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Author of ‘Factory Man’ gives talk tonight at South Boston library

SoVaNow.com / October 12, 2017
Beth Macy, a former Roanoke Times reporter whose account of Bassett Furniture’s survival against low-wage foreign competition is being made into an HBO miniseries, is coming to the South Boston library tonight at 7 p.m. to talk about non-fiction writing and her 2014 best-selling book.

“Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town” tells the story of Bassett Furniture and its hard-driving owner, J.D. Bassett III, who kept the famed furniture maker alive and thriving even as most domestic companies were run out of business by rivals in China and other low-wage countries.

Macy wrote the book after profiling Bassett in a series for the Roanoke paper on globalization and its impact on Southside and Southwest Virginia.

“Factory Man” rose to No. 10 on The New York Times’ hardcover nonfiction list and is currently in development as an HBO miniseries produced by Tom Hanks. The Wall Street Journal described the book as “a well-crafted and epic tale tracing the rise of a Virginia furniture-making empire through the 20th century and the industry’s collapse in the 21st.”

Her talk at the South Boston Public Library is free and open to the public.



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