Events Schedule

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Upcoming events:

Monday, July 10, 2017, 6:00-7:30 pm  Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s experiences fighting tuberculosis at Firland Sanatorium, events MacDonald later described in her 1948 book, The Plague and I. This event is sponsored by Historic Seattle and the Shoreline Historical Museum and will be held in the former FIrland, now Christa Ministries. Cost TBA. More details coming soon.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 7:00 pm Paula Becker, Humanities Washington, and Asotin County Library present “The Truth and I: Reading Betty MacDonald in the Age of Memoir,” an interactive illustrated lecture. Basalt Cellars, Clarkston, WA. Free.

Monday, July 24, 2017, 5:30 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work in an illustrated lecture and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Sunset Club. Private.

Tuesday, September 12, 2016, 6:00 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Mountlake Terrace branch of Sno/Isles Libraries, 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace, WA. Free.

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2:00 pm Paula Becker, Humanities Washington, and Sno-Isle Libraries present “The Truth and I: Reading Betty MacDonald in the Age of Memoir,” an interactive illustrated lecture. Stanwood Library, 9701 271st St NW, Stanwood, WA. Free.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 11:30 am Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work in an illustrated lecture and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Daughters of the Washington Pioneers. Private.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6:00 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work and connections to the Washington Athletic Club in an illustrated lecture, and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Washington Athletic Club. Private.

Saturday, March 10. 2018, 10:30 am Paula Becker, Humanities Washington, and the Redmond Historical Society present “The Truth and I: Reading Betty MacDonald in the Age of Memoir,” an interactive illustrated lecture. Old Redmond Schoolhouse, 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, WA. Free.

Past events:Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:30 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s homes and how they factored into her research for the biography Looking For Betty MacDonald. Pacific Northwest Historian’s Guild meeting at Seattle Pacific University Ames Library, located off 6th Avenue West, between W. Bertona and W. Dravus Streets on lower North Queen Anne hill. Free. Free parking is available nearby off W. Dravus St. and 4th Avenue W.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 10:30 am Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work in an illustrated lecture and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. The Antiquarians. Private.

Monday, May 22, 2017, time TBA Paula Becker and Humanities Washington present “The Truth and I: Reading Betty MacDonald in the Age of Memoir,” an interactive illustrated lecture. Location TBA, Spokane. Private (Donor Appreciation Event).

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 9:30 am Paula Becker and Humanities Washington present “The Truth and I: Reading Betty MacDonald in the Age of Memoir,” an interactive illustrated lecture. Spokane Community College. Free.

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6:00 pm Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work. Darvill’s Bookstore, Orcas Island, WA. Free.

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:00 pm Paula Becker, Humanities Washington, and Walla Walla University present “The Truth and I: Reading Betty MacDonald in the Age of Memoir,” an interactive illustrated lecture. Walla Walla University Administration Building, Room 117. Free.

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:30 pm Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work. Island Books. Mercer Island, WA. Free.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:30 am Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work. Kobetick Public Library, Tacoma, WA. Free.

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2:00 pm Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work. Wheelock Public Library, Tacoma, WA. Free.

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 2:00 pm Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work. Neverending Book Shop, 10123 Main Place, Bothell. Free.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6:00 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work in an illustrated lecture and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Manchester branch of Kitsap Regional Library, 8067 E. Main Street, Manchester, WA. Free.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 10:45 am Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work in an illustrated lecture and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Women’s University Club. Private.

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 6:00 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s work and her life on Vashon Island and helps celebrate the 110th anniversary of Betty’s birth. Vashon High School Auditorium. Free.

Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:00 pm Paula Becker and Humanities Washington present “The Truth and I: Reading Betty MacDonald in the Age of Memoir,” an interactive illustrated lecture. Newport Way branch of King County Library, 14250 SE Newport Way, Bellevue,WA. Free.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 5:30 pm Paula Becker presents an illustrated lecture “Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I: From Chickens to the Silver Screen” and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Downtown Bremerton Branch of Kitsap Regional Library, 612 Fifth Street, Bremerton, WA. Free.

