Urbana native to sign new book Aug. 13



An author who details a furniture company’s struggle against outsourcing will stop by Peach Tree Books and Co. to sign copies of her new book.


Beth Macy, an Urbana native, will be on hand from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, to promote the book Factory Man, which was released July 15.

The story, which has a subtitle “How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local and Helped Save an American Town,” details John Bassett III’s fight to keep the Bassett Furniture Company alive in an industry that was suffering from an influx of cheap imported Asian furniture.

Ms. Macy first wrote about Mr. Bassett as part of a series on globalization while working as a news reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virgnia.

“In Factory Man, Beth Macy brings to life John Bassett’s fascinating business, with wildly colorful stories from an American industry that once ruled the world and might again see better days,” the book synopsis reads. “As Macy shows how he uses legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and sheer will to save hundreds of jobs, she also discovers the hidden history of industry in America.



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