Author Talk & Book Signing
Sunday, February 17th
Oconomowoc Public Library
200 W South St
This richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum's intrepid wife, Maud. Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband's masterpiece for the screen, seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank's passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book--because she's the only one left who knows its secrets. But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of "Over the Rainbow," Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story, from her youth as a suffragette's daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, with the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her--the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy. Finding Dorothy is the result of Letts's journey into the amazing lives of Frank and Maud Baum. Written as fiction but based closely on the truth, Elizabeth Letts's new book tells a story of love, loss, inspiration, and perseverance, set in America's heartland.
The author of two New York Times bestselling nonfiction books , The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse, Elizabeth Letts is a master at discovering and researching a rich historical story and transforming it into a page-turner. She lives in Southern California and Northern Michigan.
The Oconomowoc Public Library will be featuring extra Wizard of Oz fun! Starting in February, there will be a display of Wizard of Oz ephemeral from the Oconomowoc Historical Society.
Friday, Feb 15 from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. the library will show Meet Me in St Louis (featuring Judy Garland)
Saturday, Feb 16 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. a Yellow Brick Road scavenger hunt for kids with photo ops with the Wizard of Oz Standees. From 2:00 pm.-4:00 p.m. there will be a screening of The Wiz, live.
Sunday, Feb 17 – The library will have the photo op and display up for those attending Elizabeth Lett’s reading.