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Garth Stein is an Americanmarker author and film producer from Seattlemarker, Washingtonmarker.

Career

Stein earned a B.A. in 1987 from Columbia College of Columbia University and later received a Master of Fine Arts degree in film from the University's School of the Arts. Afterwards, Stein worked as a director, producer and/or writer of documentary films, several of which won awards. In 1991, he co-produced an Academy Award winning short film, The Lunch Date. He then co-produced The Last Party, a film commentating on the 1992 Democratic National Convention. Stein also produced and directed a documentary about his sister's brain surgery, entitled When Your Head's Not a Head, It's a Nut.

In addition to his films, Stein took up creative writing. At one time, he taught creative writing at Tacoma School of the Artsmarker. He has also published three books and one play, Brother Jones, which was produced in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker in 2005. His first published novel was Raven Stole the Moon (Pocket, 1998). His second novel, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets (Soho Press, 2005), was selected as a BookSense Pick and won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award. Stein's most recent novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain (Harper, 2008) became a New York Times bestseller and a #1 BookSense Pick. . The Art of Racing in the Rain follows the life story of Enzo, a smarter-than-usual mutt who firmly believes that he will be reincarnated as a human.

Personal life

Stein was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Seattle. After spending eighteen years in New York City, Stein returned to Seattle. He currently resides in Seattle with his family, which includes his wife, three sons and the family dog, Comet. The dog pictured on the hardback version of The Art of Racing in the Rain is actually Comet.

References

  1. McCowan, Karen. "Award gratifying to writer of a novel about epilepsy", The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA, 8 January 2006.
  2. Davila, Florangela. "Living: Artist has full plate of accomplishments", The Seattle Times, 16 June 2005.


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