|Me and Gregory Maguire!!!!!!|
Friends, it's been a total hoot! I've met astoundingly wonderful people -- from totally cool fellow self-published authors to Margaret Pellegrini, one of the original munchkins from MGM's The Wizard of Oz to the one and only Gregory Maguire (LIFE = COMPLETE) to Broadway legend (original Wiz in The Wiz) / scholar / philosopher / man-candy André De Shields (LIFE = DOUBLY COMPLETE).
What an incredible program of events! This weekend I had the privilege not only to be able to hear my fellow authors and actors speak eloquently about their work (and, in the case of Mr. De Shields, perform from The Wiz in his *original, skin-tight Wiz costume*) (I'm telling you, man candy), but I've also had the chance to chat, mingle and make incredible friends.
Now excuse me while I brag about it for a quick sec.
SHAMELESS BRAGGING: A PHOTO AND VIDEO ESSAY
Friday began with a book-signing, during which I sold books through the aid of a high-budget book display.
A couple hours later we went to the Chittenango high school auditorium where I watched, in awe, as Gregory Maguire spoke about Wicked and his writing process (PANTS = PEED), during which he was hilarious, charming and brilliant. He even sang a brief excerpt from "The Wizard and I" to demonstrate the dramatic heft achievable through musical theater.
|Brilliant presentation, bad photography|
|I've got the crazy eyes|
|André just gets me|
After the parade, I went back to my author booth! There I sold books and ate a hot dog, while André De Shields took photos with some of the original munchkins from The Wizard of Oz (video clip below!).
Then I sold a book and somebody asked that I draw a picture in it, so this is what I did:
In the evening, I watched André give a heart-stopping performance and speak about his experience in The Wiz -- and how it should be included in, rather than marginalized from, the Oz conversation. Below is a clip from his second song, "Believe" from The Wiz.
Today, the final day of the festival, I put a few finishing touches on my book display:
An hour or two later, and I was completely sold out! I'm telling you: the banana works.
And that, my friends, completes the essay!
I'll be sure to post more thoughts/reflections soon! But in the meantime, I'm off to the closing cast party/dinner. Ta-ta for now!