Garth Stein

After Oprah, having a display at Starbucks may be the most effective way to launch a book. Mount Baker resident Garth Stein got the the green mermaid launch for his bestselling 2008 novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, about car racing, dogs, reincarnation, and an ugly child-custody battle. The book is based in part on Stein’s amateur racing with an old junker Miata after the Shoreline native returned home in 2001 following 18 years in New York. Today he's joined by fellow members of the Seattle 7, which includes novelists Mary Guterson, Jennie Shortridge, Kit Bakke, Stephanie Kailos, Randy Sue Coburn, and Carol Cassella, who'll all sign copies of their books. BRIAN MILLER

Sat., Feb. 27, noon, 2010

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