Fall For The Book

Fall For The Book


Enjoyed last night’s talk by Amor Towles. Big scoops of energy. His books aren’t bad either. 😄 Fairfax County Public Library Fall For The Book.
After the Fall For The Book event with Amor Towles in Fairfax last night, he signed books for attendees and some extra for our store (for YOU!). Order on our website (under Signed Books) or in the store. We have signed copies of these three titles.

Calling all Fairfax Artists 📢 Submit your original artwork for a chance to win $500 and have it featured in the 20th anniversary festival program, app, & poster. Submission Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Details: The festival is seeking a full-color poster that celebrates the interaction between readers and writers, and calls people’s attention to the festival’s name, logo, and October dates. Fall For The Book is looking for eye-catching designs, so don’t be afraid to be bold and dynamic. Try something new! Learn more here: https://fallforthebook.org/postercontest2022/

#ArtsFairfax #FairfaxCountyArts #FallForTheBook
In January, I filmed a video chat for Fall For The Book designed to help teens spot disinformation. As example, I used the historical facts in WALLS to recount the lies and propaganda Soviet Russia (and its Soviet Bloc satellite East Germany) spread to convince its people that the shocking overnight raising of the #berlinwall was for their own good--supposedly to protect them against a "corrupt and warmongering" NATO and America.
I actually wrote WALLS because I could see many teens didn’t know why #NATO was formed—(Soviet Russia’s brutal takeover of Eastern Europe after WWII). To “teach” them about the Cold War and NATO, my editor at Algonquin Young Readers and I thought: what could be a more dramatic, show-rather-than-tell story humanizing that terrifying nuclear-armed standoff and Russia’s longstanding antipathy for Western democracies than two teens caught on opposite sides of the cruel #berlin Wall? One a U.S. #military teen and the other, his East #berliner cousin raised up in anti-American dogma. The question being, could that cousin overcome the #disinformation he'd been fed.

With Russia’s invasion of #Ukraine and the accompanying propaganda and disinformation flooding the airwaves and cyberspace, George Mason University 's Fall For The Book has released the video earlier than planned, saying: "Recognizing disinformation and discerning that which is true is a major tenet of a free society. While this video is intended for a teenage audience, we urge everyone to watch." To see the video and to download a teachers' guide: https://fallforthebook.org/lmelliott/
You don't have to go to Carnegie Hall to see Brendon Slocumb perform. He will be at the Sherwood Center next Thursday (2/24) talking about his new book with Fall For The Book! You are not going to want to miss this free event. Go to fallforbook.org for more information.
Jim Peterson discusses the magical realism of his short story collection THE SADNESS OF WHIRLWINDS on Fall For The Book podcast! Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-806669177/fallforthebook_peterson and get a copy of THE SADNESS OF WHIRLWINDS here: https://shop.aer.io/Red_Hen_Press/p/The_Sadness_of_Whirlwinds/9781636280103-1458
Fall For The Book went virtual in 2020, bringing the festival to your fingertips- and they're back in 2021!

Tune in Tomorrow, 10/26 at 7pm via Crowdcast for a conversation with award-winning poets Maggie Smith and Victoria Chang. They will discuss the objects of everyday life and family history — a hallway mirror, a marriage license, a photograph — and how we come to terms and know ourselves through them. This conversation will be moderated by Nicole Tong, Fairfax Poet Laureate, and author of How to Prove a Theory. Learn more here: https://fallforthebook.org/maggiesmith-victoriachang/
Henry Winkler and co-author Lin Oliver join me to discuss their new children's book "Hollywood vs. The Galaxy," which they'll present virtually this Friday at the Fall For The Book festival in Northern Virginia. We also discuss memories of playing The Fonz in "Happy Days" and the latest on Season 3 of HBO's "Barry."
If you weren't able to watch Conjuring the Past: Artifacts of Memory with Lilly Dancyger, Elissa Washuta, hosted by Fall For The Book live, you can now watch the whole video on YouTube!

Get Negative Space here: https://buff.ly/2GMb43a
TODAY, 10/23:

Join Fairfax City & Fall For The Book for a special event: an in-person book talk and book signing at Historic Blenheim with Carleton Young, author of Voices from the Attic.

Books will be sold at the event. Hope to see you there!

Info: fairfaxva.gov
Historic Blenheim/Civil War Interpretive Center
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center
Historic Fairfax City, Inc.
Today the #FirstCourseLFLProject tour stops in Fishers, Indiana.🏀

Janet is a friend of my friend Melanie and placed a copy of FIRST COURSE in a #LittleFreeLibrary in Roy G. Holland Park.🌳

Looking for a copy of your own in the Indianapolis area? Order it through Indy Reads📚

Learn more here: https://bookshop.org/books/first-course/9781952816499

**Also - my Fall For The Book event is tonight! Tune in at 7 PM for fun, games, and recipes!**

#FirstCourse #fishersindiana #indianapolis #indyreads #indiebookstore #2021debuts
Thank you to all who attended tonight’s Fall For The Book virtual book chat with “The Vanishing Half” author Brit Bennett. It was a fantastic event!

