Today on Twitter, Biola professor Fred Sanders tweeted a link to this list of best books for writers. The title and description of the book On Looking: Essays caught my eye. Noting that the author teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA in Tacoma, Washington, I looked up the program. Then I looked to see who teaches in the program.
And that's how I discovered that there's an American writer who writes fiction and essays about Appalachia whose name is Ann Pancake. Could anything be more wonderful?
p.s. According to Wikipedia, she is a distant relative of the writer Breece D'J Pancake, whom I also never heard of before today but obviously need to familiarize myself with. Do read his Wikipedia bio, at least.
p.p.s. And as if that weren't enough, you can find Ann Pancake's brother, actor Sam Pancake, here on IMDB.