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Gregory Maguire says his latest book 'is like comfort food'

NEW YORK (AP) — Gregory Maguire attributes the first grain of the idea for his new book “A Wild Winter Swan” to “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers.
He met her 25 years ago as he was getting ready to publish the hugely popular “Wicked,” written from the perspective of the witches in Oz.
“We talked about fairy tales that we loved and mythology that we were attracted to, and when the subject of Hans Christian Andersen came up she said, ‘Well, there’s that boy with one wing,'” (from “The Wild Swans.”) ‘Give him something to do.'” Maguire says he hung onto that nugget for 24 years until last year when he was transferring decades of handwritten journals to the computer.
“I transcribed the conversation I had written down with her after I left her parlor in London and I thought, ‘I’ve always loved that kid.’ When I was a boy, I used to think, ‘If he was around here, we would be best friends.'”
In “A Wild Winter Swan,” that boy with a swan wing for a left arm is prominent in a teen’s coming-of-age story set in New York City in 1962.
Maguire says he believes the book is “a perfect pandemic read” and “comfort food like mashed potatoes.” He spoke with The Associated Press about his life-long love of fairy tales, the celebrities he cast in his mind as characters in “Wicked” and how his kids ended up online despite his best efforts. Answers are edited for clarity and brevity.
AP: Did you always love fairy tales?
Maguire: Those were the books where magic happened. My favorite books were the “Narnia” chronicles, the “Grimms’ Fairy Tales,” the Andersen tales. In eighth grade I began to realize there’s something dubious about someone in middle school reading fairy tales so I began taking out books for camouflage like ‘Bronco Joe’ and……

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Seattle-Based Runner Is Like Most Delivery Apps, But Wants to Be Better for Restaurants and Drivers

Runner launched in late June, servicing King County. | Shutterstock Unlike GrubHub and Uber Eats, Runner doesn’t charge fees to restaurants and lets drivers set their own rates Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, third-party delivery apps have come under increased scrutiny for high fees charged to restaurants and its treatment of drivers. In Seattle, city officials…

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After 34 Years, It Looks Like This Is the End for One of Seattle’s Oldest Vegetarian Restaurants

Silence Heart Nest has been in Fremont since 2005 after moving from the U District. | Silence Heart Nest [Official Photo] Silence Heart Nest announced on its website that it’s permanently closed Fremont’s Silence Heart Nest — the meat-free restaurant that devotees of Bangladeshi guru Sri Chinmoy opened 34 years ago — recently announced that…

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