Festival Events on Friday, October 13th

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 of women. Marita Golden’s The Wide Circumference of Love follows a family grappling with the memory loss of their father.


12 p.m.

Murder in the Roaring Twenties
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza
Visit the Jazz Age in Hollywood—a time of speakeasies, flappers, and silent cinema—with Mary Miley’s murder mystery, Murder in Disguise. 

Going Viral: The Vaccination Debate
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
In Calling the Shots, sociology and child welfare expert Jennifer Reich gives a glimpse into her decade-long research on vaccine refusal in America.

Great Minds of the Harlem Renaissance
Research Hall, Room 163
Jeffrey Stewart and MaryLouise Patterson examine two key figures of the Harlem Renaissance: Langston Hughes and Alain Locke. In The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, Stewart chronicles the education and career of Locke, the architect of the Black Arts Movement. Patterson is the editor of Letters from Langston, which contains the writer’s correspondence throughout the Jazz Age and beyond.

1 p.m.

200 Years of Jane Austen: A Teatime Celebration
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA
Enjoy teatime as two prominent Jane Austen scholars discuss her work to mark the 200th anniversary of her death. Featuring Kristin Samuelian and Amy Smith. This is a paid reception event and the charge covers the cost of tea, drinks, and food. Register online: http://bit.ly/2uWcAXI.

1:30 p.m.

The Young and the Restless
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza
Gabrielle Fuentes discusses The Sleeping World, a novel of fascists, freedom, family, and punk rock set in 1970’s post-Franco Spain.

The Idea of the Muslim World
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Cemil Aydin, Professor of History at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, sheds light on the intellectual origins of long-held misconceptions that the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims constitute a single religio-political entity.


 3 p.m.

Beasts of Arlington, VA
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza
Bill Schweigart tells what goes bump in the night in Arlington in his new horror novel The Beast of Barcroft. Learn how Schweigart creates fear in a familiar setting, with protagonist Ben McKelvie living in a nearby DC suburb whose life is threatened by an otherworldly predator.

Justin Gest and The New Minority
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Only a few decades ago, the white working class made up the majority population in the United States and the United Kingdom. More recently, members of the working class have become what Justin Gest refers to as “new minorities.” Gest shares his latest publication, The New Minority, making a case for what led to white working class radicalization and rising support for unexpected political candidates, including Donald Trump.

4 p.m.

Mason’s Poetry Alumni
Fenwick Reading Room, Fenwick Library
Listen to poems from new books by Mason’s esteemed alumni Sarah Marcus, Sheila McMullin, Ranjani Murali, Nicole Tong, and Sarah Ann Winn.

4:30 p.m.

Handmaids and Hunger Games: Dystopian Fiction
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza
Rhonda Shary and Sarah Canfield explore the question, “What impact is dystopian fiction having on the world today?” 

Exploring Boundaries of Life and Loss
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Amy Butcher’s memoir Visiting Hours, and Rachel Yoder’s short stories and essays center on the struggle, survival, and strength of people in extraordinary circumstances.

Meet Valerie Tripp: American Girl Author
Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Rd, Burke, VA
American Girl author Valerie Tripp, whose latest character, Mary Ellen, is a fun-loving girl growing up in the 50s, inspires girls to use their imaginations.


 6 p.m.

The Association of Small Bombs
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Karan Mahajan illustrates the effects that terrorism has on its victims and its perpetrators with the tale of two brothers, Tushar and Nakul Khurana and their “small bomb.”

Reporting on Trump and the 2016 Election
Fenwick Reading Room
Reporter Jared Yates Sexton, author of The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters on Your Shore, and essayist Tim Denevi discuss covering the squabbles, scandals, and victories of the 2016 presidential election.

Poetry Night Out
Epicure Cafe, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA
Enjoy an evening of poetry by Shara McCullum author of Madwoman , Jenny Johnson, author of In Full Velvet, and Debra Nystrom, author of Night Sky Frequencies and Selected Poems


7 p.m.

Fairfax of Virginia: The Story of America’s only Peerage
Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA
The Honorable Hugh Fairfax, a descendant of nobility in his native England, discusses his book about the history of the Fairfax family in America.

7:30 p.m.

Pakistani Novelist Mohsin Hamid talks Exit West
Harris Theater
The novel Exit West follows two young people who fall in love in a country on the brink of civil war and must flee. Mohsin Hamid is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist.