Local Author Event Added to Calendar

cody.JPGHey, I just heard some nifty news: River City Books has added an event to the November calendar: a local author booksigning. Robert E. Bonner, author of the just-published William F. Cody’s Wyoming Empire: The Buffalo Bill Nobody Knows, longtime Northfield resident and professor emeritus of history at Carleton College, will sign copies of his book from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, at the store.

The event, like all events at RCB, is free and open to the public. To pick up a copy of the book, stop by the store or order online. Here’s a summary:

Celebrated showman of the Old West, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody took on another role unknown to most Americans, that of the western land developer and town promoter. In this captivating study, Robert E. Bonner demonstrates that the skills Cody acquired from decades in show business failed to prepare him for the demanding arena of business and finance. Laced with engaging anecdotes and featuring more than twenty photographs, William F. Cody’s Wyoming Empire is a much needed look at an overly mythologized character. There was more to William F. Cody than the Wild West show — and we cannot construct a full picture of the man without understanding his entrepreneurial activities in Wyoming.

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