Monday, June 08, 2009

Tucson: Gregory Maguire, author of the novel Wicked, to speak in Tucson


From: Beth Petrucci []
Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 11:54 AM
Subject: Gregory Maguire, author of the novel Wicked, to speak in Tucson Weds 6-17-09 7 pm


The public library is hosting an author talk, reading, and book signing with Gregory Maguire on Wednesday 6/17/09 at 7pm.  He’s to speak on the creation of the Wicked series and I thought fans of musical theatre might be interested (as well as fans of the novels).  I’ve pasted the press release below as well as attaching the release and an author photo.


Also, the event is at the Loft (3233 E. Speedway) will be ASL interpreted and Desert Voices will be there to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to introduce Mr. Maguire.


Novelist Gregory Maguire, the creator of Wicked, will speak at Pima County Public Library’s annual GLBT author event in June.

Novelist Gregory Maguire, author of the best-selling Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men will present a talk on the creation of the Wicked series and will read from his books at the annual author presentation of the Pima County Public Library’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Services Committee.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, is the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway and international hit musical of the same name

This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on June 17 at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will be sign interpreted for the hearing-impaired. Mr. Maguire will remain to sign books following the presentation, and his books will be available for sale.  Additionally, here will be a live performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by members of Desert Voices, Tucson's Premier GLBT and Straight Chorus.

Mr. Maguire is also the author of the best-sellers Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, and Mirror MirrorConfessions 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.

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.


For additional information please check the Library’s website at or call 791-4010.


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