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 1:00 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work in an illustrated lecture and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Poulsbo branch of Kitsap Regional Library, 700 NE Lincoln Road, Poulsbo, WA. Free.

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 1:00 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work in an illustrated lecture and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Port Orchard branch of Kitsap Regional Library, 87 Sidney Avenue, Port Orchard. Free.

Friday, March 3, 2017, 7:00 pm Paula Becker, Humanities Washington, and the Jefferson County Museum of Art and History present “The Truth and I: Reading Betty MacDonald in the Age of Memoir,” an interactive illustrated lecture. Historic City Council Chambers, 540 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA. Free.

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 7:00 pm Paula Becker describes Betty MacDonald’s Hollywood experiences and introduces the film version of The Egg and I. Horizon House, Seattle. Private.

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:00 pm Paula Becker discussed Betty MacDonald’s life and legacy and reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald. Book Tree, 609 Market Street, Kirkland, WA. Free.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 7:00 pm Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work. Tattered Cover Book Store, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Colorado. Free.

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:30 pm Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work in Boulder, Colorado, Betty MacDonald’s birthplace..  Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado. This event requires a $5 voucher, applicable toward purchase of Looking For Betty MacDonald.

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 7:00 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s experiences in Jefferson County, Washington, and their culmination is MacDonald’s 1945 worldwide best-seller, The Egg and I. Port Townsend Public Library, 1220 Lawrence Street, Port Townsend. Free.

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 2:00 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work in an illustrated lecture and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Bothell Branch of King County Library, 18215 98th Avenue NE, Bothell, Washington. Free.

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 3:00 pm Paula Becker, Jill Andrews (Betty MacDonald’s family friend and daughter of Much Laughter, A Few Tears author Blanche Caffiere), Abigail Carter (owner of Betty’s Vashon Island home), and Katy McCoy (owner of Betty’s Chimacum property, participation not confirmed) discuss Betty MacDonald’s life, work, and places in a panel discussion moderated by Elliott Bay Books Events Coordinator (and Betty fan) Karen Maeda Allman. Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Avenue, Seattle. Free.

Saturday, January 7, 2017, 2:00 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work in a one hour illustrated lecture. Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, WA. Free.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 2:00 pm Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work in a one hour illustrated lecture. Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Avenue, Burlington, WA. Free.

Friday, December 9, 2016, 7-9 pm Paula Becker is a featured guest at Book Tree’s holiday party and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Book Tree, Kirkland, WA. Free.

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:00 pm Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work. King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma. Free.

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:30 pm Paula Becker reads from her new biography Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I and reads selections from The Plague and I, Anybody Can Do Anything, Onions In The Stew. Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Avenue, Pt. Hadlock, WA. Free.

Friday, October 21, 2016, 12:00 noon Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work in an illustrated lecture focusing on Betty’s youth in the North Capitol Hill neighborhood, and sells and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald. Woman’s Century Club monthly meeting, Dearborn House, 1117 Minor Avenue, Seattle. Light luncheon provided. Free to Woman’s Century Club members, all others welcome with $10 suggested donation to defray food costs.

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 11:00 am Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life and work, and reads from her new book, Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I. Lynnwood Senior Center, 19000 44th Avenue W, Lynnwood, Washington. Sponsored by Alderwood Manor Heritage Association. Free.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:00 Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work and life in 1920s-1930s Ravenna/Roosevelt and Laurelhurst neighborhoods. Ravenna Third Place Books. 6504 20th Avenue NE, Seattle. Free.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm, Paula Becker discusses Betty MacDonald’s life, work, and deep connections with Seattle. History Cafe (sponsored by HistoryLink.org, KCTS-9, and MOHAI), Museum of History and Industry, 860 Terry Avenue N, Seattle, Washington. Free (MOHAI admission not included).

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 5:00-8:00 pm Paula Becker answers questions and signs Looking For Betty MacDonald at Edmonds Book Shop, 111 5th Avenue S., Edmonds, WA. Brief program at 7 pm. Free, part of Edmonds Art Walk.

Friday, September 30, 2016, 11:30-2:15  Paula Becker appears at Pacific Northwest Book Sellers Association Authors on the Map event, Tacoma. Private.

