September 25th- 30th is the 18th annual  Fall For the Book Festival!

Since 1999, George Mason University and the City of Fairfax have collaborated on this festival to celebrate an array of writers with an eye toward strengthening ties between the literary and local communities. This year’s guests include poets Dana Levin, Natalie Diaz, Oliver Bendorf and fiction authors Lauren Groff, Sandra Cisneros, and Tania James, among many others. Below, find a highlight of the events we particularly recommend for our readers. Events are free and open to the public. We’re excited to see you there!

So to Speak is sponsoring a reading featuring poets Natalie Diaz and Oliver Bendorf on September 29th at 6pm (GMU Campus, George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center)

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Listed below are some more events that we think might interest our So to Speak readers.


 

Sunday, September 25th

Life as a Teenager: Friendship, Romance, and Rebellion YA Panel

1:00, Sherwood Center, Performance Room A, 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA

Martha Collins and Ailish Hopper

2:00, The Writer’s Center, 4608 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD

Poets Brianna Low and Kelly Lorraine Andrews (Sponsored by Gazing Grain Press)

3:00, Sherwood Center, Performance Room B, 3750 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA

Sisters in Crime: Mystery Writers Panel

4:00, 4:30, Sherwood Center, Rehearsal Room, 3750 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA

Journalist Debbie Cenziper

4:30, Sherwood Center, Performance Room B, 3750 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA

 

Monday, September 26th

Slavery & Beyond: Recovering History through Family Memory

3:00, Research Hall, Room 163

Memoirist Penny Guisinger and Poet Susan Landers

4:30, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza, GMU Campus

Mason M.F.A. alumni Reading with Renee Angle, Allison Cobb, Matt Norman and Alyson Foster

6:00, George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center, GMU Campus

Novelists Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

7:00, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterfor Road NW, Leesburg, VA

Novelist Jen Michaelski

7:30, Research Hall, Room 163, GMU Campus

 

Tuesday, September 27th

Mystery Writer Allison Leotta

Noon, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza, GMU Campus

Culture Writer Patricia Hill Collins

1:30, Research Hall, Room 183, GMU Campus

Memoirist Sarah Kaufman

3:00, Research Hall, Room 163, GMU Campus

Folklorist Pravina Shukla

6:00, Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, GMU Campus

Poet Dana Levin

6:00, Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts, GMU Campus

Novelist Elizabeth Nunez

7:00, Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Ln, Alexandria, VA 

Novelist Lauren Groff

7:30, Harris Theater, GMU Campus

 

Wednesday, September 28th

Novelist Elizabeth Nunez

Noon, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson center North Plaza, GMU Campus

Sociologists Angela Hattery and Earl Smith

1:30, Research Hall Room 163, GMU Campus

James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room at 60: Sexuality, Textuality, and the Legacy of a Literary Classic

3:00, Research Hall, Room 163, GMU Campus

Mason’s M.F.A. Fellows Reading

(With poet Madeleine Wattenberg, So to Speak Assist. Blog Editor)

6:00, George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center, GMU Campus

 

Thursday, September 29th

Poet Monica Youn

1:30, Research Hall Room 163, GMU Campus

Nonfiction Writer Barbara Amaya

3:00, Research Hall, Room 163, GMU Campus

Essayists Ander Monson and T Clutch Fleischmann

4:30, George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center, GMU Campus

Novelist Tania James

4:30, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza, GMU Campus

Poets Oliver Bendorf and Natalie Diaz (Sponsored by So to Speak)

6:00, George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center, GMU Campus

 

Friday, September 30th

 

Novelist Bernice McFadden

10:00, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza, GMU Campus

Journalist Mei Fong

1:00, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza, GMU Campus

Poet Patrick Rosal (Sponsored by Split this Rock poetry festival)

4:00, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza, GMU Campus

Poetry Night Out with M. Mack, J.K. Daniels and Nancy Pearson

7:00, Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA

Fairfax Prize Winner Sandra Cisneros

7:30, Harris Theater, GMU Campus

 

Ongoing Exhibition:

Call and Response: “Currents”

Fenwick Gallery, Fenwick Library

September 23-October 31;

Gallery Talk, Wednesday, September 28, 3 p.m.

 

More information here on this year’s guests! 


 

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