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Thursday, October 10
 

9:00am

Call & Response: TRANSMOGRIFY
This event runs from Thursday, October 3 to Saturday, November 9, 2019.

Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists in which one calls and one responds. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for this tenth annual Call & Response is Transmogrify—to transform in a magical or surprising way.
https://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/transmogrify/

Thursday October 10, 2019 9:00am - Saturday October 12, 2019 5:45pm
Fenwick Gallery, 1st Floor Fenwick Library 4502 Chesapeake River Ln, Fairfax, VA, USA

10:00am

War Comes Home: The Legacy
War Comes Home: The Legacy
September 15 - October 13
Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

This traveling exhibition, rich with historic and contemporary letters from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans & their families upon a soldier’s homecoming. On thirteen interpretive panels, War Comes Home explores the many joys and many hardships that returning soldiers and their loved ones face. As expressed through private letters and email exchanges spanning from the Civil War through to the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq, this powerful exhibit reveals how war changes lives, families & communities and also examines the shared themes of wartime separation, adjustment back to normal life, and the costs of war. As Staff Sergeant Parker Gyokeres writes, “Those of us coming back…are not looking for sympathy. We might be reluctant at first to talk about what we’ve been through…[but] your support has made this journey an incredible one…Thanks, above all, for listening.”

War Comes Home is part of Cal Humanities’ current War Comes Home initiative and is based on the work of the Center for American War Letters (CAWL). Andrew Carroll, the Director of CAWL and an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, and John Benitz, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Chapman University, co-curated the exhibition. Sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Thursday October 10, 2019 10:00am - Saturday October 12, 2019 6:00pm
Center for the Arts Lobby 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA, USA

10:30am

Building a World: 3 Authors Discuss Time, Place, and Character
From Holland in 1633 to Minnesota in the 1950’s to a fictional city close to the present, Carrie Callaghan, author of A Light of Her Own, J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lagar Queen of Minnesota, and Bruce Holsinger author of The Gifted School, know that time, place, and character make an historical or fictionalized world a reality. Join the authors as they discuss how these literary elements come together to build a world the reader never wants to leave.

Speakers
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Bruce Holsinger

Bruce Holsinger teaches at the University of Virginia and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His new novel is The Gifted School.
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J. Ryan Stradal

J. Ryan Stradal is a contributing editor at TASTE Magazine. His bestselling debut, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, won the 2016 American Booksellers Association Indie's Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and also the 2016 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for debut fiction... Read More →
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Carrie Callaghan

Carrie Callaghan is a historical fiction author living in Maryland with her family. Her debut novel, A Light of Her Own, about 17th century painter Judith Leyster, was published by Amberjack in 2018. Her next novel, Salt the Snow (Amberjack), is forthcoming in late 2019. Her short stories have been published in multiple literary journals around the country, and she is a senior editor with the Washi... Read More →



10:30am

For the Love of Basketball
In The Bounce and the Echo, Coach Ian Johnson, a former college basketball player at Davidson College and former professional player in Europe, delves into his sport and rekindles his love for it. In this debut memoir, Johnson, now a coach in Pittsburgh, weaves together his personal journey and the history of the sport as he reflects on his identity as a former professional athlete and on his experiences after stepping out of the spotlight.

Speakers
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Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson played Division I basketball at Davidson College before playing five professional seasons in European leagues. He coaches basketball in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bounce and The Echo is his first book.



10:30am

Inclusivity in the University: Examining Affirmative Action
Amidst the current backlash against affirmative action policies in universities all across the nation, George Mason professor Amaka Okechukwu documents the challenges affirmative action policies face in today’s political climate. In To Fulfill These Rights: Political Struggle Over Affirmative Action and Open Admissions, Okechukwu provides context for the current battle to protect affirmative action, analyzes conservative messages and tactics against it, and gives a voice to the students and activists working hard to fight for inclusive policies.

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Amaka Okechukwu

Amaka Okechukwu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University. She is a scholar of race, social movements, and urban sociology and her work appears in academic publications such as City & Community, Research in Social Movements... Read More →



10:30am

Worlds Apart: Islamic Revival in France and India
In Politicizing Islam: The Islamic Revival in France and India, sociologist Fareen Parvez examines two countries where the revival of Islam has been faced with politicization and crises of secularization. Through observation of communities in both countries, Parvez seeks to both challenge the monolithic view of the revival of Islam and give a voice to the Muslims living and working in two cities, Lyon and Hyderabad, while examining how differences in secularism have given rise to two very different experiences.

Speakers
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Fareen Parvez

Fareen Parvez is the author of Politicizing Islam: the Islamic Revival in France and India.


Thursday October 10, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

11:50am

If You Build It, He Will Come
Biographer William Steele explores the life of W.P. Kinsella in his book Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P. Kinsella. Kinsella gained popularity when his novel Shoeless Joe was made into the movie Field of Dreams, which is now celebrating its 30th anniversary. Steele was granted full access to Kinsella’s personal diaries, correspondence, and unpublished notes, plus hours of personal interviews with Kinsella, his friends, and his family. His book offers insight into the author’s personal life while balancing it with the critical analysis his fiction has inspired. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Speakers
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William Steele

William Steele grew up in Washington Court House, Ohio. He is a professor of English at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, who wrote his master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation on W.P. Kinsella’s baseball stories.



12:00pm

Breaking Glass Ceilings with Silver Screen Women
Enter silver screen history with film critic Elizabeth Weitzman, as she highlights some of the great female pioneers in the industry. Renegade Women in Film & TV intersperses historical profiles of important figures like Alice Guy-Blaché with exclusive interviews from contemporary icons like Barbra Streisand and Amy Poehler. Parade.com says, “With lovely illustrations and in-depth bios along with exclusive interviews… this is one book pop culture aficionados won’t want to miss.”


Speakers
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Elizabeth Weitzman

Elizabeth Weitzman is a film critic, journalist, and the author of more than two dozen books for children and young adults. She was a critic for the New York Daily News from 2000-2015, and currently covers movies for the Wrap. She has interviewed hundreds of actors and filmmakers... Read More →



12:00pm

The Rise and Fall of Uber
Award-winning investigative reporter and New York Times correspondent Mike Isaac dives into his latest book, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber. Through newly-revealed documents and interviews with employees, Isaac peers into the inner workings of Uber and reveals the turmoil within--from battles against the company’s own drivers to clashes with labor unions and from the toxic internal culture that propelled Uber to its heights and sowed the seeds of its own downfall.

Speakers
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Mike Isaac

Mike Isaac is a technology reporter at the New York Times whose Uber coverage won the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business reporting. He runs the weekly technology newsletter, Bits with Farhad Manjoo, and appears often on MSNBC. He lives in San Francisco, California. 



12:00pm

Making Friends and Saving Family
Frank Morelli tackles intense family problems in his YA novel No Sad Songs, which tells the story of a boy trying to balance a normal teenage life with his grandfather’s degenerating Alzheimer’s. With his punk rock-loving friend and his uncle trying to help, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life. VOYA describes the book as “a timeless story of coming-of-age while watching loved ones fade into age.”

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1:30pm

Call & Response: Transmogrify Panel
Hear from the writers and artists who collaborated in this year’s Call & Response: Transmogrify exhibit. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. To transmogrify is to transform something in a magical or surprising way. Featured writers and artists include: Lloyd Wallace, Holly Mason, Kell Pieper, Ana Pugatch, Millie Tullis, Shane Chergosky, Lisa DesRochers, Martin Mitchell, Caely McHale, Caroline Weinroth, and Anney Bolgiano.

1:30pm

For the Love of Basketball
In The Bounce and the Echo, Coach Ian Johnson, a former college basketball player at Davidson College and former professional player in Europe, delves into his sport and rekindles his love for it. In this debut memoir, Johnson, now a coach in Pittsburgh, weaves together his personal journey and the history of the sport as he reflects on his identity as a former professional athlete and on his experiences after stepping out of the spotlight.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson played Division I basketball at Davidson College before playing five professional seasons in European leagues. He coaches basketball in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bounce and The Echo is his first book.



1:30pm

Poems at the Edge of the Universe
From Electronic Literature to print, Stephanie Strickland is no stranger to writing poetry across platforms. Her new collection, How the Universe Is Made: Poems New & Selected reaches for the edge of the universe through science, mathematics, riddles, and code. She examines grief through a lens Dan Beachy-Quick describes as “how history hides histories;” these are the histories of mythic, historic, and mystic women. Poet Karen Leona Anderson says, “The arrangement is illuminating and dimensional, a great accomplishment, a continuous unfolding, a revelation that won’t end.”

Speakers
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Stephanie Strickland

Stephanie Strickland’s 10 books of poetry include How the Universe Is Made:  Poems New & Selected (2019 Ahsahta) and Ringing the Changes, a code-generated project for print based on the ancient art of tower bell-ringing (Fall 2019 Counterpath). Her other books include Dragon... Read More →



1:30pm

Because I’m A Woman: Nana Rawlings on Leadership in Ghana
Join former First Lady of Ghana, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, as she discusses her book, It Takes a Woman: A Life Shaped by Heritage, Leadership and the Women Who Defined Hope, and recalls how her childhood shaped her future success. Rawlings grew up believing that her gender  should never hold her back, and so she never let it. As First Lady, she founded the 31st December Women’s Movement, an organization which played a vital role in empowering women and addressing systemic gender equality. Due to her success and commitment to social justice, she later went on to become the first woman to run for Ghana’s top office.

Speakers
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Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings

Dr. (Mrs) Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, the former First Lady of the Republic of Ghana and Executive President of Developing Women for Mobilization (DWM) formerly known as 31st December Women’s Movement, champion’s women and children’s rights.  She is also the first female... Read More →



1:30pm

Gender, Power, & Violence in the #MeToo Era
From college campuses to Hollywood circles, from prisons to the military, child abuse and intimate partner violence is prevalent. In Gender, Power, and Violence: Responding to Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence in Society Today, George Mason Professors Angela Hattery and Earl Smith examine these institutions and try to understand why this violence happens and the various factors that determine who perpetrates and who suffers. Sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies Program.

