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Wednesday, October 10
 

10:00am

Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders
Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
The traveling digital exhibit features poems, illustrations, and videos that showcase refugee resettlement in our community. At the heart of the exhibit is an interactive touchscreen experience, allowing community visitors to browse content and participate. When visitors interact with digital creative tools such as Emerge, Thread, or other analog activities, their voices will be incorporated into the exhibit in a variety of ways—from a scrolling group poem to posted cards printed from the Emerge web application.
Using the newest technology to connect us to one of our oldest technologies—the written word—Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders celebrates the diverse cultural identity of our democracy and engages a national civic dialogue through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry.

Fall for the Book Writers featured in Traveling Stanzas:
  • Renee Macalino Rutledge, The Hour of Daydreams 
  • Hernán Díaz, In the Distance
  • Elena Georgiou, The Immigrant's Refrigerator
  • Asmaa Albukaie, from American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, edited by Arjun Singh Sethi
  • Tom Sleigh, The Land Between Two Rivers 
  • Yang Huang, My Old Faithful

Sponsored by College of Visual and Performing Arts


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:00am - Saturday October 13, 2018 5:30pm
Center for the Arts Lobby 4373 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:00am

Call and Response: “Borders” Exhibit
Open October 10 - November 25
Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists in which one calls and one responds. The result is a set of paired works, resonating with each other, demonstrating the interplay of artistic media, and speaking of our times.This year’s theme is borders. Call & Response is a collaboration between the School of Art and the English Department's MFA program in Creative Writing.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:00am - Saturday October 13, 2018 7:00pm
Fenwick Gallery, Fenwick Library, Room 2001 4502 Chesapeake River Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

10:30am

The Ottoman Caliphate’s Mystical Turn
Hüseyin Yilmaz traces how a new conception of the caliphate emerged under the Ottomans, who redefined the caliph as at once a ruler, a spiritual guide, and a lawmaker corresponding to the prophet’s three natures. Challenging conventional narratives that portray the Ottoman caliphate as a fading relic of medieval Islamic law, Yilmaz offers a novel interpretation of authority, sovereignty, and imperial ideology by examining how Ottoman political discourse led to the mystification of Muslim political ideals and redefined the caliphate. Caliphate Redefined: The Mystical Turn in Ottoman Political Thought is the first comprehensive study of premodern Ottoman political thought to offer an extensive analysis of a wealth of previously unstudied texts in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish. Sponsored by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.

Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30am

Unhappy in Their Own Way
Two writers tackle dark, intense family problems within the young adult novel. No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli tells the story of a high school senior who just suffered a family trauma and was left with the huge responsibility of caring for his grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer's, all while trying to meet girls and make the varsity baseball team. VOYA describes the book as “a timeless story of coming-of-age while watching loved ones fade into age." In More Than We Can Tell, Brigid Kemmerer shares a dark narrative about the love of two troubled teens, one of whom is living with loving adoptive parents while abusive biological parents linger in the background; and, another teen dealing with constantly fighting parents and cyberbullying. Booklist calls it "an absorbing, emotional roller coaster of a read.”

Authors
avatar for Brigid Kemmerer

Brigid Kemmerer

Brigid Kemmerer is author of the dark contemporary young adult novels More than we Can Tell and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as numerous other books about teens coping with life, love, and family drama while trying to make it to adulthood unscathed. She lives in the Baltimore... Read More →
avatar for Frank Morelli

Frank Morelli

Frank Morelli has been a teacher, a coach, a bagel builder, a stock boy, a pretzel salesman, a bus driver, a postal employee, a JC Penney model (see: clerk), an actual clerk (like in the movie of the same name), a camp counselor, a roving sports reporter, and a nuclear physicist... Read More →



Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:00pm

From the Heart of the Refugee Crisis
With self-deprecation and empathetic humor, Tom Sleigh’s essays in The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees, explore the urgency of our global refugee crisis and our capacity as artists and citizens to confront it. He recounts his experiences during several tours in Africa and in the Middle East, asking three central questions: “What did I see? How could I write about it? Why did I write about it?” Kirkus Reviews says, “Wry and sharply observed, Sleigh’s book bears witness to injustice as it engages in a compelling humane quest for artistic truth. Provocative and eye-opening work from a dedicated artist.”

Authors
avatar for Tom Sleigh

Tom Sleigh

Tom Sleigh is the author of the essay collection The Land Between Two Rivers and nine previous books of poetry, including Station Zed, Army Cats, and Space Walk, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. He teaches at Hunter College and lives in New York.



12:00pm

Finding Your Focus: A Mindful Conversation
Beth Cabrera joins Laurie J. Cameron to discuss tips for harnessing mindfulness among the daily chaos. Cameron’s book, The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy from Morning to Evening is designed for busy professionals looking to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives. It draws on contemplative practice, modern neuroscience, and positive psychology to bring peace and focus to the home, in the workplace, and beyond. Beth Cabrera is a senior scholar at the Center for Well-Being, and is the author of Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being. Sponsored by Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.

Authors
avatar for Beth Cabrera

Beth Cabrera

Dr. Cabrera is the author of Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being (ATD Press) and a senior scholar at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. As a writer, researcher, and speaker, she shares strategies for building personal well-being and creating... Read More →
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Laurie J. Cameron

Mindful leadership expert Laurie J. Cameron is author of The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening (March 27, 2018). Laurie is founder and CEO of PurposeBlue, an organization that brings evidence-based mindful leadership programs to companies... Read More →



Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:00pm

Inhaling the History of the World
With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it. The Guardian describes Kean’s writing as “provocative and entertaining” and named In Caesar’s Last Breath 2017’s Best Science Book. 

Authors
avatar for Sam Kean

Sam Kean

Sam Kean is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dueling Neurosurgeons, The Disappearing Spoon, The Violinist’s Thumb, and Caesar’s Last Breath, which was named The Guardian science book of the year. Each of his books were named an Amazon top science book of the year... Read More →



Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

Call & Response Panel: “Borders”
Call & Response is an annual exhibition of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which ones 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 the twelfth annual Call & Response is Borders.

“What are borders? How do we define them and how do they define us? A river, a mountain range, a line scrawled on a map, the skin enveloping the body, the boundary between one mind and another. Borders are the edges that separate us, but they are also the lines, categories, and groups that define us. Emotional, physical, and metaphorical borders have been drawn around people, around land, and around ideas in the name of protection, defense, inclusion, and exclusion.”

Call & Response: Borders will be on display from Wednesday, October 10 – Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Fenwick Gallery, housed in Fenwick Library on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. An opening reception and panel discussion with the artists is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10. More information can be found at http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/borders
Call & Response is a collaboration between the School of Art, the English Department’s MFA program in Creative Writing, and University Libraries presented in conjunction with the Fall for the Book festival. 

1:30pm

Searching into the Past & the Self
Two novels tell intertwining stories of the search for the past, and for ourselves. In Everything is Borrowed by Nathaniel Popkin, an acclaimed yet restless architect, Nicholas Moscowitz digs into the history of his newest commission and discovers Julius Moskowitz, a Jewish anarchist who lived in the same Philadelphia streets with the same surname over a hundred years prior. Their dual narratives intersect to create a masterful novel and a poignant meditation on cruelty and regret. Stephanie Feldman calls the novel “an evocative meditation on the bond between a man and the places that formed him.” Twenty years after two sisters are abducted in Andrea Kleine’s novel, Eden, the abductor is up for parole. In order to try and keep him jailed, one sister sets out to find the other in a suspenseful and moving journey of a lifetime. Publishers Weekly calls it “fascinating...a gripping portrait of the lingering effects of trauma.” 

