'Let's Talk About It' series features Rash's 'The World Made Straight'

Sep 09, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Ron Rash's The World Made Straight will be the focus of discussion Thursday, Sept. 19, as part of the "Let's Talk About It" series hosted by Friends of the Library.

Friends of the Library announce the fifth book discussion in the Let’s Talk About It series: The World Made Straight by local author Ron Rash, with the event held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Waynesville branch auditorium.

The local Friends of the Library chose this book to include in the series in order to have a book set in Appalachia. The series, “Mapping Southern Identities: Journeys Across Time and Space," helps us explore how the journey that shapes such rethinking is likely different for each of us. People constantly rethink their personal and collective identities in the flow of history.

In The World Made Straight, Travis Shelton is 17 the summer he wanders into the woods onto private property near his North Carolina home, discovers a grove of marijuana large enough to make him some serious money and steps into the jaws of a bear trap. After hours on the forest floor, he's released from the trap by the shrewd and vicious farmer who set it — but he can no longer ignore the subtle evils that underlie the life of his small Appalachian community.

Dr. Erica Locklear of UNCA will lead the discussion. Dr. Locklear grew up in Leicester and has a faculty appointment in the Literature and Language department at UNCA. Her research interests include Appalachia, literacy, the South and gendered issues within each of these categories. She teaches the survey of American literature on a regular basis, as well as various writing and literature courses related to her field of study.

Books are available free at the Waynesville branch. See Teresa Glance to check out the book. Let’s Talk About It is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities and the local Friends of the Library.

For more information, contact Linda Arnold at 456-5311 or stanandlinda@charter.net.