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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. 

2017-18 One Book One West Virginia Selection

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

In Mother of Rain, Zacharias writes about a small, close-knit, East Tennessee community as the Depression yields to World War II.  The story follows the struggles of Maizee Hurd as she suffers through a series of setbacks from childhood on: the gruesome early death of her mother; her father's rejection; the birth, illness, and resulting deafness of her infant son, Rain; and the disappearance of her husband during the war. Mother of Rain is an exploration of the nature of community in a rural setting and is the 2013 Weatherford Award winner for best novel in southern Appalachian fiction.

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 About Karen Spears Zacharias

 2018 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Karen Spears Zacharias Author Page


  Additional Resources

Zacharias Mother of Rain Chapter Questions for Teachers.pdfZacharias Mother of Rain Chapter Questions for Teachers.pdf  

Zacharias Burdy Assignment.pdfZacharias Burdy Assignment.pdf

Zacharias Rain Assignment.pdfZacharias Rain Assignment.pdf

Zacharias Chrstian Bend Assignment.pdfZacharias Chrstian Bend Assignment.pdf


Previous Selections

 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






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

   2012 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Gretchen Moran Laskas Author Page






Serena_ron_rash.jpg 2010-2011 Selection:  Serena by Ron Rash

 2011 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Ron Rash Author Page