Festival Events on Wednesday, October 11th

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 Holmes.


12 p.m.

State-Sponsored Suspicion and YA
Sandy Spring Bank Tent
L.M. Elliott’s YA novel Suspect Red takes on McCarthyism in America when a 1950’s teen establishes a controversial friendship during the height of paranoia about Communism. Historian Martin Sherwin supplies the context.

Fighting A Drone War
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
In Drone: Remote Control Warfare, Hugh Gusterson explores the changing landscape of war, and maps the use of drone strikes under the Obama White House.

The American Revolution Re-examined
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Larrie Ferreiro re-examines the American Revolution to include the integral role of Spain and France in securing victory.


1:30 p.m.

Fulbright Scholars on Writing in the World
Sandy Spring Bank Tent
Four former scholars, Matt Davis, Tania James, Kimberly Burge and Maile Chapman discuss the impact of their time abroad and their writing.

Susan Bordo on The Destruction of Hillary Clinton
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Susan Bordo explores how gender, political forces, and media culture influenced the 2016 presidential election.

A True MVP: The Life of Bullet Bill Dudley
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
In Bullet Bill Dudley Steve Stinson explores the extraordinary life of Hall of Fame football star Bill Dudley.


2:15 p.m.

Investigating the Self through Poetry, Science, and History
Lord of Life Church, 5114 Twinbrook Rd, Fairfax, VA
Kim Roberts talks her tangled history of science and D.C., and Molly McCully Brown explores life in The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded.


3 p.m.

Queerness and Family with James Allen Hall
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
In the powerful essays in I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, James Allen Hall talks growing up queer in Florida, his family’s mental illnesses, meth addictions and more.

Better Said Than Done Storytelling Workshop
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Learn to tell a good story in this one-hour workshop that focuses on beginnings and endings, and engaging audience members with humor and wit. Better Said Than Done is a community of storytellers based in Fairfax who perform shows all around Northern Virginia. The shows include a series of storytellers’ themed and true personal stories. The workshop will be lead by founder Jessica Robinson and veteran storyteller Mary Supley Foxworth.

Abundant Grace
Sandy Spring Bank Tent
Authors from Abundant Grace: Grace & Gravity, an all-female anthology, discuss their stories. Featuring Virginia Pye, Jenny Drummey, Sinta Jimenez, Caron Martinez, Arielle Bernstein, Nicole Miller, and Margaret Hutton Griffon.

Call and Response Panel: Invisibility
Fenwick Reading Room
Call & Response is a collaboration between writers and visual artists. The result is a set of paired works, resonating with each other. This year’s theme is “Invisibility.”


4 p.m.

Documentary: The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo 
Johnson Center Cinema, Ground Floor
A screening of The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo is followed by director Phillip Rodriguez and producer David Ventura discussing the life of activist Oscar Zeta Acosta.


4:30 p.m.

A Journey Through the 1930s South
Fenwick Reading Room, Fenwick Library
Historian Jennifer Ritterhouse discusses Discovering the South, which follows newspaper editor Jonathan Daniels through the post-Civil War south.

Life on the Line: Migration, Nation, and the Word
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Writers Tarfia Faizullah, Vivek Narayanan, Courtney Brkic, and Juana Medina wrestle with issues surrounding language and land barriers, discussing what it means to write and move across national borders.

Challenging the College Skills Gap
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Are new college graduates really ready to enter the working world? Matthew Hora highlights the value of teaching broader 21st century skills.

Fairy Tales for Grownups
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Join storyteller Laura Packer for the other side of enchantment. No Disney princesses, singing teapots or emasculated wolves. Darker. Sexier. Funnier. Grimmer.

Dosas and Dreidels
Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA
In Pamela Ehrenberg’s newest picture book Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, Sadie’s multicultural family celebrates Hanukkah by swapping latkes for dosas.


6 p.m.

Underground Railroad Scholar Talks Slavery in America
Harris Theater
African American and public history specialist Spencer Crew discusses slavery in our nation’s history.

On “Othering” with David Shields
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Essayist David ShieldsOther People: Takes & Mistakes explores the possibilities, and impossibilities, for human connection.


7 p.m. 

Depth Charges with Rick Campbell
Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Pl, Oakton, VA
Rick Campbell will discuss Blackmail, his latest military thriller, about a Russian strike on a U.S. ship, forcing it to risk everything to avoid world war.

The Mysterious Case of Conan Doyle
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA
Michael Sims and Stefan Bechtel discuss the spiritual and authorial journey of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of detective Sherlock Holmes.


7:30 p.m.

Poet Tarfia Faizullah: Women as Witness
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Bangladeshi-American poet Tarfia Faizullah will read from her collection, Seam, about the female survivors of the Bangladesh Liberation War.

Colson Whitehead and The Underground Railroad
Harris Theater
Colson Whitehead discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning and National Book Award-winning novel, The Underground Railroad, which combines realism and allegory in a tale of slavery in America. This is one of only a few books to win both the Pulitzer and National Book Award.


Cancellation: Stephanie Elizondo Griest is unable to attend.