Luncheon with Dorothea Benton Frank

Luncheon with Dorothea Benton Frank

Wednesday, May 16, 12 noon

Historic Robert Mills Courthouse

607 South Broad Street, Camden, SC

$55 ticket includes luncheon with Dorothea Benton Frank, signed copy of "By Invitation Only," and tax


Books on Broad will host Dorothea Benton Frank at the Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden, SC in celebration of her newest release, By Invitation Only, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 12:00pm. The Robert Mills Courthouse is located at 607 South Broad St., Camden, SC. Books on Broad is located at 944 Broad Street, Camden, S.C. 803-713-7323 M-S. The event is $55, which includes an autographed book, luncheon, and tax. Tickets are available at Books on Broad and at Additional books will be available for purchase and autographing.

About the book:

The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where this story begins at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. While the mother of the bride, Susan Kennedy Cambria, who dabbles in the world of public relations and believes herself deserving of every square inch of her multimillion-dollar penthouse and imaginary carrara marble pedestal, learns about moonshine and dangerous liaisons.

Soon the story zooms to Chicago, where the unraveling accelerates. Nearly a thousand miles away from her comfortable, familiar world, Diane is the antithesis of the bright lights and super-sophisticated guests attending her son Fred’s second engagement party. Why a second party? Maybe it had been assumed that the first one wouldn’t be up to snuff? Fred is marrying Shelby Cambria, also an only child. The Cambrias’ dearest wish is for their daughter to be happy. If Shelby wants to marry Fred they will not stand in her way, although Susan does hope her friends won’t think her daughter is marrying more than a few degrees beneath her socially. At the same time, Diane worries that her son will be lost to her forever. 

About the author:

Dorothea Benton Frank and her four siblings were born and reared on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Her first novel, Sullivan’s Island, debuted on the NY Times list at number one, and has well over one million copies in print. 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. She is an avid cook, enjoys fly-fishing, reading and travel and is frequent speaker on the creative process for students of all ages. She divides her time between the Lowcountry of South Carolina and New Jersey.

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Event date: 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Event address: 

607 South Broad St.
Camden, SC 29020