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Win $500 in 2017 Poster Contest

Design an artistic poster, win money, and see your work all over the region!

Deadline: Postmarked April 15, 2017

Grand Prize: A cash award of $500


Fall for the Book Wants To See Your Artwork!

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Winning 2016 poster by Ben Small

2017 marks the 19th anniversary of Fall for the Book festival, and we’re putting out a call for a poster for the celebration. The grand prize-winning poster will be a cornerstone of the upcoming festival’s annual marketing campaign and will be seen by thousands. Fall for the Book is one of the oldest and largest literary festivals in the country. The 2016 festival attracted more than 25,000 attendees to venues throughout the DC metro region and was advertised using the poster design by Ben Small (pictured below).  Past festivals have featured authors and performers for all ages, including Sandra Cisneros, Diane Rehm, Tim O’Brien, Diana Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult, Richard Russo, David Baldacci, Dave Barry, Cheryl Strayed, Sonia Sanchez, Alice Walker, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, Rita Dove, Katherine Boo, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ann Patchett, Chinua Achebe, Sherman Alexie, Michael Cunningham, E.L. Doctorow, Khaled Hosseini, Sue Miller, Pat Conroy, and Joyce Carol Oates.

The festival planners seek a full-color poster that celebrates the interaction between readers and writers, and calls people’s attention to the festival’s October dates; however, there are two additional requirements this year: the tagline “Read On” and please, no leaves!

The poster will be printed in the summer and distributed throughout the capital region. Entries will be judged by the festival staff. Entries should appear in the same form as the final artwork—hard copy; hi-resolution electronic files will be necessary for reproduction of the winning poster.


GUIDELINES

The poster must include:

• The Fall for the Book logos

• The festival dates: October 11-14, 2017

• The website (www.fallforthebook.org)

• The tagline “Read On”

• Room for a QR Code, to be inserted later.

Though Fall for the Book does not have a yearly theme, you may want to highlight the following information in your design:

• Four Days

• More than 150 Authors

• Readings, Discussions, Performances & More

• Throughout Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland

Please, as mentioned above, no leaves.

You can find out more about the festival by exploring the festival website and our app, available in iTunes and GooglePlay.
Electronic files of the 2017 logo can be obtained by contacting Suzy Rigdon at suzy@fallforthebook.org.

Submission Details:

• Artwork must be 11” x 17” and can be vertical or horizontal. Do not matte or frame artwork.

• All two-dimensional media are accepted, including computer-generated images. Note: Chalk, charcoal and pastel entries should be sealed with a fixative spray to prevent smearing. Do not laminate entries.

• Three-dimensional entries will not be accepted.

• While collaborations are welcome, collaborators must split the prize money.

• Artists may submit multiple posters. You may send all your posters in one package.

• Participants accept all responsibility for late, lost, misdirected or illegible entries. Entries sent with insufficient postage will be disqualified. Fall for the Book is not responsible for entries damaged, destroyed or lost during the judging process.

• Fall for the Book reserves the right to alter the final poster design or to reject all submissions for the final poster design.

• All submissions become the property of Fall for the Book and may be used for commercial purposes. No entries will be returned, so please keep all your files and/or scan your work.

• In consideration for the opportunity to enter the Fall for the Book Poster Contest, participants agree to allow Fall for the Book to use their names and photographs for promotional and publicity purposes.

• Finalists may be asked for additional materials including a disk or CD of all poster files.

IMPORTANT: Entries must include the artist’s name, address, phone number, and valid e-mail address on the back of each poster. Only original artwork will be considered. Please do not use copyrighted images or materials.


All submissions must be mailed to:

Fall for the Book Festival

English Department – MS3E4

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA 22030

Deadline: Postmarked April 15, 2017

Please contact Suzy Rigdon at suzy@fallforthebook.org with any questions.

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New Year, New Look!

New Year, New Look at Fall for the Book

We’re excited to ring in 2017 with a newly-designed website! While you’re here, click around and take a look, then check back for more updates as we get closer to the festival.

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Newbery Award-winner Kwame Alexander reads alongside a fan in 2015


Thank You For Your Donations!

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In an incredible show of generosity from YOU–our festival Friends– we raised 218% of our year end giving goal. An anonymous donor matched gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $2,500.

 

But our work isn’t done yet. Fall for the Book can still use your help! Please consider Becoming a Friend of the Festival to support what we do and get great perks in the process, like advance notice of headliners, VIP tickets and more! Click here for details. 

To join, send your check payable to “Fall for the Book” to:
Fall for the Book
George Mason University, MS 3E4
4400 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030

Or donate by clicking the PayPal button below:

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AWP Bookfair Fun! 

This year, AWP is on Fall for the Book’s home turf and we couldn’t be more excited! So come see us February 8-11, 2017 at the Washington Convention Center. We’ll be at booth 501, alongside George Mason University’s MFA program, Stillhouse Press, Phoebe Journal & more. We’d love to see you!

FftB AWP Location

 

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Thank You For Helping Us Reach Our 2016 Giving Goal!

Thank You For Helping Us Reach Our 2016 Giving Goal!

With only a few short weeks remaining in 2016, we asked for your help to raise $2,500 as a way to kick off our fundraising to bring in the best of the best authors for our 19th annual festival! An anonymous donor agreed to match any donation up to our goal of $2,500 through December 31! And they did! 

 

 

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Didn’t get a chance to give in 2016 but would like to still contribute? Donate by clicking on the PayPal button or following the directions to mail a check at the bottom of this email.




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“What an incredible treat to meet these creative artists, some of whom we had read and others we had not, at the VIP receptions for Friends of Fall for the Book. We look forward each September to new and wonderful literary adventures.”- Joy, a Friend

Friends chat with Mason Award winner Diane Rehm at the VIP reception before her event. They shared wine, snacks and some good laughs.

Friends meet Amy Tan in 2011 during her VIP Reception.

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Doing Good. Supporting Literature.

Fall for the Book is an independent, IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit run solely by donations. Each year we bring over 150 authors of all genres and styles to George Mason University and the D.C. Metro area. Our mission is to:

• Advance children’s education by hosting specially tailored writing workshops or readings for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels and by publishing an annual anthology of student writing in partnership with the Northern Virginia Writing Project and Dominion.

• Make literature fun by showcasing literary events in an active, engaging atmosphere that includes skits, dance, storytelling and more, and by introducing young people to living authors whose work they’re reading in the classroom.

• Connect readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers and hear behind-the-scenes stories of writing and publishing.

• Build community by connecting with senior centers, book clubs, special interest community groups, libraries, bookstores and many others.

• Encourage cultural diversity by combining common points of cultural reference with forums for discussion of our shared stories.

 

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Keep the Superstars Coming!

Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult and Sandra Cisneros all took the Fall for the Book stage over the last five years to accept our prestigious awards. Packed crowds of readers of all ages came out to meet their literary heroes.

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The Perks of Friendship

All levels of friendship include recognition in our program and on our website, advance notice of who will be at the festival and when, and an invitation to the Festival Preview Reception in the summer, where you’ll meet the Fall for the Book leadership team and get insights into all the festival activities before anyone else. Higher tiers even include front row seats at the readings, tickets to our VIP receptions and free parking. For a full breakdown of Friendship Levels and their perks, Click Here.

A young reader gets her book signed by Laura Murray.

Fans meet Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie after her 2006 reading.

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How Can I Donate? 

To join, checks or money orders can be made out to Fall for the Book and sent to our mailing address:

ATTN: William Miller
Fall for the Book
4400 University Drive
MS 3E4
Fairfax, VA 22030

Or join online by making your donation through PayPal by clicking the bottom of this page. Have questions or need more info? Contact us at 703.993.3986 or email friends@fallforthebook.org.

Don’t forget, as you do your holiday shopping on Amazon, set Fall for the Book as your charity of choice on Smile.Amazon.com, and we will receive a portion of the profits from your purchases. 

Thank you for your support!




The late Chinua Achebe visited Fall for the Book in 2008.

Here’s to 18 fantastic years more!

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Thank You For Helping Us Reach Our 2016 Giving Goal!

Help Fall for the Book Continue to Grow

With only a few short weeks remaining in 2016, we asked for your help to raise $2,500 as a way to kick off our fundraising to bring in the best of the best authors for our 19th annual festival! An anonymous donor agreed to match any donation up to our goal of $2,500 through December 31! And they did! 

We raised 218% of our goal thanks to readers like you! 218

Didn’t get a chance to give in 2016 but would like to still contribute? Click here to Donate securely through PayPal:




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“What an incredible treat to meet these creative artists, some of whom we had read and others we had not, at the VIP receptions for Friends of Fall for the Book. We look forward each September to new and wonderful literary adventures.”- Joy, a Friend

Friends chat with Mason Award winner Diane Rehm at the VIP reception before her event. They shared wine, snacks and some good laughs.

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Why Donate to Fall for the Book?

Fall for the Book is an independent, IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit run solely by donations. Each year we bring over 150 authors of all genres and styles to George Mason University and the D.C. Metro area. Our mission is to:

• Advance children’s education by hosting specially tailored writing workshops or readings for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels and by publishing an annual anthology of student writing in partnership with the Northern Virginia Writing Project and Dominion.

• Make literature fun by showcasing literary events in an active, engaging atmosphere that includes skits, dance, storytelling and more, and by introducing young people to living authors whose work they’re reading in the classroom.

• Connect readers and authors at all levels, offering book lovers the chance to meet and greet their favorite writers and hear behind-the-scenes stories of writing and publishing.

• Build community by connecting with senior centers, book clubs, special interest community groups, libraries, bookstores and many others.

• Encourage cultural diversity by combining common points of cultural reference with forums for discussion of our shared stories.

 

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Readers of all ages connecting with Fairfax Prize winner Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

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The Perks of Friendship

All levels of friendship include recognition in our program and on our website, advance notice of who will be at the festival and when, and an invitation to the Festival Preview Reception in the summer, where you’ll meet the Fall for the Book leadership team and get insights into all the festival activities before anyone else. Higher tiers even include front row seats at the readings, tickets to our VIP receptions and free parking. For a full breakdown of Friendship Levels and their perks, Click Here.

A young reader gets her book signed by Laura Murray.

How Do I Become a Friend? 

To join, checks or money orders can be made out to Fall for the Book and sent to our mailing address:

ATTN: William Miller
Fall for the Book
4400 University Drive
MS 3E4
Fairfax, VA 22030

Or join online by making your donation through PayPal by clicking the button on the top of this page. Have questions or need more info? Contact us at 703.993.3986 or email friends@fallforthebook.org.

Don’t forget, as you do your holiday shopping on Amazon, set Fall for the Book as your charity of choice on Smile.Amazon.com, and we will receive a portion of the profits from your purchases. 

Thank you for your support!

Tania James signs a copy of her book for a happy student.

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Thank You From Fall for the Book!

Thank You! 

From everyone here at Fall for the Book, we want to thank our sponsors, partners and of course YOU, our readers who came out to support our literary community during our 18th annual festival. We hosted nearly 200 authors at George Mason University and at locations around VA, MD and DC in what was our biggest and most successful festival to date. We couldn’t put on such a great event without all of your support and attendance. And thank you to our fantastic authors who traveled from all over the country (and world!) to visit us.

We wanted to share some highlights from this week’s festival and encourage you to share your own memories on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Please also take a moment to give us feedback on our 2016 app by clicking here or by scrolling to the bottom. Thank you!

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A Week To Remember

Sunday night, September 25, Diane Rehm accepted the 2016 Mason Award before speaking with WAMU’s general manager J.J. Yore about her book On My Own, her illustrious career on the radio and what comes next.

On Monday, September 26, sociologists Earl Smith and Timothy McGettigan discussed their important new text called A Formula for Eradicating Racism: Debunking White Supremacy in front of a packed crowd of students, faculty and community members, as well as GMU TV!

Jon Mooallem entertained and enlightened students on a rainy Thursday afternoon by discussing his book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, which was given to all incoming George Mason freshman as part of the MasonReads program.

Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street and A House of My Own, delighted readers with an extended reading to close out this year’s festival on Friday, September 30. New as well as lifelong readers of her work lined up afterwards to meet this influential writer.

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Off Campus Festival Delights

One of the great things about Fall for the Book is that thanks to friends and sponsors, festival events occur throughout Northern Virginia, MD and D.C. Here is just a sampling of those fantastic readings!

Urban fantasy author Patricia Briggs delighted fans at the Alden Theater on Thursday night in a fantastic reading. Thank you to the Fairfax County Public Library both for sponsoring the event and for these great photos!

Young adult authors Sarah Porter, A.J. Hartley, and Carrie Jones took over One More Page Books in Arlington, VA for an unforgettable night of literary fun!

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Mobile App Feedback

We’d love to hear from you! We want to make our mobile festival app as helpful to you as possible, so we’d like to invite you to answer this short, 7 question survey about how you used the app so we can improve it for next year. Please click here to start the survey. Thank you for your time!

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Like what you saw this year and want to help us keep it going? 

Consider becoming a Friend of Fall for the Book and donating to support our non-profit. Your donation comes with perks including access to VIP functions with headliners, free parking and more! Click here for more details. 

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Friday, September 30 Festival Events

Friday, September 30 Events

And with today’s events, Fall for the Book’s 18th annual festival comes to a close. But not without a bang! For the final day of our festival we have a knockout lineup, including children’s author Cece Bell, novelist Bernice McFadden, and our 2016 Fairfax Award Presentation to Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street. Spend your Friday at George Mason University, Epicure Cafe and more and enjoy the last day of these incredible events.

All George Mason University festival events previously scheduled for the Sandy Spring Bank Tent have been relocated to Dewberry South, on the ground floor of the Johnson Center. This change is reflected in the following schedule. 

 *Events in this email are divided by location for your browsing convenience.*

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George Mason University

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

10 A.M.

Novelist Bernice McFadden

Dewberry South, Ground Floor Johnson Center

The Washington Post calls Bernice McFadden’s book, The Book of Harlan, “simply miraculous… spellbinding.” When Paris falls to the Nazis during World War II, two African American musicians in town to perform, Harlan and his friend Lizard, are thrown into Buchenwald—the notorious concentration camp in Weimar, Germany—irreparably changing the course of Harlan’s life. The book expertly twines McFadden’s own familial ancestry with real and imagined characters alike, while ranging across six decades and two continents. Sponsored by African and African American Studies.

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11 A.M.

Novelist Debra Spark

Dewberry South, Ground Floor Johnson Center

Debra Spark is the author of five books of fiction. Her newest novel, Unknown Caller, is “a funny, moving, and genuinely surprising story about families, misunderstandings, secrets, falls from grace, and chances for redemption” told in reverse. Author Steve Stern calls it “a pageant of mysteries.” Spark has been received numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Bunting Institute fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and the John Zacharis/Ploughshares award for best first book.

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12 P.M.

Cookbook Author Melanie Underwood–CANCELLED

Dewberry South, Ground Floor Johnson Center

Take your taste buds on a delicious ride with Melanie Underwood’s new cookbook,Making Artisan Cheesecake: Expert Techniques for Creating Your Own Creative and Classic Recipes. Underwood presents the classic and well-loved cheesecake in a new, adventurous, and modern way, and answers any questions that might be asked by home cooks and bakers–foodies who love delicious classic desserts. The book features eighty recipes, including Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Honey and Lavender, Mascarpone and Raspberry Cheesecake, Hot Chocolate Cheesecake and many more.

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1 P.M.

Journalist Mei Fong

Dewberry South, Ground Floor Johnson Center

Formerly a Wall Street Journal China correspondent, Mei Fong won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her reporting on China’s economic boom and its environmental and social struggles in the face of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her best-selling book One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment chronicles the history and effects of China’s one-child policy while also weaving in her own reflections on trying to become a mother. The New York Review of Books calls One Child “a searing, important, and eminently readable exploration of China’s one-child policy.”

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2 P.M.

How to Make 3D Printed Sculptures of 4D Things with Mathematician Henry Segerman

The Hub Ballroom

Abstract: Our brains have evolved in a three-dimensional environment, and so we are very good at visualising two- and three-dimensional objects. But what about four-dimensional objects? The best we can really do is to look at three-dimensional “shadows”. Just as a shadow of a three-dimensional object squishes it into the two-dimensional plane, we can squish a four-dimensional shape into three-dimensional space, where we can then make a sculpture of it. If the four-dimensional object isn’t too complicated and we choose a good way to squish it, then we can get a very good sense of what it is like. We will explore the sphere in four-dimensional space, the four-dimensional polytopes (which are the four-dimensional versions of the three-dimensional polyhedra), and various 3D printed sculptures, puzzles, and virtual reality experiences that have come from thinking about these things. I talk about these topics and much more in my book, Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing. Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences Colloquium, and the Topology, Arithmetic and Dynamics Seminar. 

Novelist Cathy Cruise

Dewberry South, Ground Floor Johnson Center

Cathy Cruise is the author of the the novel A Hundred Weddings which follows Katie Jacobs, a woman burned out on weddings since her wedding-planner mother dragged her along to every event during her childhood. Now, in the face of her sister’s wedding, Jacobs must spend a summer with family, old flames and a neurotic dog to help prepare for her sister’s big day. Cruise is an alumna of the Mason M.F.A. program.

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3 P.M.

Life Changing Books Discussion with Bethanne Patrick

Dewberry South, Ground Floor Johnson Center

In her new anthology, The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People, editor and novelist Bethanne Patrick brings together stars of all walks of life–authors, actors, CEOs and more, to talk about the books that influenced them. Publisher’s Weekly calls the book, “Lively, addictive . . . The short entries are like literary snack food: once readers start consuming them, they may find it difficult to stop.” Avid readers and writers, as well as those aspiring to be both will love this book.

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4 P.M.

Poet Patrick Rosal

Dewberry South, Ground Floor Johnson Center

Patrick Rosal is the author of four full-length poetry collections. His newest book, Brooklyn Antediluvian, was called by Publisher’s Weekly “an earth-shattering performance.” Patricia Smith says of the collection, “The poet’s wide-aloud love song to New York’s most boisterous borough is a deftly-crafted tour-de-force, a sleek melding of lyric and unflinching light.” He also is the author of Boneshepherds, My American Kundiman, and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive. His collections have been honored with the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members’ Choice Award. Sponsored by the Split This Rock.

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5 P.M.

Memoirists Belle Boggs & Abigail Waldron

Dewberry South, Ground Floor Johnson Center

In Belle Boggs’ book, The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, she explores her own experience of waiting for motherhood through what her publisher calls an “expansive contemplation of fertility, choice, and the many possible roads to making a life and making a family.” Kirkus Reviews says it is a “deeply empathetic book … about more than one woman’s challenge.” Abigail Waldron always knew she wanted to be a mother. What she didn’t realize was how difficult the journey to motherhood could be. In her new memoir, Far as the Curse Is Found: Searching for God in Infertility, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth, she wrestles with questions about God as she faces a second-trimester miscarriage and infertility. Author Connally Gilliam says, “Waldron writes like she lives–with beauty, intentionality, and a hard-wrought longing to see the goodness of God in the land of the living.” Waldron is an alumna of Mason’s M.F.A. program.

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7:30 P.M.

Fairfax Prize Presentation to Sandra Cisneros

Harris Theater

Sandra Cisneros will accept Fall for the Book’s Fairfax Prize, which honors outstanding literary achievement and celebrates writers who contribute to the larger literary landscape. William Miller, Executive Director of Fall for the Book, says, “We are excited to recognize Sandra Cisneros for her literary achievements and her many contributions to American and international literature. Over the course of a writing career of more than 30 years, her work has been translated into more than 20 languages, widely anthologized, and read in classrooms throughout the world. The House on Mango Street has become a classic and is one of our defining books about coming of age and the experience of Latino families in this country.” Cisneros has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Texas Medal for the Arts. Her other works include Caramelo, Loose Women, Have You Seen Marie?, and most recently, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life. Sponsored by the George Mason Regional Library Friends.

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Burke Centre Library, Burke VA

4:30 P.M.

Children’s Author Cece Bell

Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke VA

Cece Bell is an author and illustrator, and has written a number of books for children, including the beloved Sock Monkey series. Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, and was named “Quirkiest Picture Book” by Publishers Weekly in 2003. In her new graphic novel memoir named a 2015 Newbery Honor Book, El Deafo, Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid. Author Raina Telgemeier says, “Full of warmth, humor, and superpowered strength, El Deafo is an absolute treat.” Sponsored by the Burke Centre Friends.

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The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD

5:30 P.M.

Novelist Ross Howell Jr. & Memoirist Fry Gaillard

4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 

Ross Howell Jr.’s debut novel Forsaken is set in 1912 Hampton, Virginia during the trial of an uneducated African American girl accused of killing her white employer. As racial tensions roil, a white novice journalist becomes enmeshed in the aftermath. Howell Jr. weaves real court records, letters, newspaper stories, and personal accounts into his narrative to reveal characters both large and small in this tale of the Jim Crow era, and the laws that would shape the world. In his memoir Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War LettersFrye Gaillard examines old letters from family members serving for the Confederacy from the perspective of his generation’s transition from believing the Civil War to be a “glorious lost cause” to viewing it through the lens of civil rights. In this moving and thought-provoking book, Gaillard meditates on the past and the changing identity of the South.

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Epicure Cafe, Fairfax, VA

7 P.M.

Poetry Night Out with M. Mack, J.K. Daniels & Nancy K. Pearson

Epicure Cafe, 11104 Lee Highway

M. Mack is a genderqueer poet whose collection Theater of Parts investigates the performativity and consciousness of gendered embodiment through page-bound theatrical productions. Ze is also the author of the chapbooks Mine, Imaginary Kansas, and TravelingNancy K. Pearson’s second collection of poetry, The Whole by Contemplation of a Single Bone, won the 2015-16 Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. In it, she explores the possibilities of recovery and transformation in a world where “words cease to matter,” attempting to reconcile a past of addiction, depression and misdiagnosis. J.K. Daniels’ debut book of poetry, Wedding Pulls, interrogates what it  means to be married, whether lawfully or not. The poems “riff on art and myth, and the fate that is family.” The collection won the 2015 New Southern Voices Prize.

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Old Town Art Gallery, Fairfax, VA

7 P.M.

Premiere Staged Reading of I Ain’t Made That Way

Old Town Art Gallery, 3950 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

Be a part of the celebration when Harlan Van Buren earns not one, but two Masters’ Degrees — a feat no one in his hometown of Keokee, Virginia has ever done. The entire coal-mining community gathers at the Blue Star Bar & Grill to celebrate, tell tall-talls and remember in this premiere staged reading of the new play, I Ain’t Made That Way, written by Amelia Townsend of Oakton and the late Dink Shackleford of Keokee. The strong cast brings years of experience to the stage and includes several George Mason University graduates. The event is free, but due to limited seating, please visit EventBrite to reserve your free ticket.

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out or will come out today! Our festival happens because of readers and community members like yourself. Enjoy this final day! 

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Thursday, September 29 Festival Events

Thursday, September 29 Events

Day 5 of Fall for the Book hosts urban fantasy writer Patricia Briggs, Robert Frost’s granddaughter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and more at George Mason University’s Fairfax, VA campus, as well as a number of sites around Northern Virginia. Bring a friend to some of these great events! Tomorrow, catch the last day of our festival at locations around VA, MD & DC. Download our free app from iTunes by clicking here or GooglePlay store by clicking here to get the festival at your fingertips. 

All events previously scheduled for the Sandy Spring Bank Tent at George Mason University have been relocated INDOORS to Dewberry South, located on the ground floor of the Johnson Center. This has been updated in the following schedule. 

*Events in this email are divided by location for your browsing convenience.*

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George Mason University

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

10:30 A.M.

Historian Mark Molesky

Dewberry South, Ground Floor, Johnson Center

Mark Molesky is a historian who specializes in the intellectual, cultural, and political history of modern Europe. His book This Gulf of Fire: The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason, chronicles the destruction of Lisbon in 1755 after an estimated 8.5 magnitude earthquake, tsunami, and ensuing fire ripped through the city. A finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, it was called “a thoroughly absorbing take on a momentous event” by Library Journal, and “[a] masterpiece of nonfiction” by News-Record. Sponsored by Department of History and Art History.

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Memoirist Lesley Lee Francis

Dewberry South, Ground Floor, Johnson Center

Lesley Lee Francis is the granddaughter of beloved American poet Robert Frost. In her new book You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost, Francis “combines priceless personal memories and rigorous research to create a portrait of Frost and the women, including herself, whose lives he touched.” Author Jay Perini says, “Those in love with the poetry of Robert Frost will find themselves enchanted, illumined, and grateful to the author for undertaking this journey.” Besides writing and teaching, Francis helps organize the annual Frost Symposium at Dartmouth College.

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1:30 P.M.

Poet Monica Youn

Research Hall Room 163

Monica Youn is the author of Ignatz, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. The name of her new poetry collection, Blackacre, comes from the term for the legal placeholder for a plot of land. In the book, Youn “uses the term to suggest landscape, legacy, what is allotted to each of us… fearlessly [exploring] new territories of art, meaning, and fiction.” It has just been long-listed for the 2016 National Book Award. Linda Gregerson says Youn “quite simply, is one of the two or three most brilliant poets working in America today.” Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the New York Times Magazine.

Short Story Writers Jacob Appel & Susan Perabo

Dewberry South, Ground Floor, Johnson Center

Jacob Appel is a widely-published and award-winning novelist and short story writer. In his new collection of stories, Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana, Appel “draws from his experience in medicine and the law to create arresting stories that combine the eerie and the corporeal,” says Edith Pearlman. InWhy they Run the Way they DoSusan Peraboweaves the banal and bizarre together as a way to illuminate the triumphs and tragedies of daily life. In these twelve short stories, characters celebrate the everyday truths of people facing unusual or challenging situations…often of their own making.

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3 P.M.

Novelists Michael Landweber & Jamie Dulcos-Yourdoun

Dewberry South, Ground Floor, Johnson Center

Michael Landweber’s novel, Thursday, 1:17 PM, marks the moment the world freezes. As seventeen year old Duck–the only one to remain unstuck–deals with the statues of humans and animals alike around him, as well as his personal demons, he must try to make the world move again. Foreward Reviews calls Thursday, “[an] unconventional and intriguing novel that blends thoughtful insight with an irreverent, anything-goes attitude reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk.” Jamie Dulcos-Yourdoun’s novel Froelich’s Ladder is a nineteenth century madcap adventure novel. When Froelich disappears from his permanent perch atop his ladder, his nephew sets out on a trek across the Pacific Northwest with an ornery accomplice to find him. Kate Ristau calls it “the perfect tall tale for our time.”

Human Trafficking Survivor Barbara Amaya

Research Hall Room 163

Barbara Amaya is an award-winning author, advocate and survivor. At age 12, she was trafficked first in Washington, D.C., and then on the streets of New York for over a decade. A sought-after speaker and advocate for trafficking victims and survivors of trauma everywhere, Amaya has shared her story on television and college campuses as well as with multiple civic, legal, faith and women’s organizations. In 2014, she was awarded the James B. Hunter Human Rights Award and was a featured speaker at the TEDx Mid Atlantic talks in 2015. Her book Nobody’s Girl won best autobiography at the Taz Author Awards in 2015. Sponsored by Women & Gender Studies.

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4:30 P.M.

Essayists Ander Monson & T Clutch Fleischmann

George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center

Ander Monson’s newest book, Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries is self-described as “an exuberant, expansive cataloging of the intimate physical relationship between a reader and a book.” It was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2015. T Clutch Fleischmann is the author ofSyzygy, Beauty: An Essay, which leads readers “through an intimate relationship that is complicated and deepened by multiple partners, gender transitions, and itinerancy.” Maggie Nelson calls Fleischmann’s declarative sentences “seductive, abject, caustic, moving, informative, and utterly inventive.”

Historical Fiction & Context with YA Author L.M. Elliott & Art Historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman

Research Hall Room 163

The newest book by New York Times bestselling author L. M. Elliott is Da Vinci’s Tiger, an historical YA novel featuring the young Renaissance woman Ginevra de’ Benci, an aspiring poet who, trapped in an arranged marriage, sits for a painting by the young Leonardo da Vinci. Ginevra’s world is rich with art, history and budding romance. Elliott is joined by Mason professor and art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman, who will provide the historical context for what was Da Vinci’s first portrait and a fascinating look into Renaissance Italy.

Novelist Tania James

Dewberry South, Ground Floor, Johnson Center

Tania James, the newest member of Mason’s creative writing faculty, reads from her new novel, The Tusk that Did the Damage, which explores the moral complexities of the ivory trade through the eyes of a poacher, a documentary filmmaker, and an infamous rogue elephant known as the Gravedigger. Karen Russell calls the book “spectacular,” saying, “Tania James is one of our best writers, and here she is at the height of her powers: brilliant [and] hilarious.” Her debut novel, Atlas of Unknowns, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a Best Book of 2009 for both The San Francisco Chronicle and NPR.

MasonReads Author & Science Writer Jon Mooallem

Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

Jon Mooallem will speak at the capstone event for this year’s Mason Reads program. His book, WildOnes: A Sometimes Dismaying Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, was given to all incoming freshman. Students will participate in programming throughout the semester and attend Mooallem’s reading. Wild Ones was chosen as a notable book of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker and Canada’s National Post, among others. Mooallem has been a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine since 2006 and also contributes to This American Life, Wired, California Sunday Magazine and many other magazines and radio shows.Sponsored by George Mason University Libraries.

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6 P.M.

Poets Oliver Bendorf & Natalie Diaz

George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center

Poet Oliver Bendorf’s collection, The Spectral Wilderness, won the 2013 Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize, and has been called “Astonishing” by The Literary Review. It was named the Best Poetry Book of 2014 by Entropy Magazine. Mark Doty says, “It’s a joy to come nearer to a realm of experience little explored in American poetry, the lives of those who are engaged in the complex project of transforming their own gender…” Poet Natalie Diaz is Mojave and is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. Her collection When My Brother Was an Aztec examines memory’s role in human identity. Adrian Matejka says, “Diaz both embraces and subverts mythology in whatever form it shows up—Indigenous, Western, [or] counterculture,” and that “she is a poet who will help us write into the future as she excavates the past and interrogates the present.” Sponsored by So to Speak.

Mystery Writers Panel

Merten Hall Rom 1203

Maya Corrigan’s Five-Ingredient Mysteryseries is a blend of rich flavor and suspense. She is a winner of the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Unpublished Mystery / Suspense. Her newest book is Final Fondue.Shawn Reilly Simmons is the author of the Red Carpet Catering mystery series, which “delivers a buffet of appealing characters, irresistible movie-industry details, and tantalizing plot twists.” The third book in the series is Murder on a Designer Diet.David Swinson’s recent novelThe Second Girl is one of Booklist’s Best Crime Novels of the Year, called a “gritty knockout debut that screams for a series.” Dan Fesperman is the author of the new atmospheric literary thriller, The Letter Writer, set in Manhattan in 1942, just months after Pearl Harbor. Art Taylor, award-winning author of On the Road with Del and Louise, will moderate this panel. Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

Santa Fe Writer’s Project Panel

Research Hall Room 163

Founded in 1998 by Andrew Gifford, the Sante Fe Writer’s Project is an independent press which embraces the mission of artistic preservation, recognizing exciting new authors, and supporting new trends and ideas beyond those of the current publishing industry. Gifford, SFWP editor and author of the forthcoming memoir We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford’s Ice Cream Dynasty, moderates a panel of SFWP authors including Tara Laskowski,of the thrilling short story collection BystandersBrandon Wicks, of the “keenly observed” and “compulsively readable” debut novel American Fallout; and Daniel Ford, of Ordination: Book One of the Paladin Trilogy, called “compelling” and “sharp” byPublisher’s Weekly. Laskowski, Wicks and Ford are alumni of George Mason University’s graduate creative writing program.

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7:30 P.M.

Mystery Writer Lyndsay Faye

Merten Hall Room 1203

Lyndsay Faye’s novel Jane Steele re-imagines Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer who battles for justice with methods inspired by Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Faye has been nominated for an Edgar Award and a Dilys Winn Award. Faye is also the author ofDust and Shadow: an Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson and theTimothy Wilde series, which includes The Gods of Gotham, Seven for a Secret, and The Fatal Flame. Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

Essayist Elena Passarello

George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center

Elena Passarello’s new collection of essays,Let Me Clear My Throat, dissects the whys and hows of popular voices, bringing their emotion to light. From Marlon Brando screaming “Stella!” to Howard Dean’s “BYAH!” Passarello examines, questions and  annotates the “soundtrack of us giving voice to ourselves.” Amy Leach says,“With her extraordinary powers of listening, Elena Passarello helps us hear the sorrow, the epiglottis, and the Allegheny River in the many wondrous things the voice can do besides talking.” Let Me Clear My Throat won the gold IPPY medal for nonfiction and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

The 100th Meridian Project: A Performative Collaboration of Science and Art

Harris Theater

Experience a one-hour multi-media event that marries art and science to bring awareness to the issues of water ecology, land use, and public policy in the American West. Project Director Rick Davis and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Mason present exhibits, seminars and interactive media, as well as a performance which explores the issues first raised in the 1870s by John Wesley Powell, a soldier, ethnologist and director of the United States Geological Survey. Powell’s studies of the Colorado River Basin concluded that the arid West was incapable of supporting substantial human populations at any distance from the main water sources. This production is based on Wallace Stegner’s 1954 book, Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the American West. In partnership with the College of Science, the English Department and the School of Art. 

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The Auld Shebeen, Fairfax VA

7 P.M.

Better Said Than Done’s Night of Storytelling

The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA

The Better Said Than Done oral storytelling group has as its motto, “Because Life is Better in the Telling,” and the members mean it. Each month, these professional storytellers take the stage to engage audiences with poignant, funny, and unbelievably true tales throughout venues in Northern Virginia. Spend your Thursday night with founder Jessica Robinson and BSTD storytellers Ann Cavazos, Sandra Hull, Jay Krasnow, Jack Scheer, Mary Supley Foxworth and Fanny Crawford for a rousing performance centered on the theme of “the Impossible Dream: Stories about quests, dreams, and doing the impossible,” while sampling some of The Auld Shebeen’s best bites and brews!

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Cascades Library, Potomac Falls, VA

7 P.M.

Novelist Sadeqa Johnson

Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, VA

Sadeqa Johnson’s debut novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag, was the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for best fiction and the 2012 USA Best Book Award for African-American Fiction. Her new book, Second House from the Corner, follows a stressed-out stay-at-home mom who receives a call that changes her life, forcing her to confront the family demons and long-buried secrets she thought she had left behind. Romantic Times calls the book “rich with complex characters.” Essence says, “Sadeqa Johnson should take a bow for her latest effort.” Sponsored by Loudoun County Public Library.

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Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, Fairfax, VA

7 P.M.

Historian Christine Stoddard

Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main Street, Fairfax, VA

In her book Hispanic and Latino Heritage in VirginiaChristine Stoddard traces the vibrant culture and history of this community from the first Spanish settlers, to the 1980s “el Nuevo Sur, or the New South,” to the Virginia Center for Latin American Art’s coverage of their continuously evolving arts scene. Sponsored by the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center.

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One More Page Books, Arlington, VA

7 P.M.

Young Adult Authors Sarah Porter, A.J. Hartley and Carrie Jones

One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., Arlington, VA

Sarah Porter’s Lost Voices is a captivating and haunting start to a unique trilogy about mermaids. It is a poignant story about forgiveness and friendship told through the rich voices of the mermaid characters. Carrie Jones’ Flying is a wild ride about an average teenaged girl—that is, until she finds out her mom is an alien hunter. School Library Journal calls it “a taut, satisfying thriller.” A.J. Hartley doesn’t limit himself to one genre—he writes mysteries, fantasy novels, historical fiction, and young adult novels. His YA debut Steeplejack is an action-packed adventure that leaves readers on the edge of their seats with suspense.

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Richard Byrd Library, Springfield, VA

7 P.M.

Journalist Joby Warrick

Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield, VA

Journalist Joby Warrick’s new book, Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and was named “A Best Book of 2015” by The New York Times, The Washington Post, People Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, and Kirkus Reviews.In this timely and important text, Warrick explicates how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. Warrick and two colleagues shared the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is a reporter at The Washington Post. Sponsored by the Friends of the Richard Byrd Library.

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Alden Theater, McLean VA

7:30 P.M.

Urban Fantasy Novelist Patricia Briggs

Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA

Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega urban fantasy series. Dear Author calls Fire Touched, the newest book in the Mercy Thompson series, “a brilliant installment in a fantastic series.”Fiction Vixen says that in Dead Heat, the newest Alpha and Omega book, “Briggs has created such a detailed and well thought out world that I am helpless to resist.” Urban fantasy fans love her claws, romance and intrigue. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Library and the McLean Community Center.

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Fall for the Book’s 18th annual festival runs from September 25-30, 2016 at locations around Northern VA, MD and D.C., and features nearly 200 authors including poets, YA authors, novelists, short story writers, historians and more. Visit fallforthebook.org for the full lineup, and be sure to download our free app to get the festival at your fingertips!

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Wednesday, September 28 Festival Events

Wednesday, September 28 Events

Day 4 of Fall for the Book brings together a host of novelists, entrepreneurs, children’s authors, historians, memoirists, and more, including our featured event with Civil War historians James McPherson and Edward Ayers at George Mason University’s Fairfax, VA campus, as well as a number of sites around Northern Virginia. Bring a friend to some of these great events! Our six day festival runs from September 25-30 at locations around VA, MD & DC. Download our free app from iTunes by clicking here or GooglePlay store by clicking here to get the festival at your fingertips. 

All events previously scheduled for the Sandy Spring Bank Tent have been relocated to Dewberry South, located on the ground floor of the Johnson Center. The schedule below reflects this change. 

*Events in this email are divided by location for your browsing convenience.*

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George Mason University

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

10:30 A.M.

Historian Glenn Altschuler

Dewberry South, Ground Floor of the Johnson Center

Glenn Altschuler, Professor of American Studies at Cornell University is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Cornell: A History, 1940–2015 and All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America. His newest book, Ten Great American Trials was co-authored with fellow Cornell professor Faust F. Rossi. It covers ten compelling twentieth-century trials, including Sacco and Vanzetti and O. J. Simpson. Through these ten cases, Altschuler and Rossi dissect the conflicting narratives both the prosecution and defense attorneys crafted, and how politics influenced the content and context of the trials. Sponsored by the Department of History and Art History.

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Noon

Novelist Elizabeth Nunez

Dewberry South, Ground Floor of the Johnson Center

The author of eight critically acclaimed novels and a memoir, Elizabeth Nunez has now written Even in Paradise. A modern-day reimagining of King Lear, it is a novel of greed, resentment, jealousy, betrayal, and romance set in Trinidad, Jamaica, and Barbados. Patriarch Peter Ducksworth, a Trinidadian widower of English ancestry, mistakes flattery from two of his daughters for love, just as Lear does, setting in motion the strife he had hoped to prevent. Sponsored by African and African American Studies.

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12:30 P.M.

Entrepreneur Larry Robertson

Dewberry South, Ground Floor of the Johnson Center

Larry Robertson is an award-winning author who has spent two decades in the entrepreneurial universe in roles ranging from adviser to investor and many in between. In 1992, he founded Lighthouse Consulting, which guides entrepreneurial ventures, their leaders, and those who invest in them. Roberts is the author of A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and Its Moment in Human Progress. His newest book, The Language of Man: Learning to Speak Creativity “offers a powerful framework for creating.” Author Brigid Schulte says Language “shatters deeply-held myths that creativity and genius are the birthright of a mere handful of elites, bringing the vaunted notion of genius out of the clouds and into our everyday lives.”

Sociologists Angela Hattery & Earl Smith

Research Hall Room 163

Sociologists Angela Hattery and Earl Smith are a dynamic researching duo. Together they have written a number of books, including their most recent title, Gender, Power and Violence. Hattery is the Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University. Her research focuses on social stratification, gender, family, and race. Smith is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and the Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University. Some of their other influential books are The Social Dynamics of Family Violence, and African American Families Today: Myths and Realities. Sponsored by George Mason’s Women and Gender Studies and African and African American Studies.

Sports Writer Michael Tackett

Johnson Center Meeting Room F

Baseball fans know Ozzie Smith, Bud Black, and star player Von Hayes, but they may not know Merl Eberly, the man responsible for the beginnings of these greats. Over fifty years, Eberly transformed a small Iowa town into a collegiate summer league powerhouse in a real life version of Field of Dreams. In The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League DreamsMichael Tackett reveals this incredible history of a town and a coach who, Tackett says, “puts character and dedication first, and reminds us of the best, purest form of baseball excellence.”

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3 P.M.

Call and Response: “Currents” Panel Discussion

2nd Floor Conference Room, Fenwick Library

Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists in which one calls and one responds. The result is a set of paired works, resonating with each other, demonstrating the interplay of artistic media, and speaking of our times. This year’s theme is Currents. Call & Response is a collaboration between the School of Art and the English Department’s MFA program in Creative Writing.

Short Story Writer Roy Kesey

Dewberry South, Ground Floor of the Johnson Center

Roy Kesey’s short story collection Any Deadly Thing ranges across the globe, from the Americas to Europe to Asia. Author Elizabeth Crane says Kesey’s stories “are perfect, masterful portraits of an international cross-section of wise, broken souls–hopeful, brutal, funny as hell, and heart-crushing, every last one.” Kesey is also the author of a novel, Pacazo, which was the January 2011 selection for The Rumpus Book Club, and a collection of short stories called All Over, which was a finalist for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, and also one of the best books of the decade selected by The L Magazine.

James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room at 60: Sexuality, Textuality, and the Legacy of a Literary Classic

Research Hall Room 163

In a session marking the 60th anniversary of James Baldwin’s landmark novel Giovanni’s Room, join panelists Monifa Love, Maurice Wallace and Clayton Willis, along with moderator Keith Clark, as they discuss this groundbreaking novel. Though certainly not the first novel by a black writer to do so, Giovanni’s Room was nevertheless a signal development in African American writing for its daring and unreserved treatment of “the love that dare not speak its name” at a time when black writers were primarily expected to address the “race problem.” Panelists will discuss the book—and Baldwin’s— history and enduring significance. Sponsored by African and African American Studies and the English Department.

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4:30 P.M.

Stillhouse Press Prose Reading with Mark Polanzak & Matthew Fogarty

Dewberry South, Ground Floor of the Johnson Center

Mark Polanzak’s hybrid memoir, POP! captures the author’s attempt to make sense of his father’s sudden death through fiction while documenting the real and convoluted process of grief.  Author Lucas Mann says POP! is “a beautiful, exhilarating book, one I won’t soon forget.” Matthew Fogarty’s Maybe Mermaids & Robots Are Lonely: Stories and a Novella focuses on a host of bizarre, quirky and notorious characters, even featuring Bigfoot and Elvis. Fogarty “has an obvious affinity for the fabulist, often exploring elements of magical realism, the ethereal and slipstream.”

Psychologist Jeffrey Arnett

Harris Theater

In 2000, psychologist Jeffrey Arnett coined the term “emerging adulthood” to describe the ever-evolving age between the late teens and mid-twenties. For over a decade he has studied emerging adults across different demographics and countries, looking in particular at risk behavior and consumption of media in youth. On the tenth anniversary of its publication, Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens to the Twenties has been re-released in a new edition covering all of the developments in media use, social class issues and the other distinctive problems of this life stage. Sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University Life, and the George Mason Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence.

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6 P.M.

Mason’s M.F.A. Fellows Reading

George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center

Hear George Mason’s M.F.A. Fellows for 2016-17 as they read from their work. All are third-year M.F.A. candidates who have been awarded fellowships in order to pursue writing their theses. Poet Douglas Luman will read with fellow poet Madeleine Wattenberg, non-fiction writer Kerry Folan, and fiction writer Sarah Ellis BatesSponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

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7:30 P.M.

Novelist Idra Novey

Research Hall Room 163

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, about a young translator who sets off to find her Brazilian author who has gone missing after amassing a mountain of gambling debt. Ways to Disappear is a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a staff pick for The Paris Review, and it was called one of the most anticipated books of 2016 by a number of publications, including Buzzfeed and Flavorwire. Novey has also translated the works of several famous Brazilian writers, including Clarice Lispector.

Stillhouse Press Reception

George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center

Celebrate a groundbreaking year and four new releases from Stillhouse Press, Mason’s student-run small press. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, get to know the staff, and meet Stillhouse’s literary lineup: Matthew Fogarty of Maybe Mermaids and Robots are Lonely: Stories and a NovellaMark Polanzak of the hybrid memoir Pop!, and poets Bryan Borland of Dig and Christina Olson of Terminal Human Velocity.

Civil War Historians James McPherson & Edward Ayers

Harris Theater

Two noted historians of the Civil War, James McPherson and Edward Ayers, join in conversation about their work on this important period in American history in a rare event presented by Fall for the Book at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, in Harris Theater on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. McPherson, appearing via video conference from Princeton University, will offer observations, growing out of his most recent book, on why the Civil War still matters, and Ayers, who will be on the stage in Harris Theater, will talk about his work on the Reconstruction and its relationship to the war and present time. They then will join in discussing their ideas and insights, followed by taking questions from the audience. Christopher Hamner, George Mason Professor of History, will moderate. The appearance by McPherson via video link is necessitated by his not being able to travel to Mason, as he originally planned. The re-formatting offers audience members a rare opportunity to gain from the insights of two experts in the field. It does mean, however, that McPherson will not be present to sign copies of his books, which will still be for sale at the event. Copies of Ayers’ books also will be available for sale and signing. Sponsored by Mason’s Department of History and Art History.

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Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale VA

12:30 P.M.

Novelist Susan Muaddi Darraj

President’s Dining Room, 2nd Floor, CE Building, NOVA Annandale, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA

Susan Muaddi Darraj is the author of The Inheritance of Exile, which was a finalist in the AWP Book Awards Series and named ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year in Short Fiction. Her new book, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, was named winner of the AWP Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction. Carol Fadda-Conrey calls it “immensely powerful, intimate, and complex.” Sponsored by the NOVA Lyceum Committee and the Division of Language and Learning.

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Lord of Life Church, Fairfax VA

2:15 P.M.

Journalist Kate Andersen Brower

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax, VA

Kate Andersen Brower spent four years covering the Obama White House for Bloomberg News and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. Brower is the author of the New York Times bestselling books, First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies and The Residence: Inside the Private World of The White House. First Women is described as “an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama.” Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Duncan Library, Alexandria VA

3:30 P.M.

Children’s Author Marfé Ferguson Delano

Duncan Library 2501 Commonwealth Ave, Alexandria, VA

Marfé Ferguson Delano is the author of numerous nonfiction books for children, such as her Explore My World series and her photobiographies for National Geographic, including Helen’s Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s Teacher, andGenius: A Photobiography of Albert EinsteinThe School Library Journal said of Genius, “While the myriad photographs are fascinating, the bigger draw here is the wonderfully simple explanations of some of Einstein’s theories…This entertaining effort displays clarity and intelligence.” Ferguson Delano’s books have won numerous awards, including the ALA/Book Links Best New Books for Classroom, and Outstanding Science Trade Book for Young People for Genius, and Jefferson Cup Honor Book for Helen’s Eyes. Sponsored by the Friends of Duncan Library.

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Gum Spring Library, Stone Ridge, VA

7 P.M.

Young Adult Author Anne Blankman

Gum Spring Library, 24600 Millstream Drive, Stone Ridge, VA

Anne Blankman‘s debut novel, Prisoner of Night and Fog, was named a “Flying Start” by Publishers Weekly and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book by the Association of Jewish Libraries. The sequel, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Blankman’s newest book, Traitor Angels, follows Elizabeth Milton, daughter of Paradise Lost author John Milton on a mysterious quest with a handsome Italian scientist to protect her father. Voice of Youth Advocates says, it “Will leave the reader breathless with each unpredictable plot twist.” Sponsored by the Loudoun County Public Library.

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Chantilly Regional Library, Chantilly VA

7 P.M.

Children’s Author Fred Bowen

Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA

Fred Bowen has penned 21 sports books for children, including a picture-book biography of Ted Williams titled No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season. It was awarded a Junior Library Guild Selection and many other honors. In addition to his books, Bowen writes the Thursday sports column for kids in The Washington Post.

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One More Page Books, Arlington, VA

7 P.M.

Novelists Sonya Chung & Daniel Paisner

One More Page Books, 2200 Westmoreland St., Arlington, VA

Local independent press Relegation Books presents authors Sonya Chung and Daniel Paisner. Chung will read from her upcoming novel The Loved Ones. Called “a radical act of compassion” by Deanna Fei, the book maps the intimate politics of unlikely attractions, illicit love, and costly reconciliations. Paisner will read from his new novel A Single Happened Thing, about neurosis, intimacy, and balancing familial needs while juggling two careers and the demands of modern life.

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City of Fairfax Regional Library,

Fairfax VA

7 P.M.

Journalist Claudia Kalb

City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax VA

In her new book, Andy Warhol Was A Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Greatest Personalities, journalist Claudia Kalb re-examines monumental historical figures through the lens of modern psychology, weaving together interviews with leading mental health experts, groundbreaking research and historical records. Kalb examines the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and of course, Andy Warhol. Author Edward Hallowell says, the book is “a brilliant and fascinating journey into the perils that so often accompany genius. Spell-binding.” Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Regional Library Friends.

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Kings Park Library, Burke VA

7 P.M.

Journalist Tom Gjelten

Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA

Journalist Tom Gjelten covers issues of religion, faith, and belief for NPR News, with a long history of reporting on global conflicts. His 2008 book, Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause, was named a “Notable Nonfiction Book,” by the New York Times. His newest title, A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, traces the implications of the 1965 Immigration Act, which officially opened the country’s doors to immigrants of color. The Washington Post says of Nations: “Gjelten has produced a compelling and informative account of the impact of the 1965 reforms, one that is indispensable reading at a time when anti-immigrant demagoguery has again found its way onto the main stage of political discourse.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Kings Park Library.

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Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Fairfax, VA

7 P.M.

Journalist Dina Gold

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA

Dina Gold is a former London-based BBC investigative journalist. Her new book, Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin is a non-fiction historical narrative centered on a Jewish family’s legal battle to reclaim ownership of a building stolen from them by the Nazis in the 1930s. Marvin Kalb, senior adviser to the Pulitzer Center says Stolen Legacy is “An exceptional adventure in Holocaust literature. Dina Gold combines investigative journalism with a keen sense of history to uncover a story everyone should read.”

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George Mason University’s Arlington Campus

7:30 P.M.

Journalist Molly McCartney

Founders Hall Room 111, 3551 Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA

Molly McCartney worked as a newspaper reporter for more than 30 years, including 15 years at The Washington Post. She was the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Public Scholar in Washington, D.C., where she completed the research and interviews needed to finish the book America’s War Machine: Vested Interests, Endless Conflicts, the book her husband, national security reporter James McCartney, was writing when he died. America’s War Machine provides the context for today’s national security state and explains what can be done about it. Library Journal calls the book a “riveting” and “sober” look at “the evolution and influence of our contemporary military industrial complex.” Cosponsored by the National Affairs Committee of the Fairfax County Democrats.

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Reston Community Center, Reston VA

8 P.M.

Partner Event:

United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003: Billy Collins

Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston VA

**The performance of Billy Collins at the CenterStage is Sold Out.** However, come see Billy Collins via Simulcast for the reduced price of $10 Reston / $15 Non Reston.  After the performance, Mr. Collins will be available to sign your books on the CenterStage. Purchase Simulcast Tickets here.The New York Times says, “Luring his readers into the poem with humor, Mr. Collins leads them unwittingly into deeper, more serious places, a kind of journey from the familiar to quirky to unexpected territory, sometimes tender, often profound.” Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.” His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. His readings are usually standing-room-only, and his audiences – enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio – include people of all backgrounds and age groups. Tickets will go on sale on August 1 for Reston and August 8 for non-Reston and can be purchased online at http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/attend-shows-events-exhibits/event-detail/2016/09/29/default-calendar/billy-collins or by calling 703 476-4500 (press 3). This event is part of the Professional Touring Artist Series only at The CenterStage at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods.Sponsored by the Reston Community Center.

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Fall for the Book’s 18th annual festival runs from September 25-30, 2016 at locations around Northern VA, MD and D.C., and features nearly 200 authors including poets, YA authors, novelists, short story writers, historians and more. Visit fallforthebook.org for the full lineup, and be sure to download our free app to get the festival at your fingertips!

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Tuesday, September 27 Festival Events

Tuesday, September 27 Events

It’s Day 3 of Fall for the Book! The festival continues with a host of historians, memoirists, science and culture writers and poets and novelists, including our featured novelist Lauren Groff of Fates and Furies, visiting George Mason University’s Fairfax, VA campus, as well as around the region. Our six day festival runs from September 25-30 at locations around VA, MD & DC. Download our free app from iTunes by clicking here or GooglePlay store by clicking here to get the festival at your fingertips. 

*Events in this email are divided by location for your browsing convenience.*

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George Mason University

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

10:30 A.M.

Historian Jack Censer

Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza

Historian Jack Censer’s book, Debating Modern Revolution: The Evolution of Revolutionary Ideas, explores the ever-changing concept of revolution by analyzing two hundred years of history from the American and French Revolutions to the Arab Spring. Starting as a synonym for democracy and legal equality, revolution has been re-molded into a means to flip countries and communities on their heads; to create new nations or social orders; or to overthrow leaders. Alan Forrest calls the book “refreshingly bold” while Professor Timothy Tackett says it “is an original and enormously engaging tour d’horizon of the subject in a global perspective, ideally suited for students young and old.” Sponsored by the Department of History and Art History.

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Noon

Mystery Writer Allison Leotta

Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza

Allison Leotta’s new novel The Last Good Girl,presents the case of missing college freshman Emily Shapiro, who leaves a video diary accusing Dylan Highsmith, the son of a powerful state politician, of rape. Inspired by real-life stories, The Last Good Girl shines a light on campus rape and the powerful emotional dynamics that affect the families of the men and women on both sides. This timely story was chosen as a “Best of the Best Summer Books” byO, The Oprah Magazine, and called “a delicious tale of suspense” by Library Journal.

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1:30 P.M.

Culture Writer Patricia Hill Collins

Research Hall, Room 163

Patricia Hill Collins’ Intersectionality, co-authored with Sirma Birge, provides insight on the idea of intersectional knowledge. It explores how social inequalities in race, gender, sexuality, age, ability, and ethnicity shape one another. Collins was the 100th president of the American Sociological Association Council and the first African-American woman to hold this position. Sponsored by African & African American Studies and Women & Gender Studies.

Everywhere Stories Anthology Panel

Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza

Panelist Clifford Garstang is the editor of the globe-trotting anthology called Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, Volume II,  which includes twenty short stories in twenty different countries. He is joined by some of the contributors whose stories follow the new edition’s theme of “it’s a mysterious world”:Frances Park and her story “The Monk in the Window,” set in Korea; Joel Hodson and “Memiş the Conqueror,” set in Turkey;Brandon Patterson and “Jonkshon,” set in Sierra Leone; andChris Cleary and “An Idea of the Journey,” set in Norway.

Science Writer Robin Hanson

Johnson Center Meeting Room F

Economist Robin Hanson’s book The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life When Robots Rule the Earth tries to answer the question: what is a robot-ruled Earth like? Using sociology, economics, history, physics and a number of other disciplines, Hanson creates what Matt Ridley calls “A fascinating thought experiment about the future.” Kevin Kelly of Wired says, “Hanson is pioneering a new style of science fiction: using calculations rather than mere stories to imagine what a world of artificial humans would be like.”

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3 P.M.

Memoirist Sarah Kaufman

Research Hall, Room 163 

Pulitzer Prize-winner Sarah Kaufman is the author of The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life. As The Washington Posts chief dance critic since 1996, she has applied her eye for grace and movement everywhere, including sports, movies, dance, fashion, celebrities, music and the mundane. In The Art of Grace, she sifts the graceful from the graceless, celebrating heart-catching moments of physical elegance using humor and warmth. Elizabeth Gilbert says, “Kaufman’s thoughts on the rare virtue of grace are both inspiring and uplifting.”

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4:30 P.M.

Stillhouse Press Poetry Reading with Bryan Borland & Christina Olson

Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts

Lambda Literary Judith W. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award winner Bryan Borland is the author of three collections of poetry, including his new book, Dig from Stillhouse Press. Poet Denise Duhamel says of Dig, “Bryan Borland wields a deft and lyrical hand, cracks open the heart, and imagines a mind where madness is beautiful and ‘everything is instinct.’” Christina Olson describes her new collection, Terminal Human Velocity as trying “to make sense of the natural world and our human role within it.” In it, she uses varied personas, including the voice of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton to discuss a variety of topics, from “last suppers” on death row, to scientific phenomena.

Better Said Than Done Group’s Workshop on Oral Storytelling

Johnson Center Meeting Room F

The motto of the Better Said Than Done oral storytelling group is “because life is better in the telling,” and the members mean it. Each month, these professional storytellers take the stage to engage audiences with poignant, funny, and unbelievably true tales throughout venues in Northern Virginia. Join founder Jessica Robinson and BSTD members  Ann Cavazos, Sandra Hull, Jay Krasnow, Jack Scheer, Mary Supley Foxworth and Fanny Crawford for an hour-long workshop to hone your own storytelling techniques and build your confidence presenting your tale in front of a crowd. The skills that BSTD offers aren’t just great for the stage, they’re powerful in the business world as well!

Nonfiction Writers Kerry Howley & Jennifer Percy

George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center

Called “transfixing” by Playboy, and “compulsively readable, informative, hilarious” by The New York Times Book ReviewKerry Howley’s book-length essay, Thrown, dives into the gritty world of Mixed Martial Arts fighting, where a barely-fictionalized grad student spends three years breathing in the sweat and blood. Thrown was an NPR Best Book of 2014 and Time Magazine’s #2 Nonfiction Book of the Year. Howley is joined by Jennifer Percy, author of Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism, which follows Caleb Daniels, a soldier suffering from PTSD who brings those like him to a Christian exorcism camp in Georgia, a last ditch effort to save them from war and suicide. Bookforum calls Demon Camp “darkly brilliant” while The New York Times Book Review says the book is “visceral [and] seductive.”

Swedish Novelist Reidar Jönsson

Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza

Reidar Jönsson is a Swedish writer, director and playwright. His international breakthrough came in 1983 with his novel My Life as a Dog, which followsthirteen-year-old Ingemar as he struggles to create a life for himself when his mother is dying of tuberculosis and he is sent away to live with a number of pseudo-relatives. It was turned into a film in 1985. The film won two Golden Rams and a Golden Globe Award and received two Oscar nominations for best film and best screenplay.  Rat and Dog’s Paradise are the second and third books in theDog trilogy. Following the success of My Life as a Dog, Jönsson stayed in Hollywood and worked until the mid-1990s as a writer for the major studios. Sponsored by the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center.

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6 P.M.

Short Story Writers Paula Whyman & Rion Amilcar Scott

George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center

Paula Whyman is the author of You May See a Stranger, a linked story collection following protagonist Miranda Weber, who is a “hot mess.” Publishers Weekly called the book “honest and sharply observed… Together, these smart, artful stories capture a woman’s life and the moments that define her.” Author Blake Bailey praises the book, saying, “Paula Whyman is that all-too-rare phenomenon in American fiction: A serious writer who happens to be funny.” Lisa Williams calls Rion Amilcar Scott’s Insurrections “a wildly impressive and ambitious collection of stories.” Scott’s debut collection features thirteen stories about the lives and struggles of the African American residents of Cross River, Maryland. Kirkus says Insurrections is made of “sad, violent, frustrating stories told in high-energy language, creating a very real imaginary world.” Scott is an alumnus of Mason’s M.F.A. program.

Folklorist Pravina Shukla

Johnson Center Meeting Room F

Pravina Shukla’s research interests include folk art and material culture, body art, dress and costume, museum studies, and food art and culture of India, Brazil, and the U.S. She will discuss her book Costume: Performing Identities through Dress,in which she uses case studies from around the world to answer the question: “What does it mean to people to put on costumes to celebrate their heritage, reenact historic events, assume a role on stage, or participate in Halloween or Carnival?” Shukla is an associate professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University as well as an associate curator at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Poet Dana Levin

Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts

Poet Dana Levin is the author of several collections of poetry, including In the Surgical Theatre, which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares, the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Osterweil Award. Her most recent collection, Banana Palace, has been called “intimate and hypnotic” by Ploughshares, and Robert Pinsky praises the book for  “images that are satisfyingly clear . . . and excitingly inexplicable.” In this new collection, Levin uses humor, jump-cut imagery, and popular culture references in preparation for the approaching apocalypse. Levin’s honors include awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Foundation, and others.

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6:30 P.M.

Science Writer S. Scott Graham

Johnson Center Meeting Room A

Chronic pain is a medical mystery, debilitating to patients and a source of frustration for practitioners. S. Scott Graham’s research involves studying the medical rhetoric surrounding the complex and often contentious field of pain medicine. In this ever-changing field, researchers and policymakers have worked the last thirty years to establish standards while navigating some of the most challenging philosophical issues of Western science. In his newest publication, The Politics of Pain Medicine, Graham explores the resonance between pain science’s efforts to establish an integrated mind/body approach to treating this pain. Sponsored by the George Mason University Society of Technical Communication.

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7:30 P.M.

Screening of Reidar Jönsson’s My Life as a Dog

Johnson Center Cinema

Join Reidar Jönsson, Swedish writer, director and playwright for a screening of the 1985 adaptation of his novel My Life as a Dog. The book and film follow thirteen-year-old Ingemar who is struggling to create a life for himself as his mother is dying of tuberculosis and he is sent to live with a number of pseudo-relatives. It won two Golden Rams and a Golden Globe Award and received two Oscar nominations for best film and best screenplay. After the screening, stay for a Q&A with Jönsson. Sponsored by the Embassy of Sweden. 

Election Talk with William Schneider, Scott Keeter, Matthew Dallek & Jack Censer

Research Hall, Room 163

Leading U.S. political analyst William Schneider has covered every U.S. presidential and midterm election since 1976 for major news outlets, including The Los Angeles Times and Al Jazeera, and has been dubbed “the electionmeister” by The Washington Times. Schneider’s book, Journey to the New America, is forthcoming in 2017. Matthew Dallek is a political historian who has authored several books including The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan’s First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics, and has co-authored Inside Campaigns: Elections through the Eyes of Political ProfessionalsScott Keeter is the director of survey research at the Pew Research Center, and writes on election polls and political participation. Hear them speak on the night after the first candidate debates of the 2016 presidential elections. Introduced and moderated by historian Jack Censer, chair of the Fall for the Book board of directors.

Featured Novelist: Lauren Groff

Harris Theater

Lauren Groff is the author of several books, including her newest, Fates and Furies. Kirkus gave the novel a starred review, saying, “The plotting is exquisite, and the sentences hum; Groff writes with a pleasurable, bantering vividness.” She has also written The Monsters of Templeton, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, a collection of stories called Delicate Edible Birds,and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, as well as three editions of Best American Short Stories. Sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.

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Duncan Library, Alexandria, VA

10 and 11 A.M.

Children’s Author Shannon Jones

Research Hall, Room 163

Shannon Jones is the author of the globetrotting children’s book series, KeeKee’s Big Adventures. KeeKee, the adventure-loving traveling calico kitty, explores the world, including Athens, Rome and Paris, all from her hot air balloon. KeeKee’s newest trip is to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Forward Reviews says of Athens, Rome, “this clever kitty introduces icons of the country to eager readers with funny dialogue, approachable factoids, and images that will amuse and delight.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Duncan Library.

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Sherwood Center, Fairfax, VA

7 P.M.

Military Historian Edward G. Lengel

Sherwood Center, Performance Space, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA

American Military historian Edward G. Lengel is editor in chief of the Papers of George Washington and a professor at the University of Virginia. He has researched and written extensively on our nation’s first president, and was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. His publications include General George Washington: A Military Life, and most recently, First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His– and the Nation’s– Prosperity, which breaks new ground in the study of Washington’s history and personality. The Journal of the American Revolution says of First Entrepreneur: “It is fascinating, enlightening and very convincing. Highly recommended.” Sponsored by the Virginia Historical Society.

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Sherwood Regional Library,

Alexandria VA

7 P.M.

Novelist Elizabeth Nunez

Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria VA

The author of eight critically acclaimed novels and a memoir, Elizabeth Nunez has now written Even in Paradise. A modern-day reimagining of King Lear, it is a novel of greed, resentment, jealousy, betrayal, and romance set in Trinidad, Jamaica, and Barbados. Patriarch Peter Ducksworth, a Trinidadian widower of English ancestry mistakes flattery from two of his daughters for love, just as Lear does, setting in motion the strife he had hoped to prevent. Author Marlon James says, “Nunez, always a master of unexpected contrasts, does it here again. A story told on a huge scale that still manages to be achingly personal and intimate.” Sponsored by the Harambee Readers.

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Kingstowne Library, Alexandria, VA

7 P.M.

Historian Garrett Peck

Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre Drive, Alexandria, VA

With the 1865 publication of Drum-Taps, Walt Whitman became poet laureate of the Civil War, aligning his legacy with that of Abraham Lincoln. Historian Garrett Peck’s book, Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet,chronicles the Leaves of Grass author’s decade in the Capitol during this period of national upheaval, where he served as a volunteer “hospital missionary,” making more than six hundred hospital visits and serving over eighty thousand sick and wounded soldiers.

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Gum Spring Library, Stone Ridge, VA

7 P.M.

Sociologist Kristi Fondren

Gum Spring Library, 24600 Millstream Drive, Stone Ridge, VA

The longest hiking-only footpath in the world– the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail– runs along the Appalachian mountain range from Georgia to Maine. Every year about 2,000 individuals attempt to “thru-hike” the entire trail. In Walking on the Wild Side: Long Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail, sociologist Kristi Fondren follows the stories of forty-six men and women who set out to conquer America’s most well-known long-distance hiking trail. Professor John Bartkowski says Fondren “portrays hikers braving both environmental and social elements, and, with remarkable sensitivity, she reveals that they are not so different than the rest of us. The Appalachian Trail is a microcosm of American society, and a fascinating one at that.” Sponsored by the Loudoun County Public Library.

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Vienna VA

7:30 P.M.

Radiation Scientist Tim Jorgensen

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, VA

Timothy J. Jorgensen is an associate professor of Radiation Medicine at Georgetown University. His book Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation, tells the story of man’s experience with radiation and how we have been transformed by our interaction with it, from cellphones to x-rays to full body scans at the airport. In the book, Jorgensen seeks to demystify radiation, so the informed people can–as he says– “be masters of their own radiation fate.” Spectator Magazine calls Strange Glow a “frightening, fascinating, inspiring story of radiation.”

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Fall for the Book’s 18th annual festival runs from September 25-30, 2016 at locations around Northern VA, MD and D.C., and features nearly 200 authors including poets, YA authors, novelists, short story writers, historians and more. Visit fallforthebook.org for the full lineup, and be sure to download our free app to get the festival at your fingertips!

*Special note: Cultural Essayist Kameron Hurley, originally scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m. has been cancelled.*

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Monday, September 26 Festival Events

Monday, September 26 Events

Day two of Fall for the Book continues with a host of great writers visiting George Mason University’s Fairfax, VA campus, as well as Barnes & Noble Fairfax, Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, and Rust Library. Hear from crime writers, award-winning journalists, novelists writing about football, and scientists discussing Tropical Conservation and more. Our six day festival runs from September 25-30 at locations around VA, MD & DC.  Download our free app from iTunes by clicking here or GooglePlay store by clicking here to get the festival at your fingertips. 

*Events in this email are divided by location and listed chronologically for your browsing convenience.*

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George Mason University

4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

Noon

Journalist Molly McCartney

Research Hall, Room 163

Molly McCartney worked as a newspaper reporter for more than 30 years, including 15 years at The Washington Post. She was the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Public Scholar in Washington, D.C., where she completed the research and interviews needed to finish America’s War Machine: Vested Interests, Endless Conflicts, the book her husband, national security reporter James McCartney, was writing when he died. America’s War Machineprovides the context for today’s national security state and explains what can be done about it.Library Journal calls the book a “riveting” and “sober” look at “the evolution and influence of our contemporary military industrial complex.”

Novelist Laura Ellen Scott

Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza

Laura Ellen Scott is the author of three books, including two novels and a collection of short stories. Her newest book is The Juliet, named after the legendary jewel rumored to be hidden in The Mystery House, a century old shack in Death Valley. Before he dies, retired cowboy actor Rigg Dexon gives a rootless woman the deed to the house, changing her life forever. As the history of The Juliet unfolds, it reveals the dark side of the American Dream–one that is corrupt, bawdy, and half insane. Author Tara Laskowski says “[Scott’s] ability to continuously evoke wonder and delight in the dark side makes her one of the freshest and most original voices in fiction today.”

Art Historian Marion Deshmukh

Johnson Center, Meeting Room F

Marion Deshmukh’s Max Liebermann: Modern Art and Germany is the first English-language biography of a pioneer in German impressionism and modernism. Deshmukh’s work is meticulous in uncovering the importance of Liebermann’s contribution to German culture and history, and she has “deftly interwoven a comprehensive study of Liebermann’s life, art, and critical reception.” A Robert T. Hawkes Professor of History, Emerita, she taught German and European cultural history and German art history at George Mason University. Sponsored by the Department of History and Art History.

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1:30 P.M.

Crime Writer Elizabeth Hand

Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza

Elizabeth Hand is the author of the crime novels that follow off-beat, punk photographer Cass Nealy, who has been described as “one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes.” Hard Light,the newest book in the series, finds Cass on the run, fearing for her life after her boyfriend disappears. Publisher’s Weekly praises Cass for “conveying an expert’s knowledge of the 1970s East Village punk scene, Iron Age rituals, Paleolithic icons, and the intricacies of photography and film noir…. Gripping.”

Sociologists Earl Smith and Timothy McGettigan

Research Hall, Room 163

Together, sociologists Earl Smith and Timothy McGettigan have written an important new text called A Formula for Eradicating Racism: Debunking White Supremacy. In the book, the authors argue that racism is a remediable form of suggestion-induced sadism. The authors explain in plain terms how societies like that of the United States construct racism, and they put forward a practical plan to eradicate racism in the U.S. and the world. Professor David Keplinger calls Formula a “tour-de-force treatment on the cure to racism.” Sponsored by George Mason’s Women and Gender Studies and African and African American Studies.

3 P.M.

Novelist Robert Bausch

Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza

Robert Bausch is an enduring name in the literary community. His seven books have all met critical acclaim. His eighth and newest novel, The Legend of Jessie Smoke, follows the young, talented girl who can throw a football farther than anyone, and the consequences of her joining the Washington, D.C. football team as the first woman in the NFL.

Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities Panel

Fenwick Reading Room, 2nd Floor, Fenwick Library

In Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities, editor A. Alonso Aguirre brings together experts who primarily work in Africa, Latin America and Asia to introduce important conservation concepts and real-world applications to issues that affect the tropics and subtropics, a region with 75% of the world’s human population as well as 90% of its biodiversity. These issues, such as climate change, environmental sustainability, and emerging diseases must be studied and addressed on a global scale. Aguirre is joined by his contributors, Thomas Lovejoy, who coined the term “biological diversity;”Larry Gorenflo, who focuses on how people adapt to their natural and cultural surroundings; Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, whose research centers on international biodiversity governance; Harald Beck, who studies mammal-plant interaction and ecosystem engineering in temperate and tropical ecosystems; Andrew Taber, an environmental pioneer and authority on Neotropical wildlife; Elizabeth Loh, who studies anthropogenic land-use change; and wildlife biologist and veterinarian Iga Stasiak.

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4:30 P.M.

Novelists Dana Cann and Joe McGinniss Jr.

Research Hall, Room 163

In Ghosts of Bergen CountyDana Cann takes readers into the downward spiral of the lives of three Bergen County, New Jersey, residents dealing with mystery, loss, addiction, and the supernatural after the hit-and-run accident that killed their infant daughter. NPR raves the book has “a keen sense of what makes us human, and what makes us, at times, wish we weren’t.” Joe McGinniss Jr. is the author of the visceral and gripping novel Carousel Court, about a married couple struggling with the seductive and destructive powers of modern life. Bookish calls it “totally addictive.”

Memoirists Penny Guisinger and Susan Landers

Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza

Penny Guisinger’s book, Postcards from Here, is a memoir told through vignettes that take on the difficulties and politics of being gay and divorced in a rural Maine town at the moment in which gay marriage becomes legal. The essays stitch together a portrait of life in a coastal town. Author Arielle Geenberg praises that “Guisinger’s prose is alert and alive, visible and vibrant.” Sue Landers’ new book, Franklinstein, is a hybrid collection of poetry and prose that “tells the story of one Philadelphia neighborhood, Germantown, a historic, beloved place, wrestling with legacies of colonialism, racism, and capitalism.” Yolanda Wisher calls the book “a church of stained glass truth-telling.” Landers is an alumna of Mason’s graduate creative writing program.

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6 P.M.

Political Mystery & Thriller Writers Colleen Shogan and T. Dasu

Research Hall, Room 163

Colleen Shogan is the author of the Washington Whodunit Series, which centers around Kit Marshall, a Washington staffer for a popular senator. InStabbing in the Senate, book one in the series, Marshall stumbles on the murdered body of her senator and becomes the prime suspect. Shogan’s newest title, Homicide in the House, finds Marshall working for a new congresswoman who becomes the centerpiece of a fresh murder investigation. T. Dasu’s The Perfect Candidate is the second installment in the Spy-Interrupted series, and picks up with Stephen James running for the U.S. Senate. Spanning multiple continents, the book reveals the world of “state secrets and intercultural relationships in a thrilling tale of power and ambition.”

Mason M.F.A. Alumni Reading with Renee Angle, Allison Cobb, Matt Norman and Alyson Foster

George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center

Renee Angle, a descendant of Mormon pioneers and a former Mormon herself, wrote WoO, the self-described “creative translation of the original 116 pages of The Book of Mormon lost by Joseph Smith.” WoO is Angle’s debut collection, ten years in the making. Allison Cobbis the author of three books of poetry, including Born2and Green-Wood.Her newest collection, After We All Died, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series.Matthew Norman is the author of the novel We’re All Damaged, which follows a man dealing with a crop of troubles including divorce and death when he meets a complicated woman who might change everything. Alyson Foster’s newest collection of short stories is Heart Attack Watch, built around disasters large and small, moments for which we can never prepare. Kirkus calls the book “electric,” saying Foster has a “masterful use of tension and language.”

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7:30 P.M.

Novelist Jen Michalski

Research Hall, Room 163

Jen Michalski is the author of several novels, short story collections and novellas. Her 2013 novel, The Tide King, won the the Big Moose Prize and also won first place in contemporary/literary fiction at the Somerset Awards. Her newest book isThe Summer She Was Under Water.HTMLGiant calls Michalski “an astonishingly sensitive writer.”PANKcites her a “masterful hand, at once compassionate and unflinching, possessed of extraordinary, aesthetic restraint.”

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Barnes & Noble Fairfax

6 P.M.

Journalist Marvin Kalb

Barnes and Noble, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr, Fairfax, VA

Marvin Kalb is a contributing news analyst for National Public Radio and Fox News Channel. His distinguished journalism career encompasses 30 years of award-winning reporting for CBS and NBC News as chief diplomatic correspondent, Moscow bureau chief and anchor of “Meet The Press.” His timely new book, Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the New Cold War, “traces how the Crimea of Catherine the Great became a global tinder box.” Josef Joffe calls Imperial Gamble “required reading for anybody who wants to understand a contest that will torment East-West relations for years to come.”

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Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, Alexandria VA

7 P.M.

Presidential Book Discussion with Jack Lechelt

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA

Join the discussion on what Donald Trump in Time to Get Tough: Make America Great Again! and Hillary Clinton in Hard Choices have written about their careers and what they hope to do for America should they be elected.Dr. Jack Lechelt, Assistant Dean for Economics, Geography and Political Science at Northern Virginia Community College approaches politics in the classroom just as he will in this presentation: without any personal bias. All views are welcome. Lechelt will offer some questions to lead the group in friendly conversation as a way to brush up before the evening’s presidential debate.

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Rust Library, Leesburg VA

7 P.M.

Novelists Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road NW, Leesburg, VA

Stephanie Dray is an award-winning, bestselling and two-time RITA award nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her critically acclaimed series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into more than eight different languages and won the Golden Leaf. She is co-author of America’s First Daughter: A Novel, with Laura Kamoie, which Steve Berry calls, “A delectable and poignant read, carefully paced and plotted with pitch perfect dialogue.” Dray is joined by her co-author, Laura Kamoie, who holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, has published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction as the New York Times-bestselling author, Laura Kaye. America’s First Daughter is her debut novel. Sponsored by the Loudoun County Public Library.

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Fall for the Book’s 18th annual festival runs from September 25-30, 2016 at locations around Northern VA, MD and D.C., and features nearly 200 authors including poets, YA authors, novelists, short story writers, historians and more. Visit fallforthebook.org for the full lineup, and be sure to download our free app to get the festival at your fingertips!

*Special note: Poet Joshua Poteat, originally scheduled for Monday at 7:30 p.m. has been cancelled.*

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