The Garth Stein Newsletter
September 2014
Countdown To A Sudden Light
Watch For Little Enzo!
Sneak Peek At A Sudden Light
Where Will You Be?
Research Has Never Been This Fun
Enzo In The Movies
Have You Seen The New Website?
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A Sudden Light
Launch Party
Richard Hugo House
Seattle, WA
September 30, 2014

Common Good Books
St. Paul, MN
October 2, 2014

Wisconsin Book Festival
Madison, WI
October 3, 2014

Boswell Book Company
Milwaukee, WI
October 4, 2014

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
Winnetka, IL
October 5, 2014

Anderson's Bookshop
Naperville, IL
October 6, 2014

Third Place Books
Seattle, WA
October 7, 2014

Arapahoe Library District
Denver, CO
October 9, 2014

Tattered Cover
Book Store at
Denver University
Denver, CO
October 12, 2014

Boulder Book Store
Boulder, CO
October 13, 2014

King's English Bookshop
Salt Lake City, UT
October 14, 2014

Changing Hands Bookstore
Tempe, AZ
October 15, 2014

La Jolla, CA
October 16, 2014

Diesel, A Bookstore -
Santa Monica, CA
October 17, 2014

Pages: A Bookstore -
Manhattan Beach, CA
October 19, 2014

Book Passage
San Francisco, CA
October 20, 2014

Bookshop Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
October 21, 2014

Rakestraw Books
Danville, CA
October 22, 2014

Copperfield's Books
Santa Rosa, CA
October 23, 2014

Chuckanut Radio Hour
at Village Books
Bellingham, WA
October 30, 2014

Eagle Harbor Book Co.
Bainbridge Island, WA
November 6, 2014

Broadway Books
Portland, OR
November 10, 2014

Blue Willow Bookshop
Houston, TX
November 11, 2014

Austin, TX
November 12, 2014

St. Louis County Library
St. Louis, MO
November 13, 2014

Parnassus Books at the
Nashville Public Library
Nashville, TN
November 14, 2014

Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA
November 15, 2014

R.J. Julia Booksellers
Madison, CT
November 16, 2014

Book Revue
Huntington, NY
November 16, 2014

Barnes & Noble
New York City, NY
November 17, 2014

Chester County Book Company
West Chester, PA
November 18, 2014

Politics & Prose Bookstore
Washington, DC
November 19, 2014

Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC
November 20, 2014

Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC
November 21, 2014

Miami Book Fair
Miami, FL
November 22-23, 2014

Thurber House
Columbus, OH
November 24, 2014

University Book Store
Seattle, WA
December 4, 2014

For more information on these and other events,
visit Garth's  website.

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Countdown To A Sudden Light
 A Sudden Light, by Garth Stein
Summer's almost gone, but no need to be sad- this fall brings New York Times bestseller Garth Stein and his latest novel to a bookstore near you!

A Sudden Light, a haunting tale of mystery, family tragedy, and redemption, reaches stores on September 30. Demand is already high for this October IndieNext pick, so if you'd like to make sure your local bookstore has a copy available for you, stop in and pre-order it. Support your local independent bookstore!

But the hardcover of A Sudden Light isn't the only thing you'll find at your local bookstore. Starting September 30, Garth will hit the road for more than forty-one bookstore and library events across the country. Stops include Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Diego, Houston, Austin, and more. For a full listing and more information, check out the sidebar calendar or visit Garth's updated website.

As a special appreciation for his fans, Garth will send a personally signed bookplate to anyone who pre-orders his book before September 19, 2014. Visit his Facebook page or website to find out more!

"There's much more to this story than the average spooky tale. With a sincere narrator, dizzying flights of prose, and tightly bound relationships, the supernatural is almost beside the point. Less spine-tingling than heart-wrenching, A Sudden Light is haunting in all the right ways."
--Booklist, STARRED review


Watch For Little Enzo!

This fall's good news doesn't stop with A Sudden Light! On October 7, Enzo returns to bookstores as he makes his children's book debut. 

In this new book from
New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein, Enzo the puppy embarks on an action-packed adventure as he makes the long journey from the farm to the city (bark twice for faster!), discovers just how big the world is, and finds the family that was truly meant to be his.

Fans of Bad Dog, Marley! and Charlie the Ranch Dog will delight in Enzo's antics and unforgettable personality, while R. W. Alley brings Enzo's fabulously funny personality to life with fantastic illustrations in this heartwarming story.

Keep an eye on Garth's event calendar for news on family-centered, Little Enzo events!

Sneak Peek At A Sudden Light
Garth and Cindy Martin at the Lewisburg Literary Festival
Get ready for the release of A Sudden Light by finding out Garth's thoughts on writing it. Prior to attending the Lewisburg Literary Festival in West Virginia this August, Garth answered a few questions for Cindy Martin of  WV South.

