“Arizona: 100 Years Grand” author coming to library

Posted on by az100

Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2012 12:00 am

On Thursday, March 29, the Safford Library will host Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, the author of this year’s centennial book called “Arizona: 100 Years Grand.” As the official book of the Arizona Centennial, the treasury celebrates Arizona’s unique history, highlights its struggles and triumphs, presents its crown jewels and leaves any reader dazzled by the state. Heidinger’s book is a geographical, historical and cultural collection of the state’s best and brightest people, places and events during the first century of statehood. Her book is also the selected title for ONEBOOKAZ 2012.

The foreword includes thoughts from Arizona leaders, and each year from 1912 to 2012 is featured on a double-page layout including photographs by legendary names. Along with 101 main stories, a timeline highlights other important and colorful aspects of our first century.

For Arizona residents who love our state this is a retrospective of its greatest hits. For newcomers and novices “Arizona: 100 Years Grand” educates while it entertains. There are even surprising anecdotes for those who know our state well. “Arizona: 100 Years Grand” is a visual hymn to a colorful place like no other.

Lisa Schnebly Heidinger’s affection for Arizona is as deep as her roots. Learning that the town of Sedona had been named after her great-grandmother, Sedona Schnebly, Lisa became interested in Arizona pioneers and history. She has worked in newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalism around Arizona since 1979. Lisa authored her first book in 1995 and has been writing articles, speeches and books ever since.

Here in Safford, Heidinger will discuss the research and writing of her book. She will also have copies of “Arizona: 100 Years Grand” to sell and sign. The program will begin at 6 p.m. on March 29 in the meeting room at the Safford Library. Call 432-4165 for more information.

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