Meet New York Times Bestselling Author Elizabeth Letts
This is a ticketed event. Ticket includes admission and a copy of Finding Dorothy.
Finding Dorothy is a richly imagined novel telling the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baums intrepid wife, Maudfrom the familys hardscrabble days in South Dakota to the Hollywood film set where she first meets Judy Garland.
Maud Gage Baum, widow of the author of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, met Judy Garland, the young actress playing the role of Dorothy on the set of The Wizard of Oz in 1939. At the time, Maud was seventy-eight and Judy was sixteen. In spite of their age difference, Maud immediately connected to Judyespecially when Maud heard her sing Over the Rainbow, a song whose yearning brought to mind the tough years in South Dakota when Maud and her husband struggled to make a livinguntil Frank Baums book became a national sensation.
This wonderfully evocative two-stranded story recreates Mauds youth as the rebellious daughter of a leading suffragette, and the prairie years of Maud and Franks early days when they lived among the peopleespecially young Dorothywho would inspire Franks masterpiece. Woven into this past story is one set in 1939, describing the high-pressured days on The Wizard of Oz film set where Judy is being badgered by the director, producer, and her ambitious stage mother to lose weight, bind her breasts, and laugh, cry, and act terrified on command. As Maud had promised to protect the original Dorothy back in Aberdeen, she now takes on the job of protecting young Judy.