- Melissa Thigpen
L Frank Baum was born on this day in 1859. He was a prolific writer of children's stories in the early 20th century with 60 books published. Of course, he is best known as the author of The Wonderful Wizard of OZ (published in 1899) and thirteen more OZ stories. His modern American fairy tale of Kansas farm girl, Dorothy Gale, and her adventures in the Land of OZ were immensely popular and inspired the classic 1939 movie with Judy Garland as well as a 1970's musical, The Wiz, and the most recent movie version, OZ, the Great and Powerful. There have also been numerous spin-offs and continuation of the OZ stories. Most popular may be the novel and musical show, Wicked.
- Chantal Wilson
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced their nominees for the 2012 Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Award winners will be announced in May 2013. In the meantime why don’t you give these fantastical books a read or watch some of these fun movies to see which one you think should win?