Authors
avatar for Andrea Kleine

Andrea Kleine

Andrea Kleine is the author of the novel Calf, which was named one of the best books of 2015 by Publishers Weekly. She is a five-time MacDowell Colony Fellow and the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. A performance artist, essayist, and novelist, she lives... Read More →
avatar for Nathaniel Popkin

Nathaniel Popkin

Nathaniel Popkin is an essayist, novelist, and historian. In addition to the novel Lion and Leopard and three books of non-fiction, Popkin’s essays and literary criticism have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Public Books, Tablet, The Rumpus, and the Kenyon Review, among many... Read More →



Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

The Heroine's Journey
Female heroes find their power, courage, and humility in Deborah Schaumberg and Kathy Macmillan’s gripping new novels. In The Tombs, Deborah Schaumberg melds history and fantasy, taking readers on sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl’s breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York, and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried? In Dagger and Coin, Kathy Macmillan’s heroine, Soraya Gamo, was meant to be queen of Qilara, until an Arnath slave rebellion destroys the monarchy and the capital city. Now, she sits on the new Ruling Council beside her former enemies, holding the political power she always wanted – but over a nation in ruins. As she works to rebuild Qilara, she can, at last, use what everyone once told her to hide: her brain. 

Authors
avatar for Kathy MacMillan

Kathy MacMillan

Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse (2016) was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award, and its companion novel, Dagger and Coin (2018) has been called... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Schaumberg

Deborah Schaumberg

Deborah Schaumberg was born in Brooklyn, not far from where The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. She and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters... Read More →



1:30pm

Changing the American Dream
Meet journalist Laura Wides-Muñoz, author of The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What it Means to be American and Hareth Andrade-Ayala, one of the book’s featured youths. Wides-Muñoz chronicles the next chapter in civil rights as witnessed through the inspiring experiences of five young undocumented activists who are transforming society’s attitudes toward one of the most contentious political matters roiling America today: immigration. Kirkus Reviews calls the book “Poignant… An eye-opening exploration of the DREAM Act and those who have tried to find safe harbor in the United States under its aegis. A well-crafted, timely contribution to the immigration debate.”

Authors
avatar for Laura Wides-Muñoz

Laura Wides-Muñoz

Laura Wides-Muñoz ​is the author of The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What it Means to be American, based on more than a decade of reporting on immigration, much of it done while a staff writer for The Associated Press.Previously... Read More →



Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

2:15pm

The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold
Benedict Arnold’s infamous last act of treason during the Revolutionary War has remained a puzzle to historians. Joyce Lee Malcolm’s The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life unravels the man behind the myth, from his brilliant wartime military exploits to his troubled relationship with the newly formed Congress. American Historical Review calls the book “a work of genuine excellence, as persuasive in its argument as it is unsettling in its implications. Malcolm’s prose is both vigorous and elegant.” Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Authors
avatar for Joyce Lee Malcolm

Joyce Lee Malcolm

Joyce Lee Malcolm is a professor at George Mason University School of Law. She is the author of Guns and Violence; Peter’s War; and To Keep and Bear Arms. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.



Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:15pm - 3:40pm
Lord of Life Church 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax, VA 22032

3:00pm

The Road Less Traveled with Cheuse Center Fellows
Along with Matt Davis, director of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center, MFA students Carol Mitchell, Tim Barzditis, and Rachel Purdy will share their experience overseas as 2018 Cheuse Travel Grant winners. The Cheuse Center at George Mason University celebrates the art of creative writing as a means of international dialogue, education, and understanding.

Authors
avatar for Tim Barzditis

Tim Barzditis

Tim Barzditis is a poetry student of George Mason University's Creative Writing MFA program. Prior to his time at GMU, Tim earned his BA and MA in English at Lynchburg College. He currently serves as a reader for So To Speak and Stillhouse Press. Tim's work has been nominated for... Read More →
avatar for Carol Mitchell

Carol Mitchell

Carol Mitchell is a first year MFA student at George Mason. Her pre-Mason writing career has been focused on children's books based in the Caribbean which give children an engaging peek into the culture, history, and geography of the Caribbean. Her short stories for adult audiences... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Purdy

Rachel Purdy

Rachel Purdy loves adventure. For five years, she traveled North America in an RV, working as a freelance journalist and writing a travel blog. Her love of travel was cemented after receiving a grant to study modern short stories at the University of Cambridge. She is pursuing a master’s... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:00pm

Letters from the Boys: Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home
On the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the flood of American troops in Europe that would shift the tide of World War I in favor of the Allies, Letters from the Boys brings to life this terrible war as experienced by Wisconsinites writing home. Carrie A. Meyer combed through three newspapers in Green County, Wisconsin, to collect and synthesize the letters from boys into a narrative that is both unique and representative, telling the stories of several Green County boys and what they saw, from preparing for war, to life among French families near the front, to the terror of the battlefield. Sponsored by the Department of History and Art History.

Authors
avatar for Carrie A. Meyer

Carrie A. Meyer

Carrie A. Meyer is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University, a full-time faculty member since 1988. Before completing a PhD in economics at the Universityof Illinois, Meyer was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Much of herresearch has focused... Read More →



3:00pm

Injustice in Policing Black Bodies
In Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change, Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith make a compelling case that the issue goes far beyond the brutal headline stories of Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray. Hattery and Smith connect the regulation of African American people in many settings--including the public education system and the criminal justice system--into a powerful narrative about the ways African Americans are policed. The book discusses the school-to-prison pipeline; mass incarceration and the prison boom; unique ways black women and trans people are treated; wrongful convictions and the challenges of exoneration, and more. Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and African and African American Studies.

Authors
avatar for Angela J. Hattery

Angela J. Hattery

Professor Angela J. Hattery, George Mason University (BA Carleton College, PHD University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Professor and the Director of the Women & Gender Studies Program at George Mason University. Her research focuses on social stratification, gender, family, and race... Read More →
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Earl Smith

Earl Smith, PhD, is {Emeritus} Professor of Sociology and the Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University.  He is the Director of the Wake Forest University American Ethnic Studies Program. Dr. Smith is the former Chairperson of the Department... Read More →



4:30pm

(Un)dead on the Great Plains
The living dead and angry spectres haunt the travelers in two terrifying novels. Alma Katsu’s The Hunger is a supernatural re-telling of the story of the ill-fated Donner Party, a large group of families travelling by covered wagon into the most deadly and disastrous trip west in American history. USA Today says, Katsu “is at her best when she forces her readers to stare at the almost unimaginable meeting of ordinary people and extraordinary desperation, using her sharp, haunting language.” Marianne Kirby’s novel Hogtown Market is the second book in her Feral Seasons series. Picking up where Dust Bath Revival left off, it follows Henrietta Goodness, Hank to everyone who knows her, as she escapes her grim town to help her brother. If the Reborn-- the dead who rose after the great Dust Bowl-- don’t get her, the human predators will. 

