The University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts presents its Lunch with Author Series with Melanie Benjamin will discuss her next novel, “The Girls in the Picture,” about early Hollywood and the creative friendship between Mary Pickford and Frances Marion. Writing was always beckoning, however, and soon Benjamin began writing for local magazines and newspapers before venturing into her first love, fiction. By combining her passion for history and biography, she has found her niche writing historical fiction, concentrating on the “stories behind the stories.” Her most recent novel, “The Swans of Fifth Avenue,” is a New York Times, USA Today and IndieBound best seller, as was her novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, “The Aviator’s Wife.” Her first novel, “Alice I have Been” was a national bestseller; this was followed by the critically acclaimed, “The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb.” Event starts at noon. Tickets are $42 and must be purchased in advance. For more information visit uscbcenterforthearts.com or call (843) 521-4100.