Speakers
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Earl Smith

Earl Smith, Ph.D. is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and the Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University. Dr. Smith is also the former director of the American Ethnic Studies Program as well as former Chairperson of the Department of Sociology... Read More →
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Angela Hattery

Angela J. Hattery is Professor and Director of the Women & Gender Studies Program at George Mason University.  She earned her B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Carleton College and her M.S. and PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her teaching and research... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

1:30pm

Justice & A Free Market: Saving Capitalism from Capitalists
In Can American Capitalism Survive? Why Greed Is Not Good, Opportunity Is Not Equal, and Fairness Won't Make Us Poor, Steven Pearlstein challenges often-taught business school theories and offers his critique of an American free market system that only benefits the richest 10%, while undervaluing workers and customers, shirking taxes, and leaving vulnerable communities in peril. Pearlstein explores the ways in which we can create shared prosperity within a newly shaped democratic capitalist system that no longer sacrifices fairness and morality.

Speakers
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Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning business and economics columnist for the Washington Post, joined the Mason faculty as Robinson Professor of Public Affairs in the fall of 2011. At Mason, he has focused on teaching economic principles to non-economic majors and helping to... Read More →



1:30pm

To Look For America: The Truth about Abraham Lincoln
Democracy, tyranny, or both? In Lincoln: The Ambiguous Icon, Steven Johnston explores Lincoln’s complicated and surprisingly legitimized political practices—as a president who pursued racist policies yet hated slavery, who suppressed freedom of speech yet delivered inspiring speeches, who proclaimed U.S. exceptionalism yet indulged in the very worst when conducting political affairs—and suggests that the reason we routinely fall short of our democratic principles here in the U.S. is precisely because, just like Lincoln, we may not fully believe in them. Sponsored by SCHAR

Speakers
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Steven Johnston

Steven Johnston is Neal A. Maxwell Presidential Chair in Political Theory, Public Policy, and Public Service in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah. He is the author of Wonder and Cruelty: Ontological War in It’s a Wonderful Life (Lexington Press, Politics... Read More →


2:15pm

American Bard: Walt Whitman, Himself
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of a great American poet’s birth with Jean Huets' biography, With Walt Whitman, Himself: In the Nineteenth Century, in America. This expansive book explores the roots of Whitman’s great work, Leaves of Grass, and includes over 300 images and texts from the period, along with extensive quotes by Whitman, his family and friends, and even a few enemies. Huets’ writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Millions, and the Civil War Monitor. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Jean Huets

Jean Huets’ writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Millions, and Civil War Monitor. Other published works include With Walt Whitman, Himself, with over 300 period images, and text that includes extensive quotes by Walt Whitman and his family and friends (and a few enemies... Read More →



Thursday October 10, 2019 2:15pm - 3:40pm
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 4210 Roberts Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032

3:00pm

Stories of the Strange, the Surreal, and the Uncanny
Two authors share their latest collections of short stories from the surreal to the simply weird. Tara Campbell’s Midnight at the Organporium explores the stories of ghosts, homicidal houseplants, sentient fog, and CEOs who turn into lions, in genres that range from flash fiction to fairytale retellings. Elise Levine’s This Wicked Tongue explores uncanny, character-driven stories in which their subjects, from two people in a failing marriage to holy women to a pregnant runaway, must dig deep within themselves to find the answers to their struggles

Speakers
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Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell is a Kimbilio Fellow, a fiction editor at Barrelhouse, and an MFA candidate at American University (May 2019). Publication credits include Masters Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Jellyfish Review, Booth, and Strange Horizons, as well as a novel, TreeVolution, a hybrid fiction/poetry... Read More →
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Elise Levine

Elise Levine is the author of the novels Blue Field and Request and Dedications, and the story collection Driving Men Mad. Her work has also appeared in Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The Collagist, Blackbird, Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Anthology, and Best... Read More →



3:00pm

A Journey Toward Love and Self-Acceptance
Samantha Mann returns to her alma mater to share her book, Putting Out: Essays on Otherness, a debut collection that showcases, in eloquent prose, the ebb and flow of discovering yourself. Putting Out's honest portrayal is both humorous and heartbreaking, as Mann grows from thoughtful teenager to an expressive, creative adult. These essays are the product of recognizing one's trauma and being cognizant and grateful for the person one becomes. The collection contributes to the important conversation on the power of female sexuality and the power in owning one's true identity and also invites a conversation on the stigma surrounding mental health. Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies.

Speakers
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Samantha Mann

Samantha writes nonfiction essays exploring feminism, LGBTQ life, and mental health. She regularly contributes to BUST and has written for Bustle, Emry's Journal, and Washington Post Magazine. Her debut essay collection, Putting Out: Essays on Otherness, is available wherever books... Read More →



Thursday October 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

3:00pm

Life in Observation
In their latest essay collections, Jennifer Militello and Lia Purpura ruminate on the connections between their personal lives and the natural environment around them. In Militello’s Knock Wood: A Memoir in Essays, a knock on wood sparks a retrospective account of three elements of her life, revolving around family damage and the precariousness of love. Purpura’s All the Fierce Tethers alternates between themes of low and high, whether in life or in the world around her, all while tackling the realities of her own racially divided Baltimore.

Speakers
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Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello is the author of A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016), called “positively bewitching” by Publishers Weekly, Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), named one of the top books of 2013 by Best American Poetry, and Flinch of Song, winner... Read More →
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Lia Purpura

Lia Purpura is the author of eight collections of essays, poems, and translations. On Looking (essays, Sarabande Books) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her awards include Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellowships, as well as four Pushcart Prizes, the Associated... Read More →



3:00pm

Memoirs of the #MeToo Era
Through memoir, two authors unravel the stories of their own experiences with sexual assault and the trauma that comes after. In Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl, Jeannie Vanasco interviews her abuser, a high school friend, while dismantling our ideas about victimhood and the language of sexual assault. Karen Stefano’s What a Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault and Its Aftermath charts her journey of confronting her anxiety and PTSD thirty years after her assault and her attempt to track down the man who attacked her.

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Karen Stefano

Karen Stefano is the author of What a Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault And Its Aftermath (Rare Bird Books, June 11, 2019), the short story collection The Secret Games of Words (1GlimpsePress, 2015), and the how-to business writing guide Before Hitting Send (Dearborn 2011... Read More →
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Jeannie Vanasco

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of the memoir The Glass Eye (Tin House Books, 2017). Her work has appeared in The Believer, The New York Times Modern Love, Tin House, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor at Towson University. Things We Didn't Talk About... Read More →



4:30pm

MFA Fellows Reading
Come hear the fellowship-winning writers of George Mason University’s MFA program: poets Lisa Desrochers-Short with poems that focus on translation and travel; Caely McHale whose poetry revolves around the dream-like, the feminine, and the environmental; nonfiction writer Abi Newhouse whose essays explore the dichotomies of being raised as a Mormon in Utah; and fiction writer Sofia Puente-Lay, whose work speaks about cultural and generational navigation. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

Speakers
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Lisa DesRochers-Short

Lisa DesRochers-Short is a poet and artist born and raised in rural Maine. She received her BA in English from the University of Maine at Orono and is the MFA Poetry Thesis Fellow for 2019-2020 at George Mason University. Lisa is currently the Assistant Nonfiction editor for So to... Read More →
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Abi Newhouse

Abi Newhouse was born in Oregon and raised in Farmington, Utah. As a research fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year, her thesis will explore the different dichotomies of growing up in a Mormon community. Her work won Sink Hollow’s short story contest, and has appeared in Mud Season... Read More →
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Sofia Puente-Lay

Sofia Puente-Lay, a Cincinnati native, received her BA from the University of Central Florida and spent several years tutoring and teaching writing in the Orlando area. As Mason's 2019-2020 Thesis Fellow in fiction, she aims to refine a collection of short stories focusing on cultural... Read More →
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Caely McHale

Caely McHale is a third year poet in the MFA program at George Mason University. As the 2019-2020 Heritage Fellow, her poetry explores the dream-like, the feminine, and the environmental. You can find her work in Heavy Feather Review. 



Thursday October 10, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

4:30pm

Monsters & Men: Revelations Through Hauntings
Novelists D.M. Pulley and Clifford Garstang, and essayist Randon Billings Noble investigate the ways in which the past can haunt us, shape a story, and reveal difficult truths. As the authors discuss whether these hauntings take place in an actual haunted house, within ourselves as we consider the ghosts of our past, or in the spirits of our ancestors, the panel is sure to leave you unsettled. Pulley is the author of No One’s Home, Garstang is the author of The Shaman of Turtle Valley, and Billings Noble is the author of Be with Me Always: Essays.

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D. M. Pulley

D.M. Pulley lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a dog named Hobo. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a Professional Engineer rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley's structural survey... Read More →
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Clifford Garstang

Library of Virginia Literary Award-winning author Clifford Garstang is a former international lawyer and prize-winning author of the story collections, In an Uncharted Country and What the Zhang Boys Know, and editor of the anthology series, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from... Read More →
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Randon Billings Noble

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Always was publishedby the University of Nebraska Press in March 2019, and her lyric essay chapbookDevotional was published by Red Bird in 2017. Individual essays have appeared in theModern Love column of The New York... Read More →



6:00pm

Between Convention and Freedom
Bella Pollen’s memoir Meet Me in the In-Between begins with Pollen’s decision to examine her past in a desire to move forward. It chronicles a journey through her transatlantic upbringing in both Upper Manhattan and London, her early marriage to the son of a mafia member, and a friendship with a band of smugglers in Mexico. Described as “frequently disturbing, often very funny” and “unforgettable” by The Daily Telegraph, Pollen’s memoir is a captivating mix of both humor and pain as it reimagines what life is like when torn between family and freedom, and convention and adventure. Sponsored by the Creative Writing program.

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Bella Pollen

Raised in New York and London, Bella Pollen is a writer and journalist who has contributed to a wide variety of publications on both side of the Atlantic from Vogue to The Financial Times and the Economist.Founder of design company Arabella Pollen ltd. at the age of 19, Pollen was... Read More →



6:00pm

The Beck Environmental Lecture: Sounding the Alarm
In his travelogue of our near future, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await—food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by global warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. Learn how it will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today. And yet Wallace-Wells offers hope that because we engineered this problem, we must be able to engineer an escape from it. The Beck Lecture is sponsored by Robert and Lucy Beck.

