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Dorothea Benton Frank signs THE HURRICANE SISTERS
Square Books, Friday, June 20, 2014 at 5:30pm
Description Filled with her trademark wit, sassy, heartwarming characters, and the steamy Southern atmosphere and beauty of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry, The Hurricane Sisters is New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank's enchanting tale of the ties and lies between generations. Beloved New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank once again takes us deep in the heart of the magical Lowcountry--a sultry land of ancient magic, glorious sunsets, and soothing coastal breezes, where three generations of strong women wrestle with the expectations of family while struggling to understand their complicated relationships with each other. Best friends since the first day of classes at The College of Charleston, Ashley Anne Waters and Mary Beth Smythe, now 23 years old, live in Ashley's parents' beach house rent-free. Ashley is a gallery assistant who aspires to become an artist. Mary Beth, a gifted cook from Tennessee, works for a caterer while searching for a good teaching job. Though they both know what they want out of life, their parents barely support their dreams and worry for their precarious finances. While they don't make much money, the girls do have a million-dollar view that comes with living in that fabulous house on Sullivans Island. Sipping wine on the porch and watching a blood-red sunset, Ashley and Mary Beth hit on a brilliant and lucrative idea. With a new coat of paint, the first floor would be a perfect place for soirees for paying guests. Knowing her parents would be horrified at the idea of common strangers trampling through their home, Ashley won't tell them. Besides, Clayton and Liz Waters have enough problems of their own. A successful investment banker, Clayton is too often found in his pied-a-terre in Manhattan--which Liz is sure he uses to have an affair. And when will Ashley and her brother, Ivy, a gay man with a very wealthy and very Asian life partner--ever grow up? Then there is Maisie, Liz's mother, the family matriarch who has just turned eighty, who never lets Liz forget that she's not her perfect dead sister, Juliet. For these Lowcountry women, an emotional hurricane is about to blow through their lives, wreaking havoc that will test them in unexpected ways, ultimately transforming the bonds they share. Dorothea Benton Frank Frank, Dorothea Benton (b. 1951). Best-selling author, public speaker, nonprofit fundraiser. Frank and her four siblings, Lynn Benton Bagnal, William Oliver Benton (deceased), Theodore Anthony Benton and Michael Kent Benton were born and reared on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. She is the daughter of William Oliver Benton, Jr. (1914 - 1955) and Dorothea Blanchard (1914 - 1992). She attended Bishop England High School in Charleston and graduated from General William Moultrie High School in 1969. Her interest in retail apparel took her to Atlanta GA where she graduated from The Fashion Institute of America in 1972. For a short period she lived in Atlanta and was employed in the Atlanta Apparel Mart by College Town Sportswear. She returned to Charleston, SC in 1973 and became a buyer for Kerrison's Department Store. In 1974 she was hired by Byer California and moved to San Francisco, CA. A year later she moved to New York City and went to work on Seventh Avenue for Fire Islander Sportswear, Heralcorp Industries and Michael Lerner. She retired from the apparel industry in 1985. In 1983 she married Peter Richard Frank (b.1947) and moved to Montclair, NJ shortly after the birth of their first child, Victoria Hanna Frank (b.1985). In 1988 their son, William Richard Frank was born. While her children were young Ms. Frank became a volunteer fundraiser, organizing events for various non-profit organizations around the Metropolitan New York area. Past board service includes The Montclair Art Museum, Whole Theater Company, The Drumthwacket Foundation, The NJ State Council on the Arts and The NJ Cultural Trust. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of the SC Coastal Conservation League and the Parent's Council of the College of Charleston. At the present time she is a trustee of Bloomfield College (Bloomfield NJ), The Montclair Film Festival (NJ) and The SC Historical Society. Her first novel, Sullivans Island (Berkley Publishing 2000) debuted on the NY Times list at number nine and went back to press over twenty five times, has well over one million copies in print and can be found in ten foreign languages. Her subsequent novels Plantation (Berkley 2002), Isle of Palms (Berkley 2003), Shem Creek (Berkley 2004), Pawleys Island (Berkley 2005), Full of Grace (Wm. Morrow 2006), Bulls Island (Wm. Morrow 2007), The Christmas Pearl and Land of Mango Sunsets (Wm. Morrow 2008), Lowcountry Summer (Wm. Morrow 2009), RETURN TO Sullivans Island (Wm. Morrow 2010), Folly Beach (Wm. Morrow 2011), Porch Lights (Wm. Morrow 2012), The last original wife (Wm. Morrow 2013) were all NY Times bestsellers and may also be found in various foreign languages. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from The College of Charleston and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from Bloomfield College. Ms. Frank is an avid cook, enjoys fly fishing, reading and travel and is a frequent speaker on the creative process for students of all ages. She divides her time between the Lowcountry of South Carolina and New Jersey.
