Program “Looking for Betty MacDonald – The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I”
Speaker : Paula Becker, Seattle Author and Historian
January 17th 2017
Tuesday afternoon, 2 p.m.
Burlington Public Library
820 E. Washington Ave
Join us for a slide presentation and reading from the new biography “Looking for Betty MacDonald – The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I” by the author Paula Becker.
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. Biographer Paula Becker chronicles MacDonald’s vibrant, close family life, writing career, her books and her era.
Material from letters, personal accounts, and her own writing made 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 of 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 at the age of 49 in 1958.
Join us to hear Becker share her observations about MacDonald’s humorous writing style and the world as Betty saw it. Q & A to follow.
For more information, contact the Burlington Public Library at 820 East Washington Avenue, call 755-0760, or visit the Burlington Library