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Pulitzer Prize-Nominee Ron Rash Visit USC Upstate As Part Of The Authors@Upstate Visiting Writers Series

01- 09- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Pulitzer Prize-nominee Ron Rash will visit the University of South Carolina Upstate on Thursday, January 22 at 4:00 p.m. as part of the University’s Authors@Upstate Visiting Writers Series. Rash will give a reading the in lobby of the Administration Building, which is free and open to the public.

Ron RashRash is the author of such novels as One Foot in Eden and The World Made Straight. His most recent release, Serena, is currently on The New York Times fiction bestseller list. Set in the mountains of North Carolina in 1929, the novel, as described by The New Yorker magazine is “a tightly knit tale of industrial development, greed, and betrayal. George Pemberton and his new bride, Serena, maintain a close watch over a burgeoning logging empire, dealing with their workers while fighting off the efforts of environmental activists to expand the country’s network of national parks. As the title character, ‘a Depression-era Lady Macbeth wholly comfortable in the wilderness,’ drives her husband to commit increasingly malevolent acts, he must also contend with the reemergence of a woman with whom he had an illegitimate child years earlier. Rash’s evocative rendering of the blighted landscape and the tough characters who inhabit it recalls both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy, while the malignant character of Serena, who projects a ‘stark unflinching certainty’ about her actions, propels his finely paced story.”

This reading is sponsored by the USC Upstate Honors Program with support from the Office of Advancement and the Office of Student Affairs. For further information, contact Dr. Thomas McConnell, director of the Honors Program, at (864) 503-5681.