing and publishing with the students. This event was sponsored by the South Okanagan Raise A Reader program.

Meg Tilly

Hooked On Books, Penticton, July 2010

Dave poses for a picture with Meg Tilly at Hooked On Books during her visit to Penticton. She was one of the instructors at the 2010 Penticton Writers And Publishers Youth Write Camp.

Besides the Youth write Camp, Penticton Writers And Publishers also sponsors an annual Young Writers Contest. For more information about these events click here.

Raise A Reader

South Okanagan Secondary, Oliver, May 2010

Dave poses with one of three grade 8 classes he visited at South Okanagan Secondary this year. Raise A Reader sponsored the visits and provided a book for each student in the class. This 'books for kids' aspect of the South Okanagan Raise A Reader program is the brainchild of Yasmin John-Thorpe who also manages the program.

McNicoll School Raise-a-reader meeting

McNicoll, Penticton, November 2009

Dave is busy with Raise-a-reader events again. This time at McNicoll School. He discusses writing, publishing with the children and reads from his book.

Each child is given a copy of their own to take home.

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Naramata Faire, August 2008

Dave, local wizard, author and former "Naramation" is seen here taking a break from signing books with Naramata's citizen of the year, Flamethrower Bob.

The Naramata Faire, an annual event, begins with a parade and ends 8 hours later. It is a full day of swimming, dancing, playing, eating and flying the simulator used by the Snowbirds.

This small town of about 1800 citizens has some amazing talent. We don't just make grape wines out here.

Skaha Raise A Reader Meeting

Skaha Lake Middle School, June 2008

Dave talked about fantasy writing and read to the students at Skaha lake Middle School.

"What great kids. They are very mature and interesting. There will be some good writers coming out of that group. It was a good time for me and I think for them as well." David Korinetz