For nine years now, Sylvia Sherbutt has coordinated an Appalachian Heritage Festival at Shepherd University in West Virginia. The author-in-residence for this event becomes the subject of an anthology that consists of some work by and about that author along with selected poetry and short fiction submitted by the public. Last year’s author in residence was Charles Frazier, a native of Haywood County, North Carolina, best known as the author of Cold Mountain, which was on top of the New York Times best seller list for 61 weeks back in 1997 and garnered a multitude of awards including the National Book Award. He is also the author of Thirteen Moons, a novel that centers around the beginnings of the Eastern Band of the Cherokees, established in the 1830s when the U. S. Army removed most of the Cherokees to Oklahoma on the “Trail of Tears.” His most recent novel is contemporary and entitled, Nightwoods. This anthology includes a critical article about Frazier’s contribution to Appalachian Literature, an excerpt from Cold Mountain, and a paragraph of Frazier’s comments on the three finalists he chose in the short-fiction contest conducted in conjunction with the Appalachian Heritage Festival. The literary magazine portion of this volume includes work by a variety of regional authors including some who have been particularly active in the regional literary scene including Darnell Arnoult, Jesse Graves, Mark Harshman, and Connie Jordan Green.
Shepherdstown, West Virginia: Shepherd University and the West Virginia Center for the Book, 2017. 261 pages. Trade paperback.,