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Wyoming author to have book signing Monday in Lander

Nov 18, 2012 - From staff reports

Anyone wanting signed copies of Bill Sniffin's new coffee table book about Wyoming can buy them Monday, Nov. 19, at a reception at the Best Western Restaurant.

Five dollars from each sale at this event will go toward the annual Lander Christmas Food Basket program.

Sniffin will be joined by fellow writers Shelli Johnson and Jim Smail plus photographers Scott Copeland, Jeff Vanuga, Michelle Motherway and Jared Kail, and graphic artist Amy Russian. All will be available that evening to autograph books.

Sniffin's new book, "Wyoming's 7 Greatest Natural Wonders + 33 Other Fascinating Places," involved 31 photographers and seven writers from around Wyoming and is the first photo book of its type about the Cowboy State in the last five years. The idea for the book came from a state-wide column Sniffin first wrote in 2007 in trying to determine what he thought were the state's most amazing wonders.

"This could be the hottest Wyoming-oriented Christmas gift this season," Sniffin said.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the big "fireplace room" in the Best Western Restaurant at the Lander Inn. Sniffin will talk about how he rounded up the group of photographers and writers to produce the unusual book. He and the others will share stories of how elements of the effort came about.

The book is large, printed in a colorful 10-by-13-inch format with 14 fold-out photos, each measuring 13-by-30 inches.

The event will be in the large room in the restaurant portion of the Best Western hotel complex. It is being hosted and catered by Shirley Case of the hotel. Books will be available for purchase that evening.

Nancy Sniffin, chairwoman of the annual Christmas Food Basket Program, will be present to coordinate donations. She said she would be accepting regular donations to the program that evening too.

She is hoping to raise $5,000 from the community, which helps pay for more than 300 baskets full of food and toys for needy families in the Lander area each year.

The book can be ordered online at www.wyomingwonders.com.

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