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Capturing the Atmosphere


Meet three authors whose stories could not have taken place anywhere else. How did they so effectively recreate these places from the past? Visit the Hollywood of 1914, The Dakota, an iconic New York apartment building in 1894 and Siena, Italy seven hundred years ago just as the plague is about to strike. Learn how sometimes the setting in a book is as important as the character. Assistive listening devices available.


Panelists
Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling historical novels "The Swans of Fifth Avenue," about Truman Capote and his society swans and "The Aviator's Wife," a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh....

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Fiona Davis

Fiona Davis was born in Canada and raised in New Jersey, Utah and Texas. She began her career in New York City as an actress, where she worked on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional theater. After getting a masters degree at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing, leapfrogging from editor to freelance journalist before finally settling down as an author of historical fiction....

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Melodie Winawer

Melodie Winawer is a physician-scientist and Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. A graduate of Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. With degrees in biological psychology, medicine and epidemiology, she has published 47 non-fiction articles and book chapters....

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Books:
The Girls in the Picture
Melanie Benjamin
Fiction / Literature
Delacorte
January 2018
ISBN 9781101886809
448 pages
$28.00, INSTORE
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A fascinating novel of the friendship and creative partnership between two of Hollywood's earliest female legends--screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford--from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator's Wife It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. More/less

The Address
Fiona Davis
Fiction / Literature
Dutton Books
August 2017
ISBN 9781524741990
368 pages
$26.00, INSTOCK
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Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse, returns with a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota--New York City's most famous residence. More/less

The Scribe of Siena
Melodie Winawer
Fiction / Literature
Touchstone
January 2018
ISBN 9781501152269
464 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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“Readers of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring…will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena” (Library Journal, starred review) in this transporting love story and gripping historical mystery. More/less

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Tucson Medical Center

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