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Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Memorial Library will host a month-long community read program called, Horry County Reads: Ron Rash. This read program is similar to the American Library Association and the National Endowment of the Arts’ Big Read programs that were first started in 2006.
The Horry County Reads: Ron Rash is the county library’s initiative to get people reading again and to expose readers to literary authors they might not normally read. The month-long program kicks-off on October 15 with a round table discussion on the Tales of the Ragged Mountains: A Discussion of Poetry and Fiction by Ron Rash, featuring several Coastal Carolina University faculty members. The kick-off event will be hosted at the Carolina Forest Library at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Throughout the designated month, various events will take place at all 10 Horry County Memorial Library branches and the finale event will be a live presentation by Ron Rash on November 19, 2015, at the Horry County Museum auditorium located at 805 Main Street in Conway (on this day all library branches will close at 5 p.m.). The two-hour presentation will end with a reception and book signing next door at the Conway Library. This event is also free and open to the public.
Ron Rash is a critically acclaimed, award winning novelist, short story writer, and poet who has a strong connections to the Carolinas. He was born in Chester, SC, received his Masters’ Degree from Clemson University, and is currently on the faculty at Western Carolina University.
Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to four other prizewinning novels, including One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The World Made Straight, and The Cove; four collections of poems; and six collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award; Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award; and most recently, Something Rich and Strange. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.
For more information on the month-long, Horry County Reads: Ron Rash program, please visit the website or call the Horry County Memorial Library at (843) 915-5285.
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