The University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts presents its Lunch with Author Series with Julia Franks. Franks lives in Atlanta, where she teaches literature and runs loosecanon.com, a web service that fosters free-choice reading in the classroom. Her debut novel, Over the Plain Houses, has been listed as an NPR Book of the Year, Chicago Review of Books named it Best Fiction of the Year, Atlanta Journal Constitution’s 10 Best Southern Books of 2016, and in May 2016, it was an Indie Next Pick. Working in the stylistic terrain of Amy Greene and Bonnie Jo Campbell, this mesmerizing debut by Julia Franks is the story of a woman intrigued by the possibility of change, escape, and reproductive choice—stalked by a Biblehaunted man who fears his government and stakes his integrity upon an older way of life. As the man chases his demons, he brings about a final act of violence that shakes the entire valley. In this spellbinding Southern story, Franks bares the myths and mysteries that modernity can’t quite dispel. Franks has been named Georgia Author of the Year, Literary Fiction. Event starts at noon. Tickets are $42 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.