Book events and signings

Speaking gig update: 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 

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. 15 in Nashville, from 10 to 11 a.m., Legislative Plaza, Room 31.

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, Book Culture, at 536 West 112th Street, reading/signing, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.
  • 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, 7 p.m., 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.

Texas Book Festival, Nov. 3, 2016, for Kirkus Prize announcement and reception, Austin, Texas.

“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.

Roanoke’s 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. I’ll be appearing with Patrick Phillips (“Blood at the Root,” a gripping read!) and Brian Stolarz on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m.

Chop Suey Books, 6 p.m. Dec. 1, 2016, reading/signing, Richmond, Va.

• Library of Virginia, TRUEVINE talk and book-signing at noon Dec. 2, 2016, Richmond, Va.

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


JoAnne, back when she was a student reporter.

• The event I’m most excited (and maybe a little nervous) about will be a presentation at Jerusalem Baptist Church, in Southwest Roanoke, near Jordan’s Alley (where much of the book takes place), with many thanks to dear friend, church member, and “story beacon,” JoAnne Poindexter, the Roanoke Times’s first black newspaper reporter. This  book could not have been written without JoAnne’s constant telling me who to call and then calling ahead of me to vouch for my work — a kindness she has shown to many throughout our careers. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at 1014 Norfolk Ave., S.W.

• 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)