Book events and signings

Speaking gig update: Though most of my attention is focused on getting ready for the Oct. 18, 2016 publication of my second book, TRUEVINE, and reporting for my third book, DOPESICK (forthcoming in 2018), I still have a few FACTORY MAN events left on this year’s calendar. It continues to be a pleasure to write and speak about globalization at myriad bookstores and locations across America’s Furniture Belt and beyond — especially in light of the role that trade has taken on in the presidential election.
My fabulous team at Little, Brown is busy lining up events in bookstores, colleges and literary festivals for the upcoming publication of TRUEVINE, a book about race, greed, and the human condition. Please check back for more information on upcoming events.

If you’d like to request a signing or reading, please contact Sabrina Callahan at 

• Winchester, Virginia chose “Factory Man” for its One Book One Community common read program. I’ll be speaking at the Stimpson Auditorium in the Harry F. Byrd School of Business on the Shenandoah University campus at 7 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 6.

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.• “Factory Man” is the Winchester, VA “One Book, One Community” selection for 2016. I’ll give a lecture on 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 6 at the Stimpson Auditorium,  Shenandoah University.


I’ll  be pre-gaming the Oct. 18 launch at the Southern Festival of Books on Oct. 14 and 15 in Nashville; see the website for more details if you’re in the Volunteer state.

Politics & Prose, 7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 18 at 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., reading and signing for “Truevine.”

Willie and George Muse (second and fourth, from left) were kidnapped and forced to perform as circus freaks — before their mother, a black maid in Roanoke, risked her life to win their freedom back.


  • New York City, Hachette Book Club brunch and author talk, Saturday Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring Jane Hamilton, Amy Dickinson and Robert Hicks among other great authors. Ticket information is here.
  • Barnes & Noble, Valley View Mall, Roanoke, Va., 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 23.
  • West Virginia University, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, discussion and public reading of both FACTORY MAN and TRUEVINE, sponsored by the WVU Creative Writing Department, WVU Downtown Library, Morgantown, W. Va.
  • Ferrum College, TRUEVINE presentation, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25, Blue Ridge Mountain Room of Franklin Hall.

Quail Ridge Books, reading/signing, October 26, Raleigh, N.C.

Scuppernong Books, reading/signing, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Greensboro, N.C.

New Dominion Bookshop, reading/signing, 5:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 28, Charlottesville, Va.

Jacksonville Center for the Arts, reading/signing, 3 p.m., Sunday Oct. 30, Floyd, Va.

• Franklin County Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 2016, TRUEVINE presentation at the Essig Center in Rocky Mount, Va.

Chop Suey Books, 6 p.m. Nov. 2, 2016, Richmond, Va.

• Library of Virginia, TRUEVINE talk and book-signing at noon Nov. 3, Richmond, Va.

“Floyd Radio Show,” Floyd Country Store, 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 5, Floyd, Va.

Mount Airy, N.C. Library, Nov. 7. Mount Airy, N.C.

• Bassett Historical Center, TRUEVINE talk and book-signing, 11 a.m. Nov. 8, 2016, Bassett, Va.

Washington & Lee University, Fishback Program for Visiting Writers, lecture, 5 p.m. Nov. 9, Lexington, Va.

Tampa Bay Times Book Festival of Reading, November 12, Tampa, Fla.

Sweet Briar College, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14, reading/signing, Amherst, Va.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Truevine reading and panel discussion, with panel guests Rev. Bill Lee, Dr. Reginald Shareef, Rand Dotson, and Mary Bishop, 7 p.m. Nov. 15, Roanoke, Va.

Bookmarks, reading/signing, Winston-Salem, N.C. Nov. 16.

Miami Book Fair International, Nov. 19, Miami, Fla.

Dar Williams, a reading, opening for the singer-songwriter, Dec. 2, The Birchmere, Alexandria, Va.

• The Glebe, TRUEVINE  talk and book-signing, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2016, Daleville, Va.

• Virginia Western Community College, speaking for a college-anniversary event, 7 p.m. Jan. 26, 2017, Roanoke, Va.

Bedford Museum, Feb. 11, 2017, Bedford, Va.

• Hollins University, TRUEVINE reading, discussion and signing, sponsored by the Creative Writing/English Department, 8:15 p.m. Feb. 23, 2017, Roanoke, Va.

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

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)

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