Martha Hall Kelly in conversation with Melanie Benjamin

Join us for a reading, conversation, and book-signing with Mrtha Hall Kelly and Melanie Benjamin. The two authors will be discussing the process of writing historical fiction.

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, the debut novel Lilac Girls reveals the power of unsung women to change history. New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939--and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power. The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents--from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland--as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

Martha Hall Kelly is a native New Englander now living in Atlanta, Georgia, where she's writing the prequel to Lilac Girls. This is her first novel. For this event Martha will be in conversation with Melanie Benjamin. Melanie is the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator's Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Lilac Girls: A Novel (Woolsey-Ferriday) By Martha Hall Kelly Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101883082
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Ballantine Books - February 28th, 2017

The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345528704
Published: Bantam - October 25th, 2016