Arts & Entertainment: Local author

  • Despite his rise to national prominence, author and poet Ron Rash (a Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture at Western Carolina University) keeps his subject matter regional. His books, from best-selling novel Serena to this year’s The Cove to poetry collection Waking, are set among the Appalachian landscapes of the Carolinas where he grew up and continues to live. — A.M.