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Fall for the Book 2016

September 25-30, 2016

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City of Fairfax Events

Civil War Historians Bill Backus and Robert Orrison- Preview Event
at Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim
Date:
09/24/2016 2:00-3:15 PM
Together, Backus and Orrison have co-authored A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign. The book traces the campaign from the armies’ camps around Orange and Culpeper northwest through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the vital railroad―to Centreville and back―in a back-and-forth game of cat and mouse. Sponsored by the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim.

Student Open Mic at Sherwood Center 
Date:
09/25/2016 12:00-1:15 PM
Writing students from Colgan High School host an open mic. Bring an original poem, story, or essay to share.

Falling for the Story Reading at Sherwood Center
Date:
09/25/2016 1:00-2:15 PM
The annual Falling for the Story event features the literary stars of tomorrow– student writers sharing original works published in Falling for the Story, Northern Virginia Writing Project’s yearly anthology of exemplary work from local elementary, middle, and high schools, published by Fall for the Book. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Writing Project.

Life as a Teenager: Friendship, Romance, and Rebellion YA Panel at Sherwood Center
Date:
09/25/2016 1:00-2:15 PM
Join four acclaimed YA authors as they discuss the hazards of being a teenage protagonist. Hannah Barnaby’s second novel, Some of the Parts was called  “a deeply affecting depiction of moving on after a great loss” by Publisher’s Weekly. M-E Girard’s debut novel, Girl Mans Up, follows Pen, a gender non-conforming teen struggling to own her identity and stand up for herself in the face of her old-world parents and disintegrating friendships. Author Lauren Myracle calls the book, “Fierce. Tender. Unstoppable.” Kate Hattemar is the author of The Land of 10,000 Madonnas, a book filled with the European backpacking adventures of five friends sent to fulfill a dying friend’s mysterious last wish. Shaun David Hutchinson’s We Are the Ants follows a boy abducted time and time again by aliens who offer him the chance to save the world or let it end–a question complicated by love, loss and the chaos of growing up.

Self-Publishing Panel at Sherwood Center
Date:
09/25/2016 1:00-2:15 PM
Thinking of self-publishing your novel, poetry collection or memoir? Join self-published authors and business owners for a panel on the decision to– and benefits of being self published. S. Jane Scheyder is the author of the novella Done with Men Forever. She also co-owns Andres & Blanton Publishing, which publishes her Clairmont series as well as several other authors’ books. Carolyn O’Neal, in her dystopian eco-thriller, Kingsley, follows one mother’s quest to lie, cheat and steal a way to help her son survive the onslaught of Colony Collapse Disorder. The Midwest Book Review calls O’Neal “a master of the genre.” John Kolm’s book, Crocodile Charlie & The Holy Grail: How to Find Your Own Answers at Work & in Life, was originally published by Penguin but Kolm decided to self-publish a new edition. Mike Thompson is the author of World of the Orb, a YA sci-fi/fantasy book where two friends find themselves lost in the hidden world a museum desperately tried to keep secret.

Children’s Authors Robbi Behr, Matthew Swanson, Laura Gehl, Juana Medina and Laura Murray at Sherwood Center
Date:
 09/25/2016 2:30-3:45PM
Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson are the illustrator/writer, wife/husband dynamic duo who have published over 60 illustrated books for children and adults. Their newest creation is Babies Ruin Everything, which follows a spunky older sister dealing with her new, messy baby brother. Laura Gehl is the author of the children’s book Peep & Egg: I’m Not Hatching, the story of an adorable little chick, Peep, who is excited for her baby brother to be born so they can do fun things together, and Egg, who wants to stay hidden from the scary world as long as possible by not coming out of his shell. Juana Medina not only wrote but also illustrated her children’s book, Juana and Lucas, which follows the young Colombian girl Juana and her pet dog Lucas as she learns English for a special trip her abuelos are planning. Laura Murray is the author of the Gingerbread Loose series. Her newest book is The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo.

Collaborating on a Novel: A Panel Discussion at Sherwood Center
Date:
09/25/2016 2:30-3:45PM
Co-authors Curtis Harris, James Ellenberger and James Rosen sit down to discuss their joint pseudonym, Curtis J. James, and how they approached writing their debut spy thriller, High Hand. In this “seamless… and …absorbing account of international intrigue,” only Frank Adams and his ex-wife–and female James Bond type– Lisa Hawkes, stand in the way of a covert CIA takeover of the White House. This panel is a must-see for writers considering collaboration or self-publishing.

