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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.


In Bestiary, Meg Sipos and Eric Botts take listeners through the strange sciences, circular philosophies, and rabbit-hole ethics of our histories with other animals.​ In this episode, Eric and Meg tell the story of a coyote living in the Erie Cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania. For seven years, Maxine had lived peacefully, but now with a mate and small litter, she has become more territorial, intimidating visitors who pass through with dogs. If local authorities fail to trap and relocate them, the game commissioner is expected to come in and kill the family. They explore this story through the lens of folktales, myths, legends, and the natural history surrounding the coyote.

October 14, 2017 @ 12:30 in Merten Hall, Room 1204

Lonesome Pine and The Best Doctor in Town

When Robin Dern, a Washington, DC reporter, is asked to help solve the mystery of a missing girl, she travels to the dark mountains of Southwest Virginia. You’ll meet the cast and experience the first episode in this 6-part, original mountain tale called Lonesome Pine. Also during this recording, preview excerpts from the production The Best Doctor in Town. Premiering in April during Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts 2018, this original play drops you into a tingling thriller set in a Virginia hospital where patients seem to meet untimely deaths and the only people who are suspicious include a disgraced police officer, a discredited reporter and a chief medical resident who just may be a thief.

October 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm at North Street Pop-up Theatre


Overdue is a podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they’ll read it all, one overdue book at a time. During the taping, they will cover the original Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.

October 14, 2017 @ 3:30 pm in Merten Hall, Room 1204

The Book Club for Kids Podcast

The Book Club for Kids Podcast celebrates middle grade books and the kids who love them, by bringing together young readers to discuss their favorite works. The podcast was awarded the “Literacy in Media” prize. In this episode, host Kitty Felde and her young readers are joined by Linda Oatman High, author of the middle-grade book One Amazing Elephant, to discuss the story of 12-year-old Lily, a girl who unexpectedly befriends the elephant Queenie Grace whom she previously disliked, as they both mourning the passing of Lily’s grandfather.

October 14, 2017 @ 10:30 am in Merten Hall, Room 1204

Like storytellers on the air? Check out more storytelling events, such as Laura Packer’s Digital Storytelling workshop and the Better Said than Done Storytelling Show.





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Community Day at the Festival

Saturday, October 14th | Free events all day


Spend a Day with the Family 

Enjoy interactive activities for kids and tweens at Old Town Hall—and meet Tybee the reading dog! Find out more about our family events

Browse the Book Fair

Browse our Book Fair with selections from the George Mason University Bookstore, the Washington West Film Festival, Phoebe, The Potomac Review, Syncretic Press, So to Speak, The Northern Virginia Review, Paycock Press, Stillhouse Press, Gazing Grain, and more!

Find a New Favorite Book

Check out Merten Hall on George Mason’s campus for genre fiction, YA, mystery, cookbooks, book club picks, and more!

Enjoy Free Parking

Enjoy free parking in the Rappahannock Garage right next to Merten Hall and free shuttle buses between Old Town Fairfax and Merten Hall on Mason’s campus!

Grab a Bite to Eat

Grab a bite to eat at locations convenient to Merten Hall, like the Hungry Patriot food truck, Manhattan Pizza, or Starbucks!

Interested in finding out more about our Community Day events? 

Check out our full festival program or download our app.

In partnership with the City of Fairfax Fall Festival

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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, professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Kentucky discusses her book The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, in which she outlines this destruction in three key areas: gendered stereotypes and double standards, political forces, and media influence.

Event: Wednesday, October 11 at 1:30 p.m. Click for more details.

Making America Green

Stanford professor Mark Jacobson details his roadmap for converting the U.S. to 100% renewable energy within the next few decades. His career has largely focused on air pollution and global warming, and he’s written multiple books and articles on global and national renewable energy options. His most recent, a textbook titled Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, and Solutions has been called “engaging and comprehensive.”

Event: Thursday, October 12 at 12 p.m. Click for more details.

Fighting A Drone War

In Drone: Remote Control WarfareHugh Gusterson explores the significance of drone warfare from multiple perspectives, drawing on accounts by drone operators, victims of drone attacks, human rights activists, international lawyers, military thinkers, and more, as well as maps the “ethical slippage” over time in the Obama administration’s targeting practices.

Event: Wednesday, October 11 at 12 p.m. Click for more details.

Reporting on Trump and the 2016 Election

Reporter Jared Yates Sexton and essayist Tim Denevi discuss covering the squabbles, scandals, and victories of the 2016 presidential election. Denevi wrote about the election for outlets like LitHub and New York Magazine. Jared Yates Sexton’s book The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters on Your Shore: A Story of American Rage chronicles the nation’s most unexpected and divisive election to date, from an insider’s perspective.

Event: Friday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. Click for more details.

The Idea of the Muslim World

In The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History, Cemil Aydin, Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill,sheds light on the intellectual origins of longheld misconceptions that the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims constitute a single religio-political entity.

Event: Friday, October 13 at 1:30 p.m. Click for more details.


Interested in more events about politics and current affairs?

