Rick Rothacker, author of Banktown, fills us in on his book tour

Rick Rothacker is touring North Carolina and parts of the Southeast over the next couple of months, and he’s been so kind as to share a little bit about how it’s going. Check out what he has to say below. To see if Rick will be having a signing near you, see the list below or check out our events page.


Rick Rothacker signs a copy of Banktown for a reader.

Rick Rothacker signs a copy of Banktown for a reader.

The Banktown book tour is off to a great start. It began last week at Park Road Books in Charlotte, where a big group of Charlotte Observer colleagues, friends, and readers came out for the launch party. As a nice surprise, my high school English teacher from Pennsylvania sent flowers. She has an impressive history of turning out writers, including a novelist and an award-winning Washington Post reporter. At the signing, I got some great questions from the crowd and then got to work practicing my signature.

Last night, the tour went to Greensboro, N.C., where another inquisitive group came out at the Friendly Center Barnes & Noble. One question I had was about the future of the banking industry in Charlotte. It’s taken a severe blow, of course, but there are some signs of hope. We looked at this topic in-depth in a recent Observer article.

Next up is a stop in Winston-Salem, followed by a trip to Wilmington and the Triangle and more appearances in Charlotte and Atlanta after that. I hope to see you there.

If you can’t make it – and even if you can – you can also learn more about the book from the media coverage the book has generated in recent weeks. This includes national write-ups and excerpts in the New York Times, fortune.com, and wsj.com, as well as local coverage in the Observer, WFAE, WCNC, WGHP and others. Look for more coverage as the tour continues. The reception for the book has been great so far, and I appreciate everyone’s support.


Upcoming book signings with Rick Rothacker

Wednesday, September 22 at 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
Friendly Shopping Center
3102 Northline Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27408
Phone: 336-854-4200

Thursday, September 23 at 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
1925 Hampton Inn Court
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 336-774-0800

Tuesday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
Pomegranate Books
4418 Park Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: 910-452-1107
Web: http://www.pombooks.com

Wednesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Quail Ridge Books
3522 Wade Ave
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-828-7912
Web: http://www.quailridgebooks.com

Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
New Hope Commons
5400 New Hope Commons
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: 919-489-3012

Monday, October 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
Town Square at Biltmore Park
33 Town Square Blvd., Suite 100
Asheville, NC 28803
Phone: 828-687-0681

Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m.
Friends of the Library of Queens University in Charlotte
Sykes Auditorium
Queens University
1900 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28274
Phone: 704-785-7367

Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m.
Blue Elephant Books
407 West Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
Phone: 404-373-1565
Web: http://www.blueelephantbookshop.com

Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m.
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Southpark Mall
4345 Barclay Downs Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: 704-602-9800

Thursday, October 28 at 5 p.m.
The Country Bookshop
140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC
Phone: 910-692-3211
Web: http://www.thecountrybookshop.biz

Monday, November 1 at 7 p.m.
Gaston County Public Library
1555 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone: 704-868-2164
Web: http://www.glrl.lib.nc.us

Saturday, December 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
Forest Acres/Richland Fashion Mall
3400 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: 803-787-5600