Like all Fall for the Book events (except where noted), this event is free and does not require a ticket.

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David Wallace-Wells

David Wallace-Wells is the Deputy Editor at New York magazine, where he writes a column on climate change, and where his viral cover story “The Uninhabitable Earth” was published to widespread acclaim. Formerly the Deputy Editor of The Paris Review, and a National Fellow at the... Read More →



7:00pm

American Horror Story? The Lost Colony of Roanoke
A Cappella Books calls Andrew Lawler’s The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke “a sweeping account of America's oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and the sobering truths—about race, gender, and immigration.” And The Wall Street Journal writes, The Secret Token is “the most authoritative account of the Lost Colony to date . . . [Lawler] recounts his arduous travels with clarity and insight.” In his extensive and thrilling research on the Lost Colony of Roanoke—a historical event that has baffled historians for 400 years—Lawler unravels this enigma, and offers a new understanding on why the Lost Colony continues to haunt our national consciousness. Sponsored by Kings Park Friends


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Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler is author of two books, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Doubleday, 2018), a national bestseller, and Why Did the Chicken Cross the World: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization (Simon & Schuster, 2016)  As... Read More →



Thursday October 10, 2019 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Kings Park Library 9000 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA, USA

7:00pm

Unsung Heroes and Untold Stories of World War II
Peter Finn and Michael Dobbs explore World War II through unique and intimate perspectives, bringing unsung heroes and untold stories to life. Finn’s A Guest of the Reich: The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre's Dramatic Captivity and Escape from Nazi Germany sheds light on the extraordinary life of an American society woman-turned-spy who was captured by the Germans and witnessed the Reich’s demise from the inside. In The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between, Dobbs, historian and researcher at the United States Holocaust Museum, exposes the reality of America’s response to the 1930s and 1940s refugee crisis, and tells the story of one European village whose inhabitants desperately sought refuge, only for some to be turned away. Sponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library and Friends of the Richard Byrd Library. 

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Michael Dobbs

Michael Dobbs likes to describe himself as a "recovering journalist." He says: "As the author of six books, I feel I am half-way through the twelve-step program to regain full sanity. Over the last few years, my focus has shifted from the "first rough draft of history" to the second... Read More →
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Peter Finn

Peter Finn is the national security editor at The Washington Post. He joined the paper in 1995 from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and first worked in Virginia for the Metro section. Beginning in 1998, Finn spent 10 years overseas for the paper as the bureau chief in its Warsaw, Berlin... Read More →



Thursday October 10, 2019 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Pohick Regional Library 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA 22015, USA

7:00pm

Unearthed Roots: One Woman’s Journey to Find Family
Margaret McMullan’s Where the Angels Lived, begins as the discovery of a long-lost relative while visiting Israel’s Holocaust Museum and transforms into a journey to Hungary in search of answers regarding her mother’s Jewish heritage. McMullan pens a story that straddles the line between memoir and reportage that Joyce Carol Oates calls “vividly realized, emotionally engaging prose… Where the Angels Lived is a powerful testament of familial mourning as well as a vision of 20th century European history that is both searing and uplifting.” Sponsored by Fairfax Library Friends and the Friends of the Oakton Library.

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Margaret McMullan

Margaret McMullan is the author of eight award-winning books including the novel, In My Mother’s House, the story collection Aftermath Lounge, and the anthology, Every Father’s Daughter. Margaret’s young adult novels How I Found the Strong, When I Crossed No-Bob, Cashay... Read More →



7:00pm

Better Said Than Done Presents True Lies: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them
Join Denise Bennett, Catherine Calvin, Lisa Leibow, Miriam Nadel, Jessica Robinson, Jack Scheer, Cyndi Wish, and Sufian Zhemukhov for True Lies: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, a night of true (or maybe not?) personal storytelling about big lies, white lies, and big, fat liars. Better Said Than Done is an exciting community of professional storytellers who produce themed personal storytelling shows that are energetic, engaging, and highly entertaining.  

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avatar for Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson

Storyteller and author Jessica Robinson began performing stories in front of audiences in 2007, performing for Better Said Than Done, Story District, Tales in the Village, The Grapevine, Perfect Liars Club and GMU’s Fall for the Book Festival, and at such venues as Jammin’ Java... Read More →
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Jack Scheer

Jack Scheer has been telling stories with Better Said Than Done since 2015. Prior to that, he spent nearly three decades telling other people’s stories as an actor and director in community theater, performing with groups including the Vienna Theatre Company, McLean Theatre Alliance... Read More →
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Denise Bennett

Denise Bennett tells true stories, big lies, folktales, and sacred stories often with the harp. She won second place at the National Storytelling Festival Slam in 2018 with a poignant story about taking in a young gunshot victim. She won first place in the Virginia Liar’s Contest... Read More →
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Catherine Calvin

Catherine Calvin is employed by Richmond based Sandpiper Hospitality as the Corporate Director of Business Development.  In this role, she leads a Division of 21 hotels across multiple states in developing and implementing a customized sales strategy as well as training and mentoring... Read More →
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Lisa Lipkind Leibow

Author Lisa Lipkind Leibow writes and teaches writing in the DC Metro Area including George Washington University and Northern Virginia Community College. Visit http://www.LLLeibow.com for more information. Lisa Lipkind Leibow is the author of The Plastic World of Ruthie Rosenblum, a Faulkner-Wisdom Novel Finalist. She’s a grant recipient and resident at the Vermont Studio Center, and the winner of Pitchapalooza D.C. Lisa holds a Masters from Johns Hopkins Uni... Read More →
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Miriam Nadel

Miriam Nadel is an aerospace engineer, craftswoman, blogger, and traveler.  She is also the Virginia State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network and on the board of Voices in the Glen. For nearly 30 years, she has told personal stories, folk tales, and original fairy tales... Read More →
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Cyndi Wish

As a child, Cyndi Wish wanted to become a surgeon, a mob wife, and a roller derby athlete. As an adult she has been a teacher, a cook, a migrant farmer, a waitress, a book store retail clerk, a babysitter, a veterinary technician, a consultant, and a non-profit administrator. Cyndi... Read More →
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Sufian Zhemukhov

Sufian Zhemukhov is a storyteller and award-winning author. He told his stories for PBS, National Storytelling Festival, Better Said Than Done, Story District, and The Moth. He has performed solo shows, Flirting Like An American, at 2019 Fringe Festivals in Washington, DC and Rochester... Read More →



Thursday October 10, 2019 7:00pm - 8:15pm
The Auld Shebeen 3971 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

7:00pm

Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award Ceremony
The three finalists for the second annual Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award, Angie Kim from Miracle Creek, Eugenia Kim from The Kinship of Secrets, and Melissa Rivero from The Affairs of the Falcóns, will each read from their books before the grand prize is awarded. This award, judged by Reyna Grande, Alia Malek, and E.C. Osondu, illuminates the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants. Grande and Osondu will speak about their own experiences as an immigrant writers. Sponsored by the Institute for Immigration Research. 

Speakers
avatar for Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (Atria, 2012) where she writes about her life before and after coming from Mexico to the United States as an undocumented immigrant. The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home (Atria), will be released... Read More →
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E.C. Osondu

E.C. Osondu is the author of the collection of stories Voice of America and the novel This House is Not For Sale. He is a winner of the Caine Prize and a Pushcart Prize among other prizes. His fiction has appeared in the Atlantic, AGNI, n+1, Guernica, Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s... Read More →
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Melissa Rivero

Melissa Rivero was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Brooklyn. Her writing has taken her to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the VONA/Voices Workshops, and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. In 2015, Melissa was an Emerging Writers Fellow at the Center for Fiction. She is a graduate... Read More →
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Angie Kim

Angie Kim is the debut author of the national bestseller Miracle Creek, a literary courtroom drama that has been named a LibraryReads Selection, an IndieNext pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, a Book of the Month Club selection, and Apple Books’ Top Ten Debuts of 2019, as well... Read More →
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Eugenia Kim

Eugenia Kim’s debut novel, The Calligrapher’s Daughter, won the Borders Original Voices Award, was shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was a Washington Post Best Historical Novel and Critic’s Pick. Her second novel, The Kinship of Secrets, received a starred... Read More →



7:30pm

Vietnam in Words & Memories: John Mason Shares His Story
What challenges did an American railroad adviser face during the Vietnam War? Using his own personal documents and stories, including incident and monthly reports, and letters home to his beloved, former City of Fairfax mayor and retired Colonel John Mason conducts us through it all in Riding the Rails in Vietnam: 1965.

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John Mason

John Mason was a career Army officer, retiring as a colonel. His early assignments included the 25th Infantry Division (Hawaii) and 2nd Armored Division (Fort Hood, Texas). In 1965, he served his initial Vietnam tour with the US Military Assistance Command as an advisor to a Vietnamese... Read More →



7:30pm

On Walking: History, Writers, and Poetry
Cole Swensen’s latest collection of poetry, On Walking On, uses a captivating mixture of poetry, historical research, and micro-essays to examine walking--particularly writers for whom walking was a daily habit. From Chaucer to Wordsworth and Thoreau to Woolf, Swensen has created a sprawling anthology of writers who were walkers, and of the changing landscape on which they left their footprints. Publisher’s Weekly calls On Walking On a “sonorous and attentive collection... These poems get into the body, turning the reader’s attention to Swenson’s long, steadily percussive lines.” Sponsored by the Creative Writing program.

Speakers
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Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen is the author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently On Walking On (Nightboat, 2017), Gave (Omnidawn, 2017), and Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat 2015), and a volume of critical essays. Her poetic collections turn around specific research projects, including ones on public parks, visual art, illuminated manuscripts, and ghosts. Her work has won the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the PEN USA Award... Read More →



7:30pm

What Would YOU Do? Confronting Ethical Dilemmas
In Who Says You’re Dead?: Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned, Jacob M. Appel, MD explores a variety of hypothetical (and also real-world) complex issues surrounding genetic screening, sexuality, privacy, and doctor-patient confidentiality that both mental health experts and the average curious ethicist will find fascinating, stimulating, and  sometimes even baffling! Jon LaPook for CBS News says, “[This book] is, “important and provocative. Physician, lawyer, and bioethicist: what a perfect trifecta for the author of a book on ethical issues in medicine. I read it from start to finish in one sitting.”

