Palos Reads





Palos Fine Arts along with the Palos' libraries host each year an acclaimed author.   

The 16th annual Palos Reads 2018  returns on September 27th at 7 p.m.  at The Palos Country Club: 13100 SW Highway Orland Park, IL  60462 **Special buffet dinner available before event. Call 708-448-6550 to make reservations.  This event is FREE.

PFA is Partnered with The Palos Park, The Palos Heights and The Green Hills Library to make this event a reality.  Each will host an outstanding pre-event program to explore the groundbreaking of silent film and its earliest stars.

PALOS PARK LIBRARY - September 13th - 7:00 pm. "Pioneers of Silent Film" with Steve Frenzel Journey through the era. Film clips with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin.  Call to register, 708.448.1530

GREEN HILLS LIBRARY - September 18th - 6:30 pm. "GARBO THE MUSICAL" - with Jill Gabrielle A one-woman musical on the Swedish film star Greta Garbo. Call to register, 708.598.8446

PALOS HEIGHTS LIBRARY - September 23rd - 2:00 pm. MARY PICKFORD: AMERICA'S SILENT FILM SWEETHEART - Leslie Goddard portrays her career and legacy. Call to register, 708.448.1473




Melanie Benjamin - From the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife, a “rich exploration of two Hollywood friends who shaped the movies” (USA Today)—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford As an armchair historian, I've always been drawn to stories from the past, stories that still resonate today—stories we may not know or remember. Untold stories, that explore the hidden corners, the locked closets behind the known historical record. Deeply personal stories, because history only comes alive when we remember that it was made by real people, people just like us. This is why I write novels about these people: Because facts are for the historian but emotions are the province of the novelist.


“Full of Old Hollywood glamour and true details about the pair’s historic careers . . . a captivating ode to a legendary bond.”—Real Simple

It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is “flickers”—the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you’ll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.

In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title “America’s Sweetheart.” The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution.

But their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender—and their astronomical success could come at a price. As Mary, the world’s highest paid and most beloved actress, struggles to live her life under the spotlight, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks. Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone. As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered.

With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness. Melanie Benjamin perfectly captures the dawn of a glittering new era—its myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak.

past palos reads photo collection