The author, Ron Rash, will appear in Laurinburg in October with times scheduled with area residents as well as students at St. Andrews. Community readers are also encouraged to read the book.
Rash is the author of three prize-winning novels – “One Foot in Eden”, “Saints at the River”, and “The World Made Straight”. He also has three collections of stories, among them “Chemistry and Other Stories” which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award.
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A recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.
The Community Reading Program provides a common text for students, parents and community members that will be read, studied, discussed, debated and written about in classrooms, dorm rooms, family rooms, and library reading rooms.
“The College hopes this effort will foster a larger sense of community built around the intellectually stimulating activities of reading, writing and open discussion,” said David Herr, associate professor of History. “This effort will also draw patrons to the College and public libraries while emphasizing the life-long pleasures of reading.
“Every year, members of the St. Andrews faculty consider a variety of sources for the summer reading,” said Herr. “This year ‘Serena’ offers an exciting opportunity for the College as we invite area readers to join our summer reading program.”
“Serena” can be purchased through bookstores or through online providers.
The summer reading becomes part of general education coursework when the first-year students begin their fall classes. Entering classes in recent years have read Joseph Bathanti’s “The High Heart”, Tim Tyson’s “Blood Done Sign My Name”, Kaye Gibbons’ “Ellen Foster”, Bill McKibben’s “Enough”, Gregory Maguire’s “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”, and Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi”.