Cindy: You obviously spent years doing research for this novel. What inspired/motivated you to write A Sudden Light?  What was the spark that ignited the flame?

Garth: "Spark that ignited the flame.  That's very funny.  Because there are sparks and flames in my book!

"I'll say this, it was more of a smolder than a spark.  I grew up in a neighborhood north of Seattle, just down the hill from a very wealthy enclave called The Highlands.  The Highlands serve as the basis for the fictional The North Estate:  a gated community on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound.  When I was a kid exploring the creek and the ravine across the street from our house, I would often look up at The Highlands and wonder who lived in these great mansions.

"In 2004 I had an idea for a play, which I wrote and which was produced in 2005 in Los Angeles.  It was titled Brother Jones, and it took place in the town of Aberdeen, Washington, in a decrepit old mansion that was haunted.  Many of the characters from that play are also in A Sudden Light, others are new, some did not make the final cast of my novel.  Having written the play, I knew I wanted to explore the history of the Riddell family much more deeply, and so I began this novel.  I'll say that it took a lot more exploring than I had initially bargained for-many of the issues and situations that Ben and Harry and Elijah grapple with came to me purely from their characters.  In a sense, I populated a world with some characters and they then acted out their histories for me.  We writers like to pretend we're in control of everything, but in reality, we aren't in control.  Our story and our characters are in control, and it is our obligation to be faithful to them."

For more, catch the full interview on Garth's website.

Where Will You Be?
The Richard Hugo House
What are your plans for September 30? Garth will kick-off the release of A Sudden Light with a party/fundraiser at the Richard Hugo House, a Seattle landmark and supporter of writers and literary lovers from all backgrounds.

The Rejections (and Trailing Spouses), will open the evening with a couple of songs, followed by a conversation between Garth and author Peter Mountford. Elliott Bay Book Company will donate 10% of the proceeds from the evening's book sales to the Hugo House, and Garth will match the donation.

Garth also plans to make the rounds of his home town bookstores in Seattle over the next year. First up is Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, on October 7 - coincidentally the release date for the first Enzo Races in the Rain! children's book! Evening highlights will include original music for A Sudden Light composed by The Bushwick Book Club Seattle, plus a conversation between Garth and Seattle radio personality Steve Scher.

Garth will also be appearing at Eagle Harbor Book Co., Liberty Bay Books, University Bookstore, Queen Anne Book Company, and Secret Garden Books throughout the fall and winter. For details check Garth's event calendar


*Picture courtesy of the Richard Hugo House
Research Has Never Been This Fun  

First auto racing, now tree climbing? Garth took a page from his own book and climbed a coastal redwood this summer, much as several characters from A Sudden Light also climb forest giants.

Michael Barnard from Rakestraw Books (Danville, CA) and climbing instructor Tim Kovar of Tree Climbing Planet joined Garth for his 200-foot-plus climb up an ancient redwood, using ropes and ascenders so as not to disturb the tree.

"I loved climbing in the afternoon with Michael and Tim," Garth said.  "That evening, back in my hotel room, Tim called me.  'Have you ever seen a sunset from the top of a redwood?' he asked.  'Meet me at Grandfather in half an hour.'"

'Grandfather' is the name given to the tree they climbed, since there are many other young redwoods in the grove.

Garth met Tim and they climbed Grandfather again, reaching the top moments before the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.

"It was magical," Garth reported.  "There's no other way to describe it.  Sublime."

See more cool pictures from the climb on Tree Climbing Planet's Facebook page.

Enzo In The Movies

The Art of Racing in the Rain film adaptation continues to move forward! Earlier this summer, Garth took director Tom Bezucha to the Pacific Raceways for some on-site research. Here they are with Don Kitch, Jr. of the Proformance Racing School.


In addition to allowing Director Tom access to some valuable track time, Garth fed Tom the traditional lapping day lunch of chicken with broccoli and egg rolls, and made it clear to Tom that the movie must be something Enzo would be proud to watch on late night TV, or the fans of The Art of Racing in the Rain would revolt. Tom assured Garth he was up to the challenge!


Filming is scheduled to begin in January, 2015 and the picture is slated for a Christmas 2015 release. But don't hold your breath... Hollywood is famous for a long, dramatic tease!



By the Way, Have You Seen The New Website?
New Website
We've overhauled and updated Garth's website. Now it's easier to keep up with the latest news, view the latest photos, and stay in touch.

Head to and check it out. Then tell us what you think!
Want To Know More?

Can't wait until September 30 to find out more about A Sudden Light? Check out these advance reviews from book bloggers!

The Bubble Bath Reader

It's Either Sadness or Euphoria

Matt Waldram


Princeton Library

A Universe in Words

Happy Manifesting!