Mark 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:
• A conversation, reading and book signing at my favorite place in the world: the Bassett Historical Center at 10 a.m. July 22, Bassett, Virginia.
• Reading/signing at Barnes & Noble, Valley View Mall, Roanoke, July 27, 2 p.m.
• Roanoke City Library, reading and book signing, at 6 p.m. July 30, Williamson Road branch.
• Brews and Blues, book signing at the table in front of Parkway Brewing Company, Galax, Virginia, August 2.
• 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.
• The Old Fiddler’s Convention, aka simply “Galax,” Felts Park, August 9, Galax, Virginia. I’ll be set up (selling and signing books) 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.
• Bedford Library, signing/reception/reading, 2 p.m. Nov. 1, 321 N. Bridge St., Bedford, VA.
• 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 me Little, Brown and Company publicist Fiona Brown at Fiona.Brown@hbgusa.com.