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One Book, One West Virginia

One Book, One West Virginia

Read and listen to West
Virginians
are encouraged
to read Kentucky Poet
Laureate’s book
, an article
from West Virginia Public
Broadcasting. Susan Hayden, 
WVLC's Adult Services
Consultant, is interviewed
in the article.
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 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Program was developed by the Department of English at Shepherd University in 1998 to celebrate and honor the work of a distinguished contemporary Appalachian writer. The 2013 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Program is made possible with financial support from the West Virginia Humanities Council, the West Virginia Center for the Book, and the Shepherd University Foundation

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."





2012-2013 Selection - Affrilachia by Frank X Walker

Information on the author from Shepherd University
Teaching resources
Information from the author

book cover Serena

2011-2012 Selection - Serena by Ron Rash

Biography
Critical Essays
Teaching Resources 
In His Words
Links
Book cover In Country

2010-2011 Selection - In Country by Bobbi Ann Mason

Biography
Critical Essays
Teaching Resources
In Her Words
DVD and Review

book jacket collage for Silas House 

2009 Selection - Parchment of Leaves, Coal Tattoo and Clay's Quilt by Silas House

Biography
Critical Essays
Teaching Resources
In His Words
Reader's Guides
    A Parchment of Leaves , The Coal Tattoo , Clay's Quilt 
Silas House Blog 

book cover Big Stone Gap

2008 Selection - Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

A wholesome Cinderella story with a winning blend of '70s nostalgia and Appalachian local color.
book cover Colored People 

2007 Selection - Colored People by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The celebrated black Harvard scholar offers a portrait of growing up in a West Virginia hill town, presenting a study of his family, his childhood icons, and the social institutions and mores of the time.

book cover Night of the Hunter 

2006 Selection - Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb

Celebrates the literary style that inspired Hollywood in the making of the movie by the same name.
book cover follow the river 

2005 Selection - Follow the River by James Alexander Thom

Commemorates the 250th anniversary of Mary Ingles' incredible escape and journey. Vividly captures the insurmountable bravery and endurance of this pioneer woman as well as the strength of the rivers she used as her guides on her 800 mile trek home.

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