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Writers Present: Melanie Benjamin on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Mission Viejo City Hall
Mission Viejo, CA
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Writers Present: Melanie Benjamin on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
We offer you two opportunities to enjoy Melanie Benjamin:

VIP Meet & Greet Reception/Writers Present Ticket for 1 Admission:
Meet the lovely Melanie Benjamin up close and personal at a VIP Meet & Greet Reception with light appetizers and a glass of wine hosted by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library beginning at 6 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 31, 2018 at City Hall, 200 Civic Center. Writers Present book talk begins at 7 p.m. followed by Q & A and book signing.

VIP Ticket - $38 includes:
     1 admission
     VIP Meet & Greet Reception (see above description)
     1 hardcover 1st edition of The Girls in the Picture
     Preferred book signing in order of online purchase
     Reserved VIP Seating in VIP section, first-come first-served

General Admission Writers Present Ticket for 2 admissions
Writers Present book talk beginning at 7 p.m. followed by Q & A book signing. No host wine bar available beginning at 6:30 p.m.
General Admission Ticket - $32 includes:
     2 admissions
     1 hardcover 1st edition of The Girls in the Picture
     Preferred book signing in order of online purchase

Other Notes:
1. VIP ticket holders will precede general admission ticket holders in the signing line
2. Guaranteed General Admission seating section, first-come first-served.  
3. Books will be signed in the order of website purchase with VIP tickets taking precedence.

About The Girls in the Picture and Melanie Benjamin
The Girls in the Picture: Hollywood, 1914: Twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion arrives in Tinseltown fleeing a second disastrous marriage and determined to make it as an artist. A twist of fate propels her headlong into the dressing room of Americas first superstar, Mary Pickford, and into a friendship that will define both their lives and extraordinary careers. The two reign over Hollywood in its infancy and through its golden age: The first screenwriter to win multiple Academy Awards, Marion is widely considered one of the most important female screenwriters of the 20th Century. Pickford was the first actor of true international celebrity, the first to have her name on a movie marquee  and the first woman to run a major motion picture studio. At a time when womens salaries peaked at $10 / week, hers totaled $625,000.

The heart of The Girls in the Picture beats with Frances and Marys dynamic friendship. In a male-dominated industry, it is this bond, with its creative joys and personal sacrifices that drives them to defy the men who try to tell them what to do. Benjamin brings their story of female power and perseverance to life in full color as only she can.

With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness. Melanie Benjamin perfectly captures the dawn of a glittering new eraits myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak.

MELANIE BENJAMIN is the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviators 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.


Mission Viejo City Hall (View)
200 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
United States


Arts > Literary

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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