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Collection of Ron Rash interviews

 A collection of media interviews with Ron Rash, Western Carolina University’s Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Cultural Studies and an acclaimed author, has been published by the University Press of Mississippi as part of its Literary Conversation Series.

Conversations with Ron Rash was edited by Mae Miller Claxton, WCU associate professor of English, and Rain Newcomb, a former lecturer with the WCU English Department. 

The book provides insight into Rash’s writing career from his first collection of short stories published in 1994 through his 2015 novel Above the Waterfall. The 21 interviews cover topics such as his writing process, the settings and character development he employs, and his reflections on his poetry, short stories and novels.

In addition to interviews, the book includes an introduction by Claxton, a chronology and a bibliography. Rash’s poetry and fiction have appeared in more than 100 journals, magazines and anthologies.

Rash uses his family history, with many relatives having worked with their hands as farmers or millworkers, to create the settings for most of his work. 

“I actually start sometimes with a voice, usually an image, an image that won't leave me alone and I have to find out where that image will lead me,” Rash said.

Rash has been awarded an NEA Poetry Fellowship, the Sherwood Anderson Prize and the Novella Festival Novel Award and is twice winner of O. Henry awards, as well as the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Above the Waterfall was the Prince of Tides Literary Prize Winner in the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance’s 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize competition.

 

Thunderstruck book, author discussion

The “Pushing the Limits of Connection” Thunderstruck book and author discussion will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.

Stop by the Reference Desk to borrow a copy of the book by Erik Larson. Within the discussion, topics will revolve around how it relates to human connections across space and time. After, the group will watch an interview with the author, participate in a discussion facilitated by science partner Doug Woodward, and enjoy some refreshments.

“Pushing the Limits” is a reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 

The program is the work of a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers from organizations including Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Library Group, Public Library Association, Dawson Media Group, Institute for Learning Innovations, Goodman Research Group and Oregon State University.

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