Fall for the Book Celebrates 15th Year

Since 1999, the Fall for the Book festival has brought some of the nation’s and the world’s finest authors, artists, and thinkers to George Mason University each September—offering a mix of entertainment, education, and enrichment not only to Mason’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni, but also to the wider community Mason serves, with event throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

And 2013 promises to be one of our best years ever—with headliners ranging from a Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist to one of the most important figures in today’s political landscape to the memoirist whose adventures launched Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

Dave Barry, David Baldacci, Ralph Nader, Sonia Sanchez, and Cheryl Strayed are among the nearly 150 authors who will appear at this year’s Fall for the Book, September 22-27, with events at George Mason University and at locations throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist and humorist Dave Barry will receive Fall for the Book’s Fairfax Prize on Sunday, September 22, the opening night of this year’s festival. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, in downtown Fairfax, Virginia.

Additional award-winners this year will all appear on Mason’s Fairfax Campus:

  • Poet Sonia Sanchez, author most recently of Morning Haiku and winner of the 2013 Busboys and Poets Award, Wednesday, September 25, at 6 p.m. in Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts.
  • Memoirist Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and winner of the 2013 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, Wednesday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Center for the Arts.
  • And thriller writer David Baldacci, author most recently of The Hit and the winner of this year’s Mason Award, Friday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, Center for the Arts.

Beyond the festival’s four major award winners, Fall for the Book offers a wide range of authors on a diverse set of subjects—including Ralph Nader, recently named by the Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history, talking about his latest book, Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for America’s Future, on Monday, September 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Theatre on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Other participants of note include:

  • Novelists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Anton DiSclafani, Allison Leotta, Thomas Mallon, Benjamin Percy, Bob Shacochis, and more
  • Poets Eduardo Corral, Judith Harris, Karen Ah-hwei Lee, William Logan, Robyn Schiff, and more
  • Historians and biographers Marie Arana, Scott W. Berg, Robert Dorr, Dean King, Cate Lineberry, and Daniel Stashower, among others
  • Memoirists Josh Hanagarne, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Elisabeth Petry (daughter of novelist Ann Petry), and more
  • Political commentator Kojo Nnamdi and Mark Plotkin
  • Honest Tea founder Seth Goldman
  • And the festival’s first major cooking and food event, with discussions and demonstrations by Norman Davis, Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray, Krista Gallagher and Kris Schoels, Dave and Claudia Lefeve, Forrest Pritchard, Michael Stein, Joe Yonan, and Peter and Laura Zeranski at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason’s Prince William Campus.
  • Plus much, much more!

Additionally, Fall for the Book always tries to showcase the talents we have right here at home, with presentations by professors including Scott W. Berg, Lisa Breglia, Courtney Brkic, Alan Cheuse, Keith Clark, Paul Gorski, Angela J. Hattery, Elizabeth Huergo, Anthony Hoefer, and Kyoko Mori; by alumni including Sarah Colona, Scott Garson, Joe Hall, Tara Laskowski , Elizabeth Winder, and Zainab Salbi; and by current students in Mason’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

And the festival’s fourth annual “Call and Response” exhibition, currently on view in the Johnson Center’s Gallery 123, showcases the works of students and alumni in Mason’s MFA Poetry Program and School of Art—just one of three exhibitions on view during the festival.

For a full list of events and of authors attending this year’s festival—September 22-27 at George Mason University and locations throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland—visit www.fallforthebook.org.

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