Two authors with strong Albany ties Gregory Maguire and Barbara Smith will be honored at the second annual Literary Legends Event Saturday November 14th. The Literary Legends Event recognizes outstanding local authors, illustrators, and publishers for their extraordinary contributions to the art of letters. Maguire and Smith join last year's honorees William Kennedy, Paul Grondhal, and Amy Biancolli at Albany Literary Legends.
Maguire is an Albany native who received international acclaim for his Wicked series of novels. The first of which focused on L. Frank Baum's the Wicked Witch of the West and was turned into the wildly successful Broadway musical Wicked. He has written dozens of books and short stories, his latest is After Alice: A Novel, a magical new twist on Alice's adventures in Wonderland published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carol's beloved classic.