Hear & Now @ The MAC: Melanie BenjaminJuly 8, 2013
Reception – 6pm
Reading – 7pm
Our book reading series continues with: Melanie Benjamin
Melanie Benjamin, bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife, Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, will read at the McConnell Arts Center on Thursday, July 25 at 7 pm as part of the Hear & Now author series cosponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, McConnell Arts Center and Holiday Inn of Worthington.
Melanie Benjamin has won critical acclaim for her beautifully drawn fictional portraits of some of history’s most intriguing women. Alice I Have Been, was a transformative look at Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the real Alice of Alice in Wonderland fame, and was called “genuine magic” (Entertainment Weekly). Benjamin’s treatment of Lavinia Mercy Warren Bump, better known to the world as the vivacious Mrs. Tom Thumb, shone brightly in The Autobiography Of Mrs. Tom Thumb, which was called a “remarkable, soaring novel” (BookPage). And now, Benjamin introduces us to another extraordinary woman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, in The Aviator’s Wife.
Many remember her as the shy bride of the most heroic man of his time. Some are aware of her child’s kidnapping and murder. Others recall her as an early feminist writer. But few know the entire story of Anne Spencer Morrow, an ambassador’s daughter and wife to Charles Lindbergh, including her major accomplishments as an aviator in her own right, charting and pioneering new air routes that still hold today. The Aviator’s Wife is an intimate look at this determined woman who lived and tried to find her own voice in the shadow of her legendary husband and unrelenting public scrutiny.
With stunning prose and rich historical detail, Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtains on one of the country’s most fascinating couples and reveals the heart of a marriage—complicated, passionate, and dynamic—and what made it endure.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melanie Benjamin is a pseudonym for Melanie Hauser, who has written two contemporary novels. Her first work of historical fiction as Melanie Benjamin was Alice I Have Been, followed by The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. Benjamin lives in Chicago where she is at work on her next historical novel. Visit her website at www.melaniebenjamin.com.
Presented in partnership with Holiday Inn Worthington