A Conversation with Ron Rash

Join us for a virtual conversation with local bestselling author Ron Rash as he discusses his new story collection, In the Valley.   EVENT LINK

About this Event

Join us on August 6th at 7 PM for a virtual conversation with local bestselling author Ron Rash as he discusses his new story collection, In the Valley. This collection consists of ten new stories and a novella based on his bestselling novel, Serena. We are proud to host Ron Rash side by side with City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC.

In the Valley by Ron Rash

From bestselling and award-winning writer Ron Rash ("One of the great American authors at work today."--The New York Times) comes a collection of ten searing stories and the return of the villainess who propelled Serena to national acclaim, in a long-awaited novella.

Ron Rash has long been a revered presence in the landscape of American letters. A virtuosic novelist, poet, and story writer, he evokes the beauty and brutality of the land, the relentless tension between past and present, and the unquenchable human desire to be a little bit better than circumstances would seem to allow (to paraphrase Faulkner).

In these ten stories, Rash spins a haunting allegory of the times we live in--rampant capitalism, the severing of ties to the natural world in the relentless hunt for profit, the destruction of body and soul with pills meant to mute our pain--and yet within this world he illuminates acts of extraordinary decency and heroism. Two of the stories have already been singled out for accolades: "Baptism" was chosen by Roxane Gay for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2018, and "Neighbors" was selected by Jonathan Lethem for The Best American Mystery Stories 2019. And 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.

"A gorgeous, brutal writer" (Richard Price) working at the height of his powers, Ron Rash has created another mesmerizing look at the imperfect world around us.

Ron Rash is the author of the PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to the critically acclaimed novels The RisenAbove the WaterfallThe CoveOne Foot in EdenSaints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and six collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, Nothing Gold Can Stay, a New York Times bestseller, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize and winner of the 2019 Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature, he is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University and lives in Clemson, SC.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 7:00pm
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In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on SERENA Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385544290
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - August 4th, 2020

Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062349354
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - August 11th, 2015

The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth: And Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina, Twentieth Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781611175141
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of South Carolina Press - December 2nd, 2014

The Risen: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062436320
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - July 25th, 2017

Serena: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061470844
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Published: Ecco - September 29th, 2009

Burning Bright: Stories Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061804120
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - February 1st, 2011

Conversations with Ron Rash (Literary Conversations) Cover Image
By Mae Miller Claxton (Editor), Rain Newcomb (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781496825551
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Press of Mississippi - December 30th, 2019

Raising the Dead Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781604542219
Availability: Backordered at our warehouse
Published: Iris Press - February 14th, 2013

Waking Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781891885822
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - October 1st, 2011

Eureka Mill Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781938235443
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - October 16th, 2018

One Foot in Eden: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312423056
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - January 3rd, 2004

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The World Made Straight: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312426606
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - March 20th, 2007

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062202727
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Published: Ecco - March 11th, 2014

Poems: New and Selected Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062435521
Availability: No new copies on our shelves but maybe in used, now or arriving soon. Ask us.
Published: Ecco - February 21st, 2017

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Above the Waterfall: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062349323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - July 5th, 2016

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