About Us

21747858676_33764b794b_oBased 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

Fall for the Book : Read On



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Latest News

Thank You From Fall for the Book!
03 October, 2016

Thank You!  From everyone here at Fall for the Book, we want to thank our sponsors, partners and of course YOU, our readers who came out to support our literary community during our 18th annual festival. We hosted nearly 200 authors at George Mason University and at locations around VA, MD and DC in what was […]

Friday, September 30 Festival Events
29 September, 2016

Friday, September 30 Events And with today’s events, Fall for the Book’s 18th annual festival comes to a close. But not without a bang! For the final day of our festival we have a knockout lineup, including children’s author Cece Bell, novelist Bernice McFadden, and our 2016 Fairfax Award Presentation to Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street. Spend your Friday […]

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Thursday, September 29 Festival Events
28 September, 2016

Thursday, September 29 Events Day 5 of Fall for the Book hosts urban fantasy writer Patricia Briggs, Robert Frost’s granddaughter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and more at George Mason University’s Fairfax, VA campus, as well as a number of sites around Northern Virginia. Bring a friend to some of these great events! Tomorrow, catch the last day of our festival at […]

Wednesday, September 28 Festival Events
27 September, 2016

Wednesday, September 28 Events Day 4 of Fall for the Book brings together a host of novelists, entrepreneurs, children’s authors, historians, memoirists, and more, including our featured event with Civil War historians James McPherson and Edward Ayers at George Mason University’s Fairfax, VA campus, as well as a number of sites around Northern Virginia. Bring a friend to some of these […]

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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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