Posts by Suzy Rigdon

Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey, credit Tony Rinaldi

Margot Livesey was born and grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands.  She has taught in numerous writing programs including Emerson College, Boston University, Bowdoin College and the Warren Wilson low residency MFA program, and is the author of a collection of stories and eight novels, including Eva Moves the Furniture, and The Flight of Gemma Hardy.  She lives in Cambridge, MA and is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  Her novel, Mercury, was published in September, 2016.  The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing was published in July, 2017.

Read More

Cemil Aydin

Cemil Aydin

Cemil Aydin is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His research deals with global intellectual history and international history, with a focus on Asia and the Middle East. Cemil Aydin’s publications include his book on the Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia (Columbia University Press, 2007),  “Regionen und Reiche in der Politischen Geschichte des Langen 19 Jahrhunderts, 1750-1924 (Region and Empire in the Political History of the Long 19th Century” inGeschichte Der Welt, 1750-1870: Wege Zur Modernen Welt (A History of the World, 1750-1870)“ (Beck Publishers/Harvard, July 2016) pp: 35-253, and The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History (Harvard University Press, Spring 2017)

Read More

Gish Jen

Gish Jen (c) Romana Vysatova

Gish Jen is the author of four novels, a book of stories, and a previous book of nonfiction, Tiger Writing. Her honors include the Lannan Literary Award for fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She teaches from time to time in China and otherwise lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Read More

Noley Reid

Noley Reid, credit Jesse & Gena Photography

Noley Reid is the author of the novel Pretend We Are Lovely.  She lives in Newburgh, Indiana with her two best boys.

Read More

Kimberly Burge

Kimberly Burge

Kimberly Burge is a narrative journalist, a longtime activist, Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, and author of The Born Frees: Writing with the Girls of Gugulethu (W. W. Norton), about girls growing up in post-apartheid South Africa. In a starred review, Library Journal said, “Incredible and inspiring, this account belongs in every library and on every bookshelf.” The Born Frees was named a Top Ten book for the Amelia Bloomer Project by the American Library Association’s Social Responsibility Roundtable, and a top book of 2015 by Foreign Policy Interrupted. Kimberly was also honored by 35 Over 35, which recognizes outstanding work by debut authors over the age of 35. Her writing has also been featured in The Atlantic, Salon, The Huffington Post, and Sojourners. She has spoken about the Born Frees across the United States and in Europe. In 2012, as Visiting Humanities Scholar, she led a creative writing workshop for 25 inmates at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from George Mason University, and was a fellow in global religion reporting for the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University. Kimberly lives in Washington, DC. For more, see kimberlyburge.com and follow her on Twitter @Kimberly_Burge.

Read More

Kristin Flieger Samuelian

Kristin Flieger Samuelian is Associate Professor of English at George Mason University, where she teaches courses in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She is the author of Royal Romances: Sex, Scandal, and Monarchy in Print, 1780-1821(Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), as well as articles on Austen, Dickens, and Romantic-period culture, and she is editor of the Broadview Literary Texts edition of Austen’s Emma. Her current book project looks at representations of dance and nationalism in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British culture. Professor Samuelian also teaches regularly for George Mason’s Honors College and coordinates the Honors program in English.

Read More

2017 Fall for the Book Poster Revealed!

Read On with our awesome 2017 design by Jacob Scheyder

Fall for the Book is excited to reveal our 2017 festival poster design created by Jacob Scheyder, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer with a degree in film production.  His work can be found in movies, on t-shirts, in educational materials and in children’s books.  He has done freelance illustration and graphic design for years, and has more recently transitioned into children’s book illustration.

Scheyder said, “The inspiration behind this poster centers on how reading is able to connect us, the experience becoming infinitely more immersive when shared.” The design and Scheyder’s inspiration resonated with the festival’s mission, which is to promote reading, writing, and literacy, and to expand the role of reading and writing in our community.

Be sure to keep an eye out for our #PostersAroundTown! If you would like a free copy of the poster for your business or school, please email festival manager Suzy Rigdon at suzy@fallforthebook.org.

To see more of Jacob Scheyder’s work, visit his website: http://www.jacobscheyder.com/

Read More

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is “one of this country’s smartest and most reliable critics,” says The New York Times, but—and this is rare—he’s also a popular novelist. His #1 bestselling Magicians trilogy has transformed fantasy and is now a hit TV series on Syfy in its critically acclaimed second season. George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) writes: “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.” Grossman’s #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy has been published in 25 countries. It debuted as an NBC/Universal television series on the SyFy channel this January. Entertainment Weekly calls the new show “a looking-glass fiction held up to a world cluttered with looking-glass fictions” and an “American pop-aware enterprise with an abundance of salty cynicism and sex magic, plus a sinister force of antagonism.” To The Hollywood Reporter, The Magicians “ability to be entertaining and compelling with remarkable consistency … is a real and pleasant surprise.” For the past decade, Grossman was both the book critic and the lead technology writer at Time, covering virtually every cultural and technological revolution of the new millennium. (A graduate of both Harvard and Yale, he was the first journalist to make a call on the iPhone!). When Time chose ‘You’ as its Person of the Year in 2006, Grossman wrote the story; he did it in 2010 again for Mark Zuckerberg. He has interviewed and profiled the major drivers of cultural change in the Internet era, from Steve Jobs to Jonathan Franzen to John Green. Grossman has also written for WiredThe Believer, and The Village Voice among many others. His next book is tentatively titled The Bright Sword. Set after the fall of Camelot, it “will tell of the knights following in the wake of King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and others of the Round Table,” according to Viking Books.

 

Read More

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead (c) Madeline Whitehead

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad (an Oprah’s Book Club selection and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award), The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has taught at the University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, New York University, Princeton University, Wesleyan University, and been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Wyoming. He lives in New York City.

Read More

And the Pulitzer goes to…

Colson Whitehead for The Underground Railroad! 

 

“For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.” – The Pulitzer Committee in their announcement on April 10, 2017.

Whitehead and CoverPulitzer Prize

First Oprah named it one of her Book Club picks. In November 2016, it won the National Book Award. Then President Obama recommended it to the nation. Now, Colson Whitehead’s groundbreaking novel The Underground Railroad has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. Congratulations!


Whitehead at Fall for the Book

On Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m., come listen to this bestselling, award winning author talk about his fascinating novel as he kicks off Fall for the Book’s 19th annual festival! His reading will take place in Harris Theater on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus.

In addition to The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead is also the author of the novels The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and a collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, including the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper’s and Granta. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and was previously a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

 

Read More