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The April 2011 Issue
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The Art of Cooking in the Rain
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NYT Bestseller Update

Week 92: ARR at #6 
When Your Head's Not a Head, It's a Nut
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Garth's 1993 documentary about his sister's brain surgery for epilepsy, which first aired on the PBS series, P.O.V., is finally available on DVD for the home video audience. Click here to go to the Enzo Store and get your copy.
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Readers' Two Cents

"If you are a dog-owner you owe it to yourself to read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Beautiful." - via Twitter

"This novel will pull on the reader's heart strings.  Did It make me cry???  Many times.  A book I couldn't put down until I had finished it.  The author writes in an amazing way - I will definitely be looking for other books by Garth Stein.  - edieconrad viaSCC Library blog

Garth's Event Calendar

Lexington Public Library,
Lexington, KY 
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New Castle County Reads
Wilmington, DE
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Garth Speaks

The books, the process, the movie! Listen to and read some fascinating interviews.

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Patrick Dempsey and the Art of Racing: 
He knows it from Inside the Car

Patrick Dempsey, the actor tapped to play Denny Swift in the movie version of The Art of Racing in the Rain, fielded a car in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, one of the racing world's most grueling races. His 3rd place finish in the # 40 Mazda RX-8 was enough for a coveted place on the podium, up three from his 6th place results in the 2010 Rolex 24. 


Dempsey recently sat down with Speed [Fox sports] to talk about his racing and his current movie productions. He is slated to produce the big screen version of ARR, currently in development and scheduled for a 2012 release.

Garth and Patrick Dempsey at the Monterey Historics.

"There is a tremendous passion to get the movie [ARR] made at Universal," said Dempsey. "I want to make it my next movie. I think it's a great story all the way around. I would then get to go do both things at the same time, which would be fantastic.


"I think it would be a great platform to bring visibility to this series and road racing in American and throughout the world. It can bring in people who don't like racing and expose them to that and hopefully that will be realized this year.

Westlake Bakes Special Cake

WestLake Club Enzo CakeNo, that's not a book they're holding. For their book club discussion of ARR and Skype Chat with Garth, the ladies of Westlake Village Book Club enjoyed a special cake frosted to look like the paperback version of The Art of Racing in the Rain. Harriet Benton, holding the cake on the viewer's right, created the realistic frosting job.


These veteran book clubbers started in the late 1990's and are still going strong!  

What'd he say???

Ski champion Bode Miller 

Sports announcers know their sport well, but sometimes their color commentary is not as accurate. Click the link to watch and listen as the commentator shares what Olympian and World Cup champion skier Bode Miller is reading these days. Don't miss the "dead dog" reference. At least we all know he's discussing ARR! 


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April Showers Bring May Flowers...and a chance to win Raven Stole The Moon 

Raven Stole the Moon

What could be more fashionable than a stylish umbrella that reveals your literary chops as well? A bright red "Raven Stole The Moon" umbrella with the custom designed Raven Moon logo does just that. During the month of April you can get these festive umbrellas for half price, and with each order you'll be entered in a drawing to win an autographed copy of this first novel by Garth Stein. Just click on the 

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On the Road

The Turning Pages book club, hosted by a homeless shelter in Charlotte, NC, received a pleasant surprise for their latest book discussion--free copies of The Art of Racing in the Rain. Here they are with their new books. 

Turning  Pages Book Club 

And what kind words they had to share afterward!


THANK YOU SO MUCH for the wonderful WebEx session today, the donated books & the bags. I had so many great comments from the group afterwards and tried to take notes during the video chat. We really had a nice meeting with you and I loved some of the questions the group came up with. Garth, you truly provided us with a wonderful gift and we can't thank you enough. 

The Art of Cooking in the Rain
In honor of Passover, I present one of the simplest dishes ever, but a real kid pleaser!

matzo breiMy grandfather worked at a famous Jewish dairy restaurant in New York City called Ratner's. When my father would take us back East to NY, we would always go down to Delancy Street to get their matzo brei. On most days, you could order your matzo brei "pancake style" or scrambled, but on weekends, it was so crowded, you could only get scrambled. Ratner's closed in 2002, and took a little piece of New York history with it. If you're ever on the Lower East Side, I recommend going on one of the many tours offered by The Tenement Museum, which will really give you an idea of what life was like in New York back in the day.

Matzo Brei
Butter or oil

The basic ratio is one egg to one piece of matzo to one kid. So you do the math depending on the size of your crew.

1. Hold a piece of matzo under warm running water briefly, dousing both sides with the water, but not soaking (or you'll end up with matzo mush, a totally different dish). Break the now damp matzo into bite-sized pieces in a mixing bowl. Repeat with each piece of matzo you'll be using.

2. For each piece of matzo you broke up, crack an egg into another mixing bowl. Beat the eggs together with a splash of milk until smooth.

3. Combine the eggs and matzo. Don't mash up the matzo too much when mixing. Let this mixture sit for five minutes or more to settle down from all the excitement.

4. Heat up a frying pan and melt a big glob of butter in it. When all the bubbles are gone, add the matzo brei mixture. Let it cook until golden brown on the bottom.

5. Here's where you make the decision. If you want pancake style, flip the whole unit in one piece using two spatulas. If you don't care about that kind of thing, flip it in chunks and smoosh it around a bit, breaking up the larger clumps.

6. Fry until the egg is cooked and the matzo is crispy.

7. When I was a kid, my mother would serve this with butter on top, some salt, and maple syrup. Some people forego the syrup in favor of jam. Heck, some people go crazy and serve it with sauteed onions or even apple sauce. My kids eat it with honey drizzled over the top. I'm sure you will find your own way to enjoy.

ratners deli


Enzo's Challenge

How well do you know Garth's other books, plays, and documentaries? Fill in the crossword with names and locations from the predecessors to The Art of Racing in the Rain, and send in the answers by April 15 to be entered in a drawing for a blue Art of Racing in the Rain tote bag!


*The title of Garth's first full-length play:

*The Native American trickster god who moonlights in Garth's first novel:

*The land otter spirits that Jenna and David encounter in Garth's first novel:

*The title character of Garth's recent one-act play, performed by a local high school:

* What medical condition does Evan, the title character of How Evan Broke His Head, have?

*What is the name of Evan's son?


Several readers posted pictures of their pets with Santa: Meghan and Oliver, Carla and Bert, and Shannon and Joey. To see these, visit Garth's Facebook page ( 
Happy Manifesting,
Garth Stein