Scottsdale bookstore to host western themed talk May 21

Guidon Books‘The Wild Wild West and More’ is the subject of a talk by bookstore owner Shelly Dudley for the Central District members of Arizona Professional Writers at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21.

The event is free and open to the public at Guidon Books, 7109 E. Second St. in Scottsdale. Those attending are asked to bring finger foods and reserve via e-mail to or call 601-740-9579.

Ms. Dudley has lived in Scottsdale since 1964, when her parents opened a 700-square-foot store on Main Street, according to a press release.

Her mother’s interest was the American Civil War, and her father collected Custer memorabilia. Today, the store is in a nearby location and three times larger. Ms. Dudley stocks 25,000 volumes, new and out-of-print relating to Western American, the Civil War and characters in western history and lore. She will speak on history and the changing interests of readers and writers, and her own research and writing.

According to the release, Ms. Dudley retired from her job as senior historical analyst for Salt River Project, where she researched water and power-related issues. She has a master’s degree in history from Arizona State University and served as an expert witness in the Little Colorado and Gila River Stream adjudications.

Arizona Professional Writers is an organization of women and men who work as editors, writers, photographers, teachers and public relations specialists. APW sponsors regular meetings and workshops in Phoenix, Tucson and Payson, and an annual conference. For more information, e-mail

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