Among the many interesting things we all learned tonight: HBO has acquired the rights to develop a series based on the novel. #FLF #FLFevents #fallforthebook #britbennett #thevanishinghalf

Each October, Fall for the Book welcomes authors and artists from around the world for four days of readings, discussions, performances and exhibitions at George Mason University and around Northern Virginia.

Since 1999, Fall for the Book has brought festival attendees the finest writers and thinkers on the world stage. Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, Mitch Albom, Michael Cunningham, E.L. Doctorow, Ann Patchett, Amy Tan, and Michael Chabon have each received the annual Fairfax Prize for literary excellence. The Mason Award — for encouraging the joy of reading to a wide audience — has been given to Dav

Operating as usual


It's time! In our last episode of the season, we sit down with Pamela N. Harris to talk about her debut YA novel, When You Look Like Us. Take a listen: https://soundcloud.com/user-806669177/fallforthebook_pamelaharris

Love War Stories with Ivelisse Rodriguez 05/09/2022

Love War Stories with Ivelisse Rodriguez

In honor of , we're revisiting some of our fantastic short story events. First up - Love War Stories with Ivelisse Rodriguez: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSdzxAxXgBg

Love War Stories with Ivelisse Rodriguez In her debut short story collection, Love War Stories, Ivelisse Rodriguez explores the lives of Puerto Rican girls and women grappling with their romantic no...

The Extraordinary Educational Journey of Frederick Douglass 05/06/2022

The Extraordinary Educational Journey of Frederick Douglass

It's , so go on The Extraordinary Educational Journey of Frederick Douglass with Shana Keller with your child.

The Extraordinary Educational Journey of Frederick Douglass Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass taught himself to read and write, and grew up to become one of the most famous men of the 19th century as an influentia...

Illustrator Sprint 05/05/2022

Illustrator Sprint

It's National Cartoonists Day! Celebrate five fantastic artists in our Illustrator Sprint! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ate5zlEHf4

Illustrator Sprint Join cartoonists and illustrators R. Sikoryak, Ann Xu, Brian Michael Weaver, Ursula Murray Husted, and Andrea Tsurumi in this quick-draw competition! Vote f...

Design Your Own Mini Golf Hole with DJ Funkyfoot! 05/04/2022

Design Your Own Mini Golf Hole with DJ Funkyfoot!

In honor of , grab some markers and paper and make your own mini golf hole with DJ Funkyfoot and Tom Angleberger! Feat. @fairfaxlibrary's Renee Edwards! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvwxt3kn-Sk

Design Your Own Mini Golf Hole with DJ Funkyfoot! How can chihuahua butler, DJ Funkyfoot, get President Horse to sign a peace treaty? By helping him through his mini golf game as fast as possible! Design you...


Photos from Fall For The Book's post 04/22/2022

Thank you, Amor Towles, and the 400+ people who came out for an amazing Pop-Up Lit Night!!! And thank you Fairfax County Public Library for helping us make this happen!


If only we could clone @amortowles. Tonight's sold out in less than 30 minutes! Look for more fabulous headliners in October.


To those of you with tickets to Amor Towles on Thursday, April 21st, we've sent you an email with some important updates. And those of you with Wait List tickets, get ready to smile!

Amor Towles Planted Easter Eggs in His Book The Lincoln Highway 04/18/2022

Amor Towles Planted Easter Eggs in His Book The Lincoln Highway

Did you miss getting a ticket for Fall for the Book's Headliner Event with Amor Towles? Check out this fun clip with the author and Seth Meyers.

Amor Towles Planted Easter Eggs in His Book The Lincoln Highway Amor Towles talks about receiving corrections from fans, planting Easter eggs in his new book The Lincoln Highway and his son secretly reading the manuscript...


In record-breaking speed, Fall for the Book's Pop Up Lit Night with Amor Towles has sold out. To get on the waiting list go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-amor-towles-tickets-288570611467


It was a day to remember when this Fall for the Book staff member had lunch with Eudora Welty . . . it was 1979. Happy Birthday, Ms. Welty.


Fall for the Book's newest podcast is now available. https://soundcloud.com/user-806669177/fallforthebook_janicenortherns
"Janice Northerns' debut collection disentangles the gnarled branches of a family tree into poems of complicated love and endurance." Traci Brimhall


Drop what you're doing and pick up the book The Lincoln Highway. Then register for Fall for the Book's in-person event featuring Amor Towles. Tickets available April 14.


ARTISTS! For all the details to submit your poster go here: https://fallforthebook.org/postercontest2022/


Register on Crowdcast for the next GMU Creative Writing visiting writer, Michael Zapata. April 7 @ 7:30pm https://www.crowdcast.io/e/visiting-writers-series-16/register

Amor Towles on How Peter Matthiessen Inspired Him To Write 04/04/2022

Amor Towles on How Peter Matthiessen Inspired Him To Write

Amor Towles, COMING SOON! In the meantime, check out who inspired him to follow his dream of being a writer. https://lithub.com/amor-towles-on-how-peter-matthiessen-inspired-him-to-write/

Amor Towles on How Peter Matthiessen Inspired Him To Write On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks to Amor Towles about his latest novel, The Lincoln Highway, out now from Viking. From the episode: Amor Towles: Probably the mos…


Read to a child today!!!