Check out “A History of Concentration Camps” with Andrea Pitzer.

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Meet Valerie Tripp: American Girl Author

Meet Valerie Tripp:
American Girl Author

Valerie Tripp is the author of the three-book series about her newest BeForever character MaryellenLarkin, a fun and funny girl growing up in Florida in the 1950s, when girls wore poodle skirts and danced to rock ’n’ roll. She is also the author of many other American Girl books, including the books about Felicity, Josefina, Samantha, Kit, Molly, and the WellieWishers.

Meet her at Fall for the Book!

Friday, October 13, at 4:30 p.m at the Burke Centre Library 
5935 Freds Oak Rd, Burke, VA 

Click here to learn more about her event.

“Just like Maryellen, I am the middle child in a big, boisterous, baby-boom family so I know how much fun—and what a challenge—it is. Maryellen’s ebullient optimism mirrors that of the U.S.A. in the ‘50s, and her stories show the era’s dilemma of conformity versus diversity.”

Win an American Girl doll!

Attend Valerie Tripp’s event for a chance to win your own Maryellen Larkin doll!

Interested in more events for kids, tweens, and everyone in-between? Join us for Community Day on October 14th and enjoy free family-friendly events all day long!

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Summer’s Hottest Reads

Whew! It’s a scorcher outside. Beat the summer heat and curl up in the AC with one of our hot picks for summer. These books are lit!


Elizabeth Hand’s collection Fire. combines fiction and nonfiction to tell tales of everything from post-apocalyptic terror to time-travel romance. The title story is a harrowing postapocalyptic adventure in a world threated by global conflagration. It follows a ragtag cadre of scientists and artists racing to save both civilization and themselves from fast-moving global fires.

See Elizabeth Hand on October 14th with the “Fire and Floods: Eco-thriller Fiction” panel. Click for event details.

Massive Cleansing Fire

In biting prose, Dave Housley’s fourth short story collection Massive Cleansing Fire casts the end of the world in a humorous light as it glows in the embers of the apocalypse. The linked collection features a range of characters–from clowns to cameramen–in situations that all literally go down in flames.

See Dave Housley on October 12thClick for event details.


The second book of A. J. Hartley’s YA Steeplejack series follows Anglet Sutonga, a former steeplejack in Bar-Selehm who now works in Parliament. A demagogue proposes extreme measures to get rid of refugees in the city, and Ang soon discovers that one theft could spark a conflagration of conspiracy that threatens the most vulnerable of Bar-Selehm. Unless she can stop it.

See A. J. Hartley on October 14th with the “Tor Teen Panel.” Click for event details.

Fall is just around the corner! Check out our full event program by clicking the picture below.

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Poets to Pay Attention To

As autumn leaves fall
Friends and book lovers gather
Poets read on stage

At Fall for the Book, we leave poetry for the “prose.” This year we are thrilled to have such a range of talented poets in our festival line-up. Discover your new favorite poem and catch a reading or two!

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Virginia native Ellen Bryant Voigt returns to her home state to read from her newest collection of poetry: Headwaters, which was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Washington Post Book World called Voigt’s book of opposites, “genius.”

Attend her reading on October 12th at 7:30 p.m. in Research Hall, Room 163 at George Mason’s Fairfax campus.

Tarfia Faizullah

Bangladeshi-American poet Tarfia Faizullah will read from her collection, Seam, which U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey calls “gorgeous and powerful.” Her poetry explores the ethics of interviewing, and the history of female survivors of the Bangladesh Liberation War.

Attend her reading on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m. in George’s in the Johnson Center. She is also part of the a panel called “Life on the Line: Migration, Nation, and the Word” on October 11th at 4:30 p.m. in George’s in the Johnson Center at George Mason’s Fairfax campus.

Ruth Irupé Sanabria

In Beasts Behave in Foreign Lands, winner of the Letras Latinas/ Red Hen Poetry Prize, Ruth Irupé Sanabria writes devastating poetry on the effects, both psychological and emotional, of genocide and exile on the women in her Argentinian family. This gripping collection of poetry is the result of Sanabria’s opportunity, almost 40 years after the Fifth Army Corps kidnapped, tortured, and imprisoned her family members, to testify as a witness in the trials against this group in Bahia Blanca.

Attend her reading Saturday, October 14th at 3:30 p.m. in Merten Hall, Room 1203, on George Mason’s Fairfax campus.

Kim Roberts & Molly McCully Brown

Kim Roberts is the author of The Scientific Method, which explores Roberts’ tangled history of science, Washington, D.C., and being Jewish in the nation’s capital. Molly McCully Brown’s collection The Virginia State Colony for Epilepticsand Feebleminded imagines what her life with cerebral palsy may have been like if she had been born during the height of the eugenics and sterilization movement in Virginia, and gives voice to the women who were.

Attend their reading on Wednesday, October 11th at 2:15 p.m. at Lord of Life Church in Fairfax.

Interested in more poetry events?
Check out Mason’s Poetry Alumni event on October 13th. Click here to find out more.

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