Book events and signings

Speaking gig update: My fabulous team at Little, Brown has had me running up and down the highways and airports, speaking in bookstores, colleges and at literary festivals for the October 2016 publication of TRUEVINE, a book about race, greed, and the human condition. The tour is winding down, but you can still check back for more information on future 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. I’m returning to Chop Suey, a favorite store, on Dec. 1, 6 p.m.



• Steamboat Springs Library (Colorado), 6:30 p.m., Dec. 6 reading/signing.

• Tattered Cover book shop, Denver, Colorado, Dec. 8 (Colfax store), 7 p.m.

Barnes & Noble, Tanglewood Mall, Roanoke, 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 11, 2016, a benefit for Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors Fund.

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

Roanoke County (South) Library, 7 p.m. Monday Dec. 19, 2016.

• Books and Crannies, book reading/signing, 7 p.m., 50 E. Church St., Suite 4, Martinsville, VA.

• Fincastle (Va.) Library, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.


Myrtle Phanelson, 98, and others featured in TRUEVINE turned out en masse at Jerusalem Baptist Church on Dec. 3, 2016.


I absolutely love it when readers ask the people featured in the books to sign it on the author page.

Washington County (Va.) Public Library, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 205 Oak Hill Street, Abingdon, sponsored by the Friends of the Washington County Public Library2017.

Raleigh Court Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m. Thursday Jan. 19, discussion to be held at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, 1837 Grandin Road, SW., Roanoke, Va.

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


Bedford Museum, Feb. 4, 2 p.m., 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.

• Traverse City (Michigan) Opera House, National Writers Series, Feb. 27, 2017, time TBA.

• Oxford Conference for the Book, Oxford, MS, March 29-31; time TBA.

• Rural Retreat (Va.) Friends of the Library dinner and fundraiser, June 17, 6 p.m.


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)