Ron Rash, Western Carolina University’s Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture, and his latest novel, “The Cove,” will be featured in the season premiere of “North Carolina Bookwatch” on UNC-TV.
The program, hosted by D.G. Martin, will be broadcast at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, with a repeat showing at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 8. It will be Rash’s third appearance on “North Carolina Bookwatch,” as he appeared on the program in previous years to talk about his books “One Foot in Eden” and “Serena.”
Released in April by Ecco/Harper Collins, “The Cove” is set in Western North Carolina during World War I and tells the story of a mountain woman, Laurel Shelton, who lives in an isolated cove with her brother, Hank, a war veteran recently returned from France. One day, Laurel finds a stranger, Walter, who has been nearly stung to death by yellow jackets, and she nurses him back to health as she falls in love. But a local Army recruiter who is rabidly anti-German suspects Walter is not the person he claims to be and threatens to ruin the couple’s hopes for the future.
Rash’s new book was collecting favorable reviews even before its release, and “The Cove” was recently listed as one of Amazon’s “Best Books of the Year So Far,” which includes works that have come out in the first six months of 2012. The novel also was named in a Publishers Weekly roundup of the “Best Summer Books 2012.”
About the same time that “The Cove” was released, filming on the motion picture adaptation of Rash’s New York Times bestselling novel “Serena” was beginning at Barrandov Studios in Prague, Czech Republic, with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the starring roles. The movie is expected to make its premiere in the fall of 2013.
Rash teaches creative writing and Appalachian literature at WCU. His nine works of fiction also include the short story collection “Burning Bright,” which garnered him the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, the world’s richest prize for the short story literary form.