“Wicked” author among 5 speaking at UMD brunch This year’s UMass Dartmouth Authors’ Brunch promises to be a wicked good time. Sorry. Couldn’t help that one. Yes, BookLovers, among the five authors — all of them awesome, by the way — speaking and signing at the Claire T. Carney Library Associates 9th Annual Authors’ Brunch Fundraiser is Gregory Maguire. The guy that pretty much started his own genre of rewriting childhood classics for adults. “I grew up in the shadow of Vietnam; I spent my middle and high school years expecting to be drafted…In those final years, as Nixon holed up in the White House seeming mercurial, autocratic, and paranoid, and armies of young men were sent west to kill the Wicked Witch of the Viet-Cong, I think my earlier grade-school suspicion (kicked in): that the Wizard’s lying … was a graver moral ill than the Witch’s stormy grief over the death of her sister and the theft of…those shoes,” he said. “Hence ‘Wicked,’ in which the Wicked Witch of the West is a kind of conscientious objector and the Wizard is a despot.” The cost for the fundraiser is $35. Checks for the brunch can be made out to the Claire T. Carney Library Associates. The deadline to reserve your tickets is Wednesday, March 25. Call Rita Raymond at (508) 995-3528 to reserve tickets or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit umassd.edu for more information. UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons is located at 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth.