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Richs book jumps from pages to small screen
Gainesville native dines with newest cast member Valerie Harper while in Canada
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The people of small-town Blytheville, Ark., stood in line at a bookstore to meet best-selling author Ronda Rich and put in a good word for their unmarried mayor. The town’s attempt at match-making inspired Rich, a Gainesville native and former reporter and current columnist for The Times, to pen her debut novel. “The entire town showed up at the booksigning to fix me up with the mayor,” Rich said.