South Bound Lecture Series

Ron Rash

Nov. 12, 2020

6:00 PM


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Southern Lit Alliance will be hosting an interview with award-winning author, Ron Rash, on November 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM.  Ron will be discussing his latest book, In the Valley, a collection of short stories and a novella based on his New York Times bestseller Serena.


Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestseller Serena, as well as Above the Waterfall, also a New York Times bestseller, and four prizewinning novels, including The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight.  He has also written four collections of poems and six collections of stories, including Burning Bright, which was a 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award winner, and Chemistry and Other Stories, a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award.  Prior to In the Valley, his most recent book was Something Rich and Strange.  He’s a two-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, teaches at Western Carolina University, and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a nonprofit founded in 1987 whose goal is to nurture the development and creation of literature in the South.


With In the Valley, Rash revisits the setting of his beloved Serena, spinning ten allegorical stories reminiscent of the times we live in—raging capitalism, destroying the natural world for the sake of profit, the use of pills to numb our pain and destroy our bodies and souls—yet, within this world, he also highlights various acts of extraordinary decency and heroism.  In revisiting Serena Pemberton, Rash “updates his bestselling parable of greed run amok as his deliciously vindictive heroine returns to the North Carolina wilderness she left scarred and desecrated to make one final effort to kill the child that threatens all she has accomplished” (Penguin Random House).  Noted by Richard Price as “a gorgeous, brutal writer,” Ron Rash has created another captivating view of the imperfect world around us.