Sunday, October 2, 2016, 3:00 Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work.  Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, Washington. Free.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:00 Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses MacDonald’s University District history. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle. Free.

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:30 Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work. Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA, Free.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:00 Paula Becker discusses Looking For Betty MacDonald and Betty MacDonald’s books. Mystery to Me Independent Bookstore, 1863 Monroe Street, Madison, Wisconsin. Free.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7:00 Paula Becker reads from Looking For Betty MacDonald and discusses Betty MacDonald’s work. Lake Forest Park Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, Washington. Free.

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 2:00 Book launch for Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I, with book sales provided by Elliott Bay Books. Central branch of The Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Free.

Paula Becker leads a walking tour of Seattle Center for the Association of Architectural School Librarians. Seattle Center Armory, Private.

Paula Becker joins award-winning audiobook narrator Heather Henderson for an event sponsored by the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum, Port Townsend Public Library, and Shoreline Historical Society. Henderson voiced Betty MacDonald’s classic best selling book The Egg and I for Post-Hypnotic Press’s recently released audiobook edition (available on Audible.com), and is currently voicing audiobook versions of The Plague and I, Anybody Can Do Anything, and Onions In The Stew.  Heather Henderson will share fascinating details about what goes into the making of an audiobook, and will read from Betty MacDonald’s work. Paula Becker will share details about Betty MacDonald’s life on Vashon, in Chimacum, and during her treatment for tuberculosis at Firland Sanatorium in Richmond Beach.

In celebration of the Book Club of Washington’s reissue of Betty MacDonald’s earliest known published work, “Their Families,” I will be discussing Betty’s early work and the impact of World War II paper restrictions on early editions of her 1945 classic, The Egg And I. March 8, 2015, Dearborn Mansion, 1117 Minor Avenue, Seattle

Paula Becker and neonatal nurse practitioner Amy Dunn Caldwell present the slideshow “Baby Incubators In Seattle: From Sideshow to NICU”at Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, March 19, 2013, NE Library, Seattle

Paula Becker, Museum of History and Industry textiles curator Clara Berg, and Seattle historian Junius Rochester help KCTS9 preview Downton Abbey Season Four, comparing Seattle in the early 1920s with the lives of Downton characters during the same period. Wednesday, December 19, 2013, 7:00 pm History Café, Museum of History and Industry, 860 Terry Avenue N, Seattle

Paula Becker and playwright John Longenbaugh discuss Northwest author Betty MacDonald’s memoir of the Great Depression, Anybody Can Do Anything, as part of Highline Historical Society and Humanities Washington’s Hope In Hard Times exhibit. Sunday, December 8, 2013, 1:00 pm Burien branch of King County Library, 400 SW 152nd Street, Burien, Washington; and Vashon branch of King County Library, 2:00, Saturday, May 3, 2014

Paula Becker and neonatal nurse practitioner Amy Dunn Caldwell present the slideshow “Baby Incubators In Seattle: From Sideshow to NICU” at Pacific Northwest Association of Neonatal Nurses (PNANN) Conference, Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Valley Medical Center, Renton, Washington

Paula Becker and neonatal nurse practitioner Amy Dunn Caldwell present the slideshow “Baby Incubators In Seattle: From Sideshow to NICU” at King County Medical Society, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, King County Medical Society, 200 Broadway, Seattle, Washington

Between April 21, 2011 and October 21, 2012, Paula Becker and Alan Stein made more than 100 public appearances throughout the Pacific Northwest to promote their book, The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair And Its Legacy.  Thanks to everyone who shared their own Seattle World’s Fair story with us, watched us on KCTS9 and other television stations, listened to us on KUOW and other radio stations, to the wonderful libraries and independent booksellers who supported our book, and to everyone who bought it.

During the 2009 centennial of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Paula Becker and Alan Stein made more than 50 public appearances throughout Washington to promote their book, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington’s First World’s Fair.  Thanks to everyone who shared with us in the excitement of discovering the history of that event, and to everyone who enjoyed, discussed, promoted, and purchased our book.

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