Authors
avatar for Alma Katsu

Alma Katsu

Alma Katsu is the author of The Taker, The Reckoning, and The Descent. She has been a signature reviewer for Publishers Weekly and a contributor to The Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Master's writing program at the Johns Hopkins University and received her bachelor's... Read More →
avatar for Marianne Kirby

Marianne Kirby

Marianne Kirby writes about bodies both real and imagined. She plays with the liminal space between vanishing and visibility; she thinks the things that go bump in the night need to spend some time in the sun. Her debut novel Dust Bath Revival was listed as one of the Best Books of... Read More →



Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

4:30pm

Conspiracy Theories, Captivity, and UFOs
In The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny, cultural anthropologist Susan Lepselter offers an ethnographic meditation on the “uncanny” persistence and cultural freight of conspiracy theory. The book focuses on the enduring American preoccupation with captivity in a rapidly transforming world-- a trope that appears in both ordinary and fantastic iterations here. Lepselter shows how multiple troubled histories—of race, class, gender, and power—become compressed into stories of uncanny memory. As Jeffrey J. Kripal, Professor of Religion at Rice University, notes: “The author’s semiotic approach to the paranormal is immensely productive, positive, and, above all, resonant with what actually happens in history.”

Authors
avatar for Susan Lepselter

Susan Lepselter

Susan Lepselter is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Adjunct Associate Professor of Folklore at Indiana University. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on narrative, poetics and culture, and includes studies of captivity narratives, hoarding disorder, and online neurodivergent... Read More →



Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room E 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

4:30pm

Sexualities, Intimacies, and Queer Migration with Eithne Luibhéid
In her talk, Eithne Luibhéid argues that queer migration scholarship and activism are strengthened by addressing sexualities and intimacies as interlinked but distinct grounds of struggle against unjust immigration enforcement. She discusses the overlaps and differences between sexualities and intimacies and explores how the U.S. government uses sexualities and intimacies to govern immigrants and reproduce a (settler) colonialist, racist, and heteronormative nation and citizenry. Luibhéid suggests that addressing sexualities and intimacies together reframes possibilities for scholarship and activism on urgent contemporary issues. These include the experiences of LGBTQ migrants, separated migrant families, mixed status families, detained asylum seekers, and struggling U.S. citizens. Sponsored by Women and Gender Studies.

Authors
avatar for Eithne Luibhéid

Eithne Luibhéid

Eithne Luibhéid is a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She served as the Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies from 2007-2011. Her research focuses on the connections among queer lives, state immigration controls, and justice struggles... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

4:30pm

Inspired Educator, Engaged Learner
Jennifer Stanchfield is known internationally for her innovative yet practical workshops and publications that help educators engage and motivate learners, inspire a sense of discovery and create a positive and supportive learning community for all. Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons explores experiential techniques for engaging learners emotionally, physically and intellectually in academic content while practicing critical social-emotional skills and building a productive and supportive learning environment.  Educators will find creative strategies to get participants moving, talking, reflecting and keep them engaged with multiple pathways to learning, reviewing, and synthesizing lessons. The innovative reflective techniques offered throughout increase relevancy, meaning, depth of understanding, and create lasting lessons. Sponsored by The EDGE. 

Authors
avatar for Jennifer Stanchfield

Jennifer Stanchfield

Jennifer Stanchfield's depth of experience, creativity, and knowledge of educational theory and practice is evident in her innovative yet practical workshops and publications in which she incorporates the art of facilitation and teaching with brain-based and pedagogical research... Read More →



Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room G 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

4:30pm

Life on the Line: Editors as Activists
Panelists unpack their work of activism conducted as editors of journals or anthologies with particular political messages. Melissa Tuckey's Ghost-Fishing: An Eco-Poetry Anthology is known as the first anthology to ever focus wholly on poetry with an eco-justice stance. Nate Marshall is another poetic pioneer with The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop as it is the first poetry collection ever dedicated to and for the Hip-Hop generation. Arjun Singh Sethi's American Hate: Survivors Speak Out brings together true stories of individuals negatively impacted by the Trump administration such as Arab-Americans and undocumented workers. And, Paula Whyman is editor of the volunteer-run literary magazine Scoundrel Time aimed at “keeping scoundrels at bay.”    

Authors
avatar for Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Wild Hundreds has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Bo... Read More →
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Arjun Singh Sethi

Arjun Singh Sethi is a community activist, civil rights lawyer, writer, and law professor based in Washington, DC. He works closely with Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Sikh communities and advocates for racial justice, equity, and social change at the local and national levels. His... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Tuckey

Melissa Tuckey

Melissa Tuckey lives, writes, and gardens in Ithaca, New York.  She’s author of Tenuous Chapel, a book of poems selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ Press First Book Prize (2013) and editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press 2018). Rope... Read More →
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Paula Whyman

Paula Whyman is the author of the linked story collection You May See a Stranger (TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press), which won the 2017 Towson Prize for Literature. Paula was selected for the first-ever Poets & Writers Magazine “5 Over 50” list. Her work has also appeared... Read More →



6:00pm

Eco-Justice & Hip-Hop: Poetry for the Times
Come hear poets Melissa Tuckey and Nate Marshall read from a selection of their politically and culturally charged poetry.  Melissa Tuckey, editor of Ghost-Fishing: An Eco-Poetry Anthology has created the first anthology that focuses wholly on poetry with an eco-justice stance. Nate Marshall, another poetic pioneer with The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, can lay claim to editing the first poetry collection ever dedicated to and for the Hip-Hop generation.

Authors
avatar for Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Wild Hundreds has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Bo... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Tuckey

Melissa Tuckey

Melissa Tuckey lives, writes, and gardens in Ithaca, New York.  She’s author of Tenuous Chapel, a book of poems selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ Press First Book Prize (2013) and editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press 2018). Rope... Read More →



6:00pm

The Beck Environmental Lecture: Reversing Global Warming
In Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Paul Hawken offers 100 concrete solutions to help abate climate change. Meticulously researched by leading scientists and policy-makers around the globe, Drawdown pushes through widespread fear and apathy to give readers a step-by-step guide for making a difference in creating a just and livable world. Vox says, “The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.” The Beck Lecture is sponsored by Robert and Lucy Beck, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Authors
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Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken has written eight books published in 50 countries and 28 languages including five New York Times bestsellers, The Next Economy, Growing a Business, The Ecology of Commerce, Blessed Unrest, and Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming... Read More →



7:00pm

Women in WWII
Cindy Gueli and Patricia O'Connell Pearson tell stories of female patriotism, the power of positive attitudes, and the love of flying in a man’s war. In Lipstick Brigade: The Untold True Story of Washington's World War II Government Girls, Gueli explores the surprising and moving first-person stories of how courageous women triumphed over the challenges of war in America’s capital. In Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII, Patricia O’Connell Pearson offers an account of female fighter pilots who answered their country’s call in its time of need. Over 1,100 female pilots ferried planes from factories to bases, towed targets for live ammunition artillery training, tested repaired planes and new equipment, and more. Despite their commitment, they received less pay than men doing the same jobs, and no military benefits. Sponsored by the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library.

