One Book One Community 2016


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Tuesday, Sept. 27, 
Author Visit by JOHN BASSETT

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, $6 each, 7 pm
Subject of Factory Man and author of Making It in America, a Five Point Plan for Growing Your Business Keeping Jobs at Home, Bassett will speak. A short documentary about the Bassett factory will also be shown. $6 includes appetizers and beverage in lobby and presentation. Books will be available for sale and autographing.


Thursday, October 6
Author Visit by Beth Macy
Stimpson Auditorium, Shenandoah University, 7 pm
The former Roanoke Times reporter and author of Factory Man, will speak, answer questions, and autograph her books, including her new title, Truevine:  A  Strange  and  Troubling  Tale  of  Two  Brothers  in  Jim Crow America, which will be available in October.

The October Author visit is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 540 662-9041, ext.14

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About the Author

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Factory Man--The instant New York Times bestseller about one man's battle to save hundreds of jobs by demonstrating the greatness of American business.

The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same powerful Virginia family for generations, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia. But beginning in the 1980s, the first waves of Asian competition hit, and ultimately Bassett was forced to send its production overseas.

One man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man, now chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co, which employs more than 700 Virginians and has sales of more than $90 million.

In FACTORY MAN, Beth Macy brings to life Bassett's deeply personal furniture and family story, along with a host of characters from an industry that was as cutthroat as it was colorful. As she shows how he uses legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and sheer grit and cunning to save hundreds of jobs, she also reveals the truth about modern industry in America. (from Google Play)

About the Author

Beth Macy 
won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, a joint project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard for "her extraordinary reporting and narrative skills" and her work on Factory Man. 

The daughter of a factory worker, she writes about outsiders and underdogs. Her articles have appeared in national magazines and the Roanoke Times, where her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard.

She lives in Roanoke, Virginia. (from Google Play)

Past One Book One Community Selections

2003 "Rocket Boys” by Homer Hickam

2004 "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillebrand

2005 "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" by Mark Haddon

2006 "Wish You Well" by David Baldacci

2007 "On Agate Hill" by Lee Smith

2008 "This I Believe," edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

2009 "See You in a Hundred Years" by Logan Ward

2010 "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

2011 “The Devil Amongst the Lawyers" by Sharyn McCrumb

2012 "For Cause and Comrades" by James McPherson

2013 "O Pioneers!” by Willa Cather

2014 “Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel

2015 "The End of Night" by Paul Bogard

Community Partners and Sponsors of One Book One Community:

Handley Regional Library

Shenandoah University

Lord Fairfax Community College

Literacy Volunteers – Winchester Area

Winchester Public Schools

Frederick County Public Schools

Clarke County Public Schools

Friends of the Handley Regional Library 

Berryville Graphics

The Winchester Star

Piccadilly Printing

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Museum of the Shenandoah Valle

Winchester Book Gallery

Magic Lantern Theater

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Blandy Experimental Farm