Authors Brunch August 8 2020 Debbie McConnell and ALSTL President Dawn ThomasCROPPEDAssistance League of St. Louis President Dawn Thomas (right) and Debbie McConnell, who chaired Assistance League’s 15th annual, first-ever "virtual" Authors Brunch, show off novels written by the event’s featured author, Melanie Benjamin. The books were on sale at the August 8 event---one of two major fundraisers for Assistance League.

The 2020 Authors Brunch attracted interested readers who heard a lively and informative virtual discussion with the author. Those who joined the event also participated in drawings for beautiful opportunity baskets filled with restaurant gift cards, jewelry, cooking tools, designer accessories, personal pampering goodies and the ever-popular money tree. View a recording of the entire event!

Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times and USAToday bestselling historical novels, the Swans of Fifth Avenue, about Truman Capote and his society swans, and The Aviator’s Wife about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Her novels have been translated in over 15 languages, featured in national magazines such as Good Housekeeping, People, and Entertainment Weekly, and optioned for film.