Authors
avatar for Cindy Gueli

Cindy Gueli

Dr. Cindy Gueli is a historian and author of Lipstick Brigade: The Untold True Story of Washington's World War II Government Girls. Professor Gueli has taught and lectured widely on American social, cultural, and pop culture history. She is also a media professional who worked as... Read More →
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Patricia O’Connell Pearson

Patricia O’Connell Pearson is a former history teacher with an MEd from George Mason University. She has contributed to and edited history textbooks and published articles in magazines and newspapers including the Washington Post. Always enthusiastic about sharing the stories of... Read More →



7:00pm

Neversays with Randi Bryant
Diversity and inclusivity strategist Randi Bryant has written Neversays: 25 Phrases You Should Never Ever Say to Keep Your Job and Friends, a guidebook for helping people in the workplace and out in the world avoid pitfalls of miscommunication. Bryant travels around the country training top companies’ executives and employees on topics including anti-discrimination, communication in a diverse work environment, and how to capitalize on this diversity. Sponsored by the Harambee Readers Book Club.

Authors
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Randi Bryant

Randi Bryant has always been passionate about communication, diversity and inclusion, as she grew up in a very diverse family and attended schools where she was oftentimes the only minority.Randi’s professional experience furthered her interest in, and commitment to, cultural understanding... Read More →



7:30pm

An American Marriage: An evening with Tayari Jones
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones follows a newlywed couple as the husband is sent to prison for a wrongful conviction and the wife seeks comfort in the arms of a childhood friend. An instant New York Times bestseller and now an Oprah Book Club pick, An American Marriage has been called “a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward-- with hope and pain-- into the future.” USA Today calls it “Brilliant and heartbreaking . . . Unforgettable.” Sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation.

Authors
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Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, including Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers and blogs on writing at www.tayarij... Read More →



 
Thursday, October 11
 

TBA

Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
*Note -- this event runs from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.*

SECOND ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT BOOK REVIEW COLLOQUIUM ON ISLAMIC AND MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
ORGANIZED BY THE ALI VURAL AK CENTER FOR GLOBAL ISLAMIC STUDIES AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY 
The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University and the Maydan (www.themaydan.com), the Center’s digital scholarship platform, presents the second annual Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies to be held on October 11, 2018, in collaboration with the Fall for the Book festival. In 2018, the theme for the colloquium will be “Islam in Modern Regional Contexts.” 

The Colloquium invites advanced graduate students in social sciences and humanities to present book reviews of recent noteworthy publications in the broader field of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies in line with the 2018 theme, “Islam in Modern Regional Contexts.” The Colloquium will enable graduate students to engage with leading academics in their respective fields. It will also bring a critical and informed discussion of recent notable books to the attention of broader audiences attending the Fall for the Book festival at George Mason University.

Panel 1:  Religion, Education and War on Terror 
10-11:45
 
Book Under Review: Ann Marie Wainscott, Bureaucratizing Islam: Morocco and the War on Terror (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).
 
MUHAMMAD AL-SAYED  BUSHRA, Georgetown University
DAVID DUKE, Portland State University
AMINE EL-YOUSFI, Cambridge University
NAGHAM EL-KARHILI, Georgia State University

Panel 2: Islamophobia and the Muslim Quotidian in America
1:00-3:00
Book Under Review: Erik Love, Islamophobia and Racism in America (New York: NYU Press, 2017).
 
MICHELLE DROMGOLD-SERMEN, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
HINASAHAR MUNEERUDDIN, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Book Under Review: John O’Brien, Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017).
SAYED HAMID AKBARY, University of Calgary
SAULA FAWZI, McGill University
HALE INANOGLU, George Mason University

Panel 3: Institutions, Islam, Politics in Multiple Contexts
3:30-5:30
Book Under Review: Ozlem Madi-Sisman, Muslims, Money and Democracy in Turkey: Reluctant Capitalists (New York: Palgrave, 2017).
MICHAEL DIRKSEN, University of Illinois at Chicago
Book Under Review: Eren Tasar, Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia, 1943-1991 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
SUMEYYE MINE ILTEKIN, University of Delaware
NURLAN KABDYLKHAK, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Book Under Review: Stéphane A. Dudoignon, The Baluch, Sunnism and the State in Iran: From Tribal to Global (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
CANDACE MIXON, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Book Under Review: Rafaela M. Dancygier, Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017).
BRIAN VAN WYCK, Michigan State University


Thursday October 11, 2018 TBA
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room E 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30am

Literature of the Chinese-American Experience
Two writers explore the generational, familial, and cultural bonds in Chinese and Chinese-American life. Yang Huang’s interconnected story collection My Old Faithful, which won the Juniper Prize for Fiction, follows one family from China to America over the course of thirty years. Huang paints “a nuanced portrait of family life, full of pain, surprises, and subtle acts of courage.” Vanessa Hua’s novel A River of Stars follows a pregnant Chinese woman as she makes her way to California trying to claim her own American Dream. Celeste Ng calls it “an utterly absorbing novel about the ruthless love of parenthood and the universal truth that sometimes family runs deeper than blood alone.”

Authors
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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. For nearly two decades, she has been writing about Asia and the diaspora in journalism and fiction. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers... Read More →
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Yang Huang

Yang Huang grew up in China’s Jiangsu province and participated in the 1989 student uprisings. Her debut novel, Living Treasures, won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction, and her essays and short stories have appeared in The Margins, Eleven Eleven, Asian Pacific American... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Dewberry Hall, Ground Floor of the Johnson Center 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30am

Native Americans and the Southern Imagination
Gina Caison and Kirstin Squint discuss their research into the intersections of Southern and Native American experiences. In her book Red States: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Southern Studies, Caison argues that notions of Native American identity in the U.S. South can be understood by tracing how audiences in the region came to imagine indigeneity through texts ranging from theatrical and musical performances, pre–Civil War literatures, and contemporary novels. In LeAnne Howe at the Intersections of Southern and Native American Literature, Kirstin Squint explores the innovative and award-winning works of poetry, drama, and fiction from the prominent Chocktaw writer. 

Authors
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Gina Caison

Gina Caison is an assistant professor of English at Georgia State University where she teaches courses in southern literature, Native American literatures, and documentary practices. Her book Red States: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Southern Studies was released on October... Read More →
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Kirstin Squint

Kirstin L. Squint is Associate Professor of English at High Point University, where she teaches classes on multi-ethnic literatures of the U.S. South. She is the author of LeAnne Howe at the Intersections of Southern and Native American Literature (LSU Press, 2018) and co-editor of... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

11:50am

Traveling Wild: Tales of an Ecotourist
A veteran traveler with ecotourism experience on all seven continents, Mike Gunter Jr. is the author of Tales of an Ecotourist: What Travel to Wild Places Can Teach Us About Climate Change. The book showcases travel, from the hot and humid Amazon jungle to the frozen but dry Antarctic, as a simple yet spellbinding lens to better understand the complex issue of climate change. Using both keen humor and memorable anecdotes, and weaving respected scientific studies along the way, the work highlights five famous eco-destinations and fleshes out much-needed personal context to perhaps society’s greatest threat of all. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Authors
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Mike Gunter, Jr.

A veteran traveler with ecotourism experience on all seven continents, Mike Gunter Jr. is a Cornell Distinguished Faculty member and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins College where he serves as Professor and Chair of the Political Science department and Director of International... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 11:50am - 1:15pm
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 4210 Roberts Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032

12:00pm

Recovering Zimbabwe’s Legacy
In this expansive project called Reading Zimbabwe, Tinashe Mushakavanhu constructs a national bibliography of his home country by collecting, cataloging, digitizing, and making available over the Internet information of as many Zimbabwean publications from the 1950s to the present as it is possible to identify and locate. Zimbabwe’s legacy of publishing is in clear danger of disappearing which has consequences on the quality of writing and education now available in the country.

