local author Garth Stein at RVCC April 20
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local author Garth Stein at RVCC April 20


Next up in our popular From Reel to Real live event series is an evening with author Garth Stein who will be reading from his novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain and talking about life as a New York times best selling author.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life… as only a dog could tell it.

Joining Garth will be the Cinema's own Paul Doyle, reading from his novel Nioka, Bride of Bigfoot, one woman's eco-adventure set in the Pacific NW rainforest.

Garth Stein is the author of three novels including How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, winner of a 2006 PNBA Book Award, and Raven Stole the Moon; he has also written a full-length play, Brother Jones. He worked as a documentary filmmaker for several years, co-producing The Last Party, starring Robert Downey, Jr. In addition, he has directed and/or produced several other films including When Your Head's Not a Head, It’s a Nut, which aired nationally on PBS and was awarded a gold medal by the International Epilepsy Foundation. Garth teaches fiction to writers from second grade to adult. He makes his home in Seattle with his wife, three sons, and his dog, Comet.

Our local treasure, Bookworm Exchange, will have copies of Garth's books for sale.

Paul Doyle is the owner of Columbia City Cinema, one of the last remaining independent cinemas in Seattle. Paul previously owned Grand Illusion Cinema (Seattle), the Grand Cinema (Tacoma) and The Pickford (Bellingham).

From Reel to Real is being held at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 Alaska @ Rainier), a beautiful 250-seat venue right across the street from the Cinema.

Doors open at 7pm, show start at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets available at the Cinema box office (Daily 1-7pm, 4816 Rainier Ave S) or http://bit.ly/eCXdzM.

Coming Up:

May 18 — A night of stand-up humor with legendary comedian John Keister. $12 advance tickets on sale now at http://bit.ly/iaZDFN

The events are co-sponsored by SEEDArts, a local arts organization that operates the Rainier Cultural Center and supports Columbia City Gallery.

For more information call the Cinema at 721.3156 http://www.columbiacitycinema.com.

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