YA Horror and Thriller Panel at Sherwood Center
Date:
09/25/2016 2:30-3:45PM
Pintip Dunn’s new book, The Darkest Lie is about a girl whose life has unraveled after her mother’s alleged suicide sets out to clear her name. School Library Journal calls it “an exhilarating read.” Bracken MacLeod is the author of Stranded, about a crew of the Arctic Promise ship sent astray by an apocalyptic storm and a mysterious illness. Jonathan Mayberry, says, “As brilliant as it is disturbing. Bracken MacLeod joins the ranks of today’s top horror writers.” Mayberry also calls Levi Black’s debut novel, Red Right Hand “a perfect blend of old-school horror and modern storytelling sorcery. Levi Black is absolutely riveting!” R.S. Belcher’s fourth novel, The Brotherhood of the Wheel, is a gritty urban fantasy series about the mysterious society of truckers descended from the Knights Templar who defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them. Caroline Bock’s book Before My Eyes shows what no one wants to see when looking at addiction, mental illness and a lone gunman. Kirkus calls it “Gripping, disturbing and nuanced.”

Poets Brianna Low and Kelly Lorraine Andrews at Sherwood Center
Date:
 09/25/2016 3:00-4:15 PM
Brianna Low, winner of the 2016 Gazing Grain Press chapbook contest, is the author of Drift, described by guest judge Rachel Eliza Griffiths as a “lucid and searing exploration of the female body, pinned against the feral blood of language and myth.” The contest runner-up, Kelly Lorraine Andrews, will join Low, reading from her manuscript, The Fear Archives. She is the author of Mule Skinner and the forthcoming chapbook I Want to Eat So Many Cakes with You. Sponsored by Gazing Grain Press.

Book Club for Kids Podcast Recording at Sherwood Center
Date:
09/25/2016 4:00-5:15 PM
The Book Club for Kids podcast celebrates middle grade books and the kids who love them. Host Kitty Feld is joined by young readers and author Mary Amato to discuss Amato’s new book, Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories. In it, a notebook collecting jokes, rumors, hopes and fears is passed from student to student around Mrs. Penrose’s class. The first secret? That Penrose is a vampire. Although she is actually pregnant and not a vampire, Penrose encourages the continued use of the journal to help students build their love of writing and their self expression.  

Magic and Mayhem YA Panel at Sherwood Center
Date:
09/25/2016 4:00-5:15 PM
Jodi Meadows’ newest book is My Lady Jane, which follows the (not quite) true tale of Lady Jane Grey, cousin to King Edward and heir to the throne of England. It is written in the comic and romantic vein of The Princess Bride. In Kristen Simmons’ Metaltown, factories are the ruling class, food is scarce and hope is in short supply. Three teens: Ty and Colin from the working class,and Lena—a ruthless daughter of the factory owner must band together to make things right. In As I Descended, Robin Talley creates a world situated in the exclusive Acheron Academy where feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined for the determined couple Maria and Lily. Martina Boone is the author of Compulsion, the acclaimed first book in the supernatural Heirs of Watson Island trilogy set on a South Carolina plantation.

Sisters in Crime: Mystery Writers Panel at Sherwood Center
Date:
09/25/2016 4:00-5:15 PM
Three regional chapters of Sisters in Crime join forces to discuss—and celebrate!—their recent anthologies of mystery fiction: Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning (from the Chesapeake Chapter) and Virginia is for Mysteries, Volume 2 (from the Central and Southeastern Virginia Chapters). Editors and contributors include Donna Andrews, Diane Davidson (half of the writing duo Maddi Davidson), Teresa Inge, Heather Weidner, and Art Taylor, who will moderate the panel. Sisters in Crime is a national organization whose mission is “to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.” 

Journalist Debbie Cenziper at Sherwood Center
Date:
09/25/2016 4:30-5:45 PM
In June 2015, the Supreme Court made the monumental decision to legalize gay marriage in all fifty states. In Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Debbie Cenziper weaves together insider accounts and information from key players to illuminate the dramatic and previously unreported events of the Obergefell v Hodges case. It is the story of Jim Obergefell and John Arthur’s steadfast love for one another in the face of discrimination and setbacks, and Al Gerhardstein, their courageous attorney who brought their powerful story to the national stage.

A Conversation with Mason Award Winner Diane Rehm and WAMU’s J. J. Yore at the Concert Hall, Center for the Arts
George Mason University
Date:
09/25/2016 6:30-8:00 PM
Diane Rehm will accept the 2016 Mason Award, which celebrates authors who have made an extraordinary contribution to connecting literature to the wide reading public. She will be interviewed by WAMU’s new general manager, J. J. Yore, who helped elevate Marketplace to one of public radio’s favorite nationally-syndicated shows. William Miller, Executive Director of Fall for the Book, says, “The Diane Rehm Show has always fostered an appreciation for contemporary literature. In the midst of everything else going on in the world, Diane Rehwm keeps a place dedicated to literature in the show each week. She’s given voice to writers and books over the years, in addition to being a writer herself.” Rehm was awarded the 2010 Personal Peabody Award for her more than 30 years of service in public broadcasting. She also is the author of four best-selling autobiographical books including Finding My Voice and Life with Maxie. Most recently, she wrote the book On My Own, dealing with the death of her husband of 54 years. USA Today calls the book “stunningly honest” while The Miami Herald says it is “important…poignant.” Sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.

Military Historian Edward G. Lengel at Sherwood Center
Date:
09/27/2016 7:00-8:15 PM
American Military historian Edward G. Lengel is editor in chief of the Papers of George Washington and a professor at the University of Virginia. He has researched and written extensively on our nation’s first president, and was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. His publications include General George Washington: A Military Life, and most recently, First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His– and the Nation’s– Prosperity, which breaks new ground in the study of Washington’s history and personality. The Journal of the American Revolution says of First Entrepreneur: “It is fascinating, enlightening and very convincing. Highly recommended.” Sponsored by the Virginia Historical Society.

Journalist Claudia Kalb at City of Fairfax Regional Library
Date:
09/28/2016 7:00-8:15 PM
In her new book, Andy Warhol Was A Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Greatest Personalities, journalist Claudia Kalb re-examines monumental historical figures through the lens of modern psychology, weaving together interviews with leading mental health experts, groundbreaking research and historical records. Kalb examines the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and of course, Andy Warhol. Author Edward Hallowell says, the book is “a brilliant and fascinating journey into the perils that so often accompany genius. Spell-binding.” Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Regional Library Friends. 

Better Said Than Done Group’s Night of Storytelling at The Auld Shebeen
Date:
09/29/2016 7:00-8:15 PM
The Better Said Than Done oral storytelling group has as its motto, “Because Life is Better in the Telling,” and the members mean it. Each month, these professional storytellers take the stage to engage audiences with poignant, funny, and unbelievably true tales throughout venues in Northern Virginia. Spend your Thursday night with founder Jessica Robinson and BSTD storytellers Ann Cavazos, Sandra Hull, Jay Krasnow, Jack Scheer, Mary Supley Foxworth and Fanny Crawford for a rousing performance centered on the theme of “the Impossible Dream: Stories about quests, dreams, and doing the impossible,” while sampling some of The Auld Shebeen’s best bites and brews! 

Historian Christine Stoddard at Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center
Date:
09/29/2016 7:00-8:15 PM
In her book Hispanic and Latino Heritage in Virginia, Christine Stoddard traces the vibrant culture and history of this community from the first Spanish settlers, to the 1980s “el Nuevo Sur, or the New South,” to the Virginia Center for Latin American Art’s coverage of their continuously evolving arts scene. Sponsored by the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center.

Musician Donna Gunn at Tallwood House
Date:
09/30/2016 1:00-2:15 PM
Musician Donna Gunn’s book, Discoveries from the Fortepiano transports readers back to the Enlightenment, a time when music composed by the likes of Beethoven, Hayden and Mozart mirrored the dynamic social changes of the era. Through an engaging visual presentation and solo piano performance, participants can explore and hear the revolutionary developments in this remarkable instrument, heightening their listening experience in Classical style. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Poetry Night Out with M. Mack, J.K. Daniels and Nancy K Pearson at Epicure Cafe
Date:
09/30/2016 7:00-8:15 PM
M. Mack is a genderqueer poet whose collection Theater of Parts investigates the performativity and consciousness of gendered embodiment through page-bound theatrical productions. Ze is also the author of the chapbooks Mine, Imaginary Kansas, and Traveling. Nancy K. Pearson’s second collection of poetry, The Whole by Contemplation of a Single Bone, won the 2015-16 Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. In it, she explores the possibilities of recovery and transformation in a world where “words cease to matter,” attempting to reconcile a past of addiction, depression and misdiagnosis. J.K. Daniels’ debut book of poetry, Wedding Pulls, interrogates what it  means to be married, whether lawfully or not. The poems “riff on art and myth, and the fate that is family.” The collection won the 2015 New Southern Voices Prize.