Martinsville, Virginia


Elliot Engel Brings "The Wizardry of Oz" to Piedmont Arts

Renowned scholar and storyteller Dr. Elliot Engel returns to Piedmont Arts with The Wizardry of Oz, an engaging talk about L. Frank Baum and his beloved novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the museum.

Using anecdotes, analysis and large doses of humor, Dr. Engel delves into Baum’s life and reveals the reasons for the enduring and endearing fame of Baum’s Oz series, which features 14 novels and several short stories written by Baum.

Guests can enjoy dinner with Dr. Engel prior to the talk or attend the talk only. Dinner begins at 6 pm and advance reservations are required. The talk begins at 7 pm and is open to the public.

Tickets are $45 for the talk and dinner or $20 for the talk only. Tickets can be purchased at Piedmont Arts and online at

Elliot Engel’s The Wizardry of Oz is sponsored by King’s Grant.

About Dr. Engel

Dr. Engel lives in Raleigh, North Carolina where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University and Duke University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA. While at UCLA he won that university’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Engel has written ten books published in England, Japan, Turkey and the United States. His mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country.