Authors
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Tinashe Mushakavanhu

Tinashe Mushakavanhu is a writer and editor originally from Zimbabwe. He read for a PhD in English at the University of Kent and co-edited State of the Nation: Contemporary Zimbabwean Poetry (2009). Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a visual artist, graphic designer and assistant professor at... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:00pm

What Does It Take to Achieve the Impossible?
In The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men, Billy Shore, writer, philanthropist, and business leader, tells the story of a small cadre of scientists—collaborators and competitors— who are determined to develop a vaccine for malaria—a feat most tropical disease experts have long considered impossible. Shore is the co-founder of No Kid Hungry, and its parent organization Share Our Strength, which has raised more than $600 million to fight hunger and poverty. Sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Well Being.

Authors
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Billy Shore

Billy Shore is the executive chairman of No Kid Hungry and its parent organization, Share OurStrength. Since founding Share Our Strength in 1984 with his sister Debbie, Billy has led theorganization in raising more than $600 million to fight hunger and poverty, and has won thesupport... Read More →



12:00pm

In Businesses We (Don’t) Trust
Powered by the rise in consumer-driven social media content, corporations struggle to maintain their customers’ trust. Reset: Business and Society in the New Social Landscape by Barie Carmichael and James Rubin traces the global decline of trust in business at the same time that the public’s expectations for its role in society are rising. The authors provide a strategic roadmap for businesses to navigate the new era, rebuild trust, and find their voice. Rubin and Carmichael offer case studies of reputations lost and found, suggesting fundamental strategies to mitigate risk and build the corporate brand. Reset is an essential guide to navigating the pitfalls and taking advantage of the opportunities of the new era.

Authors
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Barie Carmichael

Barie Carmichael is the co-author of Reset with James Rubin, who passed away in 2016.Barie Carmichael is a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business and a senior counselor at the global communications consultancy APCO Worldwide. She has more than... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:00pm

When You Gotta Go: How Public Toilets Fail our Private Needs
Why are public restrooms so crappy? Lezlie Lowe has the answers. Her book No Place To Go: How Public Toilets Fail our Private Needs is Number One in addressing the politics of where we’re allowed to “go” in public. From pay to use toilets to deserted alleyways, the book is a marriage of urbanism, history, social narrative, and pop culture that shows the ways—momentous and mockable—public bathrooms just don't work. 

Authors
avatar for Lezlie Lowe

Lezlie Lowe

Lezlie Lowe is a freelance journalist and journalism instructor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been recognized for her long-form journalism by the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Atlantic Journalism Awards. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Dewberry Hall, Ground Floor of the Johnson Center 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

Global Literature: Israel, Dhaka, & The Frozen North
Cheuse Center Director Matt Davis facilitates a panel of authors with novels set in different corners of the globe. The Parting Gift by Evan Fallenberg tackles jealousy, obsession, and revenge, as it shrewdly explores the gender expectations of men as lovers, as fathers, and as Israelis and Palestinians. Tiger Trails by Helena Thorfinn tells the story of a Swedish woman who once worked for the Swedish Embassy in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and - after a recent terror attack - she has returned with her husband to continue her work in human rights. The Dictionary of Animal Languages by Heidi Sopinka details the life and work of a 90-year-old British woman who abandoned her love, her art, and her home in Paris during WWII to conduct research of animal languages in the “frozen North.” 

Authors
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Evan Fallenberg

Evan Fallenberg is an author and translator of films, plays, and books, including Meir Shalev's A Pigeon and a Boy, winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award for fiction. He is the recipient of the American Library Association Barbara Gittings Stonewall Book Award for Literature... Read More →
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Heidi Sopinka

Heidi  Sopinka is  the  founder  of  renowned  fashion  label  Horses  Atelier,  and  has  also  worked  as  a  cook,  a  pilot,  and  a  literary  journalist,  in  her  native  Canada.  In  2009  Sopinka  spent  several  days  with  Leonora  Carrington... Read More →
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Helena Thorfinn

Helena Thorfinn is a Swedish writer and development professional currently living in Washington DC. Helena moves between writing, journalism and development issues with a passion for people and how people strategize to live their lives, personally, politically and practically.For... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Dewberry Hall, Ground Floor of the Johnson Center 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

The Chance of Salvation: How Americans Chose Their Religion
The United States has a long history of religious pluralism, which results in Americans switching religions more often than any other nation. The Chance of Salvation: A History of Conversion in America by Lincoln A. Mullen traces the history of the distinctively American idea that religion is a matter of individual choice. Christianity Today says Mullen “handles conversion narratives with respect, but without abandoning a critical, scholarly eye…[he] helps us see how a distinctly evangelical approach to salvation had ripple effects beyond evangelicals, and he should be commended for it.” Sponsored by the Department of History and Art History.

Authors
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Lincoln A. Mullen

Lincoln A. Mullen is an assistant professor at George Mason University in the Department of History and Art History. Mullen is a historian of American religion, and his digital historical work has also taken him into U.S. legal history and the history of early American elections.  His recent work... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

March for Freedom with Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
March: Book One, this year's selection for the Mason Reads program, is the first in the trilogy of graphic memoirs from Congressman John Lewis, written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. March follows Lewis's remarkable journey in the Civil Rights Movement, from his youth in rural Alabama, to meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to the steps of City Hall. It is a testament of the power of nonviolent protest in the battle against segregation. Lewis and Aydin will speak about the books at this year's Mason Reads event. Sponsored by the Office of Orientation and George Mason University Libraries.

Authors
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Andrew Aydin

Andrew Aydin, an Atlanta native, was raised by a single mother and grew up reading everything,particularly comic books. After college, Andrew took a job with Congressman John Lewis inWashington, D.C. A year later, while serving as Press Secretary on the Congressman's re-electioncampaign... Read More →
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Congressman John Lewis

John Lewis is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th district and an American icon known for his role in the civil rights movement.He first joined the movement as a seminary student in Nashville, organizing sit-ins and participating in the first Freedom Rides, which challenged... Read More →



1:30pm

Beast: A Catalan Poet’s Exploration
Award-winning Catalan artist, poet and filmmaker Irene Solà’s debut poetry collection Beast was awarded the Amadeu Oller Poetry Prize. The Poetry Books Society calls it “a darkly imaged, startling and lyrically precise exploration of gender, identity, sexuality and multiple forms of desire.” Ben Rivers calls Beast “Sensuous, precise, and profoundly generous in their glimpses of strikingly private narratives, Sola’s poems feel perfectly placed for the strange heat of our times…” 

Authors
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Irene Solà

Irene Solà is a writer and artist. She was born in Malla, near Barcelona in 1990. Her first poetry collection Beast was awarded the Amadeu Oller Poetry Prize and was published by Galerada Editorial (Catalunya) and Shearsman Books (UK). Her first novel The dams has been awarded the... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts George Mason University

3:00pm

Laugh Out Loud Reads
Hilarity surrounds two main characters who have a lot expected of them: a single mother and an investigative journalist. Inman Majors’ novel Penelope Lemon: Game On follows the title character, who is a recent divorcée, closet Metallica fan, and accidental subversive, as she navigates the expectations of suburban motherhood. In Jill Orr’s The Bad Break: A Riley Ellison Mystery, a librarian-turned-journalist is faced with a murder investigation and a bridezilla as she desperately tries to prove she can handle the increasing demands of her new job. Author Lian Dolan says, “I loved this fresh page-turner―it’s fun, funny, and moves like lightning.”

