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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. 

2020 One Book One West Virginia Selection


Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison

A New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Lillian Smith Prize Cavedweller examines the complicated lives of four women in Cayro, Georgia. A native of South Carolina, Allison offers a glimpse of into rural Southern Appalachian in a book dealing with fear, hatred, and love for family.

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2020 Appalachian Writer in Residence – Dorothy AllisonAuthor Page

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Previous Selections

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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