July 20, 2021 in Hall Auditorium
ELIZABETH LETTS is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her novel, Finding Dorothy, is a lovely historical fiction novel about the making of the film, The Wizard of Oz and how Maud L. Baum, wife of author L. Frank Baum works her way onto the set of MGM to protect the integrity of her husband’s story. There she befriends the young Judy Garland and takes her under her wing. Finding a photo of Maud and Judy together on the MGM set is what inspired author Elizabeth Letts to write this story. Ms. Letts moves the reader seamlessly between the late 1800’s where we learn the back story of Maud and Frank’s early life, and the making of the film in 1938-1939.
In her Bay View Big Read talk entitled, “The Wonderful Women of Oz,” Ms. Letts will discuss the powerful women behind L. Frank Baum, his wife Maud, and his mother-in-law the famous suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage. The author will share how their progressive beliefs about women’s equality inspired the creation of the story and the making of the classic movie. Her presentation is particularly timely in light of the celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage.