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NY Times Bestselling Author Garth Stein Visits Stark County

March 16, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – Join Stark County District Library for the next installment of the new Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series, which brings acclaimed writers to Stark County who inspire lively discussion and community conversation while exemplifying literary excellence. The debut 2016-2017 season includes four special evenings planned at the Canton Palace Theatre.

New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein visits the Canton Palace Theatre on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss his bestselling book The Art of Racing in the Rain, his newest novel, A Sudden Light, the writing process and much more.

The Art of Racing in the Rain is the contemporary classic narrated by the beloved canine character, Enzo, as he shares the touching story of a dog, his man and their complicated journey through life. This tale of loyalty, heartbreak and hope follows Enzo and his human Denny as they deal with illness and the family upheaval left in its wake. It’s sold 6 million copies, been translated into 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the NYT bestseller list. His previous body of work includes: Raven Stole the Moon, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, and a full-length play, Brother Jones, which premiered in Los Angeles at Theater of Angels in 2005.

Before turning to writing full-time, Garth was a documentary filmmaker who directed, edited, and produced several award-winning films, including The Lunch Date and The Last Party (starring Robert Downey, Jr). Stein is also the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit group dedicated to energizing readers and writers and their communities by providing funding, programming, donations of free books, and inspiring enthusiasm for reading.

“Garth approaches complex issues like illness and death with insight and humor through the friendly voice of a dog. He’s exceptionally talented and we’re excited to have him share his writing process with us,” said Marianna DiGiacomo, Community Services Director. “He’ll be a great finale for the debut season of the Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series.”

Garth will speak about his books, followed by a question and answer session. The evening will end with a book signing and Friends of the Library volunteers will have copies available for purchase.

This new series launch is one of the Library’s newest innovations to help Stark County “Share Smart” as part of its reimagination as The Smart Store®. It is named for Dr. Audrey Lavin, a local “celebrity” author, a globe-trotting academic, a champion of writers, and a tireless supporter of the Library.
Stein’s visit concludes the Speaking of Books Author Series’ debut season. The series drew sizeable, engaged crowds, and previously featured Michael Hingson, Forrest Pritchard, and Terry McMillan.

Reserve free seats to any of the author events at StarkLibrary.org/SpeakingofBooks or by calling the Library at 330-452-0665.

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One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark County District Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, the Library serves over 110,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.4 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 170,000 attendees and provides 260,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.

Today, as it reimagines itself as The Smart Store, where everything is free®, the Library is emerging as a national thought-leader with innovations such as its “no overdue fines” policy, the BikeSmart bike sharing network, and the Start Smart School Partnership.

For more information, call 330.452.0665 or visit http://www.starklibrary.org.

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