Monday, July 30, 2007

August Press Release

Joshua Patrick Dudley celebrates the release of his novel, Lost In Oz and
appears in the “got milk?” ad campaign!

August 1, 2007— Joshua Patrick Dudley, a 21-year-old New Hampshire resident,
has released his first book, Lost in Oz. Since it’s release on July 15,
it has sold over 40,000 copies. When four friends find themselves
lost in a mysterious place, their only goal is to find a way home.
When the only way home is through a young girl and
her magical shoes, how much are they willing to sacrifice to catch her?

The book is available everywhere now. Including all online retailers.

Recently, Joshua has been traveling around to New Hampshire schools,
speaking with students grades 3-12 about Lost in Oz and creative writing.
The response was overwhelming.
“The students really enjoyed Joshua and his presentation,”
Carol Soucey, principle of Hooksett Memorial School,
gushed about her former student. “They especially loved that Joshua created
a new short story in every class, with the aid of the students, of course.”

On the weekend of July 14th, Joshua appeared in Lancaster, New York
as the Lancaster Opera House hosted The Wizard of Oz Festival.
Joshua sold out of books, signed autographs and
discussed his thought process while writing the novel.

Joshua is also scheduled to appear at the Chesterton, Indiana Oz Festival
later this year in September. For now, he is busy with his new fame.
Joshua recently appeared in not one, but two, “got milk?” ads.
The first featuring him, Lost In Oz and a white milk mustache.
The second ad features a younger side of Joshua, up-close
with a chocolate milk mustache.

After appearing in the milk ads, Joshua decided to start his own campaign.
“got books?” Focuses on the importance of reading in a child’s life,
whether they read themselves or if their parents read to them. More information about
the campaign can be found the ook’s official site.

Tim King
Joshua Patrick Dudley
ISBN: 1430312785
ISBN-13: 9781430312789
Format: Paperback, 155pp

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Lancaster Recap (Finally)

It was a beautiful morning on Friday, July 13, 2007, at approximately 8am we departed for our journey to Lancaster, NY for their Wizard of Oz Festival. I was highly anxious, this was my first Oz Festival and it was coinciding with the release of my book! This was going to be a huge weekend for me.

We made great time as we journeyed through my state of New Hampshire and we quickly found ourselves crossing borders. After a short lunch break and 7 and a half hours of driving, we arrived in Lancaster, NY.

My team and I checked in to the hotel and settled down for a quick nap, which lead to numerous other activities, all nothing like napping. After playing some wiffel ball and resting off the long drive, we went to sleep in anticpation for Tomorrows festival.

In the morning, we headed down to the Lancaster Opera House and stopped in for a bite to eat at the Broadway Deli. To my surprise and amazement, we discovered two munchkins! Tom, the Director of the Lancaster Opera House, introduced was to Meinhardt Raabe and Karl Slover. I would also eventually meet Ruth Robinson Duccini and Donna Stewart-Hardway, but that's later in the story.

While enjoying sandwhiches with the Munchkins, Karl told me many stories from the many travels that he has been on. He had done some pretty incredible things, but the best part of his stories were the more personal aspects. He even told a story about Meinhardt whilst Meinhardt was sitting there unaware. The Munchkins are some of the best people I've ever met and I can only pray that I get to spend some more time with them.

After lunch was over, it was time for business. We headed inside and set up shop. I met a few of the other Festival Frequenters who all brought a smile and a positive attitude to my weekend! Oz is truly a happy place, the festival goers thought so as well. By the time the weekend was over, I had sold out of books and made some wonderful friends.

John Fricke, an "Oz Legend" if you will, gave me some great advise about writing that I someday might share. Little did I know that I had read some of Mr. Fricke's work before ever meeting him. I had purchased a copy of 100 Years of Oz at an antiques store in my hometown of Nashua. It was an excellent read but I paid no attention to the authors name. It wasn't until yesterday that I discovered Mr. Fricke had already influenced me without my knowing it!

It's a small world and Oz makes it that much better! Thank you Lancaster. I'll never forget my first festival.


got books?

Joshua Patrick Dudley, author of Lost In Oz, starts his own campaign.

