West Virginia Writers Conference
Three generations of women in a family of West Virginia glass workers share their stories. From Aunt Livvie, Sarah learns about women in her family who overcame wrenching losses, brutal working conditions, and rape. These stories and her family’s unconditional love give Sarah the courage to forge a new life for herself and her child.
Molly Culpepper believes her hometown of Alderson, Georgia, is a place of harmony—until a colleague chalks a racial slur on the blackboard during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. In the chaos that follows, Molly begins to see her town and herself differently as she works with her neighbors to heal wounds, both old and new.
Impoverished college student Summer Cassidy just wants to earn her master's in hydrogeology but two months shy of her graduation, a corporation tries to suppress her research into contaminants in its ASR wells--can they keep her from pursuing the truth and her dreams?
When grad student Summer Cassidy arrives in West Virginia to test water quality near fracking sites, she confronts fouled wells, puzzling illnesses, and cyberespionage. Surrounded by chaos and deceit, can Summer track the source of contaminants before more people get sick—or even die— simply by turning on their taps?
Kelsey Murphy revolutionized the creation of multi-layered cameo glass by marrying fine art to manufacturing. This is the story of everyone in Kelsey's journey, including partner Robert Bomkamp, the people of Pilgrim Glass, and all the forces gathered in Ceredo, West Virginia, the small town and its people who believed in the magic of cameo glass.
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P.E.O. Author's Luncheon with Adrian Fogelin, Julie Bettinger, and Judy Jolly.