Saturday, December 26, 2009

The latest Oz reading

I'm still working on an old sci-fi novel (how's that for a teaser?), but I snuck in the latest edition of Ruth Berman's Dunkiton series. This year's edition is the eighteenth annual edition, and is the second issue to celebrate Thanksgiving. Fun fact I learned from this issue: Football games have been associated with Thanksgiving for over a hundred years. There is a very nice John R. Neill newspaper illustration reproduced here, and a short story and some poems by Ruth Plumly Thompson from her newspaper days, before she started writing Oz books. I highly recommend the Dunkiton series for those who want to see some of the non-Oz work of early Royal Historians and illustrators, and they're pretty darned inexpensive, too.

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