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Showing posts with label Ron Rash. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ron Rash. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Appalachian Author, Ron Rash, speaks to students about his book Burning Bright

Ron Rash is a well known writer in our region of the world. He is from Appalachia and writes about Appalachia. His novel, Serena, is a real page turner that I enjoyed. The movie made from his book was changed a good bit. That, of course, was not his fault. Once a writer sells the rights to his book for a film, the film makers can do what they want with it.

Terry Kay, author of  To Dance with the White Dog, says once he sells his rights to his books, he forgets about them because they are no longer his. The new owner can do what he wants. Kay concentrates on his next book.

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Lady-Banks is a devoted reader of books and in her newsletter, she gives us a glimpse of Ron Rash in which he is with students at Washington High School.

The students had the opportunity to talk with Rash, author of “Burning Bright,” which is this year’s National Endowment for the Arts Big Read. 

His remarks and answers to questions are here.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Speaking in Hendersonville and visiting with NCWN West Members

Just got back from a delightful time in Hendersonville, NC where I had a chance to visit with writer and Netwest Representative, Lana Hendershott, at Tooley's. 

I was there by invitation to speak at Senior Friends, a 200 member group of older people who seem to be staying quite active and enjoying life. Carol Crawford, poet, writer and director of the annual Blue Ridge Writers Conference in Blue Ridge, GA. was a featured speaker as well. In fact, Carol received an invitation from Roy Freedman for a writer and a poet to speak to the group. She asked me to be the writer. She took this opportunity to read from her wonderful new poetry chapbook, The Habit of Mercy
Carol Crawford at Senior Friends in Hendersonville

I spoke as a writer and teacher. My theme was that writing is good for seniors whether they journal, write about their lives for family or publish a book. I talked about how writing had been such an integral part of my life, especially my healing after loss of my husband. I could see heads nodding as I talked. I felt a real kinship with the 50 plus men and women who sat before me. My thanks to Roy and to Senior Friends for inviting Carol and me to be a part of their fine group Thursday evening. 
Glenda at Senior Friends in Hendersonville

Carol and I were so pleased at the warmth and appreciation of the group after we finished. NCWN West member, Pat Podlipec, is a member of Senior Friends. Another woman told me she remembered me from the annual Blue Ridge Bookfest held in Flat Rock. How nice it was to be remembered for our Netwest panel discussion when we were there a few years ago. I'll always remember that event was held opposite Ron Rash's workshop. Talk about bad luck! We still had a good audience and we all had fun. 

Lana and I discussed an open mike event she hopes to create in Hendersonville very soon. While it is very easy to get a public reading started, one must find a good venue and then decide how to schedule those who will read. Should the reading be for poets or writers? Maybe both? But poets can read two poems in three minutes, easy. Writers need at least five minutes. Those little details have to be worked out, but I feel sure Lana will get this going soon.

I told Lana I'd love to come up for the readings when she gets an event going, and I'd be glad to come for the inaugural if she wanted me. With so many writers in Hendersonville I know the writing event will be well attended, and it will give them an opportunity to bring writers together there. With one Netwest sponsored event open to the public all the writers and poets will get to know each other and, like our writers in my neck of the woods, they can socialize with like-minded people, share opportunities, and make life long friends. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hollywood found Ron Rash

Many of us here in the mountains are fans of Ron Rash, author of many best sellers, but his book, Serena, caught the eyes of Hollywood.
I read on the NCWN blog, Whitecross School, that the movie is being made in Asheville.
Here is the link.