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Rash to be Friends of the Library guest speaker

Posted: January 17, 2012 3:39 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Pat Conroy has placed Ron Rash in “the front ranks of the best American novelist,” the New Yorker has compared his work to both John Steinback and Cormac McCarthy, and Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author says that “Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true.”

Rash was raised in Boiling Springs, N.C. and has been called the “Bard of Appalachia.” He studied creative writing at Gardner-Webb University and then Clemson University and has since written poetry, short stories and novels depicting his love and appreciation of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. He is the 2010 winner of the prestigious Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and author of the New York Times bestselling novel “SERENA,” a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Rash joined the faculty of Western Carolina University in 2003 where he currently serves as the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies. His much anticipated new novel, “THE COVE,” has a publication date of April 10, 2012. A novel that takes us back to World War I, Jonathan Evison, author of “WEST OF HERE,” writes: “Warning: if you’re going to begin reading ‘THE COVE,’ be prepared to miss your appointment and cancel your dinner plans, because it is one of those books that grabs you from the first page and won’t let go. Rash is a hypnotist, a magician, a conjurer, and that rarest of worksmiths, a masterful storyteller.”

The “Friends of the Kershaw County Library” is proud to present “An Evening with Ron Rash” as the thank-you event for their $300+ donors. A wine reception, seated dinner, and a presentation by Rash will round out the evening on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Robert Mills Courthouse. Donations are still being accepted and donor brochures are available at all branches of the Kershaw County Library. This is an opportunity to donate funds to an entity of the library that sponsors programs and events for children, teens and adults; funds online resources including Mango and Jasmine; funds the purchase of printed books, DVD’s and CD’s for the library; provides furnishings for comfortable reading areas in the library; and numerous other needs.

This event will be the climax of an exciting week for the “Friends of the Kershaw County Library” as it will be sponsoring its annual book sale starting Thursday, Feb. 9. Book lovers of all ages won’t want to miss this chance to purchase that much wanted book. For more information, contact Kate Denton 432-9850, Barbara Davis 713-0720 or Ponza Vaughn 572-5050.

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