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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 […]

Become a Friend of the Festival!

Meet the rock stars of writing at Fall for the Book! Join our Friends of the Festival and be among the few to attend private receptions with the festival’s stars like Colson Whitehead, Mohsin Hamid, and Lev Grossman. Friends enjoy an array of benefits, while helping us bring in participating writers and enabling the festival to remain free of charge to the community. “My daughter […]

09 August
The 2017 Festival App is Live!

There’s an app for that!  Download the free 2017 Fall for the Book app and get the festival at your fingertips. Search and customize your schedule, and even set reminders so you don’t miss anything! Features include: • Festival schedule with event descriptions, including a customizable list of favorite authors and events • Author information and full list of participants • Maps to navigate the […]

01 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
2017 Fall for the Book Poster Revealed!

Read On with our awesome 2017 design by Jacob Scheyder Fall for the Book is excited to reveal our 2017 festival poster design created by Jacob Scheyder, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer with a degree in film production.  His work can be found in movies, on t-shirts, in educational materials and in children’s books.  He […]

16 May
Family-Friendly Fun at Fall for the Book

You’re invited to free, family-friendly fun in Fairfax! Saturday, October 14th Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030   For Pre-K and Elementary Story Hour Program 10:30 a.m. Ahoy there, mateys! All hands on deck for Story Hour with the Fairfax Librarians! Parents and preschoolers (ages 3-5) are invited to set sail with us for […]

13 July
Fall for the Book to Receive NEA Grant

More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide Includes $10,000 awarded to Fall for the Book Fairfax, Virginia—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement […]

14 June



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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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