TUCSON (Observer Update) - Novelist Gregory Maguire, author of the best-selling Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, will present a talk on the creation of the Wicked, alternate-Oz series and will read from his books at the annual author presentation of the Pima County Public Library's GLBT Committee.
Maguire’s free talk will be Wednesday, June 17, 6:30 p.m., The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway.
Maguire's other two books in the Wicked series include Son of a Witch, and the latest, A Lion Among Men. Wicked is the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway and international hit musical Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, which returns to ASU's Gammage Auditorium in Tempe in July. He is also the author of the best-sellers Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost and Mirror Mirror. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, a retelling of Cinderella set during the Dutch Golden Age, was made into an ABC movie starring Stockard Channing. He has also written several children's novels including The Hamlet Chronicles, a seven-book series that includes Seven Spiders Spinning, Six Haunted Hairdos, Five Alien Elves, Four Stupid Cupids, Three Rotten Eggs, A Couple of April Fools, and One Final Firecracker. Maguire will sign books following the presentation, and his books will be available for sale.
The annual GLBT author event is made possible through generous funding from the Friends of the Pima County Public Library. Past authors include: Susie Bright, Chastity Bono, Michelangelo Signorile, Patrick Califia, Holocaust scholar David Schneer, writer and advice columnist Dan Savage, Alison Bechdel, Alex Sanchez, and Armistead Maupin.
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