Ron Rash is one of the most popular authors writing today in the areas of historical and regional fiction. Rash’s “powerful, yet gently beautiful” novels draw heavily from his own experiences in his native Appalachia (USA Today). These include Serena, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Cove, winner of the 2012 Langum Prize for Historical Fiction. The former saw a big screen adaptation in 2014, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Rash is also an accomplished short story writer, with two O. Henry Prizes and the prestigious Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award to his credit. His newest novel, Above the Waterfall, offers a poignant look at small town life in contemporary Appalachia. It debuted in September.