“Factory Man” Book Launch!

 factorygirlMark your calendars for the book launch  of  FACTORY MAN on July 15, 2014, by Little, Brown and Company. At the same time, our pals at Parkway Brewing Company in Salem, Virginia, are raising a glass to our mutual Made in America ethos. As a tie-in to the book, Parkway has mixed up a new IPA session brew called Factory Girl that’s sure to give you a lift at the end of your shift. Now available on draft in tap rooms throughout the region and on its way to Virginia grocery stores, too.

The publicity posse is at work setting up a number of events throughout the Furniture Belt and beyond, among those already confirmed:

• Brews and Blues, book signing at the table in front of Parkway Brewing Company, Galax, Virginia, August 2, 1 to 4 p.m.

• St. John’s Episcopal Church, reading/talking and book-signing, at 7 p.m. August 5, corner of Jefferson Street and Elm Avenue, Roanoke. On site book sales via Canterbury Books, with proceeds going toward the church’s community outreach, including after-school programs for at-risk kids. Featured guest: John Bassett III.

• The Old Fiddler’s Convention, aka simply “Galax,” Felts Park, August 9, Galax, Virginia. I’ll be set up (selling and signing books, along with John Bassett III) at the Galax Chamber table. As I described this music-making scene in FACTORY MAN:

The region some call “the rooftop of Virginia” counts a half a dozen acclaimed instrument makers, in fact. Guitar god Wayne Henderson of nearby Rugby made Eric Clapton wait ten years for his Henderson, and many of the staff musicians at the Grand Ole Opry play guitars built by Galax luthier Jimmy Edmonds. “You’re dealing with a town where a good fourth of the population plays!” exclaimed Joe Wilson, the folklorist.

Parkway Brewing Company, wherein I’ll read, sign and toast the fine folks at Parkway with a Factory Girl IPA or three, 2 p.m. Aug. 10, 739 Kessler Mill Road, Salem, Virginia.

• Books & Company, Beavercreek Ohio, reading and signing, Aug. 12, 7 p.m.

• Peach Tree Books, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. signing and reading, Aug. 13.

Champaign County Public Library, reading/talk and book signing, at 7 p.m. Aug. 14, wherein I acknowledge all my hometown peeps and heroes, especially my 10th and 11th grade English teacher Margaret Tabor (and try really hard not to cry). Urbana, Ohio.

Quail Ridge Books, reading and signing, Raleigh, N.C. 7:30 p.m. August 20.

AJC Decatur Book Festival, Aug. 29-31, Atlanta, Ga. (I am speaking Saturday, Aug. 30, at 11:45 a.m.)

• Reading/talk, Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd, Virginia, Sept. 21, 4 p.m.

(X)po, Roanoke’s premiere small cities conference and fun-fest, featuring talks about creativity, entrepreneurship, urban planning, place-making, and community revitalization, on Oct. 4. Roanoke, Virginia.

• Hollins University’s Jackson Center for Creative Writing (my MA alma mater), a reading and book signing, 8:15 p.m. Oct. 23, Green Drawing Room, Hollins, Roanoke, Virginia.

• Washington and Lee University, public lecture and discussion, Oct. 29, 2014.

Bedford Library, signing/reception/reading, 2 p.m. Nov. 1, 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford, VA.

• UNC Greensboro, Virginia Dare Room, reading, discussion and book-signing, 7 p.m. Nov. 6, 2014.

• Reading, The Library of Virginia, November 19, noon to 1 p.m.

• Virginia Festival of the Book, March 2015.

To request a reading or event, please contact  Little, Brown and Company publicist Fiona Brown at Fiona.Brown@hbgusa.com. Thank you.

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

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


  • Advance praise for “Factory Man”:

    "Beth Macy's extraordinary reporting and narrative skills, and her deep affection for the people of the rural Blue Ridge Mountain region, come together in a compelling story about a gritty Virginia furniture maker who refuses to allow his family's company and its workers to become victims of globalization." — J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress citation
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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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