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Planning Your Visit

Planning Your Visit
30 June, 2015

All Fall for the Book events are free and open to the public with no tickets required, thanks to sponsors including George Mason University, Mason’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore, NOVEC, the Fairfax County Public Library, and other generous businesses and organizations. Events are held on George Mason University’s Fairfax, Virginia Campus and at select locations throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and […]

Latest News

And we’re live… taping!

Need a new podcast for your morning commute? Sick of listening to Serial over and over? Fall for the Book has you covered. This year we’re featuring four live podcast tapings at the festival. Come out out and see the maestros behind the mics. Bestiary In Bestiary, Meg Sipos and Eric Botts take listeners through the strange sciences, circular philosophies, and rabbit-hole ethics of our […]

20 September
Breaking News!

September 6, 2017 Festival to Host Authors Covering Current Affairs Extra, extra! Read all about it! This year at Fall for the Book, we have an array of writers discussing politics and current events. Come hear a fresh spin on what you’ve seen in the headlines. Susan Bordo on The Destruction of Hillary Clinton Susan Bordo, […]

06 September
Poets to Pay Attention To
17 August, 2017

As autumn leaves fall Friends and book lovers gather Poets read on stage At Fall for the Book, we leave poetry for the “prose.” This year we are thrilled to have such a range of talented poets in our festival line-up. Discover your new favorite poem and catch a reading or two! Ellen Bryant Voigt […]

Community Day at the Festival

Saturday, October 14th | Free events all day   Spend a Day with the Family  Enjoy interactive activities for kids and tweens at Old Town Hall—and meet Tybee the reading dog! Find out more about our family events.  Browse the Book Fair Browse our Book Fair with selections from the George Mason University Bookstore, the Washington West Film Festival, Phoebe, The Potomac Review, Syncretic Press, So […]

13 September
Meet Valerie Tripp: American Girl Author

Meet Valerie Tripp: American Girl Author Valerie Tripp is the author of the three-book series about her newest BeForever character MaryellenLarkin, a fun and funny girl growing up in Florida in the 1950s, when girls wore poodle skirts and danced to rock ’n’ roll. She is also the author of many other American Girl books, including the […]

30 August
Fall for the Book’s Coming Attractions…

Blockbuster season at the movies is coming to a close, but Fall for the Book is gearing up for another exciting festival season. Check out previews for our coming attractions and get hyped for some of the exciting authors we have coming this year… Like Wonder Woman? We’ve got your awesome magical heroines right here with […]

26 July
Summer’s Hottest Reads

Whew! It’s a scorcher outside. Beat the summer heat and curl up in the AC with one of our hot picks for summer. These books are lit! Fire.  Elizabeth Hand’s collection Fire. combines fiction and nonfiction to tell tales of everything from post-apocalyptic terror to time-travel romance. The title story is a harrowing postapocalyptic adventure in a world threated by global conflagration. […]

23 August



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About Us


Based at George Mason University, Fall for the Book is an independent non-profit literary arts organization that promotes reading by sponsoring a variety of year-round events and activities, the flagship of which is the Fall for the Book festival held each September or October. The festival as well as other activities for both children and adults:

  • Connect readers and authors so that readers become acquainted on a personal level with writers and their work in new and vibrant ways
  • Illustrate the many ways reading encourages cultural growth through empathy and knowledge
  • Give children their first experience with the thrill of writing creatively through tailored workshops and readings, as well as first publication opportunities

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  • Fall for the Book has given me memorable moments, conversations and reads: Khaled Hosseini speaking to a packed Concert Hall about The Kite Runner; Roger Wilkins and Doris Kearns Goodwin discussing LBJ's presidency at the Harris Theater, a conversation with author Thomas Mallon at the Sandy Spring tent. This year it was author Tom Gjelten and his eye-opening book, "A Nation of Nations," close by at the Burke Library. Thank you!!

    Mary P.
  • Every year one of my resolutions is to read more and think about what I've read. Thank heaven for Fall for the Book! This festival inspires me, introduces me to new authors, and gives me important insights. I am happy every year to have a reading resolution and to support the Fall for the Book festival."

    Chris P.
  • Fall for the Book gives everyone, readers and writers alike, the opportunity to meet the storytellers who've introduced us to other worlds and sparked our imaginations in amazing ways. I support Fall for the Book because I believe in the power of story and its potential to better the world. Fall for the Book embraces the story while celebrating the storyteller and the reader. I'm proud to be a very small part of that.

    Ellen W.
  • Fall for the Book allows me to see and hear working writers explain their craft in an intimate setting. I believe the pulse of our society can be measured by the people who are creating excellent writing.

    Ann C.
  • We contribute because we support and value the work that FFTB does in promoting authors and reading. We also really enjoy the speakers at the festival and have spent a little extra to get extra tickets to the speakers’ presentations as well as access to the VIP reception beforehand where we have had an opportunity to engage the speakers personally.Steve L.

    Steve L.

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