One Book Read

Crystal Wilkinson the Author of Water StreetWest Kentucky Community and Technical College’s One Book Read Committee is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 One Book Read: Water Street, by Crystal Wilkinson.

Water Street was named a finalist for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. This collection of short stories reads like a novel, and features interwoven stories and characters who live in a small Kentucky town on Water
Street. On Water Street, every person has at least two stories to tell - one story that the light of day shines on, and the other that lives only in the pitch black of night, the kind of story that a person carries beneath their breastbones for safekeeping.

Nationally renowned author Crystal Wilkinson is a native Kentuckian who lives, writes, and even opened her own business within the Commonwealth. She is a distinguished African American Kentucky author who describes herself as a “country girl” who grew up in rural Indian Creek, Kentucky, and is familiar with its knobs, hills, and hollers. She won the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her novel, The Birds of Opulence, and the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature for her short story collection, Blackberries, Blackberries.

In May 2018 she was also named the 2018 Clinton and Mary Opal Moore Appalachian Writer-in-Residence by the Creative Writing program at Murray State University.  She has served as the Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College, taught in the Spalding low-residency Creative Writing program, and co-owns, with her partner, the artist Ronald Davis, The Wild Fig Books & Coffee in Lexington, Kentucky.

Author Crystal Wilkinson will visit the WKCTC campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13, 2019, as the culmination of our annual One Book Read.

Please mark your calendars and join us once again in promoting literacy on our campus and in our community!