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Literary West Virginia’s Starry Starry Nights Inspired Writers, Books, and Films

The West Virginia Author Adventures Trail highlights an assortment of literary figures, including writers of several classic books, three of which inspired the feature films The Good Earth, October Sky, and Hidden FiguresIts literary heritage is ethnically diverse and both scientifically and historically significant.

In addition, West Virginia also has a folksy side, with the distinction of being named in one of the nation’s most popular country-pop songs ever — “Country Roads” by John Denver (“Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River…”)

Click any link below for author and place information.

A. West Virginia & Regional History Center, Morgantown
B. Katherine Johnson, Fairmont
C. Gray Barker, Clarksburg
D. Pearl S. Buck, Hillsboro
E. Katherine Johnson, White Sulfur Springs
F. Katherine Johnson, Institute
G. Booker T. Washington, Charleston
H. Homer Hickam, Coalwood