Best-selling author and Southern humorist Ronda Rich will share her stories of humor and inspiration as seen through the eyes of Southerners at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Brenau’s Pearce Auditorium. The complimentary admission event begins is being recorded for a DVD.
Rich, whose weekly storytelling column appears in The Times and 52 newspapers across the Southeast, is a Brenau journalism/broadcasting graduate. She is the author of five nonfiction books including a trilogy of the "What Southern Women Know" series. A movie based on her only novel, "The Town That Came A-Courtin,’" will begin filming this summer.
"I welcome this opportunity to come back to Brenau and to perform on the stage of beautiful, history-rich Pearce Auditorium. When we decided to film this DVD of my stories, it felt right to come home to Gainesville and Brenau to share this event with the people who have loved and supported me from the beginning of my career. It is my gift back to the community and school of my raising," Rich said, adding her graduation from Brenau in May 1983 was memorable for reasons other than just the beautiful spring day.
"On Friday night before I graduated on Sunday, I was a young sports writer and was covering the Atlanta Braves-Chicago Cubs game. I was on deadline, needed to get the story and to make a long story short, which I am loathe to do, I became the first woman in the Chicago Cubs locker room. It was a historical weekend for me in more ways than one."
She has appeared on numerous television shows including "The View," CNN, Fox Sports, "The Other Half" as well as in the pages of Southern Living, USA Today, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, New York Times and The Washington Post.