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One Book One West Virginia

​​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.  Selections are made by the Appalachian Heritage Writer-In-Residence Program. 

2023 One Book One West Virginia Selection

St​​​range as this Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake

​​​​ About Ann Pancake

Ann Pancake.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                            ​An intrepid mother determines to take on the secretive world of mountain top removal and the coal companies that make millions at the expense of West Virginian families. Lace and Jimmy Make and their children are as much victims of the ruthless world of King Coal, making money, and tearing apart mountains as old as Pangea itself. Winner of the Weatherford and other awards, Strange As This Weather Has Been is the 2023 One Book, One West Virginia Common Read.

2022 One Book One West Virginia Selection  

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Tired of living on a failing farm and suffering oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a potential lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever.

Join the conversation August 1-15 on Facebook

About Barbara Kingsolver

2022 Appalachian Writer in Residence – Barbara Kingsolver Author Page

Teaching Assignment and Tools ​


Previous Selections

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 2022 Black History Month Selection: The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Pauk Curtis

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 2020-2021 Selection: The Patron Saint of Ugly by Maria Manilla


 2019-2020 Selection: Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison

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 2018-2019 Selection: Water Street by Crystal Wilkinson

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 2017-2018 Selection:  Mother of Rain by Karen Spears Zacharias

 2018 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Karen Spears Zacharias Author Page






 2016-2017 Selection:  A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

 2017 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Wiley Cash Author Page







 2015-2016 Selection:  Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier

 2016 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Charles Frazier Author Page







 2014-2015 Selection:  Chasing Utopia:A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni

 2015 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Nikki Giovanni Author Page







 2013-2014 Selection:  Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

 2014 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Homer Hickam Author Page






 2012-2013 Selection:  Affrilachia by Frank X Walker

 2013 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Frank X Walker Author Page






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  2011-2012 Selection:  The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskas

   2012 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Gretchen Moran Laskas Author Page







 2010-2011 Selection:  2010-2011 Selection:  Serena by Ron Rash

 2011 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Ron Rash Author Page