One Book, One West Virginia is a state-wide book discussion group designed to promote dialogue among community members gathered in various locations throughout the state. To accomplish this goal, participants are urged to join book discussion groups and attend related special events, such as meeting the author, character portrayals, movies, and workshops.
The 2012-2013 One Book, One Wst Virginia selection is Affrilachia by Frank X Walker. (More information is available below.)
Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Program
The 2013 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence is Frank X Walker, Kentucky's Poet Laureate, Director of the African American and Africana Studies Program at the University of Kentucky, and editor of PLUCK!, the New Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture.
On September 26, 2013, as part of the Appalachian Heritage Writer-In-Residence Program, poet Frank X Walker presented the West Virginia Fiction Competition Award
to 2013 First Place Winner Paul Kessler
for his short story "The Mountains of a Quiet Earth."