Author Dorothea Benton Frank to speak, sign books at HPU

May. 23, 2013 @ 04:14 PM

Best-selling author and speaker Dorothea Benton Frank will return to High Point next month, courtesy of the High Point Literary League.
Frank will speak and sign copies of her books during the program, which will be held June 19, at 10:30 a.m., at Hayworth Fine Arts Center, on the campus of High Point University.
The Literary League also hosted Frank in 2009, but that visit was not open to the public; this one is.
Tickets are $20 apiece, which will include a copy of Frank’s latest novel, “The Last Original Wife,” if your check is received by June 3.
“The Last Original Wife,” which will be published June 11, tells the story of Leslie Anne Greene Carter, who is — as the title implies — “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 “for tanned and toned young Barbie brides.”
After losing the social life and close friends she adored, Les decides 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 going to take some time for herself in Charleston, her beloved hometown.
According to Frank, “The Last Original Wife” is a tale of family, friendship, self-discovery and love.
A native of Sullivan’s Island, S.C., Frank published her first novel, “Sullivans Island,” in 2000. The book debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at number nine, went back to press more than 25 times, and has well over a million copies in print.
Some of her subsequent novels include such titles as “Plantation,” “Isle of Palms,” “Shem Creek,” “Pawleys Island,” “Full of Grace,” “Bulls Island,” “The Christmas Pearl,” “Land of Mango Sunsets,” “Lowcountry Summer,” “Return to Sullivans Island,” “Folly Beach” and “Porch Lights.” All were New York Times bestsellers.
Frank is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the College of Charleston and a doctorate of fine arts from Bloomfield College.
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 Lowcountry of South Carolina and New Jersey.
For more information about Frank, visit her website at

Want to go?

Author Dorothea Benton Frank will speak and sign copies of her books June 19, at 10:30 a.m., at Hayworth Fine Arts Center, on the campus of High Point University.
Refreshments will follow the program.
The High Point Literary League is sponsoring the event, which is open to the public.
Tickets are $20 apiece and can be reserved by sending a check (payable to the High Point Literary League) to High Point Literary League, P.O. Box 5466, High Point, N.C. 27262.
If your check is received by June 3, you will receive a copy of Frank’s new book, “The Last Original Wife.” If your reservation is received after that date, you will have an opportunity to purchase the book.