Melanie Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include The Girls in the Picture, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator’s Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. She is praised for her signature ability to breathe life into the narratives of history’s most compelling women. Ms. Benjamin lives in Chicago.​

Mistress of the Ritz is based on the true story of the extraordinary Blanche Auzello, a Jewish-American aspiring actress arriving in France to create a new life for herself. Jeopardizing her marriage, she secretly works for the French Resistance during World War II while playing hostess to the invading Germans in the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris. ​

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Mistress of the Ritz

by Melanie Benjamin


Wednesday, January 15

9:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-3:30 p.m.

(Private club, Palm Beach)


 Thursday, January 16

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

(Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens)

The Magnificent Esme Wells

by Adrienne Sharp​ 


Wednesday, January 16

1:30 - 3:30 p.m

(Private club, Palm Beach)

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

(Private home, Palm Beach)


Thursday, January 17

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

(Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club,Palm Beach Gardens)

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The Third Daughter

by Talia Carner


Wednesday, February 26

9:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-3:30 p.m.

(Private club, Palm Beach)


 Thursday, February 27

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

(Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens)

Talia Carner is formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women’s economic forums. She is a committed supporter of global human rights, and she has spearheaded projects centered on the subjects of female plight and women’s activism. Her four other acclaimed novels – Hotel Moscow, winner of a USA Best Book Award; Jerusalem Maiden; China Doll and Puppet Child – have been hailed for exposing society’s ills. She lives in New York and Florida​

The Third Daughter removes the veil of secrecy from a shameful chapter in Jewish history: the sex trafficking of young women from Russia to South America in the late 1800s. The story is told by Batya, a trusting young woman fleeing with her family from endless pogroms. She is lured to Buenos Aires, where prostitution is legal and embedded in the culture. As Batya struggles to free herself from bondage, she finds courage in the face of danger and hope in hours of despair.​

Our 2019-2020 Season

• Arrangements can be made for you to attend a different session if you have a scheduling conflict.

• Valet parking will be provided and refreshments will be served at each session.

For more information about Conversations or to learn more about CJE:

email Erika Simon/phone 561.209.2616 or email Jessica Feit/561.209.2613


Join us for intimate discussions with dynamic authors in an innovative, thought-provoking book series.​