The Richardson Reads One Book program has asked Jessica Murphy, assistant professor of literature at The University of Texas at Dallas, to interview the author of the 2010 selection, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Murphy will have a conversation with Garth Stein during a private luncheon at the Richardson Women’s Club on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Stein’s book, narrated by a philosopher dog, tells the story of a sometime race-car driver, Denny Swift, as he builds his own family and deals with life’s challenges.

Now in its seventh year, Richardson Reads One Book aims to build community participation in an annual program that selects and reads one particular book that is carefully chosen for its general interest as well as for its timely, thought-provoking issues; and to encourage citizens of our richly diverse community to come together to openly discuss the book and the issues it raises. The chosen book will be available in paperback and will be accessible to high school as well as to adult audiences.