Authors
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Inman Majors

Inman Majors’s writing has been compared to that of Charles Portis, Barry Hannah, and Kingsley Amis. In his last novel, Loves Winning Plays, he took on SEC football, and the Wall Street Journal called the results “delightful”; Publishers Weekly called the novel “funny, irreverent... Read More →
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Jill Orr

Jill Orr is the author of The Good Byline, the first in the Riley Ellison mystery series. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband and two children, and also serves on the board of the Unbound Book Festival. The... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Dewberry Hall, Ground Floor of the Johnson Center 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:00pm

Understanding Racism in America
Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues that racism in America is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever, and if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Kendi offers us the tools we need to expose them--and in the process, gives us reason to hope. Sponsored by African and African American Studies. 

Authors
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Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi, an award-winning historian and New York Times best-selling author, is Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is an Ideas Columnist at The Atlantic. His second... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:00pm

Tilting into the Truth with Nicole Harkin
When Nicole Harkin was nine-years-old, she learned her father was comatose 120 miles away from home. And, then the hospital nurse informed Nicole’s mother that another woman was also visiting their father every day, whenever the family wasn’t there. That is when everything tilted: her parent’s marriage, her family, and her understanding of the truth. Tilting: A Memoir chronicles this chapter of Harkin’s life and the after effects using both pathos and humor. Kirkus Reviews credits Harkin with doing “a fine job of mining her childhood for sweet stories that contrast with the sour turn that her parents' marriage takes."

Authors
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Nicole Harkin

Nicole Harkin currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two small children. She works as a writer and family photographer. As a Fulbright Scholar during law school, Nicole lived in Berlin, Germany where she studied German environmentalism. Her work can be found in Thought... Read More →



3:00pm

Hard to Do: The Surprising Feminist History of Breaking Up
Kelli María Korducki discusses her book, Hard to Do: The Surprising Feminist History of Breaking Up, which examines the relatively short history of romantic love, tracing how the myth of economic equality between men and women has transformed the ways women conceive of domestic partnership. With perceptive, reported insights on the ways marriage and divorce are legislated, the rituals of twentieth-century courtship, and contemporary practices for calling it off, Korducki reveals that, for all women, choosing to end a relationship is a radical action. Sponsored by Student Support and Advocacy Center.

Authors
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Kelli Maria Korducki

Kelli María Korducki is a journalist and cultural critic. Her byline has appeared frequently inthe Globe and Mail and National Post, as well as in the New Inquiry, NPR, the Walrus, Vice, and the Hairpin. She was nominated for a 2015 National Magazine Award for 'Tiny Triumphs... Read More →



3:00pm

Biking Across America: A Climate Scientist’s Journey
After a high-level career as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland and other top climate organizations, scientist David Goodrich set out on a trip across America with his bicycle, camera, and notebook to tackle the widespread misinformation and denial of climate change. For A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the United States, Goodrich rode 4,200 miles from Delaware to Oregon speaking to people from all walks of life he met along the way. 

Authors
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David Goodrich

David Goodrich worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and served as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland. He retired as head of NOAA’s Climate Observations and Monitoring Program. In addition to his cross-country bicycle... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

4:30pm

MFA Fellows Reading
Come hear the fellowship-winning writers of George Mason University’s MFA Creative Writing program. Andrew Art is an award-winning poet and the Heritage Student Writer Fellow in poetry. Fiction Fellow Anney Bolgiano was recently published in Politics & Prose District Lines, an anthology of Washington, D.C. writers. Kate Branca, the Thesis Fellow in nonfiction, is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Poetry Fellow E. Rhōdes Thompson is an award-winning poet and the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hellscape. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

Authors
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Andrew Art

Andrew Art, a native of Ohio, lives and writes in Virginia. He is the Heritage Writer Fellow in Poetry at George Mason University. Other honors include the Howard McCord Poetry Award, the Grandma Goda Award, and the Joseph A. Lohman III Poetry Award. He currently serves on the editorial... Read More →
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Anney Bolgiano

Anney Bolgiano was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD. She received her BA from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, and spent two years teaching middle and high school before beginning her MFA at George Mason. She enjoys writing various forms of fiction, from flash, to longer short... Read More →
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Kate Branca

Kate Branca is an emerging nonfiction writer with a passion for the performing arts. She was first published last year in Flyway Journal of Writing & the Environment, which nominated her work for a Pushcart Prize. Kate is also the Editor-In-Chief for phoebe journal.
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E. Rhōdes Thompson

E. Rhōdes Thompson is a non-binary writer and artist. They are a poetry MFA candidate at George Mason University; the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hellscape, an online magazine dedicated to the creative work of neurodivergent people; and the art and design editor of So to Speak... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

4:30pm

Translating the Classics
Learn about the swashbuckling adventure of translating the classics. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis’ journey with the clever d’Artagnan have been given new life by Lawrence Ellsworth in his edition of Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers. Ellsworth then keeps the drama of Cardinal Richelieu, Queen Anne, and King Louis XIII going in his new translation of the sequel, The Red Sphinx

Authors
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Lawrence Ellsworth

Lawrence Ellsworth is the pen name of Lawrence Schick. He began his career as a writer at TSRHobbies, where he was instrumental in the early popularity of the role-playing game “Dungeons& Dragons.” An authority on historical adventure fiction, Ellsworth is the editor of The Big... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room G 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

4:30pm

Wanting More: Coming-of-Age Novels
The coming-of-age novel is a staple of great literature. Silver Girl, by Leslie Pietrzyk is set in the American Midwest with a main character itching to leave her poor family behind in exchange for a rich best friend and a few frat parties. Then, as the relationships she forms begin to define her, the girl is faced with greed, desire, and a local psychopath called the Tylenol Killer. Jon Pineda’s novel, Let’s No One Get Hurt takes place in the American South. 15-year-old Pearl is squatting on a houseboat with her father and his three friends when she meets the rich teenage boy whose parents own that very property. They become unequal friends as Pearl learns about how differences in race and socioeconomics can result in violence and humiliation. 

Authors
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Leslie Pietrzyk

Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of Silver Girl, released in February 2018 by Unnamed Press, and called “profound, mesmerizing, and disturbing” in a Publishers Weekly starred review. Her collection of unconventionally linked short stories, This Angel on My Chest, won the 2015... Read More →
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Jon Pineda

Jon Pineda is the author of the novel Let's No One Get Hurt (FSG).  His other books include the memoir Sleep in Me, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the novel Apology, winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize.  His recent poetry collection Little Anodynes... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Dewberry Hall, Ground Floor of the Johnson Center 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

4:30pm

The Secret History of A Modern Suburb
In writing any history, authors depend on primary and secondary sources to provide the basic facts surrounding people, events and places from the past. Yet, these sources offer far more than just facts. They can enrich any history by bringing forth the voices of participants found in diaries, letters, photographs, newsletters, newspaper articles, and other archival materials. The author of Participation, Community, and Public Policy in a Virginia Suburb: Of Our Own Making, Patricia Donahue, teams up with the directors of two archive collections, Laura Wickstead, the Virginia Room Librarian at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, and Lynn Eaton, Director of the George Mason University Libraries Special Collections Research Center, to discuss Donahue’s work in the archives. The directors will talk about how that material came to their repository, and the importance of archives in documenting current culture for future researchers and writers. 