Speakers
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Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel is the author of three literary novels, nine short story collections, an essay collection, a cozy mystery, a thriller and a volume of poetry.  His first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award and was published by Cargo... Read More →



9:00pm

Searching For Answers in South Korea
Livestreamed across continents, Eugenia Kim and Alice Stephens discuss their Korean roots and the ways in which identity and personal experience have shaped their latest novels. Kim’s The Kinship of Secrets tells the story of two sisters separated by half a world and the Korean War, and how their vastly different upbringings affect their identities and their family ties. In Stephens’ debut novel Famous Adopted People, two friends, both Korean adoptees of white parents, search for the answers to their past and must grapple with what their identity means to them. This event is in partnership with Mason Korea’s Sondong campus and will be livestreamed. 

Speakers
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Alice Stephens

Born in Korea, Alice Stephens was among the first generation of transnational, interracial adoptees. Her work has appeared in Urban Mozaik, Flung, Banana Writers, and the Washington Independent Review of Books, which publishes her monthly column, Alice in Wordland. She lives with... Read More →
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Eugenia Kim

Eugenia Kim’s debut novel, The Calligrapher’s Daughter, won the Borders Original Voices Award, was shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was a Washington Post Best Historical Novel and Critic’s Pick. Her second novel, The Kinship of Secrets, received a starred... Read More →



Thursday October 10, 2019 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
 
Friday, October 11
 

10:30am

Conflict and the Art of the Short Story
Two authors explore the driving force behind all narratives—conflict—in their own short story collections. Jacob M. Appel’s Amazing Things Are Happening Here examines our modern world through the eyes of a variety of characters faced with difficult choices including a student with a crush on a dying girl and a mother whale who must save her offspring. Caroline Bock’s Carry Her Home follows one family from the 1960s to the present day in a collection of forty-seven stories, detailing their conflicts, their separations, their hopes, and their returns to each other.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel is the author of three literary novels, nine short story collections, an essay collection, a cozy mystery, a thriller and a volume of poetry.  His first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award and was published by Cargo... Read More →
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Caroline Bock

Caroline Bock’s debut short story collection, Carry Her Home, is the winner of the 2018 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels: Lie and Before My Eyes from St. Martin’s Press. Educated at Syracuse... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Merten Tent 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30am

Excessive Force: Examining Police Brutality
At the age of thirty-four, Loretta Prater’s son was killed by police officers in Tennessee. In Excessive Use of Force: One Mother’s Struggle against Police Brutality and Misconduct, Prater places the death of her son into the larger conversation about police brutality against African American men. With a blend of narrative and research, Prater weaves her own experience into her analysis of current research and numerous other case studies to more fully examine the crisis of police brutality and misconduct in America. Sponsored by Women & Gender Studies.

Speakers
avatar for Loretta Prater

Loretta Prater

Loretta Prater, Ph.D. retired in 2012 as Professor and Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University. The college included the Departments of Social Work, Criminal Justice and Sociology, Human Environmental Studies, Nursing, Speech Pathology... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Piedmont Hall Room 104 4349A Chesapeake River Wy, Fairfax, VA, USA

10:30am

So You Want to Write for a National Magazine?
You too can get your work published in a national magazine. Ken Budd will enlighten you on the art of article writing and teach you how to give your article purpose, target your audience, and find reliable sources. Budd has written for The New York Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, and was the editor for AARP. He is also the author of the memoir The Voluntourist: A Six Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi.  

Speakers
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Ken Budd

Ken Budd is the author of the award-winning memoir, The Voluntourist, which shares his journey as a volunteer in six countries. His writing credits include The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, NationalGeographic.com, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, CityLab, The... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

11:00am

Edible Book Festival
Sponsored by Mason Libraries, the Edible Book Festival features creative food projects inspired by books or stories. Physically resembling books or referring to an aspect of a story, entries include both the real book and the edible version. Evaluated by a panel of judges as well as by public voting, winners are selected in various prize categories, such as “Punniest” or “Best in Show.”  The entries then are eaten as we celebrate the book arts through food and fun. Learn more—and register your entry—at https://library.gmu.edu/edible.


12:00pm

Society, Secrets, and Sexual Misconduct
Aaron Hamburger’s and Patricia Smith’s novels deal with terrible secrets—the kind you hope no one will ever find out. Both Hamburger’s Nirvana Is Here and Smith’s The Year of the Needy Girls explore themes of LGBTQ characters navigating sexual misconduct cases with students—one directly accused and one dealing with a significant other being accused. The authors ask questions of how we, as a society, should face secrets and sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era.

Speakers
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Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith is the author of the novel The Year of Needy Girls (Kaylie Jones Books, 2017), a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her nonfiction has appeared most recently in the anthologies Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival and Nine Lives: A Life in Ten Minutes Anthology... Read More →
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Aaron Hamburger

Aaron Hamburger is the author of the story collection The View from Stalin’s Head (Rome Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters), the novel Faith for Beginners (a Lambda Literary Award nominee), and Nirvana is Here. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Merten Tent 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:00pm

Sports and Politics: Are They on the Same Playing Field?
Former NBA player Etan Thomas discusses the influence professional athletes have when they speak about race and civil rights. In his book, We Matter: Athletes and Activism, Thomas includes interviews and essays from over fifty high-profile activist athletes, executives, and media figures as they explore the intersection of sports and politics. The New York Times says, “Before Kaepernick, there was Etan Thomas.”

Speakers
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Etan Thomas

Etan Thomas, a former eleven-year NBA player, was born in Harlem and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has published three books: a collection of poems titled More Than an Athlete, the motivational book Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge, and Voices of the Future, a collection... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

12:30pm

Why We Should All Be Feminists
In her book-length essay, We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, she explores what it means to be a woman now. Vogue calls the book “Nuanced and rousing.” All incoming freshmen received the book as part of the MasonReads program and Adichie will be in conversation with Dr. Anne Holton, Mason’s interim president, as part of the Freedom and Learning Forums. From alluring fiction that tackles the struggle for identity and purpose like Americanah and promises of freedom in Purple Hibiscus, to Half a Yellow Sun’s engrossing perspectives on the Biafran War, Adichie’s writing never fails to move readers. Sponsored by the Mason Orientation, University Libraries, and African and African American Studies.

Like all Fall for the Book events (except where noted), this event is free and does not require a ticket.

Speakers
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1977. She grew up on the campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where her father was a Professor and her mother was the first female Registrar. She studied medicine for a year at Nsukka and then left for the US at the age... Read More →



1:00pm

Slavery, Freedom Seekers, & Heroes
Jenny Masur, anthropologist and author of Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around Washington, D.C., and Char McCargo Bah, author of Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy Freedom, discuss the history of local slavery and the many men and women, black and white, who acted as operatives and freedom seekers, demonstrating courage, resourcefulness and initiative. Masur worked for 17 years as the National Capital Regional Manager for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program with the National Park Service. McCargo Bah is an independent historian, a professional genealogist, and a 2014 Living Legend of Alexandria, Virginia. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Speakers
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Jenny Masur

Jenny Masur is a native Washingtonian. She is the author of Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around Washington, D.C., a book celebrating unsung heroes of the local Underground Railroad. Her interest in the Underground Railroad grew out of her work with the National Park Service... Read More →
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Char McCargo Bah

Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC. She is a freelance writer for the Alexandria Gazette, an independent historian, a professional genealogist, a lecture and a 2014 Living Legend of Alexandria, Virginia. Char has appeared on numerous television interviews... Read More →



1:30pm

The Age of Neoliberal Apartheid
Andy Clarno’s book Neoliberal Apartheid: Palestine/Israel and South Africa after 1994, analyzes political-economic transformations in these countries over the last twenty-five years. Through a critique of settler colonialism and racial capitalism, the book addresses the complicated limitations of liberation in South Africa, highlights the impact of neoliberal restructuring in Palestine/Israel, and suggests that a new form of neoliberal apartheid has emerged in both regions.

Speakers
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Andy Clarno

Andy Clarno is Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His research examines racism, capitalism, colonialism, and empire in the early 21st century.  Andy’s book, Neoliberal Apartheid (University of Chicago Press... Read More →



1:30pm

The Birth of a Journalist
The memoir, Finding the News: Adventures of a Young Reporter, tells Peter Copeland’s fast-paced story of becoming a distinguished journalist. Starting in Chicago at the City News Bureau, Copeland went on to work as a war correspondent in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa before covering national politics in Washington, D.C., where he rose to be bureau chief of the E.W. Scripps Company. Full of behind-the-scenes stories about learning the trade, Copeland’s inspiring account builds into a heartfelt defense of journalism “done the right way” and serves as a call to action for today’s reporters.

Speakers
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Peter Copeland

Peter Copeland has been a journalist and author for nearly forty years. He is the former editor and general manager of Scripps Howard News Service and is the coauthor of four books, including Living with Our Genes and The Science of Desire.



Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Enterprise Hall, Room 80

3:00pm

In the Circle Game: Life, Love & Our Many Selves
Sarabande Books Press calls Ann Townsend’s poetry collection Dear Delinquent "incandescent, raw and elegant, direct and oblique, hurtful and consoling." Washington Writers’ Publishing House describes Jona Colson’s Said Through Glass as “whimsical, sometimes terrifying, but always contemplative, tender and wise.” Together, these writers will engage in an exciting conversation on the battle between our private and public selves, and how love, grief and struggle can inform powerful lyrical poetry. Sponsored by So To Speak

Speakers
avatar for Ann Townsend

Ann Townsend

Ann Townsend is the author of Dime Store Erotics and The Coronary Garden. She is the editor (with David Baker) of a collection of essays, Radiant Lyre: on Lyric Poetry, and is currently at work on a collection of essays on poetry, translation, and the natural world. Her poetry and... Read More →
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Jona Colson

Jona Colson’s first poetry collection, Said Through Glass, won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from the Washington Writers’ Publishing House. He received his BA in English and Spanish from Goucher College, a Master of Arts in Linguistics from GMU, and a Master of Fine Arts degree... Read More →



4:00pm

Mason’s Alumni Reading
Alumni of George Mason University’s Creative Writing MFA Program gather together to read selections from their latest poetry and prose. In her first full-length poetry collection, Empire, Tracy Zeman explores the colonization of the prairie through an ecological lens. Kathy Goodkin’s debut poetry collection, Crybaby Bridge, captures both small tragedies and moments of beauty in everyday life. In his novel The Vain Conversation, Anthony Grooms tells the story of a 1946 lynching of two black couples from three perspectives. Tara Laskowski’s novel One Night Gone explores a mysterious disappearance and the woman who, thirty years later, is drawn into the mystery and the dark secrets of a small beachside town.

