Thacker Mountain Radio at the Lyric Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m.

Thacker Mountain Radio will be at the Lyric as part of the Oxford Conference for the Book 

Ron Rash’s new collection of short stories, set in the Appalachia of today and as far back as the Civil War, Nothing Gold Can Stay (Ecco, hd. 24.99), is a priceless collection that will haunt readers long after the book is closed.  Rash, the prolific and talented author of short stories, poetry and novels, including last year’s bestseller The Cove, has a gift for evoking a place, a people and their harsh and difficult lives and finding the unsentimental beauty there. CFR

Jamie Quatro’s linked short stories in I Want to Show You More, the author’s first book, are of lives that are slightly off kilter, the cracks beginning to appear in the calm surfaces concealing turmoil--family, children, death, infidelity, faith. They are scary, and horrifying and quirkily funny. Advance praise from authors like Jill McCorkle, Tom Franklin and Sven Birkerts continues to pour in and Tom Bissell put it best--”Ladies and gentlemen, this is what short fiction is for.” CFR