- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A conference honoring West Virginia author Pearl S. Buck is set for next year.

The West Virginia Humanities Council and West Virginia University say the first three-day “Living Gateway” conference will begin Sept. 11 at the Erickson Alumni Center at WVU. The title of the conference refers to Buck’s Pocahontas County birthplace. In her book “My Mother’s House,” Buck called for the family home to live again and said it was her own “gateway to America.”

Buck was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for literature in 1938. Her book “The Good Earth” won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize.

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