Colson Whitehead and Lev Grossman Headline 2017 Festival



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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.

Latest News

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And the Pulitzer goes to…

Colson Whitehead for The Underground Railroad!    “For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.” – The Pulitzer Committee in their announcement on April 10, 2017. First Oprah named it one of her Book Club picks. In […]

12 April
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Announcing Fall for the Book’s 2017 Headliners

And we’re off! Our Festival Headliners are here! Colson Whitehead of The Underground Railroad, and Lev Grossman of The Magicians Series– now a hit show on the SyFy Channel– will be joined by other major writers including Jennine Capó Crucet, poet Ellen Bryant Voigt and nonfiction writer David Shields. The festival, which runs from October 11-14, 2017, will welcome a […]

23 March
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Win $500 in 2017 Poster Contest

Design an artistic poster, win money, and see your work all over the region! *The Postmark Deadline has been extended until April 22nd!* Grand Prize: A cash award of $500 Fall for the Book Wants To See Your Artwork! 2017 marks the 19th anniversary of Fall for the Book festival, and we’re putting out a […]

14 February

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