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Author of Factory Man speaking at PHCC

Beth Macy, the author of Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town is speaking at Patrick Henry Community College Tuesday, September 20.  The event which is free and open to the public will be held in PHCC’s Frith Exhibit Hall at 1:00 p.m.

Macy is a longtime reporter who has won more than a dozen national journalism awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard in 2010. Her book, Factory Man, won the Lukas Prize in 2013. In her talk, Macy will share what she learned during the two years of researching and writing this novel which highlights the recent history of Bassett, VA.  

Macy’s book follows John Bassett III's fight to keep his furniture business local.  In her book, she seeks to answer the questions: what is the aftermath of offshoring 5 million manufacturing jobs? And was there another way? Macy exposes the realities of life after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and calls for the return of made-in-America products.

The Factory Man will be available for purchase following the presentation. Beth Macy is the first of several authors and speakers to visit PHCC this year as part of the college’s visiting author symposium. The symposium is the first step in implementing a new Honors College program at PHCC. Each speaker will work with humanities faculty to help develop the Honors College Humanities curriculum.