Fricke launches his ‘Oz’ book at library
Camden — Camden Public Library is participating in the nation-wide celebration of all things Oz by hosting John Fricke, the world’s leading expert on “The Wizard of Oz,” Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Fricke is the author of “The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of an American Classic,” being published in November by Down East Books. Fricke’s presentation will be a very entertaining evening, as well as being the Maine launch of the new book.
There will be several new 3-D DVDs of “The Wizard of Oz” for door prizes, provided by Warner Home Entertainment. The Owl & Turtle Book Store will have books on hand for purchase at this free event.
In his new book, Emmy Award-winning producer Fricke celebrates the 75th anniversary of MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz,” along with all other aspects of L. Frank Baum’s classic series of American fairytales. The picture book chronologically travels through more than 11 decades of Oz books, productions and memorabilia. Fricke is widely regarded as the preeminent Oz and Judy Garland historian, and his latest book makes its debut in conjunction with several major events in the greater Oz community. Foremost among these is the exhibit, also titled “The Wonderful World of Oz,” at Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum. The art for the book and the items for the Farnsworth show have been drawn from the holdings of Willard Carroll and Tom Wilhite, the most comprehensive Oz collection in the world.
In addition to Fricke’s appearance on Nov. 14, the library will produce A Wicked Event Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Camden Opera House with Gregory Maguire, author of the “Wicked” series that inspired the Broadway musical. Tickets are available at the Camden Public Library and online at librarycamden.org.
The library also will display the original Tik-Tok Robot from the Oz collection of Tom Wilhite and Willard Carroll, as well as iconic life-size Oz cutouts posed for photos throughout the month.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.