Speakers
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Tracy Zeman

Tracy Zeman’s first book, Empire, recently won the 2018 New Measure Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Chicago Review, TYPO and other journals. Zeman has received a number of residencies, most notably six weeks at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology... Read More →
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Kathy Goodkin

Kathy Goodkin is the author of poetry collections Crybaby Bridge, winner of the Moon City Poetry Award (Moon City Press, 2019), and Sleep Paralysis (dancing girl press, 2017). Her writing appears in journals such as Field, Denver Quarterly, Cream City Review, Redivider, The Volta... Read More →
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Anthony Grooms

An inaugural member of George Mason’s MFA program, Anthony Grooms studied with Richard Bausch, Susan Shreve and Steve Goodwin, and is the author of award-winning books of fiction.  His education at the College of William and Mary and George Mason University led him to a teaching... Read More →
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Tara Laskowski

Tara Laskowski is the award-winning author of two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders, which was named a best book of 2017 by Jennifer Egan in The Guardian. Her debut novel One Night Gone will be published in October 2019 by Graydon House... Read More →



4:30pm

Escape Room: Search for the Boogerloo
Join middle grade authors Jan Gangsei, Mark Maciejewski, Chris Tebbetts, and Rob Vlock as they search for the missing Boogerloo during their school themed escape room. The room will be divided into teams and the first to solve the puzzles and riddles leading to the location of the Boogerloo will win bragging rights, plus a bundle of signed swag from your favorite author hosts! This event is geared towards middle grade readers and their families, but appropriate for everyone! Gangsei is the author of Project Me 2.0, Maciejewski is the author of Electric Boogerloo: I am Fartacus, Tebbetts is the author of Middle School: Born to Rock, and Vlock is the author of Sven Carter and the Android Army. Sponsored by the Friends of the Burke Centre Library.

Speakers
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Mark Maciejewski

Mark Maciejewski was one of the “usual suspects” throughout his grade school years. Mark’s hair, however, didn’t fall out until much later in life. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and napping. His love of comics and graphic novels is a major... Read More →
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Chris Tebbetts

Chris Tebbetts is the author and co-author of many books for young readers. His 2019 titles include the YA novel, Me, Myself, and Him as well as Middle School: Born to Rock, which is part of the #1 New York Times bestselling Middle School series he writes with James Patterson. Other... Read More →
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Rob Vlock

Rob Vlock writes fun, funny, fast-paced kids’ books that are perfect for reluctant readers. When he’s not writing, you can usually find him somewhere in the greater Boston area trying to make his trumpet sound like something other than a dying goose. It’s a work in progress... Read More →
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Jan Gangsei

Jan Gangsei grew up in the hills of Vermont, where she began her career as a journalist and photographer. After stints in Key West, New York City, and Barbados, Jan spent nearly twenty years living and writing in Northern Virginia. She recently returned with her family to Vermont... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Burke Centre Library 5935 Freds Oak Rd, Burke, VA 22015, USA

5:30pm

Cults, Faith, and Complicated Love
The comfort of faith or the danger of indoctrination? R.O. Kwon’s debut novel, The Incendiaries, examines grief, faith, cult-culture, insidious violence, and a complicated love story in the tale of two students at a prestigious university: Phoebe Lin, still reeling from her mother’s recent death, and Will Kendall, a transfer student trying to escape fanaticism. When Phoebe disappears after being lured into a cult that suddenly turns violent, Will must come to terms with what love, obsession, and loss mean to him. Named one of the best books of the year by over forty publications, including NPR and the Washington Post, The Incendiaries is, according to the New York Times Book Review, a “dark, absorbing story of how first love can be as intoxicating and dangerous as religious fundamentalism.” Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

Speakers
avatar for R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon is the author of The Incendiaries, published by Riverhead. The Incendiaries is an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Great Read and Indies Introduce selection, and it is being translated into four languages. The novel is a finalist for the National Book Critics... Read More →



6:00pm

Poetry Night Out
Grab some Pinot and a pint and enjoy an evening of poetry with three writers from around the country. Brenda Shaughnessy, author of The Octopus Museum, shares her  bold and scathingly beautiful feminist poems which imagine what comes after our current age of environmental destruction, racism, sexism, and divisive politics. Lana K. Austin, author of Blood Harmony, potently depicts the interconnectedness of musical genres, her years singing blood harmony with her brother in foster care, and traces her kin's roots back to Scotland and Ireland. Brian Brodeur, author of Every Hour Is Late, sets his poetry firmly in contentious political realities, yet informs by history and myth. Even his private subjects—fatherhood, family, faith—resonate with the tensions of the current historical moment. Sponsored by Split This Rock.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan, and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of four books of poetry, including So Much Synth, Human Dark with Sugar--winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award--and Our Andromeda... Read More →
avatar for Lana K. W. Austin

Lana K. W. Austin

Author of the novel Like Light, Like Music (forthcoming from West Virginia University Press 2020), Lana K. W. Austin’s poems and short stories have recently been featured in Mid-American Review, Sou’wester, Columbia Journal, etc. Winner of the 2019 Alabama State Poetry Society... Read More →
avatar for Brian Brodeur

Brian Brodeur

Brian Brodeur is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Every Hour Is Late (Measure Press, 2019) and the chapbook Local Fauna (Kent State University Press, 2015). New poems and essays appear in American Poetry Review, Hopkins Review, Kenyon Review, Measure, Pleiades... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Epicure Cafe 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

6:30pm

Musical Barn Raising: How to Nurture Music in Your Community
Are you a music lover? Do you play an instrument or simply want to support more music in your community? Gayla M. Mills discusses her new book Making Music For Life: Rediscover Your Musical Passion, which explains the ways in which you can host your own house concerts or get involved with local music groups that depend on volunteers. She encourages musicians to teach music to novices, create jam groups, mentor the next generation, and perform in hospitals, schools, and other organizations. She also discusses how amateur musicians can use music to live and age well. Stay after the reading for a piano and cello duet. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax.

Speakers
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Gayla Mills

Gayla M. Mills, author of Making Music for Life: Rediscover Your Musical Passion, is a hobbyist bass player, harmony singer, and former college writing instructor. Returning to music to help her husband record his songs, Gayla discovered a new life in a rich musical circle. Together... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA, USA

7:30pm

Rainbow Rowell Answers: What Happens After the Chosen One Saves the Day?
If characters fall in love, feel like they’re screwing up, and love to talk all at the same time, New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell loves to write about them. Readers can’t get enough of her wide array of writing, from her adult and YA novels, including Carry On, its hotly-anticipated sequel Wayward Son, and Eleanor & Park, to her comics Pumpkin Heads and Runaways. Time Magazine calls the magical Carry On, “a brilliantly addictive, genuinely romantic story about teenagers who can’t be neatly sorted into houses...It’s as if Rowell turned the Harry Potter books inside out, and is showing us the marvelous, subversive stuffing inside." In Wayward Son, Rowell explores what happens after the Chosen One saves the day. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Library.

Like all Fall for the Book events (except where noted), this event is free and does not require a ticket.

Speakers
avatar for Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She's the author of Wayward Son, Carry On, Landline, Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Attachments.



 
Saturday, October 12
 

10:00am

Hyper Bole
Hyper Bole is the largest individual youth poetry slam and festival in Virginia, bringing together youth from northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland for a full day of individual slams, poetry workshops, an open mic, and a final slam that culminates the event. At Finals, one youth will be crowned HyperBole Champion and win a $1,000 scholarship. Hyper Bole Fall 2019 will run from 10am - 8pm, with the final stage performance from 6pm - 8pm. Split This Rock works in partnership with several George Mason University campus departments, including the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, to host Hyper Bole.  

Sponsors

10:30am

Let’s Pretend! A Poetry Workshop for Kids
In her latest release, Soccerverse: Poems about Soccer, Elizabeth Steinglass brings the game of soccer to life through poetry, from inspiring coaches to the thoughts of a shin guard. Join Steinglass as she reads from her book, leads a discussion about the creation of poetry, and helps kids write their own poem about soccer through an exercise in pretending and personification. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax. 

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Steinglass

Elizabeth Steinglass

Elizabeth Steinglass has contributed poetry to The Poetry of US and The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations. Soccerverse is her first picture book. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she played soccer, basketball, and softball, read many, many books, and wrote her first... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA, USA

10:30am

(Un)Real: Shaping Memory & Identity
André Alexis and Tope Folarin have both found international success. Canadian author Alexis, born in Trinidad, won the Windham Campbell Prize in 2017 for his novel Fifteen Dogs. His latest work, Days by Moonlight, is the story of a botanist and a professor road tripping through a surreal landscape to uncover the mysterious story of a poet. Nigerian-American author Folarin won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. His latest novel, A Particular Kind of Black Man, follows the story of a first-generation Nigerian-American boy’s search for identity in a place that doesn’t always accept him.

Speakers
avatar for André Alexis

André Alexis

André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller... Read More →
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Tope Folarin

Tope Folarin is a Nigerian-American writer based in Washington, DC. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013, and was shortlisted once again in 2016. He was also recently named to the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 40. He was educated at Morehouse... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Merten Hall, Room 1203 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30am

Uncovering the Real Lolita
Edgar Award-winning writer Art Taylor interviews Sarah Weinman, author of the true-crime book The Real Lolita: A Lost Girl, An Unthinkable Crime, and a Scandalous Masterpiece. With a mix of narrative and history, Weinman captures the story of the real-life crime—the kidnapping of an eleven-year-old girl named Sally—that inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write the famous novel, Lolita. In a book described as “Riveting… dark and compulsively readable” by the Los Angeles Times, and named a Best Book of 2018 by the Washington Post, NPR, Vulture, and more, Weinman seeks to restore the voice of a voiceless girl.

