Reporter Beth Macy has won a $30,000 prize for an upcoming book about the effects of globalization on Southwest Virginia furniture manufacturing. Her book, “Factory Man,” focuses on Galax furniture heir John D. Bassett III, who was also a subject in her 2012 Roanoke Times series, “Picking Up the Pieces.”
The Little, Brown & Co. book is scheduled to be published next year. Columbia University today announced Macy had won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. It “is given annually to aid in the completion of a significant work of nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern. Recognizing that a nonfiction book based on extensive original research often overtaxes the resources available to its author, the project envisions the award as a way of closing the gap between the time and money an author has and the time and money that finishing a book requires,” according to Columbia.
Macy is nearing the end of a yearlong leave from the newspaper as she completes the book. She has written for The Roanoke Times since 1989 and won numerous national and state awards, including serving as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University during the 2009-2010 academic year.