Barbara Bates Smith Performance

By Blue Ridge Books | May 13, 2013

On Wednesday, May 15, a "Ron Rash Roundup" of selected short stories will be previewed by actress Barbara Bates Smith and her musical accompanist Jeff Sebens at Blue Ridge Books at 6:30.    

 A sampler of three stories from the collections "Nothing Gold Can Stay," "Burning Bright," "Chemistry and Other Stories," and "The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth" will be presented as works-in-progress, inviting audience feedback. 

 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. Two of his novels are being made into films—The World Made Straight, and his New York Times bestseller Serena starring Jennifer Lawrence. Rash teaches at Western Carolina University.

Actress Smith, noted for her Off-Broadway adaptation and performance of "Ivy Rowe" from Lee Smith's Fair and Tender Ladies, has toured for over twenty years with the works of Lee Smith-and more recently with those of Ron Rash and Allan Gurganus. 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.

            "Go, Granny D!" celebrating the crusader who at age ninety walked across the U.S. for election reform, is a current favorite touring show.

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