The Chapel, a novel (April, 2015)

Read the great advance reviews just in from Publishers Weekly (“vividly entertaining”), Booklist (“rich descriptions, reminiscent of the work of Dan Brown”), and Kirkus Reviews (“playful and erudite”).


Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time

Michael discusses Spring Forward on the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer —Watch

Michael talks with Melissa Block on NPR’s All Things Considered— Listen

This is one of Michael’s conversations with C-Span’s Book TV– Watch

Michael talks with Tom Ashbrook on NPR’s “On Point” and fields questions from congressmen, farmers, and other callers- – Listen

Michael’s first op-ed about the extension of daylight saving appeared in the New York Times when Congress passed the 2005 Energy Act– Read

TIME Magazine
Michael’s take on the new daylight-saving law is covered in Time magazine– Read


For a list of Michael’s national media appearances with Spring Forward, visit the Media Room.


Breakfast with Scot  MOVIE NEWS

“In this funny adaptation of Michael Downing’s novel, Tom Cavanagh, best known for the TV show Ed, is terrific—as is young Noah Bernett, who steals the show without hogging it.”  Village Voice

“Refreshingly snarky and quick.”  New York Daily News

“Sweet enough to overcome the most cynical critic.”  Miami Herald

“A sharp little Canadian drama that draws one in rather wryly.”  Boxoffice Magazine

The controversy surrounding the first gay-themed movie to be endorsed by a major-league sports organization resulted in coast-to-coast coverage.  You can read the New York Times feature article about the National Hockey League endorsement of Breakfast with Scot in “Hard-Nosed League Delivers A Clear Message of Acceptance” by Selena Roberts.  And in the Los Angeles Times, Rachel Abramowitz devoted her Sunday column to the cultural impact, “NHL breaks ice with role in gay-topic movie.”  In Canada, the Toronto Globe & Mail tracked the story, accurately characterizing both sides of the heated debate.

Finally the movie was released–I mean, if it was reported in Variety, then it must be true. After a sold-out premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival,the movie of Breakfast with Scot played in theaters across the United States and Canada in the Fall 2008 through Spring 2009. The movie opened to great reviews from the press in both countries, including this review from the Toronto Star and praise from Rex Reed in the New York Observer.

 Rent the movie at Netflix or buy a copy of the movie at Amazon.

“The low-key relationship of Sam (Tom Cavanagh), a former pro hockey player turned sports broadcaster, and Ed (Ben Shenkman) is turned upside-down-and festooned with feather boas and glitter-when they agree to take care of Ed’s unabashedly flamboyant young nephew Scot, played by the absolutely fabulous Noah Bernett. Concerned Scot will suffer teasing at school, Sam attempts to toughen him up in various ways. Subtle explorations of homophobia and social attitudes, wonderful casting, hilarious tight script and good old-fashioned Christmas magic make Lynd’s latest a thoroughly enjoyable, new-style family feature.”  Toronto Globe & Mail