Please join Poetry Daily editorial board member Brian Teare on Thursday, March 31st (1:00-2:00 edt), for the first of three virtual conversations about ecopoetry with writers from Canada, Mexico, and the US.

Register on Eventbrite and receive the Zoom link - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecopoetry-now-spring-2022-reading-series-tickets-304909110357

In case you missed it! 03/24/2022

In case you missed it!

So much happened this month. And it's not too late for you to enjoy! Click on the image below.

In case you missed it! March Marched On! Youtube Gold Podcasts That'll Never Grow Old Stories Waiting to be Told Can you be coaxed & cajoled? Donate to Fall for the Book George Mason University | Department of English


National Puppy Day! Here are some favorite books about dogs, including Storm Dog by alum L.M. Elliott and Craig & Fred by alum Craig Grossi.


It's World Poetry Day! YAY to all our Fall for the Book Alums and more!


Look what the Fall for the Book Board members are reading:
The House of Sky and Breath by Sarah Maas
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Eyewitness Bloody Sunday by Don Mullen
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Antes que desaparezca by Sylvia Iparraguirre
Spenser the Faerie Queen edited by A.C. Hamilton
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
Yonder by Jabari Asim
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan
Raise Her Up : Stories and Lessons from Women in International Educational Leadership by Debra E Lane & Kimberly Cullen


Why is it so fun to say, "Beware the Ides of March?" It just is!


It shows the power of story
A major rallying point for this day is to show people while encouraging them that writing their stories is an important part of their life. We are excited that our stories can be a source of motivation and inspiration to many people out there.

It takes us down memory lane
Writing a story or reading one does something almost magical; it takes one down memory lane while relishing the events that unfolded in the past. While writing a story, the mind goes through an artistic journey to uncover the depth of the scenarios.

It is therapeutic
Writing is one sure way of unburdening yourself. Writing our stories helps us manage and learn from past experiences while strengthening our mental and immune systems.


Newsletter Sign Up - Fall for the Book Festival 03/12/2022

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NEXT WEEK: NoVa TEEN Book Festival! Each day at 6pm ET from March 14 to 18, the festival will be live online connecting authors and readers!

The festival is free, but you must register to get the links for each day’s panel: http://novateenbookfestival.com/


Watershed Lit is hosting a craft event on Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. ET as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book. Mason MFA fiction professor Helon Habila will be in conversation with Matthew Salesses, author of Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping. The event will be on Crowdcast; click below to register now!

Meet the rock stars of writing

Each Fall over 150 authors come to Northern Virginia for four days of readings, panels, workshops and more. With so many great talents, we have a writer for every reader. Find out more: www.fallforthebook.org.

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4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA

General information

The festival spans four days and is held at George Mason University's Fairfax Campus located in Fairfax, VA, as well as other locations throughout Northern Virginia.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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Company Danzante Company Danzante
Fairfax, 22033

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Volunteer Fairfax Volunteer Fairfax
10700 Page Avenue, Suite 101
Fairfax, 22030

Volunteer Fairfax mobilizes people and resources to meet community needs.

Insight Memory Care Center Insight Memory Care Center
3953 Pender Drive #100
Fairfax, 22030

Insight Memory Care Center provides specialized care, support and education for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments.

Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company
12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy
Fairfax, 22033-2810

Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company provides fire and emergency medical services to the Fair Oaks community and throughout the Northern Virginia region.

Pardada Pardadi Educational Society Pardada Pardadi Educational Society
Fairfax, 22030–22032

Pardada Pardadi Educational Society is setting a model of development through gender empowerment in rural India. It focuses on providing free Value-based Education and Trainings, Livelihood opportunities and Health & Hygiene for women.

Special Olympics Virginia - Potomac Region Special Olympics Virginia - Potomac Region
11350 Random Hills Rd Ste C140
Fairfax, 22030

Revealing the champion in all of us. For more, visit www.specialolympicsva.org.

Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
3929 Old Lee Hwy, Ste 92A
Fairfax, 22030

The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) is a nonprofit, international association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences, especially as they apply to industrial products, biotechnology, materials, and processes

11242 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, 22030

AVIXA™ is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe, and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry.

NC Pest Management Association NC Pest Management Association
10460 North St
Fairfax, 22030

For over 70 years, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) has served N.C.'s pest management industry. We are the leading association of pest management professionals in the state of North Carolina.

Church of the Apostles Church of the Apostles
11717 Lee Highway
Fairfax, 22030

Church of the Apostles (Anglican)

Rhema Children's Ministry Rhema Children's Ministry
11800 Braddock Road
Fairfax, 22030

This Page is for all RCM Team Members.

National Association of Landscape Professionals National Association of Landscape Professionals
12500 Fair Lakes Circle, Suite 200
Fairfax, 22033

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