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Fall for the Book 2017

October 11-14, 2017


Based at George Mason University, Fall for the Book is an independent non-profit literary arts organization that promotes reading by sponsoring a variety of year-round events and activities, the flagship of which is the Fall for the Book festival held each September or October. The festival as well as other activities for both children and adults:

  • Connect readers and authors so that readers become acquainted on a personal level with writers and their work in new and vibrant ways

  • Illustrate the many ways reading encourages cultural growth through empathy and knowledge

  • Give children their first experience with the thrill of writing creatively through tailored workshops and readings, as well as first publication opportunities

The festival, which runs from October 11-14, 2017, will welcome a robust list of poets, historians, novelists, memoirists, children’s authors, YA writers and more at George Mason University and locations around Northern Virginia. This year, the festival is four days long and is partnering with the City of Fairfax’s Fall Festival on Saturday, October 14, to bring a day of literary and artistic events to audiences from throughout the region.

Some features include - Colson Whitehead of The Underground Railroad, and Lev Grossman of The Magicians Series– now a hit show on the SyFy Channel– will be joined by other major writers including Jennine Capó Crucet, poet Ellen Bryant Voigt and nonfiction writer David Shields.

Join us at Fall Festival on October 14 for a special day of children’s authors and events at Old Town Hall:

Children 10.14 Old Town Hall

10:30 a.m. Pirate Story Hour All hands on deck for Story Hour with the Fairfax Librarians! Parents and preschoolers are invited to set sail with us for pirate stories and activities. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

11:30 a.m. Fort-Building Time with Megan Wagner Lloyd It’s never a bad time to build a fort! Bring the kids and cozy up with Megan Wagner Lloyd, author of picture book Fort Building Time. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

12:30 p.m. Hands-on Fun with Chiêu Anh Urban Interactive children’s book author/illustrator Chiêu Anh Urban delights the whole family in a book launch celebration with storytime, crafts and activities, and color tattoos. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

1:30 p.m. Pick the Plot with James Riley How does James Riley’s new book Story Thieves: Pick the Plot end? You—the reader—get to choose your own adventure! Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

2:30 p.m. Make Your Own Jewelry with Kara Laughlin Kara Laughlin, author of Sparkle and Shine!, hosts a jewelry-making workshop for tween fashionistas to glam up their wardrobes. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

3:30 p.m. Say Hello to Author Maria Gianferrari Say “Hello!” to Zara and her loyal dog Moose in Hello Goodbye Dog, and meet a real reading dog, Tybee from Heeling House! Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

4:30 p.m. Kid’s Comic Drawing Workshop Join Jason Rodriquez, comic book author of Colonial Comics: New England, 1750-1775, and artist Liz Laribee for a comic drawing workshop for kids. Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

Fall for the Book : Read On

Other events taking place in the City of Fairfax:

Thursday, October 12 , 11:50 a.m.
The French and Russian Revolutions
Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA
Two specialists, Jack Censer and Rex Wade, compare the French and Russian revolutions, discussing why they led to bloody civil wars. Sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Thursday, October 12, 2:15 p.m.
Putting America Back to Work
Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA
Jerry Prout chronicles Gilded Age businessman Jacob Coxey’s 19th-century march from Ohio to Capitol Hill, showcasing his plan to put millions of American’s back to work. Sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Thursday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
Better Said Than Done Storytelling Show
The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA
The popular storytelling group Better Said Than Done, Inc., which performs all over Northern Virginia, joins the festival with a show at a favorite local venue. 

Thursday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
Ana Homayoun on Youth Social Media Wellness
City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St, Fairfax, VA
Ana Homayoun’s Social Media Wellness offers families insights into an ever-changing world, and providing ways to promote self-regulation and healthy socialization. Sponsored by Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library

Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:30 p.m.  
Shoestring Theatre Company Presents North Street Pop-up Theatre
Lonesome Pine Podcast
10427 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
Tickets: www.shoestringtheatrecompany.com
When Robin Dern, a Washington, DC reporter, is asked to help solve the mystery of a missing girl, she travels to the dark mountains of Southwest Virginia. Once there, she’s enveloped in a deeper and more dangerous situation than she ever imagined. You’ll meet the cast and experience the first episode in this 6-part, original mountain tale

Friday, October 13, 1:00 p.m.
200 Years of Jane Austen: A Teatime Celebration
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax VA
his is a paid reception. Register online at http://bit.ly/2uWcAXI
Enjoy teatime as two prominent Jane Austen scholars discuss her work to mark the 200th anniversary of her death. Featuring Kristin Samuelian and Amy Smith. Sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Friday, October 13, 6:00 p.m.
Poetry Night Out Epicure Cafe
11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA
Enjoy an evening of poetry by Shara McCallum author of Madwoman, Jenny Johnson, author of In Full Velvet, and Debra Nystrom, author of Night Sky Frequencies and Selected Poems.  

Friday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.
Fairfax of Virginia: The Story of America’s only Peerage
Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA
The Honorable Hugh Fairfax, a descendant of nobility in his native England, discusses his book about the history of the Fairfax family in America. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax.

Saturday, October 14, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The Youth Art Re-Imagining Community Project
Olly Olly, 10417 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Fairfax, VA
The Youth Art Re-Imagining Community Project represents a series of banners created by local high school students to promote equity and social change.  The project is a partnership between the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and Police Department, and George Mason University School of Art.  Call Olly Olly at 703-789-6144 to schedule a viewing.  A public reception will be held on October 14 from 4-6 p.m.

For more information or to see the full schedule of events, please visit www.fallforthebook.org