Not “Just” a Regional Author: An Interview with Ron Rash

In a recent interview, Ron Rash, author of New York Times bestselling novel The Cove, describes his proud heritage as a North Carolina native but his reluctance at being classified as “just” a regional author.

“I’m very proud to be from this region,” he explains, “And I’m proud to be associated with so many great writers that have come out of our region, but I think that what makes them great writers (someone such as Faulkner or O’Connor) is that you can be both.  You can be intensely Southern, but you’re also universal.”

Author Ron Rash

Author Ron Rash

In addition to The Cove, many of Ron’s novels, works of poetry, and short stories set in Appalachia have been highly awarded, including two O. Henry Prizes and Fiction Book of the Year by several sources. His novels Serena and The World Made Straight have recently been adapted into films. His most recent work, published in 2014, is a collection of his best short stories in one volume known as Something Rich and Strange.

When he is not writing short stories or novels, Mr. Rash can be found teaching at Western Carolina University as the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies. To invite Ron Rash to speak at your next event or to learn more about his speaking schedule, please contact Books In Common.

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