“Factory Man” Events

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The paperback launch of FACTORY MAN with brand-new (and super cool!) cover is scheduled for June 9, 2015. Check back for events and details!FactoryMan_highres

Meanwhile. . .  I could keep talking about and reading from FACTORY MAN forever, but, alas, there is another book to write, research trips to make, and a looming deadline (as my agent reminds me!). We’re trying to slow down the readings and events for 2015 so I can focus on my new book, TRUEVINE, which is scheduled for publication the fall of 2016. The public events for FACTORY MAN scheduled so far this year are listed below.

One of my favorite readings, cramming the super-cute Chop Suey Books in Richmond's Carytown, home of Won-Ton, the store cat. November 2014

One of my favorite readings, cramming the super-cute Chop Suey Books in Richmond’s Carytown, home of Won-Ton, the store cat. November 2014

• History Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, fundraiser begins at noon, MARCH 8 (rescheduled from February due to weather). For more information, contact George Kegley at georgekegley@verizon.net

Two-day event, with lectures and class visits, to Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism, Bowling Green, Ky., with photographer Jared Soares, March 4 and 5; the main lecture will be evening of March 4, 7:30 p.m. in the Mass Media and Technology Hall.

Virginia Festival of the Book, March 18, 2015; I’m speaking at the kickoff leadership breakfast, a ticketed event in Charlottesville, Va. You’ll hear about John Bassett III’s leadership in building an industry coalition to take China to federal court and putting the proceeds from that successful case back into his factory, as well as how the people of southwest Virginia have been affected by globalization. There will be a bonus event — a reception the night before — at 7 p.m. March 17 (free) at C-Ville Coffee. The reception will feature the music of Virginia luthier legend and guitar god Wayne Henderson, Factory Girl beer from Parkway Brewing Co. in Salem, and Tom and I will be there too, happy to sign books and answer questions.

• High Point Literary Society, High Point, N.C. March 25, 2015.

• Hickory Public Library, Hickory, N.C., 6:30 p.m. April 13, 2015.

Roanoke Book & Author dinner, April 17, 2015. I’m playing emcee to this RAMA Foundation fundraiser that features authors Garth Stein, Megan Abbott and Lou Berney (whose book I could not put down!), Hotel Roanoke, dinner at 7 p.m.

• Lecture/launch of 2015 Artemis Journal, 6 p.m. April 24, 2015. Community High School, Roanoke. Theme: “The courage of your convictions.”

To request an interview or a reading/signing, please contact  Little, Brown and Company publicist Sabrina Callahan at Sabrina.Callahan@hbgusa.com. To inquire about a lecture or speech, please e-mail Tom Neilssen at tom@brightsightgroup.com. Thank you.

Old Town, the original Bassett Furniture Company factory, circa 1902.

Old Town, the original Bassett Furniture Company factory, circa 1902.


The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.

—Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

  • Tom Hanks on “Factory Man”:

    Factory Man is “Great summer reading. I give it 42 stars. No, I give it 142 stars. Yeah, it’s THAT good.”
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  • The New York Times on “Factory Man”:

    This is Ms. Macy’s first book, but it’s in a class with other runaway debuts like Laura Hillenbrand’s “Seabiscuit” and Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”: These nonfiction narratives are more stirring and dramatic than most novels. And Ms. Macy writes so vigorously that she hooks you instantly. You won’t be putting this book down. — Janet Maslin

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