When Garth Stein visits Columbus on Sunday, April 9, he will be more than happy to talk about "The Art of Racing in the Rain," his third novel.

"People love 'The Art of Racing in the Rain,' so no matter what, if I don't talk about it, eventually someone's going to ask about it," the Seattle-based author said.

Stein is kicking off the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Carnegie Author Series at 2 p.m. April 9 in the Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave.

Tickets are free, but registration is required at columbuslibrary.org/special-events.

His second novel, which sold 4 million copies, is told from the view of Enzo, a dog obsessed with race cars . It took Stein from obscure writer and former documentary filmmaker to a worldwide sensation.

"I really appreciate this kind of success," said Stein, adding it spawned a book for middle-schoolers and picture books for young readers.

He said making documentary films, was difficult, frustrating and didn't pay well.

Stein was in the middle of shooting a film when the money ran out. He told the subjects of the documentary, two homeless hip-hop artists living in Brooklyn, to hold tight while he applied for a grant.

The project eventually fell apart.

"I actually gave up documentary filmmaking to become a novelist," Stein said. "I was making documentaries on the cusp of the digital age in the early 1990s, therefore it was a much more expensive process in that age.

"But I was doing it and I loved doing it and I made some films."

His first novel, "Raven Stole the Moon," was followed by "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets."

His most recent novel, "A Sudden Light," was released in 2014.

It focuses on siblings trying to sell a family estate, but the grandfather doesn't want to leave, believing his late wife is an inhabitant of the house.

"Thematically it's my most complex," Stein said. "I think there's some good humor in 'A Sudden Light.'

"My goal is always to tell a rousing tale first. And then we can decide if you want to keep going. There's a lot to think about."

Patrick Losinski, the Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO, , said he is excited to have high-caliber speakers for the series.

Others scheduled are Dan Chaon on June 18, William Shkurti on July 20 and Kimberla Lawson Roby on Aug. 27.

"When considering how we wanted to transform our Main Library, it was important to us that we design a space that would enable us to connect our customers with some of their favorite authors," Losinski said.

"The result is our new Reading Room, and we couldn't be more excited to show it off with our new Carnegie Author Series."

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