Fred Harvey Biographer Stephen Fried to Appear August 8 at The Heard Museum in Phoenix

Next month the Heard Museum's Books & More will welcome journalist and author Stephen Fried to its Steele Auditorium for a free public lecture.

Fried, making a return appearance to the museum, will sign copies of his book Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West -- One Meal at a Time.

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Fred Harvey is the entrepreneur credited with creating America's first restaurant chain. His Fred Harvey Company operated a number of restaurants, hotels, and other businesses that made up the Harvey House chain of business serving railroad travelers throughout the West.

Fried's other works include Thing of Beauty, a biography of model Gia Carangi; a look into pill-making and pill-taking in America; and The New Rabbi and Husbandry, a portrait of American Judaism today. He also teaches magazine writing at Columbia University's graduate school of journalism and has been published in Vanity Fair, The Washington Post Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, Glamour, Ladies' Home Journal, and Philadelphia Magazine.

You can catch Fried at noon Thursday, August 8, in the Heard Museum's Steele Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public, and attendees will be able to purchase a box lunch to enjoy at the event from the Heard's Courtyard Café fo $14.95. Orders must be placed before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6. Call 602-251-0204.

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