Book events and signings

Speaking gig update: I’ll be speaking in bookstores, colleges, and at literary festivals for the Oct. 17, 2017 paperback publication of TRUEVINE, a book about race, greed, and the human condition. For more information or to request an interview or an event, 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. I’m returning to Chop Suey, a favorite store, on Dec. 7, 2017, at 6 p.m.

TRUEVINE paperback launch events!

James River Writers Festival, Oct. 13-14, Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North 3rd St., Richmond, VA. I’m teaching a master class on craft from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Richmond Public Library and will be on a panel at the GRCC about researching the historical archives at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.  Click here for information and to register.

• Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar lecture, Tower Theatre, a talk called “Reporting from the Margins,” about book writing and craft, Bend, Oregon, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2017.

• Book reading/signing at the storied Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 2017.

• Book reading/singing at Book Passage in San Francisco (Ferry location), 1 Ferry Building Set 42, San Francisco, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23, 2017.

• Book event to celebrate opening of Roanoke’s newest independent bookstore, 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 28, 2017 — Book No Further, 16 West, 16 W. Church St., Roanoke, VA.

Scotty Truevine

Latest addition to our family: 1966 Scotty Sportsman camper, from which I do occasional regional book events. Katie, lower the hygiene bar.

Book talk/signing at the Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge, VA., 7 p.m. Oct. 30.


I almost felt like a rockstar opening for Dar Williams at the Birchmere, fall 2016.

• “Reading Between the Wines,”  author talk and literacy fundraiser at the Williamsburg Winery, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Nov. 14, 2017, 5800 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg, VA. For information and tickets, please click here.

• Book talk/signing at Bards Alley Books in Vienna, Virginia, 110 Church St., NW, Vienna, Virginia, 7 p.m. Nov. 30, 2017.

• Book talk/signing at the Radford (Va.) Library, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2017.

• Book talk/signing at the inimitable Chop Suey Books, 6 p.m. Dec. 7, 2017.

• Book talk/signing, Barnes & Noble Valley View, Roanoke, VA, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 2017.

• I’m interviewing the beautiful soul and singer-songwriter Dar Williams, whose new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns, was recently published. (Dar writes briefly about Factory Man in it.) This is a do-over for me and Dar, who invited me to be her opening act last fall, and man what fun! Sponsored by Book City, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Book No Further, Roanoke’s newest independent bookstore, located inside 16 West Marketplace, 16 Church Ave., SW. Roanoke, VA. Click here for ticket information.


When I was stressed out about my new book project, Nancy Saunders advised me to “Go lay down and let Uncle Willie put some good thoughts in your head.” Photo by Josh Meltzer.

• Books and Lawsuits! Talking to the Roanoke Bar Association at noon, Dec. 12, 2017, Shenandoah Club.

• Spring Commencement Speaker at my undergraduate alma mater, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, May 5, 2018.



Myrtle Phanelson, 98, and others featured in TRUEVINE turned out en masse at Jerusalem Baptist Church on Dec. 3, 2016. And people who were featured in the book signed it (below).



To inquire about a lecture for 2018, 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)