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'Puddle Moon'

Author and cartoonist Mari Gayatri Stein will read from her newest book, "Puddle Moon," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford.

"Puddle Moon" is an adventure story for those who haven't forgotten how to dream — or those who want to remember how — and is filled with Gayatri Stein's watercolor illustrations. As an artist, her cartoons and illustrations have appeared in Jefferson Public Radio's Jefferson Monthly, Inquiring Mind's semiannual journal dedicated to Buddhist wisdom, her earlier books and other publications. She also has a line of greeting cards from Gypsy Dog Press and a yoga meditation CD titled "Toward Wholeness."

As a writer, Gayatri Stein has published 10 books, including "Unleashing Your Inner Dog" and "The Buddha Smiles." Her stories have been published in many magazines, newspapers, journals and collaborative book efforts. "Inner Dog" and "Buddha Smiles" also will be available at the book reading.

"Puddle Moon" (Riverwood Books 2010) is the tale of a little girl and her dog, Mumbles, who slip out of the house on a rainy, summer night and splash into a whimsical world to tumble with the moon, the clouds and a twinkling star. The book's introduction is written by former NASA astronaut David Randolph Scott, commander of the Apollo 15 mission and the seventh person to walk on the moon.

Gayatri Stein lives with her husband, Robert, and their two rescued dogs, Mumbles and Snowflake, in Southern Oregon.

Raised in Hollywood, Calif., she collaborated on scripts, sold illustrations to newspapers and magazines, wrote a column for the Hollywood Citizen News and studied at UCLA and the Neighborhood Playhouse. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Discover more about Gayatri Stein's work and read her blogs at www.gypsydogpress.com.

Call 541-858-0203 for more information about the reading.

Mari Gayatri Stein's newest book,'Puddle Moon,' is a whimseical adventure story for those who like to dream.