Culver-Union Township Public Library will host author Meagan Church for An Afternoon with Author Meagan Church, an author talk, question & answer session, and book signing on Monday, May 15, at 4:00 PM in the north meeting room on the lower level of the library. This event is free and open to the public.

Laura Jones, CUTPL director, notes, “We are thrilled to welcome Meagan Church back to her home county and to host her at the Culver-Union Township Public Library. We invite you to come to this free event to meet Meagan, hear about the real-life inspiration behind her debut novel, enjoy a question-and-answer time, and have the opportunity to get a book signed and personalized by the author.”

About The Last Carolina Girl book:

A searing book club novel for fans of Where the Crawdad’s Sing and The Girls in the Stilt House following one girl fighting for her family, her body, and her right to create a future all her own

Some folks will do anything to control the wild spirit of a Carolina girl…

For fourteen-year-old Leah Payne, life in her beloved coastal Carolina town is as simple as it is free. Devoted to her lumberjack father and running through the wilds where the forest meets the shore, Leah’s country life is as natural as the Loblolly pines that rise to greet the Southern sky.

When an accident takes her father’s life, Leah is wrenched from her small community and cast into a family of strangers with a terrible secret. Separated from her only home, Leah is kept apart from the family and forced to act as a helpmate for the well-to-do household. When a moment of violence and prejudice thrusts Leah into the center of the state’s shameful darkness, she must fight for her own future against a world that doesn’t always value the wild spirit of a Carolina girl.

Set in 1935 against the very real backdrop of a recently formed state eugenics board, The Last Carolina Girl is a powerful and heart-wrenching story of fierce strength, forgotten history, autonomy, and the places and people we ultimately call home.

About the Author: Meagan Church writes to explore the truths and nuances of who we are. But mostly she writes because she’s compelled to unearth overlooked stories. Her historical fiction chronicles the plight and fight of unheard voices of the past. After receiving a B.A. in English from Indiana University, Meagan built a career as a storyteller and freelance writer for brands, blogs and organizations. A Midwesterner by birth, she now lives in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart, three children and a plethora of pets. More information can be found about Meagan on her website at .