Betty MacDonald’s 1945 memoir, “The Egg and I,” is a tartly witty tale about operating a chicken ranch on Washington’s dauntingly wild Olympic Peninsula. Betty’s vivacity, offbeat humor, and sparklingly irreverent take on life captured a public ready to laugh again after the grim hard years of World War II. In 1947, Betty introduced readers to her delightful children’s character called Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Join Paula Becker, author of “Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I,” as she discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work and reads selections from the biography.
Paula Becker is the award-winning author of Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I, and co-author of The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy and Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington’s First World’s Fair. An expert on the history of world’s fairs, she is featured in the documentary films When Seattle Invented The Future: The 1962 World’s Fair, which aired on PBS stations nationwide; and Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington’s Forgotten World’s Fair, which aired on Seattle’s KCTS-9; and Structural Engineers of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, which she narrated.