This year's OC READS book selection is... 

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

OC READS & The Ocean City Free Public Library invite you to a Book Discussion, Film Discussion, and a Virtual Talk (Q&A) with Author Marie Benedict!


Book Discussion: Wednesday, October 7 at 7 PM - Register in advance here.

Film Discussion: Wednesday, October 14 at 7 PM - Register in advance here.

Please join us for a discussion about Hedy Lamarr's films as well as the documentaries about her life.

Please note: We will NOT be watching any films during this Zoom program. We will only be discussing them. So please come prepared by watching at least a few of the following films ahead of time:

Documentaries about Hedy Lamarr

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story"
(Library DVD)
Or the film is available to PBS WHYY members online at the following link:

"Hedy Lamarr: Extraordinary Women"
Available through the Library's Infobase Access Video on Demand (with your library card):

Films starring Hedy Lamarr:

Algiers (available on Hoopla online via the Library at or Library DVD) 
Samson and Delilah (Library DVD)
Boom Town (Library DVD)

Author Talk and Q&A: Wednesday, October 21 at 7 PM - Register in advance here

This talk will be held virtually on Zoom and will be free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required. Spaces are limited.

Marie Benedictis a lawyer with more than ten years of experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. While practicing as a lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women -- and finally found it when she tried her hand at writing. She embarked on a new, narratively connected series of historical novels with The Other Einstein, which tells the tale of Albert Einstein's first wife, a physicist herself, and the role she might have played in his theories. The following novel in this series is Carnegie’s Maid, which tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from a ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist. Marie’s 3rd installment in the series, The Only Woman in the Room, was published in January of 2019. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the Hedy Lamarr, glamour icon, and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece. Writing as Heather Terrell, Marie also published the historical novels The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, and Brigid of Kildare. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.          

OC READS is a program designed to bring people together through literature by encouraging them to read the same book and participate in discussions and other events centered on that book.