Melanie Benjamin to Delve Into THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD In Conversation with Elizabeth Letts via Zoom (1/20)
Melanie Benjamin, author of THE CHILDREN’S BLIZZARD (Berkley), will be in conversation about her latest novel with author Elizabeth Letts and participate in an audience Q&A at a virtual event hosted by Warwick’s Bookstore in partnership with the Mission Viejo Library via Zoom on Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 pm (ET).
THE CHILDREN’S BLIZZARD tells a story of courage on the American prairie, inspired by actual events. On the afternoon of January 12, 1888—a day that had dawned surprisingly warm—a ferocious storm hit the Great Plains right as school was letting out. It would come to be known as “The Children’s Blizzard,” since hardest hit were the schoolchildren in the one-room prairie schoolhouses, and their teachers—children themselves, barely out of the schoolroom—who had to make life and death decisions in an instant. Should they let their pupils make a run for it, hoping they would make it home in time? Or keep them there and risk freezing to death in poorly insulated shacks, hoping for eventual rescue? The novel’s narrative unfolds through the perspectives of two sisters who make vastly different choices— and find their destinies changed irrevocably, forever labeled for their actions.
Melanie Benjamin is also the New York Times bestselling author of 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.
Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion (an Indie Next Pick), The Perfect Horse, and Finding Dorothy. Elizabeth majored in history at Yale and in both her fiction and non-fiction she is known for her deep and detailed research. She lives in Southern California and Northern Michigan.
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