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Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical novels The Swans of Fifth Avenue, about Truman Capote and his society swans, and The Aviator's Wife, a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Her latest historical novel, The Girls in the Picture, is about the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood's earliest female legends—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford. Her next novel, Mistress of the Ritz, will be out in May 2019.
Previous historical novels include the national bestseller Alice I Have Been, about Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, the story of 32-inch-tall Lavinia Warren Stratton, a star during the Gilded Age.
Her novels have been translated in over fifteen languages, featured in national magazines such as Good Housekeeping, People, and Entertainment Weekly, and optioned for film.
Melanie is a native of the Midwest, having grown up in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she pursued her first love, theater. After raising her two sons, Melanie, a life-long reader (including being the proud winner, two years in a row, of her hometown library's summer reading program!), decided to pursue a writing career. After writing her own parenting column for a local magazine, and winning a short story contest, Melanie published two contemporary novels under her real name, Melanie Hauser, before turning to historical fiction.
Melanie lives in Chicago with her husband, and near her two grown sons. In addition to writing, she puts her theatrical training to good use by frequently appearing for literary events around the country. When she isn't writing or speaking, she's reading. And always looking for new stories to tell.
Book club favorite and New York Times bestseller Meg Waite Clayton is the author of seven novels, including The Last Train to London, a lead title on HarperCollins’s Fall 2019 list. Her prior books include #1 Amazon fiction bestseller Beautiful Exiles; Langum Prize-honored The Race for Paris; The Wednesday Sisters, one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time; and The Language of Light, a finalist for what is now the PEN/Bellwether Prize. She’s written for th Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Runner’s World and public radio, often on the subject of the particular challenges women face, and writes the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Listening In.” A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, sh lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.