Location: Street: 160 Courthouse Sq City: Oxford, Province: Mississippi Postal Code: 38655-3914 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Dorothea Frank, The Hurricane Sisters
Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Buckhead, Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7pm
The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank
Author Event Join us for a book signing! Filled with her trademark wit, sassy, heartwarming characters in her beloved Carolina Lowcountry, The Hurricane Sisters is New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank's newest enchanting tale. (added from Barnes & Noble)
Stories and Sweets with Dorothea Benton Frank
Fiction Addiction, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 7pm
Join us for a Stories & Sweets dessert event with bestselling South Carolina author Dorothea Benton Frank, who will discuss her latest Lowcountry novel, The Hurricane Sisters (William Morrow, hardcover, $26.99, releases 6/3/14). Tickets are $40 per person and each ticket includes a copy of The Hurricane Sisters and access to a dessert buffet. The author will speak for 20 minutes, take Q&A from the audience, then will sign books. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.fiction-addiction.com (fictionaddiction-sc)
Event location: Thornblade Club
CODE READ! The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank
The Fountain Bookstore, Inc., Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 10am
Code Read is a celebration of buying books the old-fashioned way: IN A BOOKSTORE!
Join us as we celebrate the release of The Hurricane Sisters by buying it at the shop this week.
Filled with her trademark wit, sassy, heartwarming characters, and the steamy Southern atmosphere and beauty of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry, The Hurricane Sisters is New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank's enchanting tale of the ties and lies between generations. #CodeRead
Location: Street: 1312 E. Cary St. City: Richmond, Province: Virginia Postal Code: 23219-4118 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Dorothea Benton Frank
Barrington Books, Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 1pm
Barrington Books is proud to host NYTimes Bestselling author, Dorothea Benton Frank for her 'coastal' stop on the national book tour promoting her new book, "The Last Original Wife" (June 2013 release). More details to come, save the date!
Location: Street: 184 County Rd City: Barrington, Province: Rhode Island Postal Code: 02806 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Dorothea Benton Frank, The Last Original Wife
The Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, Monday, June 24, 2013 at 7pm
Dorothea Benton Frank dissects a successful marriage in a tale of wit, charm, and Southern atmosphere. Leslie Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband’s group of cronies. They have all traded in their first wives for younger, blonde, and more enhanced models. Leslie is proud of the longevity of her marriage, until she is golfing with her husband and slips into a manhole … and nobody realizes she is gone. Recognizing the sham of her life, Leslie sets out reclaim the strong, vibrant, sexy woman she was meant to be.
Frank is the New York Times-bestselling author Sullivan’s Island; Plantation; Isle of Palms; Folly Beach; and Porch Lights. She is an avid cook, enjoys fly fishing, reading and travel, and is a frequent speaker on the creative process for students of all ages. She divides her time between the South Carolina Lowcountry and New Jersey. (jasbro)
Dorothea Benton Frank -- The Last Original Wife -- Gables
Books & Books - Coral Gables, Friday, June 21, 2013 at 8pm
Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley’s wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish—’til death did them part—for tanned and toned young Barbie brides.
