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Authors Day features discussions, more

Lilia Menconi, hiker and author of the new Phoenix hiking book, “Take a Hike Phoenix,” shares her favorite 10 Phoenix-area hikes ranging from 1 to 10 miles during “Authors Day,” set for Nov. 15 at the North Mountain Visitor Center (submitted photo).

Lilia Menconi, hiker and author of the new Phoenix hiking book, “Take a Hike Phoenix,” shares her favorite 10 Phoenix-area hikes ranging from 1 to 10 miles during “Authors Day,” set for Nov. 15 at the North Mountain Visitor Center (submitted photo).

Several authors will read from and discuss their books during a special Arizona Authors Day event set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N. 7th St.

The authors will be signing their books and meeting and chatting with visitors about Arizona people, places, animals and plants. Among the visiting authors are:

  • Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph.D., historian, award-winning author and new NMVC volunteer, who will discuss “Remembering Sunnyslope’s Past,” and present a pictorial history of the area platted as “Sunny Slope” in 1911.
  • Dave McDowell, author of “Cow Camp Cooking” and award-winning head cook of the Biscuitflats Chuck Wagon, will share the history of foods and chuck wagon cooking on the western range from the 1800s to today. He will talk about how to cook on a wood fire or charcoal and share information that can be used in backyard cooking or while camping in Arizona’s backcountry.
  • Conrad J. Storad is the author of “Rattlesnake Rules,” co-author of “Arizona Way Out West & Wacky”, and ONEBOOKAZ for Kids 2012 winner, “Arizona Way Out West & Witty,” in addition to many other titles. This is a great program for children to attend.
  • Lilia Menconi, hiker and author of the new Phoenix hiking book, “Take a Hike Phoenix,” shares her presentation featuring photos, maps, and anecdotes of her favorite 10 Phoenix-area hikes ranging from 1 to 10 miles. Whether you want a beginner’s stroll through the desert or an all-day sweat fest, Menconi can show you the way.

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. Visit www.northmountainvisitorcenter.org or call 602-343-5125 for more information.

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