Events on Community Day: Saturday, October 14th

10:30 a.m.

Writer to Author: The Road to Publication
Merten Hall, Room 1202
Want to become a published author? Join the conversation with self-made marketers, storytellers, writers, and memoirists. Featuring Jennifer Crawford, Joanne Lozar Glenn, Meredith Maslich, and Jessica Robinson.

Falling for the Story Reading
Merten Hall, Room 1203
Every year, the Northern Virginia Writing Project publishes an anthology of exemplary writing by students of NVWP Teacher Consultants. Come listen to young authors read their poetry and prose from the newest anthology.

“Book Club for Kids” Live Taping
Merten Hall, Room 1204
“Book Club for Kids” host Kitty Felde chats about One Amazing Elephant with author Linda Oatman High and three fantastic kid readers.

Pirate Story Hour
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA
All hands on deck for Story Hour with the Fairfax Librarians! Parents and preschoolers are invited to set sail with us for pirate stories and activities. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

Mystery Writers in Your Own Backyard
Merten Tent
Virginia mystery writers will introduce readers to the wealth of mystery around them, and ways to enjoy the supply. Featuring Rosemary Shomaker, Kristin Kisska, Mary Miley, and Fred Shackelford.

Worlds Real and Imagined: Urban Fantasy Panel
Merten Hall, Room 1201
S. Belcher of The Queen of Swords, Adriana Arrington of Bleed Through, and Marianne Kirby of Dust Bath Revival talk cityscapes and the supernatural, and how they layer the real world with the fantastic.

11:30 a.m.

Fort-Building Time with Megan Wagner Lloyd
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA
It’s never a bad time to build a fort! Bring the kids and cozy up with Megan Wagner Lloyd, author of picture book Fort-Building Time. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

Best Home Cooking
Merten Hall, Room 2500
Learn from Mighty Salads cook Emily Connor as she demonstrates her home recipes that celebrate good food for real people.

In the Shadow of Fame
Merten Hall, Room 1202
Melanie McCabe seeks her father’s past and Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Winder follows Marilyn Monroe in Manhattan, and Andrew Gifford documents his family’s melted ice cream empire.

Novels of Going Home and Growing Up
Merten Hall, Room 1204
Rumaan Alam of Rich and Pretty, and Melissa Scholes Young of Flood explore the havens of friendship, the ruthlessness of memory, and the reality of growing up and growing apart.

Mystical Books: Tor Fantasy Panel
Merten Hall, Room 1201
Join Tor authors K. Arsenault Rivera of The Tiger’s Daughter, Brian Staveley of Skullsworn, and Fran Wilde of Cloudbound as they discuss creating epic fantasy and building worlds.

Sisters in Crime… Writing
Merten Tent
Members of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime chat about murder, mystery, and more­—discussing their own work and celebrating SinC’s 30th anniversary. Featuring Colleen Shogan, Mollie Cox Bryan, Karen Cantwell, and moderated by Laura Ellen Scott.

12:30 pm

The Graphic Novel
Merten Hall, Room 1202
Bring the family for a celebration of comic books and graphic novels, with artists S.L. Gallant, Paulina Ganucheau, Kevin Panetta, Jason Rodriquez, and Ben Towle. Sponsored by Canon Solutions America.

Live Taping of Bestiary Podcast
Merten Hall, Room 1204
In Bestiary, Meg Sipos and Eric Botts take listeners through the strange sciences, circular philosophies, and rabbit-hole ethics of our history with animals.​ In this episode, Eric and Meg tell the story of a coyote living in the Erie Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Hands-on Fun with Chiêu​ Anh Urban
Old Town Hall
Interactive children’s book author/illustrator Chiêu​ Anh Urban delights the whole family in a book launch celebration with storytime, crafts and activities, and color tattoos. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

Poets of Graywolf
Merten Hall, Room 1203
Celebrate the poetry published by Graywolf Press, featuring poets Mai Der Vang, author of Afterland, and Susan Stewart author of Cinder: New and Selected Poems.

Our Political Past in YA
Merten Hall, Room 1201
Hear about two YA novels rooted in true political history: L. M. Elliott’s Suspect Red about 1950s state-sponsored suspicion and Dick Lehr’s Trell about the wrongful conviction of a young black man in 1980s Boston.

Book Launch: Laura Ellen Scott
’s Crybaby Lane
Merten Tent
Celebrate the release of the second book in Laura Ellen Scott’s deliciously dark New Royal Mysteries series and follow-up to The Mean Bone in her Body.

 1 p.m.

Picturing Prince: On Photographing the Legend
Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts
Picturing Prince by the late icon’s former art director, Steve Parke, reveals stunning intimate photographs of the singer. Many images are exclusively published in the book, or are rare to the public eye.


1:30 p.m.

Are You Sleeping?: A Thriller
Merten Tent
Blood, family, and violence haunt the characters in the novel Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber set in New York City.

