Become a Friend of Fall for the Book

Delia Owens with Friends of the Festival at the 2019 Fall for the Book.
Delia Owens with Friends of the Festival at the 2019 Fall for the Book.

Thank you!

The 2019 Festival is in the books, and it was a huge success thanks to the help from Friends like you. Donors and sponsors helped us to provide nearly 90 free and open events during this year’s festival, and bring in nearly 150 authors from all over the country and at all stages of their careers — from debut novelists to the writers dominating The New York Times’ Bestsellers list.

Our mission is to connect writers and readers, and help illustrate how reading and writing can create empathy and connection with others. Our festival programming is key to us doing this.

One way we are continuing to pursue our mission year round is to also create a great lineup of free spring programming, including our Pop-Up Lit Nights, and our big April reading. Your donations help us in doing this as well.

So thank you to those who have given already, and to those who enjoyed your first, fifth, or fifteenth festival, please consider supporting Fall for the Book today.


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 Delia Owens, 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.

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

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 9, 2020 for your name to be included in the 2020 festival program.

**9-month member minimum required. For fewer months subscribed, receive benefits for the level you’ve reached by the festival dates.

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!

2019 Friends of Fall for the Book list

Friends with Diana Gabaldon at the 2016 VIP Reception
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