Speakers
avatar for Art Taylor

Art Taylor

Art Taylor won the 2019 Edgar Award for Best Short Story for “English 398: Fiction Workshop,” originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. He is the author of On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and... Read More →
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Sarah Weinman

Sarah Weinman is the author of The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World, named among the Best and Notable Books of 2018 by the Washington Post, NPR, BuzzFeed, Vulture, the National Post, and more. She also edited the anthologies Women... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30am

Teach Them Well & Let Them Lead: Writing Better Stories for Children
Children's book authors, Maria Ribbing Cornell, author of The Boy and the Tree, Keosha Sath, author of Just Like You, Kiara Brown, author of Princess Pretend and the Not Knight, and Michael D. Gatson, author of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep discuss writing modern day stories for younger audiences that are diverse or underrepresented. With characters navigating challenges from self-acceptance to immigration to PTSD, they explore inclusive and empowering messages that confront social constructs and destigmatize emotional struggles in a call for a more compassionate future.

Speakers
avatar for Keosha Sath

Keosha Sath

Keosha Sath’s first book is Just Like You, (Mascot Books, December 2018). She is an alumna of East Carolina University. During undergrad is where she grew her own yogurt in class and developed a strong passion for lab sciences. This created her strong desire for educating the youth... Read More →
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Kiara Brown

A wearer of many hats both literally and figuratively, Kiara Brown lives outside D.C where she attends public high school, maintains a Vietnamese herb garden, and writes and illustrates for her company Krown Picture Books. Her first book Princess Pretend and the Not Knight has taken... Read More →
avatar for Maria Ribbing Cornell

Maria Ribbing Cornell

Maria Ribbing Cornell was born in Sweden and moved to the USA when she was 22. She holds a master’s degree in education and has worked in schools for many years. Now, she is the owner of Cornell’s Sketchbook Productions and resides in Virginia with her husband, son, and two dogs... Read More →
avatar for Michael D. Gatson

Michael D. Gatson

Dr. Michael D. Gatson who currently serves as the Director of a Mental Health Clinic in the VA Maryland Healthcare System. He is involved in the treatment of service members and veterans with chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorders and marital issues. Michael also serves... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Merten Tent 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30am

Diverging Roads: Teenagers Face Choices and Consequences
YA authors Mia García, Chris Tebbetts, and Anna Bright consider how teenage identities change based on the choices they make. In Tebbetts', Me, Myself, and Him, a hit of whippets leads the main character to getting stuck in two timelines: living with a famous jerk father, and staying home as a third wheel in his own life. In García’s The Resolutions, teens challenge each other to a whirlwind year after choosing each other’s New Year’s resolutions. In Bright’s The Beholder, after a brutal public rejection, Selah, the daughter of the leader of the Potomac, sails the Atlantic to visit suitors, barred from returning until she’s engaged.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Bright

Anna Bright

Anna Bright is an indie bookseller by day and an author by night who still gets in trouble for reading when she's supposed to be doing other things. When not hiding out among books, she loves concerts, roller coasters, and adventures at home and abroad. Anna lives with her husband... Read More →
avatar for Chris Tebbetts

Chris Tebbetts

Chris Tebbetts is the author and co-author of many books for young readers. His 2019 titles include the YA novel, Me, Myself, and Him as well as Middle School: Born to Rock, which is part of the #1 New York Times bestselling Middle School series he writes with James Patterson. Other... Read More →
avatar for Mia García

Mia García

M. García was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She moved to New York where she studied creative writing at The New School, worked in publishing, and lived under a pile of to-be-read books. She is the author of Even If the Sky Falls and the upcoming The Resolutions from Katherine... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

11:30am

Ticketed Event: First Words for Young Writers
This is a paid, ticketed event. Reserve your ticket here: link coming soon. 

Learn to appropriately critique a story in this interactive workshop. Middle and high school writers will submit their writing in advance, and YA authors Christina June and Katy Upperman will critique the first 500 words at the workshop. Works will be critiqued anonymously and with respect, so young writers can feel safe in submitting their stories and voicing their opinions. Attendees will leave the workshop knowing how to appropriately and respectfully critique their peer's work. Any pieces that are not critiqued during the session, due to time, will be returned with feedback to the author.

Once you reserve your ticket, you will receive an email with instructions for how to submit your first 500 words to the workshop hosts.


Speakers
avatar for Katy Upperman

Katy Upperman

Katy Upperman is a graduate of Washington State University, a former elementary school teacher, and an insatiable reader. When not writing novels for young adults, Katy can be found whipping up batches of chocolate chip cookies or exploring the country with her husband and girls... Read More →
avatar for Christina June

Christina June

Christina June writes award-winning young adult fiction when she's not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they're meant to become - whether it's her students or her characters... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Merten Hall, Room 2500 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

11:45am

Exploring with Your Imagination!
Like Samantha in Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs, kids will discover the world as children’s writer Russell Ginns leads them on an interactive exploration of imagination and geography! Ginns will use buildings, statues, and landmarks to explain the inspiration behind the book, and to teach kids how he uses maps to create settings. Kids will solve puzzles, discover plenty of fun facts about amazing places, and learn more about the writing process. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax.

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Russell Ginns

Russell Ginns has created over 100 hundred books, songs and games for Sesame Street, the Girl Scouts of America, Houghton Mifflin, Hooked on Phonics and Nintendo. He specializes in puzzles, surprises and smart fun. Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs is the 2nd title in his... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA, USA

11:45am

Love and Loss in the Carribean
Curdella Forbes and Katia D. Ulysse discuss their novels, which deal with themes of love and loss in Carribean countries, as well as how to come to terms with personal choices brought on by societal and cultural standards. Forbes’ A Tall History of Sugar follows a Jamaican love affair spanning 50 years, that Publisher’s Weekly calls “an unlikely love story as well as a haunting, hypnotic piece of postcolonial Jamaican history.” Ulysse’s Mouths Don’t Speak revolves around a Haitian immigrant’s guilt-ridden and sorrowful return to her home country after the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a harrowing, thoughtful dive into the aftermath of national and personal tragedies filtered through diasporic life.”

Speakers
avatar for Curdella Forbes

Curdella Forbes

Curdella Forbes is a Jamaican American writer who lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, and teaches at Howard University. A Tall History of Sugar is her latest novel... Read More →
avatar for Katia D. Ulysse

Katia D. Ulysse

Katia D. Ulysse is a fiction writer, born in Haiti. Her short stories, essays, and Pushcart Prize–nominated poetry appear in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including: The Caribbean Writer, Smartish Pace, Phoebe, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism; Mozayik... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm
Merten Hall, Room 1203 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

11:45am

Politics & Pretend: Reality Meets Fiction
How and when should politics inform a story? Christina Dalcher’s Vox presents a world without women’s voices, Raima Larter’s Fearless imagines a future where one woman feels no fear, and Henry Brinton’s City of Peace tries to conceive of a bridge between today’s many polarizing divisions. Cosmopolitan notes that “the real-life parallels [in Vox] will make you shiver.” Join all three authors as they discuss the powerful connection between fictional stories and the larger social and political structures that impact our everyday lives.

Speakers
avatar for Henry G. Brinton

Henry G. Brinton

Henry G. Brinton is an author and a Presbyterian pastor who has written on religion and culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Huffington Post. A frequent speaker at workshops and conferences, he is the author or co-author of five books including The Welcoming... Read More →
avatar for Christina Dalcher

Christina Dalcher

Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specializes in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and has taught at several universities. Her short stories and flash fiction appear in more than one hundred... Read More →
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Raima Larter

Raima Larter is a writer and scientist based in the metropolitan Washington DC region. A former college professor and government scientist, she is the author of two novels, Fearless, a speculative mystery, and Belle o' the Waters, set in late-1850s pioneer America. She holds a Ph.D... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

11:45am

Sweet Little Lies: How Secrets Can Shape a Story
All novels are page-turner mysteries that depend on the juiciest of secrets! Join our mystery panel as we explore why secrets are so important to framing a powerful & intriguing story.
In Erica Wright’s The Blue Kingfisher, master of disguise, Kat Stone, tries to be herself for once and trouble seems to find her with or without her favorite wig. In Laurie Loewenstein’s Death of a Rainmaker, a rainmaker is bludgeoned in the pitch-blackness of a colossal dust storm, and the small-town sheriff, Temple Jennings, shoulders yet another burden in the hard times of the 1930’s Dust Bowl. In John Gilstrap’s Total Mayhem, a ticking time bomb of a thriller, freelance operative Jonathan Grave penetrates a terrorist cell to stop the detonation of total mayhem on home ground, and in  G.M. Malliet’s In Prior’s Wood, newly returned from investigating a murder in Monkslip-super-Mare, handsome Max Tudor wants nothing more than to settle back into his predictable routine as vicar of St. Edwold’s Church in the village of Nether Monkslip. But the flow of his sermon on Bathsheba is interrupted when the lady of the local manor house is found in a suicide pact with her young lover. 

Speakers
avatar for G.M. Malliet

G.M. Malliet

G. M. Malliet’s first St. Just mystery won the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a best book of the year. It was nominated for many awards, including the Anthony, Macavity, and a Left Coast Crime award for best police procedural. Her subsequent... Read More →
avatar for John Gilstrap

John Gilstrap

John Gilstrap is the acclaimed author of Total Mayhem, Scorpion Strike, Final Target, Friendly Fire, Against All Enemies, End Game, High Treason, Damage Control, Threat Warning, Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Six Minutes to Freedom, Scott Free, Even Steven, At All Costs, and Nathan’s Run... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Loewenstein

Laurie Loewenstein

Laurie Loewenstein is the author of the best-selling novel Unmentionables. An Ohio native, she currently lives in Columbia, Maryland. Death of a Rainmaker is her latest novel... Read More →
avatar for Erica Wright

Erica Wright

Erica Wright's latest crime novel The Blue Kingfisher is filled with "substance, entertainment, and chills-a-plenty" according to The Seattle Review of Books. Her debut The Red Chameleon was one of O, The Oprah Magazine's Best Books of Summer 2014. She is also the author of the poetry... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm
Merten Tent 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

11:45am

Let’s Get in Formation: Preventing Future Charlottesvilles
Governor Terry McAuliffe deconstructs the forces and events that resulted in terrible violence at the 2017 “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA. Governor McAuliffe and Wellstone explore the ways in which these tragic events could have been prevented, how the events have shaped who we are today, and the important changes that must still be implemented in order to prevent something similar from happening again. He'll joined in discussion with Steve Kettman, bestselling author, co-director of the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods in California, and longtime McAuliffe collaborator.

