2019 Signature Author: Garth Stein

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Sunday November 10, 2019

  • Conversation with Garth Stein: 2:00 pm
  • Book Signing: 3:15 pm

Ticket Prices

  • Conversation with Garth Stein: $15
  • Conversation with the Garth Stein + Book Signing: $25
  • HPLD’s Foundation Presents: A Special Screening of The Art of Racing in the Rain and Pre-Film Discussion with the Author: Various Prices and options.


University of Northern Colorado
2101 10th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631

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Book Sales

Books will be available at the UNC Bookstore and Fan Shop before the event and before the signing.

HPLD Foundation Special Event

Join the High Plains Library District Foundation and the Community Grief Center for a special screening of The Art of Racing in the Rain with New York Times Best Selling Author Garth Stein. The Foundation’s 2019 Writer in Residence Laura Brashear will join Stein to discuss the film and how each author writes about grief. Seating is limited for this intimate event.


The High Plains Library District event with author Garth Stein is created to facilitate community conversation surrounding grief and how we (humans) experience it. The intent is to promote civic engagement and community conversation that inspires guests to be champions for grief and empowerment awareness and advocacy. Garth’s book, The Art of Racing in the Rain illustrates the conflict created by grief and how in choosing to acknowledge and experience it, we are empowered to successfully navigate it.

About Garth

Garth Stein is the internationally bestselling author of the contemporary classic, The Art of Racing in the Rain, the story of a beloved philosopher dog named Enzo who teaches us everything we need to know about being human. A major motion picture starring Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, and Amanda Seyfried, hit the big screen on August 9th, 2019. The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold more than 6 million copies world-wide, been translated into 36 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. The novel inspired a Young Reader edition as well as four children’s picture books, and a stage adaptation by Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, Garth’s ancestry is diverse: his mother, a native of Alaska, is of Tlingit Indian and Irish descent; his father, a Brooklyn native, is the child of Jewish emigrants from Austria. Garth lives in Seattle with his wife and three sons. He got involved with “high performance driver education” in 2001, received his racing license with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), and went on to win the points championship in the Northwest Region Spec Miata class in 2004. He left racing after a serious crash—while racing in the rain.


More Titles By Garth Stein

The Art of Racing In The Rain

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope.

A Sudden Light

A family confronts long-buried secrets as it struggles for forgiveness and redemption in this breathtaking story set against the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Raven Stole The Moon

When a grieving mother returns to the remote Alaskan town where her young son drowned, she discovers that the truth about her son’s death is shrouded in legend.

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

Evan Wallace, a thirty-one-year-old slacker musician from Seattle, is suddenly reunited with the fourteen-year-old son he never met.


Events In Our Libraries

Our 2019 Signature Author Series has a lot to offer in addition to our Conversation and Signing with Garth Stein. Below are programs offered in conjunction with our Signature Author Series.

Paws to Read for Everyone

Lincoln Park Library
Friday, September 6
3:00-4:00 pm

Precious Potential Pets

Riverside Library & Cultural Center
Saturday, September 7
11:00 am-noon

Aromatherapy Diffuser Bracelet

Centennial Park Library
Thursday, September 12

Chair Yoga

Lincoln Park Library
Tuesday, September 24
10:00-11:00 am

Service Animals at Work

Lincoln Park Library
Tuesday, September 24

The Art of Lines

Erie Community Library
Saturday, October 5

Dog Day

Riverside Library & Cultural Center
Saturday, October 19

DIY Self Care: Aromatherapy Bath Bombs

Carbon Valley Regional Library
Monday, October 21
12:30-2:00pm (Grades 3-5)
3:00-4:30 pm (Grades 6-12)
6:00-7:00pm (Ages 18+)

Gentle Persuasions Dog Training 101

Farr Regional Library
Friday, October 25
6:00-7:00 pm