Festival Events on Thursday, October 12

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 glows amidst apocalyptic flames.

Recording History on the Frontlines
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Yasutsune “Tony” Hirashiki, Terry Irving, and Drew Pearson discuss Tony’s harrowing career as a TV cameraman in Vietnam.

Native Americans in Colonial Virginia
Johnson Center, Meeting Room G
Kristalyn Shefveland’s Anglo-Native Virginia closely examines indigenous and colonial trade in Virginia, and how this shaped our state and region.


11:50 a.m.

The French and Russian Revolutions
Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030
There have been several revolutions in European history since the 17th century, but the French and Russian revolutions have been the most consequential. Despite much scholarly work, historians seldom compare these twin upheavals in Europe. Two specialists– Jack Censer, co-author of The French Revolution and Napoleon in Global Perspective, and Rex Wade, author of The Russian Revolution, 1917 — will consider why these revolutions eventually led to bloody civil wars.


12 p.m.

When the World Breaks Open
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza
In her memoir, Seema Reza chronicles her journey from being a suburban mom to using building writing and art programs in military hospitals.

Making America Green
The Hub Ballroom
Stanford professor Mark Jacobson details his roadmap for converting the U.S. to 100% renewable energy within the next few decades.


1 p.m.

Islamic Law
Johnson Center Gold Room
Panelists review publications that ask how Islamic law, both ancient and modern, relates to multiple areas of inquiry.


1:30 p.m.

Grit and Glamour of 1920s Boston
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza
Colin Sargent’s novel The Boston Castrato grabs 1920s Boston out of history and vividly mixes in fiction.


2 p.m.

Janet Mock on Surpassing Certainty
Harris Theater
Janet Mock discusses navigating her twenties without a roadmap: moving out, falling in and out of love, and working her way up in the magazine industry.


2:15 p.m.

Putting America Back to Work
Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030
Jerry Prout chronicles Gilded Age businessman Jacob Coxey’s 19th-century march from Ohio to Capitol Hill, showcasing his plan to put millions of American’s back to work.


3 p.m.

The Sociopath Next Door
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza
Dr. Jeremy Balint’s darkest traits surface in The Mask of Sanity by Jacob Appel, a chilling novel that examines sociopathy in a man who has everything.

Justice and Deception in the ‘60s — CANCELLED
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Ernesto Vigil discusses Decades of Deception about the Chicano Movement in Denver during the 1960s.


3:30 p.m.

Islam, Globalization and Cosmopolitanism
Johnson Center Gold Room
Panelists explore citizenship debates in Muslim contexts, as well as connections to cultural manifestations of ethno-racial identities.


4:30 p.m.

Jennine Capó Crucet Makes a Home Among Strangers
Concert Hall, Center for the Arts
Make Your Home Among Strangers follows Lizet, a daughter of Cuban immigrants as she navigates being a first generation college student and coming to terms with her new status as a minority.

Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Georgetown University professor, and early childhood expert William Gormley discusses the importance of critical thinking for students and educators.

Partners on the Page
Johnson Center, Meeting Room G
Laura Micciche explores how written acknowledgements reveal the importance of writing partnerships.

MFA Fellows Reading
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Recipients of the 2017 creative writing fellowships read some of the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from Mason’s MFA program. Featuring Jesse Capobianco, Liesel Hamilton, Alayna Nagurny, and Ben Rader.


6 p.m.

Brief Encounters with the Extraordinary

Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
The fantastic and beautiful come together in the short stories of authors Amber Sparks in The Unfinished World, and A. A. Balaskovits in Magic for Unlucky Girls.

Research in Rhetoric: Digital, Visual & Archival Methods
Johnson Center, Meeting Room G
Doug Eyeman, Laura Gries, and Jenell Johnson discuss their research and research methods in the role of rhetoric in digital media.

Gish Jen on East Meets West
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
With wit and clarity, Gish Jen provides insight on the complexities of the East-West divide in The Girl at the Baggage Claim.

Gwendolyn Brooks at 100

Research Hall, Room 163

Nora Brooks Blakely, daughter of writers Henry Blakely and Gwendolyn Brooks, joins Quraysh Ali Lansana and Melissa Green to blend creative and critical analysis in a celebration of the work of Gwendolyn Brooks.


7 p.m.

A History of Concentration Camps
Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St, Springfield, VA
Journalist Andrea Pitzer reveals the harrowing and dehumanizing history of concentration camps across the globe in One Long Night.

Hemingway Undercover
One More Page Books, 2200 N Westmoreland St. Suite 101, Arlington, VA
Former CIA officer Nicholas Reynolds unveils the untold story of novelist Ernest Hemingway’s secret life undercover as a U.S. and Soviet spy in Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy.

Better Said Than Done Storytelling Show
The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA
The popular storytelling group Better Said Than Done, Inc., which performs all over Northern Virginia, joins the festival with a show at a favorite local venue.

The Secret Hanging: Virginia’s Disturbing History
Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA
In The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia: Seeking Truth at Rattlesnake Mountain, Jim Hall dissects a complex and disturbing chapter in Virginia history.

Sacred Spaces and Social Justice
Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, VA
In The Sustainers: Being, Building and Doing Good through Activism in the Sacred Spaces of Civil Rights, Human Rights and Social Movements, Catherine Fleming Bruce argues for the preservation, marking, and maintenance of civil rights sites.

A Woman’s Fight: Seeking Justice in an Uncivil Time
Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA
Paula Tarnapol Whitacre’s A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose illustrates the all-too-human tale of a woman’s fight for justice during the Civil War in Alexandria, Virginia.

Ana Homayoun on Youth Social Media Wellness
City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St, Fairfax, VA
Ana Homayoun’s Social Media Wellness offers families insights into an ever-changing world, and providing ways to promote self-regulation and healthy socialization.


7:30 p.m.

Echoes of Vietnam
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
David Kieran analyzes the contested memory of the Vietnam War to show how it shapes American foreign policy today.

Unlocking the Past: A Grandson’s Narrative of the Holocaust
Johnson Center, Meeting Room G
Noah Lederman’s A World Erased poignantly captures stories of his grandparents’ Holocaust experiences.

Immigration Today: A Writer’s Discussion
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Writers Jennine Capó Crucet, Gish Jen, and Marie Marquardt analyze the journey of immigration across the genres of fiction, young adult fiction, and nonfiction.

Lonesome Pine Podcast Taping
North Street Pop-up Theatre, 10427 North Street
Solve the mystery of a missing girl in the dark mountains of Southwest Virginia in this podcast taping.


Cancellation: Pascal Menoret is no longer able to attend the event scheduled for 12 p.m. Ellen Bryant Voigt is no longer able to attend the event scheduled for 7:30 p.m.