Speakers
avatar for Governor Terry McAuliffe

Governor Terry McAuliffe

In November 2013, Terry McAuliffe was elected the 72nd Governor of Virginia. As Governor, McAuliffe focused on equality for all Virginians, enhancing quality of life, and building a new diversified economy that made economic opportunity a right, not a privilege.To keep Virginia competitive... Read More →
avatar for Steve Kettmann

Steve Kettmann

Steve Kettmann is the author or co-author of ten books, including five New York Times best-sellers, and a contributor to NewYorker.com and The New York Times. A former staff reporter for New York Newsday and the San Francisco Chronicle, Kettmann was a Berlin-based foreign correspondent... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:00pm

A Celebration of 20 Years of Kid Pan Alley
Enjoy a 20th-anniversary concert celebrating Kid Pan Alley’s new album release and the donation of the Kid Pan Alley and Paul Reisler archives to Mason Libraries’ Special Collections. With over 2,700 hundred KPA songs written with 65,000 children, the Kid Pan Alley Band and Three Good Reasons will be performing some of their favorite songs from the vast KPA catalog along with Reisler’s compositions. Sponsored by George Mason University Libraries Special Collections Research Center and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Reisler

Paul Reisler

Kid Pan Alley’s mission is to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music. Over the past 20 years, they have composed over 2,700 hundred songs with kids.  Their songs have been recorded by artists including Amy Grant, Sissy Spacek, Delbert... Read More →



1:00pm

Flowers and Fishes, Oh My!
Learn about Fabulous Fishes and Fantastic Flowers with Susan Stockdale in a field trip above and below the sea. Then create your own pieces of astounding artwork! After learning about how picture book illustrations are created, kids will observe real flowers before using oil pastels to create their own. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Stockdale

Susan Stockdale

Susan Stockdale is the author and illustrator of nonfiction picture books including Fabulous Fishes, Stripes of All Types and Fantastic Flowers. Her books celebrate nature with exuberance and charm and have won awards including the American Library Association Notable Picture Book... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA, USA

1:00pm

I Will Survive: Exploring the Human Condition in the Face of Chaos
What does a climate change disaster novel, a bloody prison riot satire, and an apocalyptic but redemptive collection of poetry have in common? Adam Nemett‘s We Can Save Us All, Ryan Chapman’s Riots I Have Known, and Jason Gray’s Radiation King use unusual (and sometimes extreme) settings to investigate the human condition in exciting, new, and even comical ways.  

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Chapman

Ryan Chapman

Ryan Chapman is a Sri Lankan-American writer originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work has appeared online at The New Yorker, GQ, Bookforum, BOMB, Guernica, and The Believer. He is a recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts. He... Read More →
avatar for Adam Nemett

Adam Nemett

Adam Nemett graduated from Princeton University and received his MFA in Fiction/Screenwriting from California College of the Arts. He serves as creative director and author for The History Factory, where he's written award-winning nonfiction books for Lockheed Martin, Brooks Brothers... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gray

Jason Gray

Jason Gray is the author of Radiation King, winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry, and Photographing Eden, as well as two chapbooks, How to Paint the Savior Dead and Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo. His poems have been featured in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, The New... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Merten Tent 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:00pm

Dead Rabbits Podcast: Uncertain Futures with Atia Abawi
The Dead Rabbits Podcast with Brian Birnbaum records an episode live featuring YA author Atia Abawi discussing how they redefine the definitions of home and trauma. In Abawi’s book, A Land of Permanent Goodbyes, Syria is torn apart due to war, leaving each survivor with a new and dangerous label: refugee. And in Birnbaum’s Emerald City, a family company’s profits are being used to illegally fund a drug-crop in Guatemala. Discover how to navigate uncertain futures in fictional worlds not so unlike our own.

Speakers
avatar for Atia Abawi

Atia Abawi

Atia Abawi is a foreign news correspondent who has reported from the some of the MiddleEast’s most dangerous conflicts – including Afghanistan and Iraq - for nearly a decade for CNNand NBC News.She was born to Afghan parents in West Germany and was raised in the United States... Read More →
avatar for Brian Birnbaum

Brian Birnbaum

Brian Birnbaum grew up thirty minutes west of Camden Yards in Baltimore, where at four years old he cried because the Yankees were losing. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, his work has been published or is forthcoming in The Smart Set, The Collagist, Atticus Review, SLAM... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Merten Hall, Room 1203 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:00pm

Now I Long For Yesterday: Searching for Truth
Acclaimed writers Susan Richards Shreve, Helon Habila, and Rion Amilcar Scott navigate truth, memory, and identity. Called “A compelling, atmospheric family drama” by People, Shreve's latest book, More News Tomorrow, follows Georgie and her parents on parallel trips up the dangerous Bone River in 2008 and 1914, as Georgie tries to uncover the mystery of her mother’s murder and her father’s confession. In Habila’s Travelers, a Nigerian graduate student moves to a community in Berlin made of African immigrants and refugees whose lives previously seemed distant from his own privileged life, but to which he is increasingly drawn. Library Journal says, “Habila evokes the visceral, heartbreaking anguish of the outsider's dilemma…Guaranteed to promote empathy and understanding for refugees worldwide.” Scott discusses the themes of religion, violence, and love in The World Doesn't Require You: Stories, a collection that explores the country’s only successful slave revolt in the mid-nineteenth century. Booklist says, “Scott’s imagery and unique voice blend horror, satire, and magical realism into an intoxicating brew.”

Speakers
avatar for Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn't Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019). His debut story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale... Read More →
avatar for Helon Habila

Helon Habila

Helon Habila is the author of Oil on Water, Measuring Time, Waiting for an Angel, and The Chibok Girls. He is a professor of creative writing at George Mason University and lives in Virginia with his wife and three children.



Saturday October 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:00pm

A League to Bring their Husbands Home
When American prisoners of war returned home from Vietnam, they learned who had rescued them: their wives. Heath Hardage Lee, author of The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home, gives a voice to the extraordinary women who banded together to form The National League of Families. Together, they lobbied the government and the military, met covertly with antiwar activists, and wrote coded letters in order to free their husbands. The Washington Post calls this book “exhilarating and inspiring.”

Speakers
avatar for Heath Hardage Lee

Heath Hardage Lee

Heath Hardage Lee comes from a museum education, preservation, and program background.  She holds a B.A. in History with Honors from Davidson College, and an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Virginia.  Heath is an independent historian, biographer and... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

Ticketed Event: Learn to Write Poetry with Mark Fitzgerald
This is a paid, ticketed event. Reserve your tickets here: link coming soon. 


In this hands-on workshop, join poet Mark Fitzgerald, author of Downburst, to examine a variety of poems, including haiku, meditative poems, ekphrastic poems, and narrative poems. We will analyze a number of poems from well-known authors and discuss form, style, voice, rhythm, imagery, metaphor, point of view, and other poetic elements. Each participant will produce an original poem based on a writing prompt and receive feedback from the class. Participants are asked to bring a photo or work of art that fascinates them.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Fitzgerald

Mark Fitzgerald

Mark Fitzgerald is the author of two books of poetry, Downburst (Cinnamon Press, 2019) and By Way of Dust and Rain (Cinnamon Press, 2010, 2019). His poetry has appeared in various periodicals, including Santa Clara Review, Slipstream, Crab Creek Review, Naugatuck River Review and... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 2500 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

2:15pm

Only the Lonely: Desire and Obsession to Belong
Both Mona Awad’s novel Bunny, and Laura Sims’ Looker follow complex women who become consumed with their deep-seated need to feel a sense of connection and belonging. While Bunny’s Samantha finds herself drawn into an MFA-inspired cult of curious characters, Looker’s unraveling unnamed narrator becomes obsessed with her dazzling celebrity neighbor. As their characters dive into envy and longing, Awad and Sims ask how loneliness and desire can push regular people to go too far to get what they want.    

Speakers
avatar for Mona Awad

Mona Awad

Mona Awad is the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize that won the Colorado Book Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and an Honorable Mention from the Arab American Book Awards. The recipient of an MFA in Fiction from Brown... Read More →
avatar for Laura Sims

Laura Sims

Laura Sims is the author of Looker, a debut novel (Scribner, 2019), and four books of poetry, including Staying Alive (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016), My god is this a man (Fence Books, 2014), Stranger (Fence Books, 2009), and Practice, Restraint (Fence Books Ottoline Prize, 2005... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Merten Tent 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

2:15pm

Surreal Space Age Stories
Two writers turn to the stars as they tackle Space-Age narratives with a speculative twist. In First Cosmic Velocity, Zach Powers brings a conspiracy theory to life with the story of a set of twins who become involved in the Soviet space program, which can’t seem to figure out how to bring down the cosmonauts they sent into space. One twin is supposedly launched to his death, while the other is stuck pretending he is the one who returned. Erika Swyler’s Light From Other Stars tells the story of a girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut and whose father builds a machine to control time in order to make his dream of prolonging his daughter’s life a reality. When the time warping machine is set off by the explosion of the Challenger, Nedda must go through time and space to save her father.

Speakers
avatar for Erika Swyler

Erika Swyler

Erika Swyler’s writing has appeared in Catapult Story, VIDA, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Her bestselling first novel, The Book of Speculation, was one of BuzzFeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. She lives on Long... Read More →
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Zach Powers

Zach Powers is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and lives in Arlington, Virginia. His novel, First Cosmic Velocity, was published in August 2019 by Putnam, and his debut story collection, Gravity Changes, won the BOA Short Fiction Prize and was published in 2017. His work has been featured... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

2:15pm

Bringing Ancient Stories to Life! A Live Drawing
Gareth Hinds introduces kids to classic stories, from Beowulf to Shakespeare, to Edgar Allen Poe, through his graphic novels and live drawings. Watch his beautiful and dynamic art come to life while Hinds discusses his art and his latest release: The Illiad, an adaptation that Kirkus Reviews calls “An expertly crafted rendition and a welcome invitation to younger readers to immerse themselves in the ancient past.” Sponsored by the City of Fairfax.

