Announcing New York Times Bestseller, Melanie Benjamin!

We got Benjamin! Melanie Benjamin, here!

The Reader Riot just got a lot more can’t-miss. Why is that, you ask?

Because we got Melanie Benjamin! Yep! The author of multiple New York Times USA Today bestsellers is gonna be in Florence in April!

Isn’t that great?

Cool! Tell me more!

Melanie loves history. That’s pretty obvious if you look at her books (which you should!), but not mainstream, everyday history. She digs deep and tells the stories behind the stories.

She tells the stories that you want to hear, but haven’t had the chance to…until now!

Stories! About who?

Want to know about about Alice who inspired Alice in Wonderland, or about what it’s like to be the wife of a circus performer like General Tom Thumb? How about what it’s like to be the wife of Charles Lindbergh?

Then Melanie Benjamin is gonna be your new BFF.

Oooh, shiny!

Melanie’s newest book, the New York Times bestselling, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, looks at the scandals around Truman Capote’s tumultuous friendship with Babe Paley and the “swans” of 1950s New York. You’ve seen the stories told in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Capote and 2006’s Infamous, but you ain’t never seen Truman Capote like this.

And that’s a good thing. Just like Melanie Benjamin. She’s a good thing. For the Reader Riot, for the Shoals, and pretty much everyone else!

We can’t wait for you to meet Melanie Benjamin and hear her unique take on history’s stories that you haven’t heard. So make sure you mark your calendars for April 28th and 29th and get ready to riot with Melanie Benjamin!

(Author photo credit Deborah Feingold)