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Elizabeth Letts

Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of both historical fiction and non-fiction. #1 New York Times Bestseller The Eighty-Dollar Champion was a 2011 Indie Next Pick, a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Finalist and winner of the 2012 Daniel P Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation and is currently in development as a feature film at MGM Studios.

Her second work of non-fiction, The Perfect Horse was a New York Times bestseller and the winner of the 2017 Pen USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction and is available in a young reader edition.

Her most recent book, Finding Dorothy, is a richly imagined novel which 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.

She is also the author of two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning, and an award-winning children’s book, The Butter Man. A graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Nursing, she is a passionate equestrian, a former certified nurse-midwife, and she served in the Peace Corps in Morocco. She lives in Southern California and Northern Michigan.

FINDING DOROTHY is a breathtaking read that will transport you over the rainbow and into the heart of one of America’s most enduring fairy tales.
— Lisa Wingate, NYT Bestselling Author of BEFORE WE WERE YOURS
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Talks and Topics

  • Finding Dorothy Author Presentation

  • The Perfect Horse Author Presentation

  • The Eighty Dollar Champion Author Presentation

  • More coming soon!

Beautifully researched and written, FINDING DOROTHY pulls back the curtain on a fascinating relationship behind the making of The Wizard of Oz.
— Martha Hall Kelly, NYT Bestselling Author of LILAC GIRLS

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Previous & Upcoming Events:

  • May 10, 2019: National Writers Series - Traverse City, MI

  • Apr 6, 2019: Literary Orange - Newport Beach, CA

  • Feb 22, 2019: Pilgrim Memorial Library - Pomona, CA

  • Feb 19, 2019: St. Louis County Library - St. Louis, MO

  • Feb 15, 2019: Hudson Library & Historical Society - Hudson, OH

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