Oz in the News 10.26.11

Vintage Classics Cover Competition: Winner Announcement   In March this year Vintage Classics, in conjunction with Young Times in The Times and Random House Children’s Books, launched a nationwide competition for a 7- to 12-year-old to draw the cover artwork for a new edition of THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum. The winner will be officially announced in The Times newspaper on Wednesday 26 October and the book published by Vintage Classics on 3rd November and available in bookshops throughout the country.

York College faculty member to have play published  John Baker, associate professor of communication and director of theater at York College, says that he screamed and shouted a bit when he got a recent letter in the mail from Big Dog Publishing. It was the letter he’d been waiting for, the one that represented a dream coming true. The letter was to inform him that his play, “The Patchwork Girl of Oz,” was being published. “It was really cool,” he said. “I am now a published playwright, which is something that I’ve always wanted…what it’s given me is validation.” Baker originally wrote the play, which is an adaptation of one of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, in 1998.  Baker says he’s been a fan of the Oz books for many years. “They are imaginative and well-written,” he said, noting that in his own time, Baum was as popular as J.K. Rowling, the author of the “Harry Potter” series. Baker’s play will be available in the July 2012 Big Dog Publishing and Norman Maine catalogs.

Wheelock Family Theatre Singers to welcome author with song  Wellesley Books is partnering with the Needham Public Library and the Wheelock Family Theatre to present a highly entertaining evening in honor of  Gregory Maguire on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Needham Public Library.  The renowned author of “Wicked” will be celebrating the publication of his final book in the Wicked Years series, “Out of Oz.”   The evening will begin with a short but stunning medley of songs from the musicals Wicked and the Wizard of Oz, performed by young Broadway performer Katherine Leigh Doherty and other members of the Wheelock Family Theatre.  Gregory Maguire will then take the stage to greet fans with a presentation, followed by Q&A and a book-signing session.  Doors will open at 6 pm and books will be available for purchase at the library, starting at 6 p.m., courtesy of Wellesley Books.

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