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8:25 AM Tue, Sept. 25th

Author Douglas Preston gives talk to benefit Sharlot Hall Museum

Bestselling author Douglas Preston will talk about his writing career at "Tea & Mystery" 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Prescott Resort.

Proceeds will go toward painting and restoration of the Bashford House on the Sharlot Hall Museum campus.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., Preston's first job was as an editor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He writes about archeology in New Yorker magazine, and has been published in the Smithsonian magazine, Harper's and National Geographic.

His stint at the museum inspired his first nonfiction book, "Dinosaurs in the Attic," as well as his first novel, "Relic," co-authored with Lincoln Child. "Relic" was made into a movie by Paramount Pictures. After "Relic," Preston and Child collaborated on a string of thrillers, featuring eccentric FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast.

He counts in his ancestry poet Emily Dickinson, newspaperman Horace Greeley and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough.

The event's menu features a light lunch with dessert.

Tickets are $35. Reservations are due Monday, Aug. 1, by calling Boo Nicholson at Sharlot Hall Museum, 445-3122, ext. 44, or Bi Sallomi at 776-1676.