National Library Week

Nationally acclaimed author Melanie Benjamin will visit Harper College as part of National Library Week activities to talk about the inspiration behind her bestselling novels "Alice I Have Been" and her newest work, "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb."

Benjamin's work blends creative writing with historically significant characters to retell the "stories behind the well-known stories." "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb" received rave reviews from the Denver Post, Boston Globe and the Washington Post, which wrote Benjamin "knows how to combine research and readability and her heroine commands attention from the first page."

"The Harper library is very excited to host this local author and allow our community to learn where she found inspiration," says Resources for Learning Instructor Michele Ukleja, who helped organize the event. "Especially in writing historical fiction, Benjamin's background of how she choose the characters and wrote the story will be very interesting."

The program, which includes a question and answer session with the author and a reception, takes place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9 at the Harper College library, Building F on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The event is free and open to the public.

Also to mark National Library Week, Harper's Theatre Club will reenact scenes from comic genius Neil Simon's award-winning play, "The Good Doctor". The reenactment takes place at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at the Harper College library, Building F.

Press Contact: Melanie Krakauer, Communications Assistant, 847.925.6000 ext2561