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3/31/2009 Northwest author to read at Linfield College

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         McMINNVILLE – Garth Stein, a northwest author, will present a reading from his book “The Art of Racing in the Rain” on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

         “The Art of Racing in the Rain” has been translated into 23 different languages and was the number one BookSense selection for June 2008, the Starbucks spring/summer 2008 book selection and has been on the IndieBound bestseller list since its publication.

         The story is told through the eyes of a family dog, Enzo, who gains insight into the lives of humans through watching television and listening to the words of his owner, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. On the eve of his death, Enzo looks back on his life remembering all that he and his family have been through. The book includes humor and emotion in a story about family, love, loyalty and hope.

         Stein is also the author of "Raven Stole the Moon," published in 1998, and "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets," published in 2005. His play, "Brother Jones," was a finalist for the 2004 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Conn., a finalist for the 2004 Northwest Playwrights Competition and was selected for the 2004 Shenandoah International Playwrights Conference. This is Stein's second reading in McMinnville. He read from "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets" at Linfield in September 2006.  

         Stein directed the documentary "What's Wrong With This Building?" an award-winning film that covers the controversy over the proposed addition to the Whitney Museum of American Art. In graduate school, he co-produced "The Lunch Date," directed by Adam Davidson, which won the Academy Award for Live Action Short in 1991. His documentary, "When Your Head's Not a Head, It's a Nut," which follows his sister's brain surgery for epilepsy, won numerous awards and was broadcast on PBS and in Japan.

         Stein lives in Seattle. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University.

         This reading is co-sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and the McMinnville Public Library and is free and open to the public. For more information contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517.