Join us for an evening of two Chicago-area fiction writers in conversation.
Melanie Benjamin, the New York Times bestselling author of Alice I Have Been, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, The Aviator's Wife, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, and The Girls in the Picture, will be celebrating the release of her new book, Mistress of the Ritz, a captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II--while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris. Joining Ms. Benjamin will be Edward Kelsey Moore, author of the New York Times and international bestselling novel The Supremes At Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, and a second Supremes novel, The Supremes Sing The Happy Heartache Blues. We'll serve up a Ritz-y toast, and listen in to two acclaimed writers talking about the art and craft of their work.
This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase your books from The Book Stall if you enter the book-signing queue.
About Mistress of the Ritz:
"A compelling portrait of a marriage and a nation at war from within . . . At the glittering height of the twenties and thirties, suave French hotel manager Claude Auzello has turned the Ritz into the jewel of Paris, installing his brash American wife, Blanche, as queen among the movie stars, fashion icons, and crowned heads who make up the hotel guests. But the Auzello marriage is rocked by infidelity and turmoil even as the Nazi shadow rises in Germany, and when the Ritz becomes Third Reich headquarters in occupied Paris, France's ultimate power couple must decide if they will weather the storm together or crumble under the oppression and brutality of war. High fashion, royal gossip, political scheming, and French Resistance sabotage all swirl together to makeMistress of the Ritz a cocktail as irresistible as anything served at the hotel's bar!" --Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
"No one writes of the complexities of women's lives and loves like Melanie Benjamin. In Mistress of the Ritz, Benjamin brings wartime Paris brilliantly to life--and brings home the terrible dilemmas and moral conundrums forced upon occupied citizens by the war. Blanche Auzello is a martini-soaked flapper with a heart of steel. Benjamin's fascinating story brings this forgotten heroine vividly to life without flinching from the high price paid by those who fought back against the Nazi scourge. Intense, illuminating, and ultimately inspiring!" --Elizabeth Letts, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Dorothy
"This impeccably researched, lyrically told historical about a brash American woman and her French husband during WWII is a remarkable achievement. . . . Benjamin skillfully weaves in a host of historical figures--including Coco Chanel, alleged to be a Nazi sympathizer, and Ernest Hemingway--whose vibrant presences make Benjamin's protagonists and engaging group of supporting characters shine all the more. Even readers who aren't big fans of historical fiction might be swayed by this outstanding tale." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Melanie Benjamin is the New York Times bestselling author of Alice I Have Been, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, The Aviator's Wife, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, and The Girls in the Picture. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel. Learn more at http://melaniebenjamin.com.
Edward Kelsey Moore is the author of the New York Times and international bestselling novel The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, and a second Supremes novel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues. The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat was chosen as a 2013 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and also named a 2014 Illinois Reads book by the Illinois Reading Council. Edward Kelsey Moore was awarded the 2014 First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Edward’s essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and a number of literary magazines, including Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, African American Review, and Inkwell. His work has also appeared on Chicago Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio. In addition to his writing, Edward maintains a career as a professional cellist! His playing has been featured on many recordings and he has toured nationally and internationally. Edward performs with a number of ensembles, including the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.
Mr. Moore is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Learn more at www.edwardkelseymoore.com.
A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II—while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue.
“Moore, besides being laugh out loud hilarious, has a profound understanding of human nature . . . A truly remarkable writer. This book is a joy to read.” —Fannie Flagg, author of The Whole Town’s Talking and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe