Author Ron Rash to speak at TFAC and Lanier Library

Published 5:21 pm Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New York Times best-selling novelist Ron Rash will present “Appalachia on My Mind: A Reading From and Discussion of My Work” at the June 11 annual meeting of the Lanier Library in Tryon. The event begins at 3 p.m., is free, and open to all. Rash has been called the “Appalachian Shakespeare” and been lauded by The Washington Post as “one of the few writers at work today with the insight, the talent and vision to show us how sometimes, for all our sorry shortcomings, we’re able to achieve a certain redemption through our capacity for kindness and mercy.”

He is praised for his “incandescent, profound, and accessible” poetry, has won numerous awards for his short stories, and his novels are consistently on the New York Times bestseller list. “We are thrilled and proud to be able to bring Mr. Rash to Tryon, and to share him with the community,” says Library Director Amber Keeran. “He is one of our members’ most popular authors. His voice and images resonate with the poetry of this region in which we live, and although southern by birth and subject, he speaks with a universal voice that obviously transcends geography  We are grateful to the Polk County Community Foundation whose Kirby Endowment Fund makes this program possible.”

Rash grew up in Boiling Springs and is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Clemson University. His family has lived in the southern Appalachians since the 1700s, their handed-down stories contributing to his inveterate love for the land, and infl uencing the themes and voice of his writing. He has won the prestigious Frank O’Connor prize for his short stories, been a PEN/ Faulkner finalist, a two-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, and winner of the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His poetry is often compared to the work of Irish poet Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize in 1995.

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To learn more about the influences on Rash’s writing and the life of a man Richard Russo describes as “a writer of both the darkly beautiful and sadly true,” come to the Tryon Fine Arts Center on Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. A reception and book signing will be held at the library following the presentation.

Article submitted by Clare O’Sheel