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In Conversation: Ron Rash and Crystal Wilkinson

The UT Library Society, in partnership with Union Ave. Books, invites you to join us for a live, online conversation between authors Ron Rash and Crystal Wilkinson on August 18, 2020, at 7 p.m. 

They will discuss Ron Rash's newly released book, In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on “Serena.”

Participation is complimentary and the event will feature an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session. Please register at Event details will be sent closer to the event date. 

In the Valley revisits Rash’s “deliciously vindictive heroine” from his bestselling novel. “In these ten stories, 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.”

Ron Rash is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to poems, stories, and other prize-winning novels.

Crystal Wilkinson, a USA Artist Fellow, is the award-winning author of The Birds of Opulence, Water Street, and Blackberries, Blackberries. She is currently Associate Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Kentucky.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Social Sciences


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public


University Libraries
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Christine White

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Earl, Martha F left a positive review 8/17/2020

I enjoyed the conversation, but had to turn it off when they decided to discuss the ending!

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