A Sudden Light

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.
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Raven Stole the Moon

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.
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  • A SUDDEN LIGHT Pre-order Bookplate Offer

    A SUDDEN LIGHT Pre-order Bookplate Offer

    If you pre-order A SUDDEN LIGHT (on sale September 30th, 2014) before September 19th and tell us via this form where you pre-ordered, you'll receive a special bookplate, signed by Garth himself! Please use the form below to tell us where to send your signed bookplate, and enjoy A SUDDEN LIGHT on release day! Read More »
  • Climbing Giants

    Climbing Giants

    First auto racing, now tree climbing? Garth took a page from his own book and climbed a coastal redwood this summer, much as several characters from A Sudden Light also climb forest giants. Michael Barnard from Rakestraw Books (Danville, CA) and climbing instructor Tim Kovar of Tree Climbing Planet joined Garth for his 200-foot-plus climb up an ancient redwood, using ropes and ascenders so as not to disturb the tree. "I loved climbing in the afternoon with Michael and Tim," Garth said. "That evening, back in my hotel room, Tim called me. 'Have you ever seen a sunset from the… Read More »
  • Sneak Peek at <i>A Sudden Light</i>

    Sneak Peek at A Sudden Light

    Get ready for A Sudden Light’s release by finding out Garth’s thoughts on writing it. Prior to attending the Lewisburg Literary Festival in West Virginia this August, Garth answered a few questions for Cindy Martin of WV South. Cindy: You obviously spent years doing research for this novel. What inspired/motivated you to write A Sudden Light? What was the spark that ignited the flame? Garth: “Spark that ignited the flame. That’s very funny. Because there are sparks and flames in my book! “I’ll say this, it was more of a smolder than a spark. I grew up in a neighborhood… Read More »
  • Garth Introduces His New Novel, A SUDDEN LIGHT

    Garth Introduces His New Novel, A SUDDEN LIGHT

    Garth introduces us to his highly anticipated new novel, A SUDDEN LIGHT, where generations of secrets haunt a once-powerful Pacific-Northwest family in this tribute to the beauty of the natural world and nuanced coming-of-age story. More about A SUDDEN LIGHT     Read More »
  • All-star Softball Classic for Homeless Youth

    All-star Softball Classic for Homeless Youth

    Garth attended this June’s United Way of King County’s All-Star Softball Classic for Homeless Youth as part of Team Jay, captained by Hall of Fame right fielder Jay Buhner from Seattle Mariners. Other participants included Seattle-area stars such as Lamar Neagle, Gary Payton, and Cliff Avril. Garth reported: “I thought it was cool, because people were calling for all the athletes to sign soccer balls and baseballs, and I’m not a pro soccer or baseball player, so no one was calling for me. And then I heard my name. Startled, I turned around, and the young woman called my name… Read More »
  • BEA: Anticipation High for A Sudden Light

    BEA: Anticipation High for A Sudden Light

  • A Sudden Light Appears

    A Sudden Light Appears

    Can’t wait to read Garth’s next book? Has your copy of The Art of Racing in the Rain grown creased and curled from re-reading? Well, the wait is almost over! A Sudden Light, Garth's fourth novel, will be released in stores on September 30, 2014. In A Sudden Light, Trevor Riddell accompanies his father on a long-overdue trip to their family’s century-old crumbling mansion, where the Riddells’ secrets and tragedies come to light one by one. Keep an eye on Garth's newsletter, this website, and www.ASuddenLight.com for contests, special promotions, and updates about his extensive book tour, where you can… Read More »
  • Authors Gone Wild Rocks Seattle Library

    Authors Gone Wild Rocks Seattle Library

    Laughter filled the Seattle Central Library with “A Celebration of Bookish Proportions” this May. Garth is one of the founders of Seattle7Writers, which highlighted the show.  Authors Gone Wild! was a huge success in helping to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Seattle Public Library’s central library, designed by Rem Koolhaus.  Authors were in abundance—and in chicken suits, when necessary—reading poetry, participating in game shows, doing the old soft shoe, and playing in the literary rock band, The Rejections (and Trailing Spouses). Laurie Frankel took home the first ever Prime Piranha Prize, awarded to the winner of the game show… Read More »
  • Garth Interviewed on Blog Talk Radio

    Garth Interviewed on Blog Talk Radio

    Catch a sneak peek at A Sudden Light in Garth’s Blog Talk Radio interview with Susan Wingate! In it, Garth and Susan discuss topics ranging from the 10th anniversary re-launch of  How Evan Broke his Head and other Secrets to Garth’s upcoming novel,  A Sudden Light.  Such as?  Garth : “[A Sudden Light] is about seeing things that can’t be seen." Catch the podcast here. Read More »
  • Meetings at Pike Place Market

    Meetings at Pike Place Market

    This March, Garth took a break from his writing to visit one of Seattle’s urban institutions: Pike Place Market. After Garth rang the opening bell, several Pike Place Market insiders took him on a tour of what most ordinary market goers don’t see. Catch a recap of Garth’s day here. Read More »
  • Evan Gets a Makeover

    Evan Gets a Makeover

    To commemorate the ten-year anniversary of its publication, Soho Press has released a new edition of How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets.  The new edition will include a never-before-released conversation between Garth and his editor, Bryan Devendorf, drummer of The National. Read More »
  • Bookseller for a Day

    Bookseller for a Day

    On November 30, Garth was the bookseller on duty in several Seattle-area stores as he took part in Bookseller For a Day. To celebrate Small Business Saturday, more than 900 authors around the nation visited their local independent bookstores and took on the role of bookseller: chatting with customers, handselling their favorite books, and sharing a job with some of the greatest book lovers in their communities.   Read More »