January 17, 2017
Slide program and short reading with Q & A
Burlington Public Library
820 E Washington Ave
Burlington, WA 98233
This new book is the story of the life of Betty MacDonald, one of only a few nationally celebrated authors from Washington State in the 1940s and early 50s.
Library Program: Author Booktalk - Looking for Betty Macdonald
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Join us for a presentation and book talk on the biography “Looking for Betty MacDonald
The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I” by Seattle Author and Historian, Paula Becker
Biographer and historian Paula Becker chronicles MacDonald’s vibrant, close family life and her writing career, her books and her era.
Material from letters, personal accounts, and her own writing make it possible for Becker to explore what drove this unconventional often irreverent woman. MacDonald’s first bestselling success “The Egg and I” (1945) evolved from stories she told and re-told based on her experience chicken farming as young wife on the rural Olympic Peninsula. She followed her unexpected success with the children’s book "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle" (1947), another memoir “The Plague and I” (1948) and more of the children’s stories, articles and memoirs until her untimely death.