Authors
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Patricia Farrell Donahue

Patricia Farrell Donahue received her M.A. in public policy from Georgetown University and Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University. She is the 2014 Recipient of Mason’s Joseph L. Fisher Award for Best Dissertation and Academic Achievement. As a senior policy analyst... Read More →
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Lynn Eaton

Lynn Eaton is the Director of George Mason University Libraries Special Collections Research Center. She has worked in academic special collections libraries for over 20 years, focusing on digital projects and outreach to increase use of primary source materials. She holds a Master’s... Read More →
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Laura Wickstead

Laura S. Wickstead has worked in special research collections within public libraries for 19 years, providing reference service to genealogists and researchers of every age and interest. She holds a master’s degree in library science and is a graduate of the Modern Archives Institute... Read More →



4:30pm

The Real Relationship between the U.S. and Mexico
Especially relevant in today's America, Andrew Selee’s Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together illustrates how the U.S.-Mexico border is more like a seam than a barrier. With or without a wall, deeply intertwined social, economic, business, cultural, and personal relationships weave together the two economies. Through portraits of business leaders, migrants, chefs, movie directors, police officers, and media and sports executives, this book looks at this emerging Mexico, showing how it increasingly influences our daily lives in the United States in surprising ways--the jobs we do, the goods we consume, and even the new technology and entertainment we enjoy. Andrew Selee, President of the Migration Policy Institute and past Director of the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, will be in conversation with George Mason University Professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, author of Los Zetas Inc. Together they will paint a realistic portrait of the border region that few Americans see. Sponsored by the Institute for Immigration Research and the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Authors
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Andrew Selee

Andrew Selee is Executive Director of the Migration PolicyInstitute. His new book is Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together. It will be released June 5th. From Amazon: Wall or no wall, deeply intertwined social, economic, business, cultural... Read More →



4:30pm

You Eat What You Are
“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are” ~ Brillat-Savarin. Food is more than just the combination of nutrients we ingest. Food creates interaction and introspection. Food is culture, and the study of this culture, or foodways, is a growing field which focuses on how we interact with each other through and around food. Folklorist Lucy M. Long, founder of the Center for Food and Culture and a prolific writer on foodways, will lead a discussion and cooking demonstrations as we explore how food defines us culturally, socially, and personally. Sponsored by Folklore Roundtable and the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center.

Authors
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Lucy M. Long

Lucy M. Long directs the Ohio-based non-profit Center for Food and Culture (www.foodandculture.org) and is an adjunct assistant professor in American studies, ethnic studies, folklore, nutrition, and tourism at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. With a PhD in Folklore and Folklife... Read More →


4:30pm

The Future of Academic Writing and Publishing
What is “academic writing”? How has what we call “academic writing” changed to reflect digital landscapes, diverse audiences, and new publishing platforms? This panel, comprised of academic authors, bloggers, textbook producers, and publishing professionals, discusses recent challenges to definitions of academic writing and how we might anticipate further changes in coming decades. Panelists include Adam Winsler, Emily H. Green, Doug Eyman, Laura Wheeler Poms and John Warren. Sponsored by Writing Across the Curriculum

Authors
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Douglas Eyman

Douglas Eyman teaches courses in digital rhetoric, technical and scientific communication, and professional writing at George Mason University where he directs the MA in Professional Writing and Rhetoric and the PhD in Writing and Rhetoric. Douglas is the senior editor and publisher... Read More →
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Emily H. Green

Emily H. Green is assistant professor of musicology at George Mason University. Her work examines music as a product of economic and social structures rather than as an expression of the pure “genius” of historical figures. She writes on the music trade in the age of Mozart and... Read More →
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Laura Wheeler Poms

Laura Wheeler Poms is an Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University. She is an occupational health psychologist focusing on how an individual's work environment influences physical and mental... Read More →
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John Warren

John W. Warren is Director and Associate Professor, Masters of Professional Studies in Publishing program at George Washington University. Previously, he was Director of George Mason University Press/Mason Publishing. Warren has more than twenty-five years of management experience... Read More →
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Adam Winsler

Dr. Adam Winsler is professor of applied developmental psychology and associate chair of graduate studies in the Psychology Department at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. His research, represented in over 100 publications, examines early childhood education, school... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

6:00pm

Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award Ceremony
The three finalists for the inaugural Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award will each read from their books before the grand prize is awarded. Hernán Díaz is the author of the novel In the Distance, Elena Georgiou is the author of the story collection The Immigrant’s Refrigerator, and Renee Macalino Rutledge is the author of the novel The Hour of Daydreams. This post-publication book prize was created to recognize recently published works that illuminate the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants, whose work is historically underrepresented in writing and publishing. Helon Habila, Madeleine Thien, and Maaza Mengiste judged. When speaking about the prize, Habila said: “if America is a country of immigrants as it is often described, then the quintessential American literature would be the literature of immigration…  Hopefully these new voices will make us step back and look at ourselves with new eyes, and new hope and new meaning.” Sponsored by the Institute for Immigration Research.

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Hernán Díaz

Hernán Díaz is the author of Borges, Between History and Eternity (Bloomsbury 2012), managing editor of RHM, and associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University. He lives in New York.
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Elena Georgiou

Elena Georgiou is the author of the short-story collection The Immigrant’s Refrigerator (GenPop Books), and the poetry collections Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants (Harbor Mountain Press) and mercy mercy me (University of Wisconsin), which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a finalist... Read More →
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Renee Macalino Rutledge

Renee Macalino Rutledge was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area from the age of four. A long-time local journalist, her articles and essays have appeared in ColorLines, Filipinas Magazine, Oakland and Alameda Magazine, the San Francisco Bay Guardian... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts George Mason University

6:00pm

Writing About The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson
Four writers discuss Hunter S. Thompson, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas from different perspectives. Juan F. Thompson, the author of Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson and son of the legendary writer, details being raised by the father of gonzo journalism. In Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism, Tim Denevi examines another side of Thompson -- the anti-Nixon political activist. William McKeen wrote of his interviews with Thompson in Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson, which the Washington Post praises, “Gets it all in: the boozing and drugging…but also the intelligence, the loyalty, the inherent decency." And memoirist Margaret Harrell’s Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert details her experiences as Thompson’s former assistant editor and friend.

Authors
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Tim Denevi

Timothy Denevi is an assistant professor in the MFA program at George Mason University. His latest book is Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism. His first book, Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD, was published in 2014.  His essays can be found online in The Atlantic, New York, Salon, Time, The Paris Review, and Literary Hub, where he serves as the nonfiction editor. He lives near Washington, DC, with his wife and childr... Read More →
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Margaret A. Harrell

Margaret A. Harrell is the author of the four-volume Keep This Quiet! memoir series (SaeculumUniversity Press 2011–2018). The first volume, My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson,Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert, covers her life in Greenwich Village New York City whileworking at... Read More →
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William McKeen

William McKeen is the author of nine books and the editor of four more. His books include Everybody Had an Ocean (2017), Too Old to Die Young (2015), Homegrown in Florida (2012), Mile Marker Zero (2011), Outlaw Journalist (2008), Highway 61 (2003), and Rock and Roll is Here to Stay... Read More →
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Juan F. Thompson

Juan F. Thompson is the author of Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson. He was born in 1964 outside of San Francisco, California, and grew up in Woody Creek, Colorado. He graduated from Tufts University and lives in Louisville. He is currently working on his next... Read More →



7:00pm

Love, Loss, and Finding New Life
Both Sarahlyn Bruck and Orly Konig’s novels weave tales of love and loss, and how to pick up the pieces afterwards. In Sarahlyn Bruck’s Designer You, a newly-widowed mother challenged with grieving the loss of her husband and co-owner of their DIY empire learns how to be a single parent. In Orly Konig’s Carousel Beach, a granddaughter connects with her deceased grandmother’s first love, a 90-year-old carousel horse carver suffering from Alzheimer’s and, in doing so, “untangles the intertwined secrets of love, heartbreak, and misunderstandings between three generations of strong willed women.” Sponsored by Friends of the Oakton Library.

