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8/29/2006 Northwest author to open Linfield reading series

McMINNVILLE – Garth Stein, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and author of two novels, will open Readings at the Nick, a series presented by Linfield College at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Stein will present a reading Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

His first novel, "Raven Stole the Moon," was published in 1998 and translated into German and Italian. Garth's second novel, "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets," was first published in 2005 and released in paperback last spring. He is currently writing "The Boy Who Returned From Heaven," a sequel to his first novel. 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. "Brother Jones" received its first production at the Lyric Hyperion Theater in Los Angeles, in February 2005.

As his master's thesis project, Stein directed the documentary, "What's Wrong With This Building?" The film covers the controversy over the proposed addition to the Whitney Museum of American Art and won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. While in graduate school, he co-produced "The Lunch Date," directed by Adam Davidson, which won the Academy Award for Live Action Short in 1991. After completing his degree, he worked in film for several years. 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 on NHK. Other notable films include "The Last Party," (co-producer) starring Robert Downey Jr.; "Philadelphia, Mississippi" (director); and two music videos which he produced that were directed by Johnny Depp.

Stein has bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia University.

The reading is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of McMinnville Public Library. For more information, call 503-883-2517.