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One Book One West Virginia Statewide Book Discussion


The West Virginia Library Commission and the West Virginia Center for the Book have announced the One Book One West Virginia selection for 2021.  Each year, one book by an Appalachian author is selected for this prestigious honor, and this year’s honoree is Patron Saint of Ugly by Marie Manilla.

Patron Saint of Ugly follows Garnet Ferrari as she tries to prove to the hordes of pilgrims visiting her home for cures and the Vatican that she is not Saint Garnet.  

One Book One West Virginia is West Virginia’s most important statewide book discussion group. It allows readers across the state to read the same book and take part in detailed group conversations about its unfolding storyline.  This literary project helps support the Appalachian Heritage Writer-In-Residence Project developed by Shepherd University.  West Virginia readers are urged to join book discussion groups and attend related events, such as meeting the author, character portrayals, movies, and workshops. 

Digital copies of Patron Saint are available to all West Virginians from July 11 through September 11, 2021.  To access a copy, please go to   A library card is not needed to access the work.  Readers may contact their local library or connect with others through the West Virginia Center for the Book Facebook page (   For more information on Marie Manilla and the One Book One West Virginia program, visit the website (

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