As a young woman, Marie Benedict was gifted a book by a treasured aunt — who also happened to be an English professor — that opened her eyes to the hidden world of women’s stories and voices that lurked in the shadows of the past. The epiphany she experienced while immersed in this particular book, The Mists of Avalon, is one she hopes to share with the readers of her own books, as she unearths important, but unknown, historical women from the detritus of the past and brings them into the light of modern day where their very contemporary contributions and issues can be explored.
Marie’s route to authorship was circuitous — involving a decade as a commercial litigator in New York City and failed aspirations at becoming an archaeologist — but now that she’s arrived, she is wasting no time in writing her narratively connected series of historical novels, that began with The Other Einstein, the story of Einstein’s first wife, a physicist who made important contributions to his theories, continued with Carnegie’s Maid, the tale of an Irish immigrant woman who influenced Carnegie’s transformation into the founder of free libraries, and persists with The Only Woman In The Room.
This latest novel shares the astonishing narrative of a young Jewish women in 1930s Vienna, married to Austria’s richest man, an arms dealer to Mussolini and then Hitler, who escapes to the Hollywood film world but, desirous of striking out against the Nazis, invents a ground-breaking weapons system, if only the Navy would use an invention made by a woman; it is the story of the movie star known as Hedy Lamarr, whose creation later became the foundation for wi-fi. And these books are only the beginning.
Marie, a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College and a cum laude graduate from the Boston University School of Law after which she practiced as a commercial litigator in New York City for a decade, lives in Pittsburgh with her family. Writing as Heather Terrell, Marie also published the historical novels The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, and Brigid of Kildare.
Talks and Topics
The Only Woman in the Room, Author Presentation
Carnegie’s Maid, Author Presentation
The Other Einstein, Author Presentation
Reclaiming Women’s Voices: Historical and Modern
Women and the Sciences: Inventions, Attributions, and Marginalization
The Depiction of Women Across Time and Its Impacts on Current Gender Perceptions
The Contributions of Historical Women to Our Modern World
Writing Women Back into History: Creating Narratives for the Past and Today
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Previous & Upcoming Events:
Jan 14, 2019: Sumter County History Museum Luncheon - Sumter, SC
Jan 15, 2019: Cuyahoga County Library - Cleveland, OH
Jan 16, 2019: Carmel Clay Public Library - Carmel, IN
Jan 18, 2019: Mobile Public Library - Mobile, AL
Feb 16, 2019: Savannah Book Festival - Savannah, GA
March 2, 2019: Tuscon Festival of Books - Tuscon, AZ
March 11, 2019: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - Charlotte, NC
March 14, 2019: Northern Tier Regional Library - Gibsonia, PA
In the News:
“Thank Hedy Lamarr, The ‘Most Beautiful Woman in the World’ for your Cellphone” - Newsweek (Jan 2019)
“Carnegie’s Maid: A Novel of Love and Plutocracy from Pittsburgh Author Marie Benedict” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Jan 2018)
“Fictional Carnegie’s Maid Filled with Details That Give Aura of Authenticity” - Tribune Review (Jan 2018)
“Author Sheds Light on The Other Einstein” - Jewish Exponent (Jan 2018)
“AAUW Speaker Explores Women’s Role in History” - Tribune Review (Oct 2018)