Reading Matters

Ron Rash at Park Road Books on 9/20

At 7 p.m., on Sept. 20, at Park Road Books, New York Times bestselling novelist Ron Rash will read from his riveting new novel, “The Risen,” set in Sylva, N.C., in the present and in 1969, when a young woman is murdered. He gives us in this his seventh novel a tale of the mysterious and complicated ways in which human beings try to reconcile with their pasts.

The Philadelphia Inquirer recently hailed Rash as “our Appalachian Shakespeare.” The Washington Post said: “He’s one of the few writers at work today with the insight, the talent and the vision to show us how sometimes, for all our sorry shortcomings, we’re able to achieve a certain redemption through our capacity for kindness and decency.”

Rash, also the author of the novels, “Serena” and “The Cove,” is always agreeable about answering questions and signing books. Come early to get a seat.