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May 2012
Give Ten For Tigers
Opening Night at Book-It Repertory Theater
It Takes a Village
Seattle7 Book Club Brunch
Enzo's TiVo List
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Garth's Event Calendar 

Book Club Brunch
Seattle, WA
May 12, 2012
*This is a ticketed event*

Mid-Columbia LitFest
Pasco, WA
May 31, 2012
10:30 am

For more information on upcoming events, visit
Garth's website.
Book-It Reviews

Tom Keogh, of the Seattle Times, reviewed Book-It's presentation and called it a "moving, ingenious adaptation."

For another perspective, you can check out Michael Strangeways' review for the Seattle Gay Scene. 

Other reviews:
Queen Anne and Magnolia News

Northwest Adventures


Drama in the Hood

Meet The Actor

photo courtesy of Myra Platt

Seattle Met wrote a feature article on David S. Hogan, the actor and dog trainer who gives life to Enzo on the stage. See it here.
Richmond Interview

Photo Courtesy of Henrico County Public Library

Despite his insanely crazy schedule for the Virginia events, Garth took some time to sit down with a reporter for
 Virginia This Morning
Movie Update

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Still no news on a production date or release date for
The Art of Racing in the Rain movie. As soon as Garth hears anything concrete, we will announce it in the newsletter.
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Give Ten For Tigers


Malayan Tiger, photo courtesy of Melinda Arnold

The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Garth's local zoo, is starting a campaign to raise money for a new Asian wildlife habitat. Currently, the zoo houses its endangered tigers and sloth bears in an outdated, 60-year-old exhibit in need of more space. The remodeling project will create a 2 acre exhibit that mimics the animals' natural habitat and allows visitors immerse themselves of the tigers hidden forest world.


Garth is supporting this new project, and anyone else wishing to do so can help out here.  


Opening Night At Book-It Repertory Theater  

For Seattleites who can't wait to see the movie, you now have a stage
David Hogan and Eric Riedman on stage. Photo courtesy of Myra Platt.
version to tide you over. Myra Platt's adaptation of Garth's novel received glowing reviews for its ingenious portrayal of Enzo and Denny. The play stars Eric Riedman as Denny, David S. Hogan as Enzo, Sylvie Davidson as Eve, and Mae Corley as Zoe. Carol Roscoe directed. 


The play will run until May 13 at the Center House Theater. More information about Book-It's production can be found online. Additional pictures from the opening are up on Garth's online gallery.    


It Takes a Village 
The racing community stepped up to help Book-It Repertory Theater get every little detail right. Don Kitch, of ProFormance Racing School, took the cast out for hot laps, so they could experience cars at high speeds (apparently, Seattle freeways don't count). The cast now possesses genuine uniforms, thanks to CarTender, and real Mazda crew hats. When it was also discovered that the cast needed racing shoes, Garth posted it on Facebook, and a fan came through with the proper pairs. Many thanks to everyone who helped out! 
photo courtesy of Proformance Racing School
The cast poses with Garth, Don Kitch, and mascot.

Seattle7 Book Club Brunch


An author at every table, along with brunch and mimosas! Join the Seattle7 for a special authors' brunch, featuring Jim Lynch and his new novel, Truth Like the Sun. The brunch will be held Saturday, May 12, at the Greenwood Square. All proceeds from the event will benefit literacy. For more information, visit the Seattle7 online.    


On The Road


Garth returned to his racing roots with a visit to the Miatas at Mazda Raceway event this March. The event included track time, run groups, a

car show, and a signing with Garth. (Garth's Miata, unfortunately, is now scrap and couldn't attend). In the picture are (back row) Rick Weldon and Lisa Pegg, and (front row, left to right) Jeremy Barnes, Garth, and Derek Jenkins.

Photo courtesy of Kristina CarlsonEarlier this year, Garth also met up with Patrick Dempsey at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. More pictures are now up on Garth's gallery.


Garth ended March by holding a Skype chat with some old friends; a book club in Winnetka, IL, hosted by Juli Janovicz of the Winnetka-Northfield Library. Garth previously visited Winnetka for its One Book Two Villages program in 2009, during his tour for The Art of Racing in the Rain's paperback release. Time flies when you have good people to spend it with!


photo courtesy of S.E.E with Vision PhotographyIn April, Garth's travels took him to Virginia. First stop was Richmond, for the Fetch a Cure fundraiser. This foundation helps pets and their owners deal with cancer and pet aging.     


Next, Garth paid a visit to Glen Allen, VA, for All Henrico Reads. The Henrico Library organized a host of companion events, including programs about pet care and health, Paws to Read, a visit from local race car drivers in the K&N series (and their cars), and the local Dog Jog.


After meeting with one thousand students in the morning, Garth rushed off to a (relatively) small lunch event at the Richmond International Raceway. He finished up with a public event for the Henrico Public Library, only to find another 300 people waiting in line for his book signing. Now it's back to work on his next book!     



Enzo's TiVo List 

Enzo's days on the couch left him with an extensive knowledge of classic movies and TV shows to refer to. John Fossett of the Kitsap Regional Library took the time to compile a complete listing of every film and TV series that Enzo mentions. It includes thirteen movies, five TV series and spinoffs, and a documentary.

To enter a drawing for an Art of Racing in the Rain t-shirt of your choice, send in your name and the answer to one of the three questions below:

1. Which criminal investigation series (and spinoffs) does Enzo refer to for his imaginary reconstruction of Denny's court appearance?
2. Which actor stars in the most movies Enzo names (hint: it's not Steve McQueen)?
3. Enzo refers to only one James Bond movie. Which is it?

Entries will be accepted through May 31, and the full list of Enzo's film/TV references will appear in the next newsletter.

Happy Manifesting!