Spring 2016 will be great for our region’s literature
Ron Rash publishes Poems: New and Selected, Mar. 15. The author of Serena is one of the country’s great poets and short story writers. Selections from all four previous books of poems are included; as are eight new poems, one of which speaks the mind of a female country singer, “somewhere on a bus between/ Baton Rouge and New Orleans.”
Lee Smith, author of Oral History and Guests on Earth, tells about a popular subject, how she became a writer, in Dimestore: A Memoir in Stories, due Mar. 22. Name a motif in Smith’s writing, and you’d likely find the source memory in this volume.
Gail Godwin, whose roundly acclaimed last novel, Flora, took place in Asheville, goes to the beach with her upcoming novel, Grief Cottage, due in the late spring. Godwin’s explorations of ghostly influences take a step forward in her latest, in which an orphaned boy nurtures a relationship with a long-ago hurricane victim.