If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn’t painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les’s world and push her to the edge. She’s had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he’s doing her a favor by keeping her around. She’s not going to waste another minute on people she doesn’t care to know. Now, she’s going to take some time for herself—in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brother’s stately historic home, she’s going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island. Along Charleston’s live oak- and palmetto-lined cobblestone streets, under the Lowcountry’s dazzling blue sky, Les will indulge herself with icy cocktails, warm laughter, divine temptation and bittersweet memories. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants . . . and find the life of which she’s always dreamed.
Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes, The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.
About the Author
Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of Bulls Island, The Christmas Pearl, The Land of Mango Sunsets, Full of Grace, Pawleys Island, Shem Creek, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan's Island.
Before she began her writing career, Ms. Frank was involved extensively in the arts and education, and in raising awareness and funding for various nonprofits in New Jersey and New York. At the present time she serves on the boards of The South Carolina Historical Society and The South Carolina Coastal Conservation League.
The author, who was born and raised on Sullivan's Island in South Carolina, currently divides her time between New Jersey and South Carolina.
Location: Street: 265 Aragon Ave City: Coral Gables, Province: Florida Postal Code: 33134-5008 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
2013 Southern Voices Festival: Author Conference
Hoover Public Library, Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 09am
The Hoover Public Library is presenting an Authors Conference. The following authors will be present. After the afternoon conference sessions, the authors will be available for book signings.
Wiley Cash is a native of western North Carolina, a region that plays a critical role in his debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home. A literary mystery surrounding the death of a young autistic boy during a church healing service, the book has garnered much critical acclaim and was listed as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Southern Indie Booksellers Allliance Pick. The Washington Post calls Wiley Cash a “promising new voice to Southern fiction.”
Dorothea Benton Frank
Dorothea Benton Frank is The New York Times best-selling author of 13 novels including Lowcountry Summer, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. Born and raised on Sullivan’s Island, Mrs. Frank is known for her eloquent descriptions of the South Carolina lowcountry. Her latest novel, Porch Lights, is the story of a woman who returns to her childhood home for healing when her husband, a fireman, is killed in the line of duty. Filled with pluff mud, palmetto fronds and ocean breeze, the novel combines themes of love, loss, grief, motherhood and friendship.
Ron Rash is a novelist, poet, short story writer and Southern Voices alumnus. In 2008, Rash’s fourth novel Serena received wide accolades and was named as Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008, listed to The New York Times’ 10 Favorite Books of 2008 and was a finalist for the 2009 Pen/Faulkner Award. According to Pat Conroy, Serena catapulted Rash to “the front ranks of the best American novelists.” In 2013, Serena will make its debut on the silver screen starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as Serena and George Pemberton.
Grant Jerkins has published three novels, including the Southern gothic coming of age story, At the End of the Road and The Ninth Step. Each of these novels primarily focus on the dark side of humanity—prompting The Washington Post to remark, “You have to admire the purity of Jerkins’s writing: He’s determined to peer into the darkness and tell us exactly what he sees.” Pegged by The New York Times as a “well-fashioned study in abnormal psychology,” his debut novel A Very Simple Crime has been optioned for a film.
Tayari Jones is the author of three novels including Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling and most recently, The Silver Sparrow, which follows two daughters, one public and one secret, who meet and become friends. The powerful, explosive novel has received overwhelming praise from the media, readers and booksellers alike. Named to O, The Oprah Magazine’s Favorite Books of 2011 and Library Journal’s Top Ten Best Books of 2011, Michele Norris described the book as “a complicated, heartbreaking and very rich story” on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Michel Stone’s debut novel The Iguana Tree is the suspenseful saga of Lilia and Hector, who separately make their way from Mexico into the United States, seeking work in the Carolinas and a home for their infant daughter. Kirkus Review compared the novel to the work of John Steinbeck, and it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and a 2012 “Okra Pick” from the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Association.
Wendy Wax has written eight novels, including Ocean Beach, Single in Suburbia, Magnolia Wednesdays, and the Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist, The Accidental Bestseller. Her latest novel, Ocean Beach is the sequel to Ten Beach Road, the story of three strangers who form a unique friendship when they are forced to unite with a common purpose: restore an aged Florida vacation home and regain their stolen fortune. (clong)
Book Your Lunch with Dorothea Benton Frank
Fiction Addiction, Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 12pm
Dorothea Benton Frank discusses Porch Lights.
