Dear Reader,

Thank you to everyone who helped Fall for the Book reach our 20th Anniversary Double Your Dollar Month goal! Bill Miller, the long-time director of the festival now retired, and Dallas Hudgens, a writer and publisher who has appeared at Fall for the Book several times over the years, joined together to offer a match-donation opportunity up to $6,000 to raise money for the festival. We have officially met our goal!

Although our Double Your Dollar days are done, to keep the celebration going, all donors in August and new donors through the festival will be entered for two chances to win two books of your choice from any Fall for the Book authors.

Your tax-deductible donation will help support all of the festival’s free and open programming. You may also choose to have your donation specifically help authors come in from all around the country with our Support a Writer Fund. Either way, your generous donation will be greatly appreciated!

To get started, scroll down and click “Make a Donation,” or mail a check to the address provided. Gifts of $50 and over add you to our Friends of Fall for the Book program, where you’ll receive great perks.

Thank you for helping us reach our 20th anniversary fundraising goal!


Kara Oakleaf, Festival Director

Suzy Rigdon, Festival Manager

Meet the rock stars of writing at Fall for the Book

Attend private receptions with the festival’s stars like Colson Whitehead, Diane Rehm, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Richard Russo, Cheryl Strayed, Michael Chabon—all of whom we’ve hosted in the past. 

Friends of the Festival enjoy an array of special benefits, all while helping the festival keep doing the things it has been doing so well for so long. Your contribution helps us bring in participating out-of-town (and out-of-country) writers, enabling the festival to remain free of charge to more than 20,000 community members each year.

A Friend laughs with Diane Rehm at a 2016 VIP Reception

Benefits for Friends of the Festival:

Donate $50 and receive…
• Your name printed in the festival program* and on the website

• Emails about program updates, new authors and events
• An invitation to the Festival Closing Reception

Donate $125 and receive all of the above, plus…
• One free ticket to your choice of a VIP author reception

Donate $200 and receive all of the above, plus…
• An additional free ticket (for a total of two) to the VIP author reception of your choice

Donate $275 and receive all of the above, plus…
VIP seating at premiere author events

• Two additional free tickets (for a total of four) to your choice of VIP author receptions

Donate $350 or more and receive all of the above, plus…
• Two day-long parking passes for GMU Visitor Parking

Set up a recurring donation of $40 or more per month using the box below and receive all of the above, plus…
Free copies of our headliners’ books and priority to get them signed at VIP receptions

*Donations must be received by August 1, 2018 for your name to be included in this year’s festival program.


Friends get books signed by Stephen King, 2011


How can I join?

By mail:
Send your check payable to “Fall for the Book” to the address below:

Fall for the Book
George Mason University, MS 3E4
4400 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030

Making your donation using the button below. Both the one-time and recurring donations are processed through PayPal. Recurring donations require a PayPal account.

For more information, contact us at 703.993.3986 or email


Become a Friend today!


Thank you, Friends!


Friends with Diana Gabaldon at the 2016 VIP Reception