James C. Wallace II, author of the critically acclaimed Oz novel, Magician of Oz and the newly released sequel, Shadow Demon of Oz has been invited and will be attending Oz-Stravaganza! 2010 as one of the featured authors of Authors Alley from June 4-6, 2010.
Mr. Wallace will be appearing and speaking about his literary adventures in Oz alongside 3 of the original Munchkins from the 1939 MGM movie; The Wizard of Oz.
These include Jerry Maren, the Lollipop Munchkin, Karl Slover, First Trumpeter Munchkin and Margaret Pellegrini, the Flower Pot Munchkin.
In addition, Mr. Wallace will be appearing with Bob Baum, the great grandson of Frank Baum, the author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (1899) and his wife (Bob) Claire Baum,
along with Jane Lahr and Maya Gottfried. Jane is the daughter, and Maya the granddaughter, of Bert Lahr the "Cowardly Lion".
Mr. Wallace will speak on several occasions and do book signings during the festival and will appear in the Grand Parade on Saturday, June 6th.
The theme for Oz-Stravaganza! 2010, is: “The Emerald City of Oz”, which is based on the 6th book in the Oz series written by Baum in 1910 and dedicated to former Chittenango resident and Baum’s niece, Cynthia Baum Tassini. The Emerald City is an important part of Oz.
L. Frank Baum, author of the "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was born in Chittenango May 15, 1856.
His family owned a barrel factory in Chittenango. In addition to his many "Oz" books Baum also wrote other children's stories and he wrote under other names as well as L.Frank Baum. His most famous book the "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was made into the 1939 MGM classic film the "Wizard of Oz".
All images courtesy of Oz-Stravaganza! 2010.