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Family-Friendly Fun at Fall for the Book

You’re invited to free, family-friendly fun in Fairfax!

Saturday, October 14th

Old Town Hall
3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030


For Pre-K and Elementary

Story Hour Program
10:30 a.m.

Ahoy there, mateys! All hands on deck for Story Hour with the Fairfax Librarians! Parents and preschoolers (ages 3-5) are invited to set sail with us for pirate stories, activities, and a chance to walk the plank. 

Author Megan Wagner Lloyd
11:30 a.m.

Cozy up with children’s author Megan Wagner Lloyd. Her upcoming picture book Fort-Building Time follows a group of friends who build a fort for every season and discover along the way that every fort is the perfect fort.

Hands-On Fun with Chiêu​ Anh Urban
12:30 p.m.

Interactive children’s books by Chiêu​ Anh Urban will delight the whole family. Titles such as Hooray for Spring, 123 Go, Away We Go, and Raindrops are among Urban’s hands-on, novelty works. An illustrator and writer, Urban’s stories extend beyond the page, allowing children ages 1-4 to discover worlds of vibrant colors and fun shapes.

Say Hello to Author Maria Gianferrari
3:30 p.m.

Join picture book author Maria Gianferrari and say “Hello!” to Zara and her loyal dog Moose! Her book Hello Goodbye Dog explores the loyal bond between a therapy dog and his favorite girl who have to say “goodbye” when Zara goes to school. A moving story with a focus on problem solving, Hello Goodbye Dog is sure to delight young readers and dog lovers alike.

For Older Kids and Tweens

Author James Riley
1:30 p.m.

Tweens will enjoy a reading by James Riley, author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves series. In the fourth book, Story Thieves: Pick the Plot, Owen Connors finds himself stuck in a Pick Your Own Plot story—and you, the reader—get to decide how his story ends.

Make Your Own Jewelry with Kara Laughlin
2:30 p.m.

Join author Kara Laughlin for a jewelry-making workshop to help you glam up your wardrobe! Her most recent book Sparkle and Shine!: Trendy Earrings, Necklaces, and Hair Accessories for All Occasions book offer simple, step-by-step instructions for making DIY accessories.

Comic Drawing Workshop for Kids
4:30 p.m.

Join Jason Rodriquez, comic book editor and author of Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775, and artist Liz Laribee for a comic drawing workshop. This workshop will teach kids to create their own comics when they have a story to tell.

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Pamela Ehrenberg

Credit: Alexandra Taylor

In addition to Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, Pamela Ehrenberg is the author of the young readers’ novels Ethan, Suspended and Tillmon County Fire, as well as the board book Planting Parsley. She now lives in Washington, DC, where she works at the National Association for the Education of Young Children and lives with her daughter and son near the National Zoo. When Pamela was two, she accidentally locked her family out of the house, and a neighbor rescued them much like Sadie does in Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas.

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Start Your Summer Reading with Fall for the Book!

On vacation? Stuck at home?
No matter what your plans this summer, we’ve got you covered.
Cross our book club picks off your summer bucket list.

Travel to Cape Cod

Told in alternating points of view by each member of this colorful New England clan, and infused with the quiet charm of the Cape in the off-season, the The News From the End of the World by Emily Jeanne Miller follows one family into a crucible of pent-up resentments, old and new secrets, and memories long buried.

Connect with family

As her husband’s memory wavers and fades, Diane Tate and her children must reexamine their connection to the husband and father Gregory once was before early onset Alzheimer’s— and learn to love the man he has become. The Wide Circumference of Love by Marita Golden is a moving African-American family drama of love and devotion in the face of Alzheimer’s disease.

Find magic in the ordinary

 All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg is an intricately crafted story of madness, magic, and misfortune across three generations. An exploration of the power of courage and love to overcome a damning legacy, the novel celebrates the search for identity and grace in the most ordinary lives.

Indulge in a good secret

Pretend We Are Lovely by Noley Reid is about a family’s hunger—for love, acceptance and redemption after the sudden loss of a son and sibling. Told from alternating points of view by the four living Sobels, the novel is a sharp and darkly funny story of forgiveness, family secrets, and the losses we inherit.

Rekindle friendships

With impeccable style, biting humor, and a keen sense of detail, Rumaan Alam’s Rich and Pretty deftly explores how the attachments we form in childhood shift as we adapt to our adult lives—and how the bonds of friendship endure, even when our paths diverge.

Interested in more? 

Check out our book club page to explore more picks, like Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

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Marita Golden

Marita Golden is an acclaimed, award-winning author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. As a teacher of writing, she has served as a member of the faculties of George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Fairfield University, and Johns Hopkins University. She cofounded and serves as president emeritus of Hurston/Wright Foundation. She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets & Writers, and the Fiction Award for her novel After awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. The author lives in Washington, DC.

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Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels—Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West—and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, selected as winner or finalist of twenty awards, and translated into thirty-five languages. Born in Lahore, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California.

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Jennifer Reich

Jennifer Reich

Jennifer A. Reich is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research examines how individuals and families strategize their interactions with the state and service providers in the context of public policy, particularly as they relate to health and welfare. Her first book, Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System (2005) won the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association section on Race, Gender and Class and was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award. She is author of the book, Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines (2016), co-editor of the book, Reproduction and Society (2014), and has written more than 25 articles and book chapters that explore child welfare, childhood vaccinations, reproduction, multiracial families, public assistance, and recovery after disaster.

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Jerry Prout

Jerry Prout is a visiting professor of political science at Marquette University. He served as vice president of government and public affairs for FMC Corporation from 2000 to 2013, having joined the company in 1979. His articles on corporate social responsibility have appeared in publications such as Society and Business Review and Corporate Environmental Strategies. His book, Coxey’s Crusade for Jobs, was published by Northern Illinois University Press in 2016. 

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Zach Powers

Zach Powers’s debut fiction collection, Gravity Changes, won the BOA Short Fiction Prize. His work has appeared in such places as Black Warrior Review, Forklift, Ohio, PANK, Caketrain, and elsewhere. He is the co-founder of the literary arts nonprofit Seersucker Live, and leads the writers’ workshop at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, where he also served on the board of directors. His news writing for television won an Emmy Award, and he is currently a columnist for Savannah Morning News. For more about Zach Powers, visit

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Emily Jeanne Miller

Emily Jeanne Miller graduated from Princeton University and holds an MFA from the University of Florida. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and is the author of Brand New Human Being, and her latest novel The News from the End of the World.

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Pascal Menoret

Pascal Menoret completed his PhD in 2008 from the Department of History at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He joined Brandeis University in 2015 after three years at NYU Abu Dhabi and two post-doctoral fellowships at at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and at Princeton’s Transregional Institute. Pascal’s research combines urban history and social anthropology. His latest book, Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt, (Cambridge University Press, 2014) explores the relationship between urban planning and youth unrest in the Saudi capital. His new book project, entitled Graveyard of the Clerics: Islamism in Saudi Suburbia, is an ethnography of the Saudi Islamist movements. He has published The Saudi Enigma: A History (Zed Books, 2005) and L’Arabie, des routes de l’encens à l’ère du pétrole (Gallimard, 2010). He edited The Abu Dhabi Guide: Modern Architecture, 1968-1992 (FIND/NYUAD 2014), a guide to thirty modernist landmarks of the UAE capital.

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