It’s still half a year away, but Washington’s book festival season is already heating up.
Yesterday, the Library of Congress released details about the National Book Festival on Sept. 5. And this morning, organizers with Fall for the Book, based at George Mason Univeristy, announced that it will feature Tim O’Brien, Ernest J. Gaines and Diana Gabaldon among more than 150 authors during activities from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3.
O’Brien, whose celebrated story collection “The Things They Carried” was published 25 years ago, will receive Fall for the Book’s highest honor, the $10,000 Fairfax Prize, at a public conversation with Alan Cheuse on Oct. 3. O’Brien will talk about his army service in Vietnam and the books which that inspired, including his National Book Award-winning novel, “Going After Cacciato.”