Award-winning author promoting latest book Friday and Saturday

Fried offering book, signings Friday and Saturday

WILLIAMS - The Grand Canyon Railway and Grand Canyon South Rim is jointly hosting award-winning journalist and professor Stephen Fried during a tour promoting his new book, Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West.

Appetite for America is the incredible real-life story of Fred Harvey - told in depth for the first time ever - as well as the story of this country's expansion into the Wild West of Bat Masterson and Billy the Kid, of the great days of the railroad, of a time when a deal could still be made with a handshake and the United States was still uniting.

With the verve and passion of Fred Harvey himself, Fried tells the story of how this visionary built his business from a single lunch counter into a family empire whose marketing and innovations we still encounter in myriad ways. Inspiring, instructive and hugely entertaining, Appetite for America is historical biography that is as richly rewarding as a slice of fresh apple pie - and every bit as satisfying.

Fried will be available during select times at both locations for questions and autographs. His book - Appetite for America - will also be available for purchase. Everyone is invited to meet Fried during the following times -

• Friday, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., Grand Canyon Railway Depot Gift Shop, 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams.

• Friday, 2-3:30 p.m., Bright Angel Lodge History Room, Grand Canyon's South Rim.

• Friday, 4-5:30 p.m., El Tovar Hotel lobby, South Rim.

• Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., El Tovar Hotel mezzanine, South Rim.

• Saturday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bright Angel Lodge History Room, South Rim.

• Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m., El Tovar Hotel lobby, South Rim.

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