Betty Vogel was born in New Westminster, BC, Canada, on December 13, 1931. She received her B.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1953, after which she studied for a year as an exchange student at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. In 1956 she received her M.L.S. from the University of California (Berkeley) and her M.A. in German Literature from UBC in 1968. She is a retired librarian, having worked at the University of Toronto Library and the Seattle Public Library. She has published articles in American Libraries, The Wilson Library Bulletin, and the PNLA Quarterly. Most of her books are autobiographical, pieces of her long and traumatic (but never uninteresting) life. She is a humorist and satirist.