Congratulations to Roanoke Times’ reporter Beth Macy. She sold a book proposal to Little, Brown & Co. about John Bassett III, the iconoclastic Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. CEO who decided to fight the Chinese import invasion.
Macy’s book will expand on the story she wrote about Bassett earlier this year as part of our, “Picking Up the Pieces” series examining the impact of global trade on the manufacturing industries in Southside and Southwest Virginia.
Bassett III, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. in Galax, has fought back against imports from China and continues to manufacture furniture in Galax. In January, the company announced an $8 million expansion that is expected to add 115 jobs over the next three years.
The working title of Macy’s book is ”Factory Man.” Starting in mid-June, Macy take a yearlong leave from The Roanoke Times to complete the book.
Macy has written for The Roanoke Times since 1989. She’s won numerous national and state awards and served as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University during the 2009-2010 academic year. You can read more about her on her blog, Intrepid Paper Girl.