'A Rash of Stories' comes to Waynesville Library
"A Rash of Stories" from the works of Ron Rash will be presented by actress Barbara Bates Smith and her musical accompanist Jeff Sebens at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Waynesville Library.
No RSVP is required but space is limited. Refreshments generously provided by the Friends of the Library. For more information, call Kathy Olsen at 356-2507.
This program of varied selections in an informal format encourages audience feedback. The selections have been adapted by Smith from the collections "Nothing Gold Can Stay," "Burning Bright," "Chemistry and Other Stories," and "The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth."
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. He teaches at Western Carolina University. Two of his novels being made into films—The World Made Straight, and his New York Times bestseller Serena—had earlier story versions titled "Speckled Trout" and "Pemberton's Bride."
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 and Allan Gurganus, as well, in her current “Civil War Cameos.”
For a decade, Jeff Sebens has accompanied her shows with a variety of hammered dulcimer, lap dulcimer, guitar, and banjo music. “Vivid storytelling by Barbara Bates Smith and idyllic music by Jeff Sebens,” a review from the Triangle’s Independent Weekly, has become a trademark of this Smith-Sebens duo.
For more information, visit www.barbarabatessmith.com