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Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence : Writer-in-Residence 2021



This research guide provides library resources and extra information concerning topics, themes and genres; the link above provides resources and avenues of study and reflection found by the Appalachian Studies department.

Meet the Author

Marie Manilla's website contains information about her published works, readers' guides for each major novel, a section for interviews, videos, and blog posts, and a short biography.

West Virginia Women Writers

The West Virginia Library Commission has a research guide of West Virginia Women Writers; Ms. Manila's page there provides some biographical material, links to WVLC's catalog, and other tidbits related to the author. Other pages in the research guide do the same for other authors, such as Cynthia Rylant.

One Book, One West Virginia

One Book, One West Virginia is the like Common Reading initiative for the whole state. Supported by the West Virginia Library Commission, the reading selection is also the book chosen for Shepherd's Appalachian Writer-in-Residence program (paraphrased from their website).

The Work of Marie Manilla

Listed below is the One Book, One West Virginia finalist selection.



Patron Saint of Ugly/ Marie Manilla

Library Display Case

PS3613.A5456 P38 2014


Other novels by this author include:

Still Life With Plums / Marie Manilla

Library Display Case

PS3613.A5456 S75 2010


Shrapnel / Marie Manilla

Library Display Case

PS3613.A5456 S56 2012


Currently, the library's copies of these three works are, as noted, inside a display case. Please ask at the main desk if there are extra copies or if a title you wish to read can be removed from the case.


Other titles related to the author's primary themes or subject matter can be located in WorldCat Discovery using the subjects "Identity," "Catholic Church," "Racism ","Family " and related subjects. Limit your initial search to "Shepherd University" to find items located at the library.

What is Magical Realism? Curious Muse Investigates

Below is a short video overview of magical realism, a literary genre that The Patron Saint of Ugly fits in to; posted on the YouTube Channel called Curious Muse on May 28. 2021, this overview provides a definition and history of the term and its uses in fiction. A  transcript for this video is available Youtube under the ". . ." (More) tab.