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October 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Gaylaxicon 2019 

North Country Gaylaxians

2095 Hamline Ave. N.

Roseville, MN 55113


27 September 2019


Gregory Maguire will join three other panelists to discuss “Retelling Fairy Tales for Today,” in a panel discussion at 1 PM at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.  Other panelists include author Peg Kerr, University Professor Marek Oziewicz, and PhD candidate and graduate instructor Ali Zimmerman Zuckerman. 

Fairy tales have been told for millennia, some most familiar to us from the 18th &19th century tellings, like “Snow White” or “The Wild Swans.” Even new fairy tales, like the Oz books, can be retold in novels, on Broadway, on television as in Once Upon a Time, …. Hear these panelists talk about how their novels and critical approaches “read” and retell these timeless stories and recount their wisdom.

Maguire, author of more than thirty books for adults and children, including a number of NYT best-sellers, such as Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, is visiting Minneapolis while attending Gaylaxicon over the weekend of Oct. 18-20. Panelist Peg Kerr, author of The Wild Swans, is also attending the Science Fiction & Fantasy convention, a national convention visiting Minneapolis. Gaylaxicon celebrates and focuses on LGBTQA+ aspects of the field and genre in books, gaming, other media and fan enjoyment. Maguire will also be visiting DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis, later on the 17th, at 6:30 PM. 

Other panelists are University experts on re-writing Fairy Tales. Grad student Zimmerman Zuckerman’s thesis research is on reexamining Fairy Tale villains and figures for their significance in popular culture, in Disney films, and retellings on television—and in Maguire’s novels and the popular Broadway musical, Wicked, adapted from Maguire’s book. Marek Oziewicz, Professor of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, has published several books on Fantasy literature, such as his Mythopoeic Scholarship Awarded One Earth, One People. 

Prof. Oziewicz says on his web-page: From young children’s songstries to presidential speeches, we use stories to create our social world, engage with others, deepen our knowledge, and hone our understanding. Literature is a unique form of storytelling that simulates but at the same time prefigures life events. The conversation about rewriting fairy tales from these different perspectives should be a lively and worthwhile program, and a taste of other discussions and programs available at Gaylaxicon over the weekend. 

At Gaylaxicon another five guests of honor (including writers Michael Dahl, Yoon Ha Lee and popular YouTube and podcaster Matt Baume) will join with other attending professionals like Kerr, MN Book Award winners Eleanor Arnason and Brian Farrey, Ginn Hale, Lyda Morehouse and others to interact on more than 50 program items over the weekend with SF&F fans, readers, gamers and other enthusiasts. 


For media inquiries contact: David Lenander,, (651)307-4239

Notes to editors:

For more information about this program contact David Lenander,, (651) 307-4239.  The primary sponsor is Gaylaxicon, about which see below, but supporting organizations at the University of Minnesota include the University Bookstores, and the English Department Graduate Student Organizations, The 18th and 19th- Century Subfield, and the 20th and 21st Century Research Group

For more information about Gaylaxicon, contact Chair Donald Kaiser,

The webpage is at and there is a Facebook page at Gaylaxicon is a non-profit educational organization run by fans of LGBTQA+ Science Fiction & Fantasy

For more information about the local North Country Gaylaxians Book Club, which meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Quatrefoil Library in Minneapolis, contact Donald Kaiser,, or visit the Facebook page at

Attached are fliers for the program, the Gaylaxicon convention, and for the upcoming Gaylaxians book discussion of Maguire’s work on Oct. 8.


October 17, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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David Lenander


University of Minnesota Bookstore, Coffman Union
300 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
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