Reading for Hampshire County Arts Council Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 2PM at The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Romney, WV. Free.
Ann Pancake’s first novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been (Counterpoint 2007), features an Appalachian family devastated by mountaintop removal mining. Based on interviews and real events, the novel has been described by the New York Times as ”powerful, sure-footed, and haunting“ and was one of Kirkus Review’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007.
Pancake’s collection of short stories, Given Ground, won the 2000 Bakeless award, and she has also received a Whiting Award, an NEA Grant, a Pushcart Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the states of Washington, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies like Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, and New Stories from the South. A native of Romney and a graduate of Hampshire High School, she earned her BA in English at West Virginia University and a PHD in English Literature from the University of Washington. Currently, she teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.