Become a Friend of the Festival

A Message From the Director

Dear Friends,

After 25 years, Fall for the Book is so grateful to be a part of your reading lives. Since our first festival in 1999, Fall for the Book has been built on partnerships – from the partnership between George Mason University and the City of Fairfax that launched the first festival, to the widespread support we receive today from groups like the Fairfax County Public Library and ArtsFairfax. And of course, the community of supporters we have in our Friends – generous individuals who give back to Fall for the Book to ensure that the festival and all of our events remain free.

Over the years, Fall for the Book has brought thousands of writers to our region and presented hundreds of programs, all while remaining free and open to the public. And the writers who come to Fall for the Book have in turn brought their stories to us, offering their histories, imaginations, and perspectives from so many different backgrounds and genres of literature. We believe those stories have the power to bring us together, to foster connections across our community, and that experiencing literature together encourages cultural growth, expands our sense of empathy, and grows our knowledge of one another and the world around us.

We hope to be a part of your reading lives for many years to come. Please consider joining us as a Friend of Fall for the Book, and become part of the community of readers that has made this festival possible over the last twenty-five years.

From everyone here at Fall for the Book, thank you.

Kara Oakleaf

Become a literary champion and fuel creative minds

Benefits for Friends of the Festival

Friend: Donate $1-$74 and receive:
Supporter: Donate $75-$149 and receive all of the above, plus:
Patron: Donate $150-$299 and receive all of the above, plus:
Advocate: Donate $300-$499 and receive all of the above, plus:
Champion: Donate $500-$999 and receive all of the above, plus:
Leader: Donate $1,000 or more and receive all of the above, plus:
Become a recurring donor of $40 a month or more and receive:

Fall for the Book is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and donations are Tax Deductible after Market Value. Market Value of Listed Benefits: Patron –  $80, Advocate – $105, Champion – $185, Leader – $201, Recurring – $130. 

Or 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

For more information, contact us at 703-993-3986 or at

* For donations received by August 1, 2024

Thank you to our Friends of the Festival!


Robert & Lucy Beck

Sally Merten

Mary Peterson

Peter Stearns & Donna Kidd


Jennifer Disano

John McGranahan

Nancy Roodberg

Diane Wakeham


Ken Budd

Donna Davis

Ellis Glover

David Johnson

Debra Lane

Anne Lauer

Paulette Miller

Phylis Salak

Mary Schwartz

Joy & Frank Whittington

Gregg Wilhelm


Kelly Bransome

David & Gretchen Bulova

Herschel Kanter

Ann Chen

Jo Ormesher

Patricia Paterno

Paurenia Patrick

Alison Prevost

Arthur & Colleen Rich

Marguerite Rippy

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Ellen Weeren


Claudia Borke

Ramona Browne

Rachel Carter

Inez Dinwoodie

Patricia Duque-Lewis

P.A. Flanagan

Allison Garland

Mary Gauthier

Julie Gladbach

Christine Fow

Tamara Harvey

Suzanne Levy

Sally Lorentson

Michael and Shannon Morrow


Eric Anderson

Stephanie Baxter

Dianne Blais

Megan DuBois

Parisa Ebrahimi

Laura Elliott

Barbara Emerson

Maureen Hannan

Virginia Hartman

Virginia Hoy

Susan Job

Pamela Jones

Rebecca Kobayashi

Elaine Kolish

Marsha Komandt

Ellen Lamb

Julie Long

Kelly Loomis

Una Murphy

Patricia Pearson

Dianna Poodiack

Rachel Small

Candace Strawn

Carrolet Taylor

Mollie Weinert

Deborah White

Stephanie Vanderslice

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