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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Festival Events on Wednesday, October 11th

10:30 a.m.

China vs. Washington: A Cold War Story 

Sandy Spring Bank Tent

Gregg A. Brazinsky examines the enduring rivalry between the U.S. and China during the Cold War.

History and Mystery: Michael Sims’ Arthur & Sherlock
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
The latest from acclaimed author Michael Sims traces the history of Sherlock Holmes.


12 p.m.

State-Sponsored Suspicion and YA
Sandy Spring Bank Tent
L.M. Elliott’s YA novel Suspect Red takes on McCarthyism in America when a 1950’s teen establishes a controversial friendship during the height of paranoia about Communism. Historian Martin Sherwin supplies the context.

Fighting A Drone War
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
In Drone: Remote Control Warfare, Hugh Gusterson explores the changing landscape of war, and maps the use of drone strikes under the Obama White House.

The American Revolution Re-examined
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Larrie Ferreiro re-examines the American Revolution to include the integral role of Spain and France in securing victory.


1:30 p.m.

Fulbright Scholars on Writing in the World
Sandy Spring Bank Tent
Four former scholars, Matt Davis, Tania James, Kimberly Burge and Maile Chapman discuss the impact of their time abroad and their writing.

Susan Bordo on The Destruction of Hillary Clinton
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Susan Bordo explores how gender, political forces, and media culture influenced the 2016 presidential election.

A True MVP: The Life of Bullet Bill Dudley
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
In Bullet Bill Dudley Steve Stinson explores the extraordinary life of Hall of Fame football star Bill Dudley.


2:15 p.m.

Investigating the Self through Poetry, Science, and History
Lord of Life Church, 5114 Twinbrook Rd, Fairfax, VA
Kim Roberts talks her tangled history of science and D.C., and Molly McCully Brown explores life in The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded.


3 p.m.

Queerness and Family with James Allen Hall
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
In the powerful essays in I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, James Allen Hall talks growing up queer in Florida, his family’s mental illnesses, meth addictions and more.

Better Said Than Done Storytelling Workshop
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Learn to tell a good story in this one-hour workshop that focuses on beginnings and endings, and engaging audience members with humor and wit. Better Said Than Done is a community of storytellers based in Fairfax who perform shows all around Northern Virginia. The shows include a series of storytellers’ themed and true personal stories. The workshop will be lead by founder Jessica Robinson and veteran storyteller Mary Supley Foxworth.

Abundant Grace
Sandy Spring Bank Tent
Authors from Abundant Grace: Grace & Gravity, an all-female anthology, discuss their stories. Featuring Virginia Pye, Jenny Drummey, Sinta Jimenez, Caron Martinez, Arielle Bernstein, Nicole Miller, and Margaret Hutton Griffon.

Call and Response Panel: Invisibility
Fenwick Reading Room
Call & Response is a collaboration between writers and visual artists. The result is a set of paired works, resonating with each other. This year’s theme is “Invisibility.”


4 p.m.

Documentary: The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo 
Johnson Center Cinema, Ground Floor
A screening of The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo is followed by director Phillip Rodriguez and producer David Ventura discussing the life of activist Oscar Zeta Acosta.


4:30 p.m.

A Journey Through the 1930s South
Fenwick Reading Room, Fenwick Library
Historian Jennifer Ritterhouse discusses Discovering the South, which follows newspaper editor Jonathan Daniels through the post-Civil War south.

Life on the Line: Migration, Nation, and the Word
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Writers Tarfia Faizullah, Vivek Narayanan, Courtney Brkic, and Juana Medina wrestle with issues surrounding language and land barriers, discussing what it means to write and move across national borders.

Challenging the College Skills Gap
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Are new college graduates really ready to enter the working world? Matthew Hora highlights the value of teaching broader 21st century skills.

Fairy Tales for Grownups
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Join storyteller Laura Packer for the other side of enchantment. No Disney princesses, singing teapots or emasculated wolves. Darker. Sexier. Funnier. Grimmer.

Dosas and Dreidels
Chantilly Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA
In Pamela Ehrenberg’s newest picture book Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas, Sadie’s multicultural family celebrates Hanukkah by swapping latkes for dosas.


6 p.m.

Underground Railroad Scholar Talks Slavery in America
Harris Theater
African American and public history specialist Spencer Crew discusses slavery in our nation’s history.

On “Othering” with David Shields
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Essayist David ShieldsOther People: Takes & Mistakes explores the possibilities, and impossibilities, for human connection.


7 p.m. 

Depth Charges with Rick Campbell
Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Pl, Oakton, VA
Rick Campbell will discuss Blackmail, his latest military thriller, about a Russian strike on a U.S. ship, forcing it to risk everything to avoid world war.

The Mysterious Case of Conan Doyle
Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA
Michael Sims and Stefan Bechtel discuss the spiritual and authorial journey of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of detective Sherlock Holmes.


7:30 p.m.

Poet Tarfia Faizullah: Women as Witness
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
Bangladeshi-American poet Tarfia Faizullah will read from her collection, Seam, about the female survivors of the Bangladesh Liberation War.

Colson Whitehead and The Underground Railroad
Harris Theater
Colson Whitehead discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning and National Book Award-winning novel, The Underground Railroad, which combines realism and allegory in a tale of slavery in America. This is one of only a few books to win both the Pulitzer and National Book Award.


Cancellation: Stephanie Elizondo Griest is unable to attend.

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Military History Events at the Festival

Wednesday, October 11

Fighting A Drone War
12 p.m. – George’s, Johnson Center 3rd Floor
In Drone: Remote Control WarfareHugh Gusterson explores the changing landscape of war, and maps the “ethical slippage” on the use of drone strikes under the Obama White House. Click for full event details.

The American Revolution Re-examined
12 p.m.
 – Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F
In Brothers At ArmsLarrie Ferreiro re-examines the American Revolution to include the integral role of Spain and France in securing victory. Click for full event details. 


Thursday, October 12

Recording History on the Frontlines
10:30 a.m.
 – Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F

Yasutsune “Tony” Hirashiki, Terry Irving, and Drew Pearson will discuss Tony’s harrowing career as a TV cameraman in Vietnam, which came to be called the “television war” because of the impact TV coverage had on the conduct of the war. Click for full event details. 

When the World Breaks Open
12 p.m.
 – Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza

In the memoir When the World Breaks OpenSeema Reza chronicles her journey from being a suburban mom to using her own lessons to build a unique writing and art program in military hospitals. Click for full event details. 

Echoes of Vietnam
7:30 p.m.
 – Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F

In Forever Vietnam: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory, David Kieran analyzes the contested memory of the Vietnam War to show how it shapes American foreign policy today. Click for full event details. 

Yasutsune “Tony” Hirashiki and Drew Pearson in Vietnam


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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.

Bestiary

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

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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