Author Benjamin to return to Carmel Clay Public Library


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Benjamin – who grew up in Indianapolis – will visit the Carmel Clay Public Library at 3 p.m. Jan. 21 to discuss her new book, “The Girls in the Picture.”


Benjamin’s previous works include “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” about Truman Capote and his society swans and “The Aviator’s Wife,” a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Her new book focuses on the friendship and business partnership between two female legends in old Hollywood.

“It’s a novel about two women in Hollywood starting in 1914 who have a friendship,” said Beth Jenneman, communications manager for the library. “One is a screenwriter and the other is a young actress. They become very famous and make lots of money at a time when women did not. It’s based on Mary Pickford and Frances Marion.”

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

“It will be one of the first times people can get her new book,” Jenneman said. “She will be discussing it and signing copies. As always a portion of the proceeds go to the foundation, so by coming to this you’re supporting the library by buying a book.”

Benjamin enjoys visiting CCPL because of her Midwest upbringing.

“She enjoys coming here to the library because she grew up in Indianapolis,” Jenneman said. “She lives in Chicago so it’s really easy for her to come down here.”

There is no cost to attend, but guests should call 317-814-3905 to register. The discussion will be held in the author room. For additional information about upcoming author visits visit