Ron Rash was introduced as one of the important new voices of the South and after listening to him, I believe that might be true.
His complex tales and poems tell of loss and redemption, of real people with complex motives, and they leave you with a sense that you have discovered a side of Appalachia that you will not soon forget.
In his soft-spoken way he voiced his concern about the environment, about the importance of family, and explained his abiding interest in the heritage of the Appalachian region.
Ron was there to promote his recent novel, The World Made Straight, which deals with the modern day legacy of a Civil War massacre which still divides an Appalachian community. He is a powerful writer and his work creates an emotional impact.
He is currently the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University and his contract provides him the time to write and do book tours as well as teach.
His poetry and fiction have been published in more than 80 journals and magazines, and he is author of two collections of short stories and three collections of poetry. His first novel was “One Foot in Eden” and his second novel was “Saints at the River.”
His appearance in Floyd was arranged by Floyd’s friends of the Library. Once again, they have done this community a great favor.
Watching a celebrated writer give a book reading gives you an inside view of how the story was developed and what the author was trying to accomplish. It is a treat for the reader and is an education for the would-be writer.
Here are some links you may wish to explore:
An Interview with Ron Rash by Pam Kingsbury, an article by Iris books, and another article by Story South .
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