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Spring 2014
How Evan Broke His Head Returns
What's Evan's Secret?
Garth Talks Fatherhood
Bringing Out Alien Boy
Where's My Rain?
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May 8, 2014

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Indies First

The Christian Science Monitor
highlighted this November's Bookseller For a Day event, which Garth participated in. Catch more here.
In The Movies  
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More news from Hollywood: the Universal Pictures' adaptation of
The Art of Racing in the Rain has signed Thomas Bezucha as the director. Bezucha's credits include
The Family Stone, Monte Carlo, and Big Eden.
Switching Tracks

Meet Teton, a new career change dog, who went from guide dog training to therapy dog, chow specialist, and chow hall commander in training for the veterans he aids.
Evan's 10th Anniversary
How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets
Close on the heels of Garth's performances with The Rejections comes the 10th Anniversary edition of How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, winner of a Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Association Book Award. Check for it at your local independent on March 18, 2014.


An aspiring musician who never quite made it as a star, Evan is thrust into juggling fatherhood, music, and dating when he discovers the son he never knew - and his attempts to be the best father he can be force him to re-examine the failures and beautiful mistakes that brought him to where he is now.


To catch a cool conversation between Garth and Bryan Devendorf, his former editor (and drummer for The National), visit here.


What Is Evan's Secret?

To celebrate How Evan Broke His Head's 10th year in print, we're giving away a signed copy of the 10th-anniversary edition, plus bookmarks, Evan-themed guitar temporary tattoos, and other prizes.

To enter the drawing,  Email Us by March 21 with the answer to this question: What is Evan's secret, or is there more than one? 


Garth Talks Fatherhood


While you're waiting for Garth's next novel, keep an eye out for his essay "Man, Dying" in When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood, edited by Brian Gresko. Due out May 6, this collection brings together some of literature's brightest authors to explore fatherhood from infant to teenagers - and how these experiences changed them.


"If you counted up the nights I've spent dancing to 'Strangers in the Night,' those hours would stretch three times around the equator."-Garth Stein


Bringing Out Alien Boy
Brian Lindstrom, photo courtesy of

Garth recently shared his thoughts on the upcoming documentary Alien Boy, directed by friend and former schoolmate Brian Lindstrom:


"People often ask me if I'll ever make films again, and I always answer, "No--I like writing too much."  Still, I seem to have gotten involved-at least peripherally-in filmmaking again.


Back when The Art of Racing in the Rain was new, I was down in Portland on book tour, and I was staying with my friends Cheryl Strayed and Brian Lindstrom.  Brian and I went to film school decades ago, back at Columbia, and we both went into documentary filmmaking afterward.  Brian stuck with it; I turned to writing." More...  


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On The Road

Small Business Saturday found Garth doing a marathon trek across Seattle. While taking part in Bookseller for a Day, Garth visited five independent bookstores--from Bainbridge Island to Lake Forest Park--to support them on their busiest selling day of the year.

  As a bookseller, Garth handsold recommendations from his own reading list. His stops included Liberty Bay Books, Eagle Harbor Book Co., The Elliott Bay Book Company, Queen Anne Book Co., and Third Place Books.

Catch Garth's Shelf Awareness report on his epic Bookseller for a Day journey here.
Where's My Rain?


It's not often racers wish for rain during their track day, but that's exactly what Garth Stein and Saint Bryan, a reporter for Seattle's KING 5 news station, did for their special track day last November.


When KING 5 News planned a special feature on The Art of Racing in the Rain, they invited Garth to take a spin around a local go-kart track with reporter Saint Bryan, which left them hoping for rain so they could try out their racing moves on a slick blacktop. Catch the results here.


Happy Manifesting!