Museum offers Grand Canyon Authors' Symposium Saturday

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Nine Grand Canyon authors, two dogs, and painter Bruce Aiken will explore the Grand Canyon through words and images at Of Lines and Layers: A Grand Canyon Authors Symposium on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA). Readings, book signings, talks, and panel discussions by nine authors will all be a part of the event. Included in the author lineup are Stewart Aitchison, Todd Berger, Elias Butler, Tom Martin, Seth Muller, Richard Quartaroli, Wayne Ranney, Lori Rome, and Gwendolyn Waring.

Grand Canyon painter Bruce Aiken will give a gallery talk about his work in MNA's newest exhibit Full Measure - The Artistic Legacy of Bruce Aiken. And meet Salt and Soap and learn about their canine Canyon adventures.

Saturday's schedule includes -

• Noon to 12:15 p.m. - Welcome by MNA Education Program Manager Kathy Farretta.

• 12:15-3 p.m. - Meet Salt and Soap. Lori Rome brings the dogs from the famed Canyon children's book.

• 12:15-1 p.m. - Grand Canyon Dreamers and Doers: Profiles from the Great Gorge

Eli Butler reads from Grand Obsessiono. Todd Berger reads from It Happened at Grand Canyon, and Richard Quartaroli shares readings from the Kolb Brothers.

• 1-1:30 p.m. - An Intimate Affair. Join artist Bruce Aiken as he talks about the paintings in his Museum of Northern Arizona exhibit and his experiences as a Canyon artist.

• 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Telling the Hard Story: Authors and Publishers on How to Share Grand Canyon. Wayne Ranney, Tom Martin, and Todd Berger take part in a panel discussion.

• 2:30-3 p.m. - An Intimate Affair. Join artist Bruce Aiken as he talks about the paintings in his Museum of Northern Arizona exhibit and his experiences as a Canyon artist.

• 3-3:45 p.m. Rims, Rogues, and Trails: Readings from the Canyon World

Stewart Aitchison, Seth Muller, and Gwendolyn Waring take part in a panel discussion.

• 3:45-4 p.m. - Closing remarks and additional book signings.

Authors will sign books for the 15 minutes following each event and book signings

will take place adjacent to the MNA Bookstore. The symposium is open to the public and entrance is included with Museum admission. Museum members' admission is free. The event is produced by MNA, with special thanks to the Grand Canyon Association.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is supported by BBB Revenues from the city of Flagstaff and Flagstaff Cultural Partners. The museum sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, three miles north of historic downtown Flagstaff on Highway 180, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about the museum is available at (928) 774-5213 or musnaz.org.

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