Oz in the News 9.11.11

Glinda the Good Witch Is a Nice Polish Girl from Chicago  “The metaphor I chose, the BP Bridge and the Chicago skyline as the Yellow Brick Road and the Emerald City, required a figure in the foreground to make the equation complete. Automatically I resorted to photos I’d taken of Teresa dressed in white standing in the snow last winter. She would be my Glinda the Good Witch. She would be my Billie Burke. Not because of any guidance she gave me. Not because she saved my ass from a witch or told me how to use my shoes to escape a permanent poppy field. Nope. It’s much simpler than that.”

Nathan G. Castle’s Book Launch  The Dominican priest launches his first book, “And Toto, Too: The Wizard of Oz as a Spiritual Adventure” with a reading, mini-reflection and signing. The book is a spiritual makeover of the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz” in which the canine face of God is totally Toto. Light refreshments are served and a no-host bar is available. Register for a chance to win an autographed copy of the book. Embassy Suites, 4400 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Free admission, $15 for the book. 480-897-7444. wizardofozspiritualadventure.myevent.com/3/events.htm.

Behind the curtain  Dr. Elliot Engel, a popular speaker, professor and author, will be at the Headquarters Library at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 to explain why L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” continues to delight readers and inspire other writers and works.  Admission is $10 for the public, $5 for Friends of the Library members and $2 for students.  Engel’s most recent book is “Reigning Cats & Dogs.” Learn more about Engel at http://authorsink.com.

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