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Bassett, Macy to appear on C-SPAN2 Sunday

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Other television appearances scheduled to discuss "Factory Man," about John Bassett and Galax's Vaughan-Bassett Furniture

By Staff Reports

John Bassett, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company in Galax, and author Beth Macy will appear on C-SPAN2 this Sunday night, Aug. 17, to discuss Macy’s book, “Factory Man.”

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The 90-minute show is part of the C-SPAN2 series “Booknotes” and will run from 10-11:30 p.m.

The network sent cameras last week to a book discussion held at St Johns Episcopal Church in Roanoke, which featured Macy and Bassett, the book’s main subject. About 300 people attended the event.

“Factory Man” chronicles John Bassett’s career at both Bassett Furniture Industries and at Vaughan-Bassett, the company he joined in 1984 and that he has spent decades leading. Much of the book focuses on his efforts to modernize Vaughan-Bassett’s factories and to remain a domestic manufacturer in the face of foreign competition.

Today Vaughan-Bassett is the largest wooden bedroom maker in the United States, with sales of over $80 million and with about 700 employees.

Macy’s book has made the New York Times nonfiction hardcover bestseller list during each of the four weeks since “Factory Man” was released by Little, Brown and Company. Macy’s first book has received rave reviews from a diverse range of publications including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Garden and Gun Magazine, and from actor, director and producer Tom Hanks.

Macy and “Factory Man” also received the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Work-In-Progress Award from the Columbia University Journalism School in 2013.

More TV appearances to promote the book are coming up. Bassett and Macy were interviewed last week by “PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer,” and the six- to nine-minute segment is expected to air in the next week to 10 days.

Bassett also will be a guest on Comedy Central's “The Colbert Report,” most likely in September, though a date has not been confirmed.

Company officials said the Fox 8 TV station was at the plant on Aug. 14 to film a segment on Vaughan-Bassett's progress since its last profile of the company 10 years ago.

“Factory Man” is available locally at Chapters Book Store in downtown Galax.