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'Wicked' Author To Tell Tales At Ridgefield Library

"Wicked" author Gregory Maguire will speak at the Ridgefield Library on Sunday, Nov. 22.
"Wicked" author Gregory Maguire will speak at the Ridgefield Library on Sunday, Nov. 22. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- New York Times bestselling author of "Wicked" and "After Alice" Gregory Maguire will speak about childhood reading and Maurice Sendak at the Ridgefield Library on Sunday.

Maguire is the author of more than three dozen books for children and adults. He will discuss how childhood reading and writing played a role in his growth as a writer, and will give a special appreciation for his friend and mentor Sendak, who lived in Ridgefield. The talk will be followed by a short interview and an opportunity for questions and answers.

Maguire's book "Wicked" inspired the Broadway blockbuster musical of the same name, now celebrating its 12th year on Broadway and 10th year in London's West End. His 2015 Boston-Globe Horn Book Honor Book winner, "Egg & Spoon," is in development as a film for Universal Studios.

Maguire is also a critic, reviewing occasionally for the New York Times Book Review; he is the author of "Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation."

Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University, and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature from 1979-1985. In 1987 he co-founded Children's Literature New England.

The talk will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. Copies of "Wicked", "After Alice", "Egg & Spoon" and "Making Mischief" will be available for sale and signing thanks to Books on the Common.

To register, contact Laurie McGavin Bachmann at (203) 438-2282, ext. 1010 or email lmbachmann@ridgefieldlibrary.org

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