Sunday, May 03, 2009

Why Does the Wizard of Oz Matter? Tea and Books Wednesday at Annette Public Library

Why Does the Wizard of Oz Matter? Tea and Books Wednesday at Annette Street Public LibraryFlyer: Annette Street Public Library Tea and Books Wednesday, May 6 @ 2 p.m.
Credit: TPL, Annette Street Branch

Toronto Public Library, Annette Street Branch invites you to

Tea and Books

May 6 @ 2 p.m.

Does The Wizard of Oz Matter? If so, why?

This week's Tea and Books will be a stimulating discussion led by the charming and erudite John Rutherford (former English teacher and lecturer on Art and Opera at U of T and Ryerson, Continuing Studies) who proposes that Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz may well be the most important book of the 20th century.

Mr. Rutherford takes an adult look at what some consider "just" a children's story...exploring how the author used this book as a platform for his ideas on religion, Freud, the Women's Suffragette movement, and most important of all, as a criticism of the lack of information for adolescents (Dorothy) on sexual maturation.

Mr. Rutherford deals with Baum's book, written in 1900, and the Judy Garland movie of 1939 which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

There has recently been a flurry of books and plays relating to The Wizard of Oz - Gregory Maguire's Wicked and A Lion Among Men, Salmon Rushdie's The Wizard of Oz, William Leach's Land of Desire: Merchants, Power and the Rise of a New American Culture, a recent adaptation of Frank Wedekind's play Spring Awakening.

Join us to find out why the continuing interest in The Wizard of Oz!

Annette Street Public Library
145 Annette Street
Toronto, ON, M6P 1P3

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