Book Your Lunch with bestselling South Carolina author Dorothea Benton Frank on Thursday, June 14th, from 12-2 pm at Thornblade Club in Greer. Tickets are $55 each* and must be purchased in advance at http://www.bookyourlunch.com or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540. The luncheon tickets must be purchased in advance. The featured author will read from their work (or give a 20-minute talk), followed by a Q&A session, a delicious lunch, and then an onsite book-signing session with the author. Books may be purchased from Fiction Addiction in advance or during the event. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets today! Bestselling South Carolina author Dorothea Benton Frank is back with her latest Lowcountry novel, Porch Lights (William Morrow, hardcover, $25.99, releases 6/12/12). *Please note that the ticket price for this event includes one hardcover copy of Porch Lights (the book can be picked up at Fiction Addiction when it releases on June 12th, or we can bring it to the event for you). Dorothea Benton Frank spins a tale that brims with the warmth, charm, heart, and humor that has become her trademark. Porch Lights is a stirring, emotionally rich multigenerational story - a poignant tale of life, love, and transformation - as a nurse, returning to Sullivans Island from the Iraq war, finds her life has been irrevocably altered by tragedy and now must rediscover love and purpose with the help of her son and aging mother. An evocative visit to enchanting Sullivans Island with its unique pluff mud beaches, palmettos, and colorful local lore - a novel filled with unforgettable characters and enlivened by tales of the notorious Blackbeard and his bloodthirsty pirate crew and eerie Edgar Allen Poe stories - Porch Lights stands tall among the very best works of not only Dottie Frank, but of Anne Rivers Siddons, Rebecca Wells, Pat Conroy, and other masters of the modern Southern novel. Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times bestselling author of Folly Beach, Lowcountry Summer, Return to Sullivans Island, Bulls Island, The Land of Mango Sunsets, The Christmas Pearl, Full of Grace, Pawleys Island, Shem Creek, Isle of Palms, Plantation, and Sullivan's Island. Ms. Frank has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Parker Ladd's Book Talk, and many local network affiliated television stations. She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process for students of all ages and in private venues such as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library organizations, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She has also been a guest speaker at the South Carolina Book Festival, Novello, North Carolina's Festival of Books, and the Book and Author annual event in Charleston, SC, sponsored by the Post & Courier. Before she began her writing career, Ms. Frank was involved extensively in the arts and education, and in raising awareness and funding for various non-profits in New Jersey and New York. At the present time, she serves on the Board of the South Carolina Historical Society. She has served as a trustee of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, NY, Music Theater Group NY, and on the Board of Trustees of the Drumthwacket Foundation. Past board service includes The New Jersey Chamber Music Society, Whole Theater, Dance NJ, American Stage Company, and Senior Care of Montclair. As a volunteer fundraiser, she has planned events for Bloomfield College, The Montclair Kimberley Academy, Unity Concerts, and The National Governor's Association. She has held appointments to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. The author, who was born and raised on Sullivans Island in South Carolina and has been married "forever" to Peter Frank, currently divides her time between New Jersey and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. If you cannot make the event, you can reserve a personalized copy of any of Ms. Frank's books by contacting Fiction Addiction in advance at 864-675-0540 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. (fictionaddiction-sc)
Event location: Thornblade Club / 1275 Thornblade Blvd. / Greer, SC 29650
Dorothea Benton Frank
FoxTale Book Shoppe, Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 1pm
Dorothea Benton Frank discusses Folly Beach.
Of course she loved Woodstock last summer and wants to come back! Experience the wild beauty and sultry magic of New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank's Carolina Lowcountry—where the pull of family is as powerful as the ocean tides and love can strike faster than lightning in summer ... Folly Beach. Filled with the irresistible charm, saucy wit, and lush atmosphere that have won her the devotion of fans and propelled her books to bestsellerdom, Folly Beach is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details, because this is one event you won’t want to miss. (jasbro)
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