West Virginia Public Radio will broadcast a 14-part series on WV writers starting this month.

West Virginia has a broad range of writers, most who have not lost their relationship with the natural world. They cover a broad range of genre common to America literature, but most of them have used the place, time and culture in their writing, from the historical novels of Denise Giardinia to the writings of short-lived Breece D. J. Pancake.

In Their Own Country will bring you an hour each week with a nationally-recognized WV fiction writer or poet. Each hour is created from three hours of interview, to give you top-quality readings and conversation. Some of the state's best musicians provide background music. It's a great way to visit with 14 of the state's best writers!

These are thoughtful, inviting shows. Producer Kate Long, host for the series, says, "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. West Virginia Public Radio will broadcast this series Tuesday nights at 8 pm after Fresh Air, starting this week.

If you are a champion of our beautiful state, you will revel in hearing from and about a few of our writers. Here in Calhoun and Gilmer County, we have some excellent writers, some of which have published works, and others whose skill and talent have received attention.

The series isn't long enough to include all who deserve to be there. Here's the schedule:

Sept. 17 -Irene McKinney, state poet laureate
Sept. 24 -Denise Giardina, fiction
Oct.1 -Richard Currey, fiction
Oct. 8 -Cynthia Rylant, children's books + adult
Oct. 15: Keith Maillard, fiction
Oct. 22: Jayne Anne Phillips, fiction
Oct. 29 -Sandra Belton, children's literature
Nov. 5: Pinckney Benedict, fiction
Nov. 12: Breece Pancake, fiction
Nov. 19: Maggie Anderson, poet
Nov. 26: Stephen Coonts, fiction
Dec. 3: Marc Harshman, children's books
Dec. 10: Davis Grubb, fiction
Dec. 17: Mary Lee Settle, fiction

Funding for this series is provided by:

WV Public Broadcasting
WV Humanities Council
WV Division of Culture & History
The Charleston Gazette
WV Library Commission

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