Byrd’s Books welcomes Garth Stein on Saturday March 21st at Western Connecticut State University’s Ruth Haas Library

garth_stein_1111_1On Saturday March 21st at 6:30p.m., Byrd’s Books hosted New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein in the Ruth Haas Library at Western Connecticut State University with a reading & presentation on his new novel, A Sudden Light. It was flowed by a short question and answer period and book signing.

About the book:

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.

In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But as Trevor explores the house’s secret stairways and hidden rooms, he discovers a spirit lingering in Riddell House whose agenda is at odds with the family plan. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.

A Sudden Light is a spellbinding, atmospheric work rich with unconventional characters, scenes of transcendent natural beauty, and unforgettable moments of emotional truth that reflect Garth’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation.

About the author: 

A Sudden Light_2nd_High Res (1)Garth Stein’s newest novel is A Sudden Light, published by Simon and Schuster in September, 2014.  He is the author of three previous novels:  Raven Stole the MoonHow Evan Broke His Head and Other Secretsand The Art of Racing in the Rain.  The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold more than 4 million copies in 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list.  It has inspired a Young Reader edition as well as a children’s picture book adaptation (2014), a stage adaptation by Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, and is currently in development with Universal Studios for a major motion picture.

Admission to this event is by reservation only. Please call the store for information and/or to make a reservation. You may also make a reservation by clicking here.

 

To watch the trailer of the book, click here.

 

Peter Stein shares his father’s photography with us on Sunday September 7th at 4:00p.m.

On Sunday September 7th at 4:00 p.m., Peter Stein will join us for a very special afternoon as he shares his father’s extraordinary journey to Paris and New York as a photographer. Fred Stein was an early pioneer of the hand-held camera who became a gifted street photographer in Paris and New York after he was forced to flee his native Germany by the Nazi threat in the early 1930s. This will be a multi-media event at the bookstore. Please register early, since attendance is limited to 35 people.

About the book, “Paris New York“, release date July 15, 2014. Fredf Stein

Contributor(s): Freer, Dawn (Editor), Kugelmann, Cilly (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Mora, Gilles (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Stein, Fred (Photographer)

Fred Stein (1909-1967) was a master of street photography. As an early pioneer of the hand-held camera, he captured poignant moments in the street life of two of the world’s great cities: Paris and New York, where he lived after fleeing from Nazi Germany.

Fred Stein photoThis same immediacy infuses his portraits of the great personalities of the era, among them Albert Einstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Marc Chagall. Stein’s images are a vital document of the twentieth century and an important part of photo history. He left behind an existensive oeuvre which this publication presents comprehensively for the first time.

Fred Stein’s photographs reflect a world seen with poignant clarity. Born in Dresden, Germany in 1909, he became a brilliant law student and fervent anti-Nazi activist. He was forced to flee to Paris in 1933. Living among a circle of expatriate artists and intellectuals, Stein became a photographer. He was a pioneer of the small hand-held camera – the Leica. Its mobility allowed him to range through the streets documenting the life he saw there with ease and naturalness. This new approach also enabled him to make strikingly intimate portraits of the people who shaped the intellectual life of Europe in the 1930’s.
When war was declared, Stein was put in an internment camp for enemy aliens. He managed to escape as the Nazis were entering Paris, and after a harrowing journey, was reunited with his wife and infant daughter in Marseilles, where the three boarded the S.S. Winnipeg, one of the last boats to leave France.
New York in the 1940’s gave him access to the great artists and thinkers who shaped our age; and the freedom and diversity of the New World inspired his reportage as he ranged from Fifth Avenue to Harlem. The historical importance of his work is elevated by the beauty of his art.
About the event presenter: Peter Stein is a Professor of Cinematography at NYU’s Graduate Film Program – and has shot many films for the major studios and TV networks. He is also the son of the photographer Fred Stein (1909-1967).

In Peter’s words: “The book is published by Kehrer Verlag in Heidelberg Germany and the text is in English and German. There are approximately 130 images in the book – of Paris in the 1930s, New York in the 1940s and portraits of noted personalities. My father was friends with (and photographed for many years), intellectuals like Hannah Arendt, André Malraux and Arthur Koestler, as well as Willy Brandt the Chancellor of Germany who lived with him and my mother occasionally when they were both young and fighting against the Fascists.”

Do not miss this very special event. To register for this event click here.

 

 

 

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