Speakers
avatar for Gareth Hinds

Gareth Hinds

Gareth Hinds grew up drawing and reading in small-town Vermont, where he created his first comics in elementary school and drew editorial illustrations and comics for his high school newspaper. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, he worked for ten years making video games... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA, USA

2:15pm

Red Truck Bakery: Southern Recipes and Samples to Share
Brian Noyes breaks out the recipes from his cookbook, Red Truck Bakery Cookbook: Gold-Standard Recipes from America's Favorite Rural Bakery and shares samples of his delectable baked treats. Noyes has compiled a charming cookbook with 85 southern baking recipes for favorites like cookies, cakes, pies, and more to make every day—from breakfast to dessert. As Phyllis Richman, former dining critic of The Washington Post says, “This book is ardently Southern, both traditional and innovative… Authenticity is honored right down to the hooch for the double-chocolate moonshine cake.”

Speakers
avatar for Brian Noyes

Brian Noyes

While the art director of the Washington Post and Smithsonian magazine, Brian Noyes baked pies and breads on weekends in his Virginia Piedmont farmhouse and sold them out of an old red truck he bought from designer Tommy Hilfiger. When a New York Times story sent 57,000 people to... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1203 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

2:15pm

The Hurdles and Highs of Teenhood
Young Adult authors Christina June, Lauren Morrill, Olivia Hinebaugh, and Sarvenaz Tash have written novels featuring teens dealing with supersized obstacles—an incarcerated parent, foster care, navigating a broken heart in a technology-driven world, leading a sex-ed curriculum war at school—while also piloting their everyday lives. With notes of humor, friendship and romance, these novels show that even the biggest mountain can be conquered. June is the author of No Place Like Here, Morrill is the author of Better Than the Best Plan, Hinebaugh is the author of The Birds, The Bees, And You And Me, and Tash is the author of Virtually Yours.

Speakers
avatar for Sarvenaz Tash

Sarvenaz Tash

Sarvenaz Tash is the author of The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love (an Amazon Best Book of the Year, YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers), Virtually Yours, Three Day Summer and The Mapmaker and the Ghost. She was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up on Long Island, NY. She... Read More →
avatar for Olivia Hinebaugh

Olivia Hinebaugh

Olivia Hinebaugh loves all stripes of literature for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she can be found writing freelance, making art, discovering new songs on Spotify, texting her writing buddies, or folding laundry. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her spouse, three... Read More →
avatar for Christina June

Christina June

Christina June writes award-winning young adult fiction when she's not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they're meant to become - whether it's her students or her characters... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:30pm

Where the Crawdads Sing: A Conversation with Delia Owens
Delia Owens takes to the stage to discuss her #1 New York Times bestselling novel Where the Crawdads Sing. The book follows “Marsh Girl” Kya Clark, who has survived for years alone in the lush marshes of North Carolina. Two local boys become enraptured by her wild beauty and when someone is murdered, the town suspects her. The New York Times Book Review calls it “A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.” Where the Crawdads Sing is the top-selling book of 2019. Sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.

Like all Fall for the Book events (except where noted), this event is free and does not require a ticket.

Speakers
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Delia Owens

Delia Owens is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Where the Crawdads Sing and the coauthor of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa, including Cry of the Kalahari and Secrets of the Savanna. She received a Bachelor... Read More →



3:30pm

One Giant Leap For Mankind
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with James Donovan’s Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11. Hold your breath as you join all of 1969 America in waiting for news on the Apollo 11 space mission. Donovan takes us through the amazing and complicated story of preparing for the trip to the moon, embarking on the journey, and returning home safely in a gripping, behind-the-scenes account.

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James Donovan

James Donovan is the author of the bestselling A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn—the Last Great Battle of the American West and several other books. He has been a literary agent since 1993, and lives in the Dallas area.*Photo Credit to Marion Ettlinger



Saturday October 12, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:30pm

Mason’s Creative Nonfiction Alumni Reading
Join George Mason University’s MFA Creative Nonfiction alumni Emily Heiden, Rajpreet Heir, Kerry Folan, and Jessie Szalay as they read from their latest works and discuss life after the MFA. All alumni have been published in The Washington Post, in addition to The Atlantic, Literary Hub, and the National Geographic Traveler. Getting published in the early years is no easy task, but Heiden, Heir, Folan, and Szalay show that it’s possible, while also holding professions in the editorial and teaching fields.

Speakers
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Jessie Szalay

Jessie Szalay's work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Diagram, National Geographic Traveler-Inside Travel, The Forward, Waccamaw Journal, and elsewhere. She has received honors from Best American Essays and The Crab Orchard Review. Jessie is a regular contributor to Asparagus Magazine... Read More →
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Emily Heiden

Emily Heiden's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Literary Hub, Brevity Magazine, Colorado Review, Juked Magazine, The Hartford Courant, The Seattle Times, and elsewhere. Her essay “Scenes from July 2013” is forthcoming from Ohio University Press in the anthology Don’t... Read More →
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Rajpreet Heir

Rajpreet Heir is an Indian from Indiana. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Brevity, The Best of Brevity (forthcoming) The Normal School, The Collagist,  Bustle, Teen Vogue, Lit Hub, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, and the Good Girls Marry Doctors anthology... Read More →
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Kerry Folan

Kerry Folan is an alumna of the George Mason University Creative Writing Program. 


Saturday October 12, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:30pm

A Year of Poetry Daily: Panel, Reading, and Reception
Poetry Daily, first founded in 1997 as a daily poetry anthology and now enjoyed by thousands of readers, is celebrating the one year anniversary of its partnership with George Mason’s Creative Writing Program! Join three members of Poetry Daily’s editorial board—poets Brian Teare, author of Doomstead Days, Yona Harvey, author of Hemming the Water, and Amaud Jamaul Johnson, author of Darktown Follies—as they read from, and discuss their work. There will be a reception following this event. Sponsored by Poetry Daily.

Speakers
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Brian Teare

Brian Teare is the author of six critically acclaimed books, most recently Companion Grasses, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, and Doomstead Days, out from Nightboat Books. His honors include Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle... Read More →
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Yona Harvey

Yona Harvey is an American writer and author of the poetry collection Hemming the Water, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.  Her second poetry collection, You Don't Have to Go to Mars for Love, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2020.  She is among the first black women... Read More →
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Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Amaud Jamaul Johnson is the author of two poetry collections, Red Summer and Darktown Follies. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, he is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Dorset Prize... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Merten Hall, Room 1203 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:30pm

You Can Be a Leader, Too
Senator Janet Howell and her daughter-in-law Theresa Howell team up to tell stories of powerful women in politics and history. In Leading the Way: Women in Power, kids meet some of the most influential leaders in American History. The Howells will lead a hands-on activity for kids interested in learning about local activism. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax.

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Janet Howell

Senator Janet Howell has been a Virginia state senator since 1992. She is second in seniority in the state senate and the longest-serving female Virginia legislator. Credited with major legal reforms, she was also the first woman to serve on the powerful Senate Finance Committee and... Read More →
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Theresa Howell

Theresa Howell is the co-author of the award-winning Maybe Something Beautiful with F. Isabel Campoy, illustrated by Rafael López. She is also the author of the picture book series Scout Moore, Junior Ranger. She lives in Colorado with her two daughters and husband, Brian.



Saturday October 12, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA, USA

5:00pm

Killers of the Flower Moon: David Grann on Murder and the FBI
In his New York Times bestselling true crime book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Grann dives into the cold-blooded murders of the Osage Indian nation in the 1920s, the disastrous FBI investigation, and the exposure of one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. Named Best Book of the Year by over a dozen publications, including The Wall Street Journal and NPR, Killers of the Flower Moon is now in film production with Martin Scorcese as director and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Sponsored by the George Mason Friends.

Like all Fall for the Book events (except where noted), this event is free and does not require a ticket.

Speakers
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David Grann

New Yorker writer and bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z David Grann doesn’t just produce captivating stories—he lives them. Whether crossing the ocean on a skiff or trekking for months through the Amazon, Grann immerses himself in his reporting... Read More →



8:00pm

Literary Death Match
Enjoy Fall for the Book’s own Literary Death Match “after party” hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga. Called “the most entertaining reading series ever” by the LA Times, it brings together three judges and four readers for a night of competition, literature, and fun. Tonight’s line up includes Rion Amilcar Scott, Christina Dalcher, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Randon Billings Noble, Rayceen Pendarvis, and Tayla Burney. 

Like all Fall for the Book events (except where noted), this event is free and does not require a ticket.

Speakers
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Rayceen Pendarvis

Rayceen Pendarvis, known as the High Priestess of Love, the Queen of the Shameless Plug, and the Goddess of DC, is an emcee, community advocate, and lifelong Washingtonian. In addition to being a columnist for SWERV magazine, Rayceen regularly contributes to several print and online... Read More →
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Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn't Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019). His debut story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale... Read More →
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Tayla Burney

Tayla Burney is a longtime journalist, writer, and an avid reader who curates a weekly newsletter highlighting author events and other literary happenings in and around the nation's capital called Get Lit D.C. Her book reviews have appeared in The Washington Post and the Washington Independent Review of Books and she is frequently in conversation with authors at D.C.'s local independent bookstores and at literary festivals... Read More →
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Christina Dalcher

Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specializes in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and has taught at several universities. Her short stories and flash fiction appear in more than one hundred... Read More →
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Randon Billings Noble

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Always was publishedby the University of Nebraska Press in March 2019, and her lyric essay chapbookDevotional was published by Red Bird in 2017. Individual essays have appeared in theModern Love column of The New York... Read More →
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Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Amaud Jamaul Johnson is the author of two poetry collections, Red Summer and Darktown Follies. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, he is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Dorset Prize... Read More →
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Adrian Todd Zuniga

Adrian Todd Zuniga is the author of Collision Theory, and the host of Literary Death Match.