Author, Adventurer, Businessman
On November 18, 2016 the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke hosted a book release reception for me and my new book, Chasing the Powhatan Arrow.
This is a travelogue from Norfolk, Virginia to Cincinnati, Ohio, following the route of the former passenger railroad train of the Norfolk and Western, looking at the people, history, culture, geography, and primarily economy of the towns and cities along the way, including Norfolk, Suffolk, Petersburg, Blackstone, Crewe, Farmville, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Christiansburg, and Pearisburg in Virginia, Bluefield, Welch, Williamson, and Kenova in West Virginia, and Ironton, Portsmouth, and Cincinnati in Ohio.
Read more about it and order your copy this website's Chasing the Powhatan Arrow page.
The media has produced several stories and videos about the book.
* This video is from my appearance on WSLS TV in Roanoke to advertise the book release.
* Here's another video of me. This one is from the book release reception. It's from Virginia First.
* Robbie Harris is the New River Valley bureau chief at WVTF Public Radio. She did this radio interview for them.
* This article along with my smiling mug appeared in the Suffolk News Herald.
* This nice article was written by my friend Joe Tennis, who writes for the Bristol Herald Courier.
* This article, along with a stunning photo of the N&W 611 locomotive appeared in the Roanoke Star.
* Here's a great review by the Appalachian Americans Facebook page administrator Dave Tabler about the book in which he calls me "the Studs Terkel of Appalachia." He wrote,
"If you’re at all familiar with the work of Studs Terkel, you’ll recognize a kindred spirit in the work of author Michael Abraham. Terkel was world renowned for his ability to draw out compelling oral histories, from both the mighty and the not so mighty, over his 45 year tenure as a radio talk show host on Chicago’s WFMT.
"Likewise Michael Abraham, in his recently published travelogue ‘Chasing the Powhatan Arrow,’ reveals an endless curiosity and enthusiasm in his interviews with railroad CEOs, railfan hobbyists, museum curators, city councilmen, and just about everyone else he encounters on this journey."
Based in Blacksburg, Virginia, I explore and write about our wonderful region of the central Appalachians. I love to ride bicycles, ride motorcycles, and hike. I've been known to make stained glass panels, watch birds, explore caves, cross-country ski, and fly kites. I love to travel (Who doesn't?) and have been to 43 states and 16 foreign countries.
I am principal with my wife in a small publishing company called Pocahontas Press where we edit, typeset, and market works of local authors.
My first book is The Spine of the Virginias, (non-fiction) a look at the people, places, history and culture along the border of Virginia and West Virginia.
My second book is Union, WV, (fiction) about healing and redemption in a small West Virginia town.
My third book is Harmonic Highways, Exploring Virginia's Crooked Road, (non-fiction) a journey featuring the music, arts, sports, and people of Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.
My fourth book is Providence, VA, (fiction) about a national calamity from the view of a young woman trapped by circumstances in a tiny Southwest Virginia community.
My fifth book is War, WV, (fiction) about the quest for justice following a catastrophe in a forsaken West Virginia coal community.
My sixth book is Orange, VA, (fiction) a story of political intrigue set in central Virginia.
My seventh book is Keepers of the Tradition, (non-fiction) a compilation of stories and portraits of contemporary Appalachians, a collaboration with artist Leslie Roberts Gregg.
I also write regularly for The News Messenger, and have written for Roanoke Business magazine, Valley Business FRONT, Motorcycle Cruiser magazine, and Greenbrier Quarterly magazine.
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