Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Dinner with Dorothea Benton Frank

Dinner at the Sea Crest in Falmouth was lovely and delicious, as always, and I never fail to make new friends there. And tonight, the entertainment was Dorothea Benton Frank, author of "Sullivan's Island," "The Christmas Pearl " and many others. She was a hoot! I never knew someone with a southern accent could talk so fast! She delivered an address that was both well prepared, and seemed completely extemporaneous, with anecdotes about falling between the cracks of risers in front of an audience of oblivious elders, to asking if anyone had seen her speak before so she knew how much of her material she could "recycle"! Her writing career began midlife when she responded to a slew of emotional setbacks by becoming angry enough to write. She needed to buy her "Momma's House" on Sullivan's Island, so write she did. Thus began, "Sullivan's Island" and her career. This was a delightful evening, and I now need to go and read everything she has ever written! Check out her website at:

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