"The Aviator's Wife" author to touch down

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013, 9:58 am

As a child, Melanie Benjamin was an avid reader and frequent participant in her local library's summer reading program.

As a young adult, she was an amateur actor, using her imagination to step into the lives of others. As a historical fiction writer, she does both, combining investigation and imagination to shed light on the lives of people we thought we knew.

Melanie Benjamin Benjamin's first historical novel, Alice I Have Been, traces the life of the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland, while The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb features the wife of the famed 19th century circus celebrity.

In The Aviator's Wife, her most recent book, she offers insight into the private life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh who, despite major achievements of her own, is mainly remembered as Charles Lindbergh's wife.

Benjamin will visit the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center (MAC), 777 Evening St., on July 25 as part of the library's Hear & Now series. She'll answer questions and share her own story starting at 7pm.

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $10, and include admission into a 6pm meet-the-author reception. Tickets are $5 for members of the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and MAC (author reception included).

Tickets are available now at the MAC; by phone at 614-431-0329; and online. In order to receive their discount, Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries members must use a special code when purchasing tickets; call 614-807-2605.

The Hear & Now author series is also sponsored by the MAC and Holiday Inn.

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