Stories from Around the Globe
Merten Hall, Room 1203
Memoirist Sheila Kohler writes about the bonds between sisters in South Africa, essayist Rajpreet Heir writes about race in America, and essayist Shawn Wen discusses the career of French mime Marcel Marceau.

Get Rich with Matthew Klam
Merten Hall, Room 1204
Matthew Klam’s novel Who Is Rich? is a provocative and darkly humorous study of midlife alienation and infidelity set in paradise.

Healthy, Homemade Cooking
Merten Hall, Room 2500
Join JuJu Harris for a cooking demonstration showing how to eat well at home without breaking the bank.

Crushes, Computers, and Coming-of-Age
Merten Hall, Room 1201
Meet YA authors Christina June of It Started With Goodbye, Misa Sugiura of It’s Not Like It’s a Secret, and Meg Eden of Post-High School Reality Quest as they chat about creating teen characters in the process of growing up.

Pick the Plot with James Riley
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
How does James Riley’s new book Story Thieves: Pick the Plot end? You—the reader—get to choose your own adventure!

First Page to Last: Crafting the Short Story
Merten Hall, Room 1202
Dive into the art of crafting short stories with writers A.G. Harmon of Some Bore Gifts, Edie Meidav of Kingdom of the Young, and Zach Powers of the surreal collection Gravity Changes.

 2:30 p.m.

Fire and Floods: Eco-Thriller Fiction
Merten Tent
What happens when the environment fights back? Tara Campbell of Treevolution, Elizabeth Hand of Fire, and JJ Amaworo Wilson of Damnificados discuss their eco-thrillers.

In the Mood for Love
Merten Hall, Room 1203
Essayist Ada Calhoun of Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, romance novelist Lindsay Detwiler of Remember When, and YA writer Katy Upperman of Kissing Max Holden discuss the art of writing about L-O-V-E across genres.

Tor Teen Panel
Merten Hall, Room 1201
Must-read Tor authors A. J. Hartley of Firebrand and Sarah Porter of When I Cast Your Shadow discuss their newest YA fantasy novels.

Make Your Own Jewelry with Kara Laughlin
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
Kara Laughlin, author of Sparkle and Shine!, hosts a jewelry-making workshop for tween fashionistas to glam up their wardrobes.

The State of Publishing
Merten Hall, Room 1202
Want to know more about the publishing world? Join the conversation with LitHub editor, Jonny Diamond, The Rumpus editor Lyz Lenz, and writer Anna March.

Unhappy in Their Own Way: Novels of Family
Merten Hall, Room 1204
Lies, secrets, and threats of disintegration test the three troubled families in Jon Raymond’s novel Freebird, Emily Jeanne Miller’s The News from the End of the World, and Noley Reid’s Pretend We Are Lovely.

 3:30 p.m.

Live Taping of Overdue Podcast
Merten Hall, Room 1204
Join Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting live as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic books, murder mysteries–they read it all, one overdue book at a time.

Genocide, Exile, and the Women Who Conquer Loss
Merten Hall, Room 1203
Ruth Irupé Sanabria writes devastating poetry about the effects of genocide and exile on the women in her Argentinian family.

Making Artisan Cheesecake, with Melanie Underwood
Merten Hall, Room 2500
Join Chef Melanie Underwood for a cheesecake-making demonstration and enjoy a sweet treat!  

Teens with a Touch of Magic
Merten Hall, Room 1201
Magic and mystery surround the heroines in YA novels by S. Jae-Jones of Wintersong, Amanda Foody of Daughter of the Burning City, and Kerry Reed of Dreamscape.

Psychological Drama
Merten Tent
Literary prose drives the psychological suspense in Margot Livesey’s novel Mercury, Elise Levine’s Blue Field, and Fiona Maazel’s A Little More Human.

Say Hello to Author Maria Gianferrari
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
Maria Gianferrari’s picture book Hello Goodbye Dog is about the bond between a therapy dog and his favorite girl—a delight for young readers as well as dog lovers. Come and meet Tybee the reading dog!

Stillhouse Reading & Reception
Merten Hall, Room 1202
Celebrate the writing published by Stillhouse Press, including works of poet Carmen Gillespie author of The Ghosts of Monticello: A Recitative, and Anna Leahy and Douglas Dechow, authors of Generation Space: A Memoir of Love and Space.

4:30 p.m.

Kid’s Comic Drawing Workshop
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA
Join Jason Rodriquez, comic book author of Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775, and artist Liz Laribee for a comic drawing workshop for kids.

5 p.m.

Fantasy and Magicians with Lev Grossman
Harris Theater
College hedonism and magic mix in Lev Grossman’s #1 bestselling Magicians trilogy, now a hit TV series on SyFy. George R.R. Martin writes: “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.”

Cancellation: Aimee Groth and Jenny Zhang no longer able to attend “True Stories from Around the Globe.” Sheila Kohler will be participating in the panel and will no longer be doing the event that was previously scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in George’s.