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In Their Own Country logo In Their Own Country text in English Vivace font
Winner of the national Gabriel Award for programs that uplift the human spirit.

Entertaining visits with fourteen of West Virginia’s most celebrated writers.

“... a major piece of work ... showing the nation what a treasure trove of talented writers - and strange and wonderful minds - these hills have produced.” —The Charleston Gazette

“The perception of West Virginia as a literary backwater was thoroughly demolished by these programs.” —Graffiti

“These writers are as deep, original, stirring and funny as the place is. You can't hear them without feeling good about West Virginia. You'll hear lots of humor, advice to writers, reflections on WV and life ... and some provocative, beautiful readings." Kate Long, host of the series

Click on the authors name for information about the author.

Irene McKinney, state poet laureate
Denise Giardina, fiction*
Breece Pancake, fiction*
Richard Currey, fiction *
Cynthia Rylant, children's & adult books
Stephen Coonts, fiction*
Keith Maillard, fiction*
Marc Harshman, children's books
Davis Grubb, fiction*
Sandra Belton, children's books
Mary Lee Settle, fiction*
           * Program contains adult content or language.

Sponsored by The West Virginia Center for the Book
hosted by the West Virginia Library Commission in partnership with the WV Humanities Council

  • All fourteen shows, packaged in an attractive binder.
  • Tracked so teachers and listeners can easily go to their favorite parts.
  • Scripts and table of contents of each In Their Own Country Program.

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