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Speaker Series: Marie Benedict

Bestselling author Marie Benedict will enthrall guests with discussion her new historical fiction, The Only Woman in the Room. The novel shares the story of Hedy Lamarr, a glamourous Oscar-nominated 1940s film star, who was also an avid inventor and the figure behind advances in communication technologies that led to  Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here

Set in 1930s Austria before the start of WWII, THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM
introduces us to young Jewish Hedy Kiesler who marries the countrys richest man, Fritz Mandl,
a munitions manufacturer often referred to as the Merchant of Death. Fritz is responsible for
supplying weaponry to Mussolini and Hitler in deals struck over the couples dinner table where
Hedy was often the only woman in the room. Always the active listener, soon after she learns of
the Third Reichs military strategy and the horrific plans for the Jewish people, she escapes to
London and then to Hollywood. When she begins to suffer from survivors guilt as the military
plans she had previously overheard begin to manifest, Hedy decides she must take action and
help in some way. With the assistance of co-inventor George Anthiel, she utilizes the secret
military information learned at her ex-husbands side to develop an incredibly effective frequency
hopping weaponry system that could have ended the war sooner but ultimately ends up rejected
by the Navy.

Once a New York City lawyer, MARIE BENEDICT had long dreamed about a fantastical job unraveling the larger mysteries of the past as an archaeologist or historian -- before she tried her hand at writing. While drafting her first book, she realized that she could excavate the possible truths lurking in history through fiction, and has done so in The Other Einstein, the story of Mileva Maric, Albert Einstein's first wife and a physicist herself, and Carnegies Maid, the story of a brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie toward philanthropy. She is a graduate of Boston College and the Boston University School of Law, and lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

Earlier Event: January 17
Drayton Hall Presents: Curators Unhinged
Later Event: January 24
Music at the Library: Porto Seguro