Event: West Virginia’s Ann Pancake shares stories of Appalachia

West Virginia writer Ann Pancake shares her new work, “Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley: Novellas and Stories,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Pancake’s first novel, “Strange As This Weather Has Been,” was a finalist for the 2008 Orion Book Award and selected as a 2007 Kirkus Top Ten Fiction title. She now returns with a collection that tells the stories of longtime West Virginia locals often overlooked — the elderly, the impoverished, the mentally disabled and the rural.

Pancake’s characters are deeply tied to their land yet tried by poverty, industrial damage and social collapse. Beyond the harsh realities of being ravaged by regional industry and its destructive forces, she adds a touch of the mysterious and inexplicable to the lives of the small-town residents.