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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 […]

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Festival Events on Friday, October 13th
12 October, 2017

10:30 a.m. The History of Teen Rooms Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza Jason Reid’s Get Out of My Room! explores everything from posters to personal space in teen bedrooms. The Legacy of Memory Johnson Center, Meeting Room F All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg celebrates memory and identity across three generations […]

Military History Events at the Festival

Wednesday, October 11 Fighting A Drone War 12 p.m. – George’s, Johnson Center 3rd Floor In Drone: Remote Control Warfare, Hugh Gusterson explores the changing landscape of war, and maps the “ethical slippage” on the use of drone strikes under the Obama White House. Click for full event details. The American Revolution Re-examined 12 p.m. – Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting […]

27 September
Festival Events on Wednesday, October 11th
10 October, 2017

10:30 a.m. China vs. Washington: A Cold War Story 
 Sandy Spring Bank Tent 
Gregg A. Brazinsky examines the enduring rivalry between the U.S. and China during the Cold War. History and Mystery: Michael Sims’ Arthur & Sherlock George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center The latest from acclaimed author Michael Sims traces the history of Sherlock […]

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
Festival Events on Thursday, October 12
11 October, 2017

10 a.m. Islam in North America Johnson Center Gold Room Panelists examine recent publications about the American Muslim experience through multiple lenses 10:30 a.m. As the World Burns Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza Dave Housley’s story collection Massive Cleansing Fire casts the end of the world in a humorous light as it […]

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



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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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