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Garth Stein

September 16, 2019

Garth Stein
"Author and Film Producer"

Garth Stein is probably best known for his contemporary classic, The Art of Racing in the Rain--a quirky and inspiring novel about a beloved philosopher dog named Enzo...

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    Garth Stein is probably best known for his contemporary classic, The Art of Racing in the Rain--a quirky and inspiring novel about a beloved philosopher dog named Enzo who encourages humans to chase after their dreams. It’s sold more than 6 million copies, been translated into 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. It inspired a Young Readers edition, as well as a series of children’s picture books, and a stage adaptation. Now, at long last, comes the film adaptation that millions of fans have been waiting for. Due out on August 9, 2019, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" movie stars Milo Ventimiglia (from the hit TV show, "This Is Us"), Kevin Costner, and Amanda Seyfried. Here is the movie trailer...

    Garth is also the author of the award-winning books A Sudden Light, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Raven Stole the Moon, along with a full-length play, "Brother Jones", which premiered in Los Angeles at Theater of Angels and was described as “brimming with intensity" by The Los Angeles Weekly. Before turning to writing full-time, Garth was a documentary filmmaker who directed, edited, and/or produced several award-winning films, including "The Lunch Date" and "The Last Party", starring Robert Downey, Jr.

    Born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, Garth’s ancestry is diverse: his mother, a native of Alaska, is of Tlingit Indian and Irish descent; his father, a Brooklyn native, is the child of Jewish emigrants from Austria. After spending his childhood in Seattle, then living in New York City for 18 years, Garth returned to Seattle in 2001, where he currently lives with his wife and their three sons.

Cindy Williams

November 04, 2019

Cindy Williams
"Actress and Author"

Cindy Williams is most recognized for her role as “Shirley Feeney” in the TV comedy series LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY. Cindy also has enjoyed the privilege of working with extraordinary directors in great films....

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    Cindy Williams is most recognized for her role as “Shirley Feeney” in the TV comedy series LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY. Cindy also has enjoyed the privilege of working with extraordinary directors in great films.

    Born in Van Nuys, Calif., Cindy first became interested in acting during high school. After graduation she attended L. A. City College where she majored in Theatre Arts. After leaving college, she landed her first television roles on ROOM 222, NANNY AND THE PROFESSOR and LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE. Some guest-starring roles include LAW AND ORDER: SUV, SEVENTH HEAVEN and 8 SIMPLE RULES. Some recent television credits include starring in an episode of THE ODD COUPLE for CBS, A DREAM OF CHRISTMAS for Hallmark Channel and SAM AND CAT for Nickelodeon.

    Cindy’s stage credits include, among other productions, the national tour of GREASE playing Miss Lynch, the national tour of DEATHTRAP with Elliot Gould, THE FEMALE ODD COUPLE with Joanne Worley, STEEL MAGNOLIAS as Ouiser Boudreaux and, in 2007, she made her Broadway debut in the role of Mrs. Tottendale in the award-winning musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.

    Her first film was for Roger Corman in GAS-S-S-S with Talia Shire and Ben Vereen. She appeared in TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT with Maggie Smith, directed by George Cukor, and THE CONVERSATION with Gene Hackman, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Next she co-starred with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford in AMERICAN GRAFFITI directed by George Lucas, a low-budget film that went on to become a box office smash and film classic.

    Among her favorite honors are her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, her TV Land award for Fan Favorite as well as winning Best Actress at the L. A. Comedy Film Festival for the Indy film STEALING ROSES. Cindy also garnered a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nomination for best supporting actress in AMERICAN GRAFFITI. Unfortunately, she was beat out by Ingrid Bergman. Cindy still wonders how the heck that happened.

    Recently her book “Shirley, I Jest!: A Storied Life” was released to much critical acclaim and is now being released in paperback.

Spencer Stone

April 06, 2020

Spencer Stone
"Former Air Force Staff Sgt. and Author"

On August 21, 2015, Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone reminded the world what a true American hero looks like. With his childhood friends by his side, Stone rushed headlong into the barrel of an assault rifle, tackling and subduing a would-be terrorist....

Amanda Knox

April 27, 2020

Amanda Knox
"Exoneree, Best-Selling Author, & Host of The Scarlet Letter Reports"

In late 2007, Knox created international headlines when she stood accused of the murder of her roommate and fellow study abroad student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. After nearly 4 years in prison and 8 years on trial, she was finally acquitted of the crime, but the scars left by the ordeal ran deep...

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The 2019-2020 Town Hall Lecture Series is located at:

Fargo Holiday Inn
3803 13th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103

All lectures are held on Mondays.
Lecture: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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