"I don't think people really understand the importance of books and reading in a child's life." Joshua stated, when asked what motivated him to start the campaign. "It's one of the most important things a child should learn to do first, because it will help them succeed later. My mother read to me as a child, and I feel it helped me through my entire life."

Joshua will be appearing in the first "got books?" ad and there are some other famous authors who are slated to appear.

For more information, please visit and click on the "got books?" logo.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Check out the new Poll on the News page. The question is:

Did you like the ending to Lost In Oz!

Let your voice be heard! Vote!

Click here to get to the poll!

International Wizard of Oz Club

I, Joshua Dudley, am now a proud member of the International Wizard of Oz Club. I signed my paperwork and got my shiny new pin this weekend in Lancaster at the Wizard of Oz Festival.

As soon as I receive the pictures from Lancaster, they will be posted on the news page and in the photos section. Keep your eyes peeled for a recap about Lancaster very soon as well.

I'm in the process of writing the book's sequel, the title may surprise you.

Everyone who bought a copy of Lost In Oz at Lancaster this weekend, please email me your thoughts on the novel!

Best of everything,
Joshua Patrick Dudley

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

Festival preview: No place like ‘Oz’

From The Buffalo News

Festival to celebrate Dorothy and the rest of the classic cast
Updated: 07/13/07 11:50 AM

SAVE EMAIL PRINT POPULAR + Larger Font + Smaller Font In the town of Chesterton, Ind. (population 10,488), residents flock to the streets every fall, as they have for the past

26 years, to revel in the town’s famous “Wizard of Oz” Festival.

Chesterton, nestled between South Bend and Chicago, is just the sort of town you might expect to fall victim to an errant tornado, full of just the sort of corn-fed folks who might be looking for an escape into Technicolor fantasy. Its long-running festival has been lovingly mimicked in towns small and large around the country — including Kansas.

For Thomas T. Kazmierczak, executive director of the Lancaster Opera House, it’s high time such a festival made its mark on Buffalo, too. Starting today and running until Tuesda y, the Opera House will feature Buffalo’s inaugural “Wizard of Oz” Festival, complete with screenings, appearances from four Munchkins from the 1939 film and expert commentary on the making of the film and the life of Judy Garland.

Among the expert guests coming to town for the festival is John Fricke, an author and documentarian whose films on Garland won two Emmy Awards. Fricke, a professed Garland and “Wizard of Oz” fanatic, will host two events: “The Joy of Judy Garland” at noon and 8 p.m. today and “Making of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ ” at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Fricke remembers the very first time he saw the film that started his lifelong obsession with all things Oz.

“It was Nov. 3, 1956. That was the first night ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was ever on network television, anywhere,” Fricke said. “I’m 56 years old now, and this has been a part of my day-to-day life since I was 5.”

And Fricke isn’t alone — by any stretch. Although children today are more likely to be caught up in Harry Potter mania, Fricke said, there isn’t a soul over age 3 who doesn’t have some knowledge or affinity for the land of Oz.

In addition to Fricke’s talks, some of the Munchkins — now in their 80s and 90s — will be on hand at 11:30 a.m. Sunday for brunch at the Millennium Hotel in Cheektowaga.

For those who don’t see the appeal of a bunch of geriatric Munchkins, plenty of other Oz-themed options abound. Garland costume collector Michael Siewert will exhibit his extensive collection of costumes on Garland-sized mannequins starting tonight at 6, and a release party for a new book by Joshua Dudley titled “Lost in Oz” will take place during tonight’s opening gala at the Opera House.

For Fricke, the “Wizard of Oz” phenomenon is so “remarkably cross-generational” that the original seems never to shed popularity, despite reinventions like the musicals “The Wiz” and “Wicked.”

“There’s very little in the world that has that kind of purity anymore,” Fricke said.

“ ‘Live Earth’ is for people in their teens and 20s and 30s. The Super Bowl is for men,” Fricke said. “ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was for everybody, is for everybody.”•


WHAT: Wizard of Oz Festival

WHEN: Through Tuesday

WHERE: Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster

TICKETS: Prices vary by event

INFO: 683- 1776 or

Sunday, July 01, 2007

12 Days until Lancaster Oz Festival

That's right! In just 12 days the Lancaster Oz festival will begin! Joshua will be appearing at the festival, selling books and taking photos on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 & 15.

We look forward to seeing all of you there!