"A RASH OF STORIES" to preview at Canton Branch Library Print

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Barbara Bates Smith

“A Rash of Stories,” a dramatization of works by author Ron Rash, will be previewed by actress Barbara Bates Smith at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Canton Branch Library.


A sampler of three stories from the collections "Nothing Gold Can Stay," "Burning Bright," and "The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth" will be presented as works-in-progress, inviting audience feedback. A "teaser" segment from "Pemberton's Bride" (in the "Chemistry and Other Stories" collection) —which is a portion of the novel Serena—will also be included.


Ron Rash's stories have won the coveted Frank O'Connor International Award, two O. Henry prizes, and recognition as a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award. Two of his novels are being made into films: The World Made Straight and his New York Times bestseller Serena, which will star Jennifer Lawrence. Rash teaches at Western Carolina University.


Actress Smith, noted for her Off-Broadway adaptation and performance of “Ivy Rowe” from Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies, has toured for more than 20 years with the works of Lee Smith—and more recently with those of Ron Rash, as well as Allan Gurganus in her current “Civil War Cameos.”  "Go, Granny D!" celebrating the crusader who at age 90 walked across the U.S. for election reform, is a current favorite touring show.


For more information, visit www.barbarabatessmith.com. For more information on the upcoming library event, call (828) 648-2924.