Saturday, April 29th – 3:00pm (author talk), 4:00pm (book signing)
LOCATION: Shoals Theater
A natural public speaker, author Melanie Benjamin’s lectures both entertain and educate as audiences learn more about the iconic characters featured in her bestselling works of historical fiction. Benjamin has a unique ability to mine the lives of history’s most riveting figures, crafting intimate and memorable portraits of their legacies.
Her first novel, Alice I Have Been, explores the real story of Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Benjamin animates Alice’s fascinating and complex character, from her girlhood as the daughter of the dean of Christ Church College at Oxford University, to her friendship with Lewis Carroll, into her adult years.
Her second novel, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, tells the extraordinary story of tiny Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Bump, a member of P. T. Barnum’s circus family and the wife of superstar General Tom Thumb.
Benjamin’s third novel was the critically acclaimed, bestselling sensation The Aviator’s Wife, in which she portrays one of the most iconic women in American history, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Daughter of the American ambassador to Mexico, wife of Charles Lindbergh, mother, writer, and aviatrix, her story, set against the backdrop of pivotal moments in history, provides a rich tapestry for a novel.
In The Swans of Fifth Avenue, Benjamin’s delivered an enthralling exploration into Truman Capote’s scandalous and headline-making friendships with Babe Paley and the New York society “swans” of the 1950s. The book was a New York Times bestseller and the #1 Indie Next pick for February 2016, and will be made into a limited television series starring Bryce Dallas Howard and produced by RatPac Entertainment.
Benjamin lives in Chicago and has appeared at the Southern Festival of Books, the James Thurber House, the Dallas Museum of Art, and at many other literary festivals and libraries around the country.
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Additional information about Melanie Benjamin can be found at Penguin Random House.