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Ron Rash in Conversation With Colum McCann
September 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
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 the 10 stories of his new collection, In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on Serena (Doubleday), 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. 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, Rash has created another mesmerizing look at the imperfect world around us. Rash will be joined in conversation by Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of Apeirogon and Let the Great World Spin.