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.
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.
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About Barbara Kingsolver
2022 Appalachian Writer in Residence – Barbara Kingsolver Author Page
Teaching Assignment and Tools
2017-2018 Selection: Mother of Rain
by Karen Spears Zacharias 2018 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Karen Spears Zacharias Author Page
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier 2016 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Charles Frazier Author Page
Chasing Utopia:A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni 2015 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Nikki Giovanni Author Page
Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam 2014 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Homer Hickam Author Page
Affrilachia by Frank X Walker 2013 Appalachian Writer in Residence - Frank X Walker Author Page
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