Authors
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Sarahlyn Bruck

Sarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women’s fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husbandand daughter. She is the author of Designer You, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31,2018. She has an MA in English from Cal State Los Angeles and teaches writing and literature... Read More →
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Orly Konig

After years in the corporate world (most of it in the space industry), Orly Konig took a leap into the creative world of fiction. She is the founding president of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, an active member of the Tall Poppy Writers, and a quarterly contributor to... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Oakton Library 10304 Lynnhaven Pl, Oakton, VA 22124

7:00pm

Virginia is for Lovers (& Romance Novelists)
One moment changes everything in Tracey Livesay’s Love Will Always Remember. After waking from a coma, Leighton Clarke faces her amnesia with her fiancé by her side. Sparks fly as her memory returns and she discovers he’s not her fiancé after all. Kirkus Reviews describes it as “Scandal meets While You Were Sleeping in a D.C.–set romance.” Love Will Always Remember is the third novel in Livesay’s Shade of Love series.

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Tracey Livesay

Tracey Livesay’s latest release is Love Will Always Remember with Avon/HarperCollins. She writes smart, sexy and emotional contemporary romances where strong, successful heroines find love with powerful, passionate heroes. She's past president of Virginia Romance Writers, volunteers... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Patrick Henry Library 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180

7:00pm

Everybody Loves an Underdog
The Comeback: Greg LeMond, the True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France chronicles the life of Greg LeMond, one of America’s greatest athletes, from his roots in Nevada and California to the heights of global fame, to a falling out with his own family and a calamitous confrontation with Lance Armstrong over allegations that Armstrong was doping. Author Daniel de Visé tells how LeMond waged a campaign on principle for more than a decade, ostracized from the sport he loves, before Armstrong was finally stripped of his own Tour titles for his role in the biggest doping conspiracy in the history of American sports. With a fierce attention to detail, de Visé reveals the dramatic, ultra-competitive inner world of a sport rarely seen up close, and builds a compelling case for LeMond as its great American hero.

Authors
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Daniel de Visé

Daniel de Visé is an author and journalist. A graduate of Wesleyan and Northwestern universities, he has worked at the Washington Post and Miami Herald, among other newspapers. He shared a 2001 Pulitzer Prize and has garnered more than two dozen national and regional journalism awards... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Kingstowne Library 6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr, Alexandria, VA 22315

7:00pm

Hotel Scarface: Mutiny & Mobsters in Miami
Blending history, true crime, memoir, and popular culture homage, Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami by Roben Farzad tells a true story set in the middle of the murder and drug capital of America in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The decadent cocaine-fueled story of the Mutiny—the hotel which inspired the legendary film Scarface—features a cast of not just big- and small-time gangsters, the hotel staff, and bodyguards, but also some of the biggest political and celebrity names of the time. Farzad also hosts the weekly podcast Full Disclosure on NPR One and is a special correspondent on PBS NewsHour. Sponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library.

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Roben Farzad

Roben Farzad hosts the weekly podcast Full Disclosure on NPR One and is a special correspondent on PBS NewsHour. He was previously a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, where he covered Wall Street, international finance, and Latin America. Farzad is a graduate of Princeton... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Pohick Regional Library Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd, Burke, VA

7:00pm

JFK’s VIP Party: Great Minds Only
In Dinner in Camelot: The Night America’s Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House, Joseph Esposito, a former member of three U.S. presidential administrations, details the infamous White House dinner that took place on April 29, 1962. In attendance were forty-nine Nobel Prize winners and other intellectual elites including Robert Frost, James Baldwin, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and many others. According to Kirkus Reviews, the book creates “a fascinating entry point to the cultural and academic environments of the 1960s. . . . Esposito presents a book that makes us wonder what the world could have been and that allows us to dream, at least for 200 pages.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Richard Byrd Library.

Authors
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Joseph A. Esposito

Joseph A. Esposito is a writer, historian and educator. He served in three presidential administrations, including being appointed a deputy undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Department of Education. He also worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Richard Byrd Library 7250 Commerce St, Springfield, VA 22150

7:00pm

Words, Words, Words
Join Better Said Than Done storytellers as they share true, personal stories about language, words, and interpretation. Stories are intended for an adult audience. Featuring Sufian Zhemukhov, author of Putin’s Olympics, and Jessica Robinson, the founder of Better Said Than Done, and editor of Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors, and Nick Baskerville. 

Authors
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Nick Baskerville

Nick Baskerville has had the honor of serving in the United States Air Force for a total of 14 years. He has 18 years of fire service time, with 15 years of that being in a career department in Northern Virginia. Nick is a stated certified instructor for the fire service Virginia... Read More →
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Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson is the founder of Better Said Than Done, Northern Virginia’s premiere storytelling troupe.  Jessica has performed stories for Story District, Tales in the Village, The Grapevine, Stories in the Round, Perfect Liars Club, and at such venues as Jammin’ Java, Epicure... Read More →
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Sufian Zhemukhov

Sufian Zhemukhov teaches at George Washington University and University of Maryland. He's performed stories for Story District, Better Said Than Done and at the Town DanceBoutique, The Auld Shebeen and other venues in and around DC. His stories reflect his personal experience as a... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm
The Auld Shebeen The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA

7:00pm

Biking Across America: A Climate Scientist’s Journey
After a high-level career as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland and other top climate organizations, scientist David Goodrich set out on a trip across America with his bicycle, camera, and notebook to tackle the widespread misinformation and denial of climate change. For A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the United States, Goodrich rode 4,200 miles from Delaware to Oregon speaking to people from all walks of life he met along the way. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kings Park Library.

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David Goodrich

David Goodrich worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and served as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland. He retired as head of NOAA’s Climate Observations and Monitoring Program. In addition to his cross-country bicycle... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Kings Park Library Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA
 
Friday, October 12
 

10:30am

Getting Published: The Editor’s Perspective
Three editors discuss best practices for getting published in literary magazines today. Paul Reyes is the award-winning editor of Virginia Quarterly Review and former senior editor of The Oxford American. Katharine Weber is an editor-at-large for Kenyon Review and the author of several novels including Still Life with Monkey, which Fall for the Book headliner Tayari Jones described as, “a brilliantly crafted novel, brimming with heart.” J.M. Tyree is the nonfiction editor of New England Review and the author of several books including Vanishing Streets: Journeys in London, which Publishers Weekly says encapsulates “all the drama and symbolism of character quests with director's commentary.”

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Paul Reyes

Paul Reyes is the editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, where he develops a variety of content, including investigative reporting, essays, photography portfolios, poetry, criticism, and fiction. Prior to joining VQR, he was a senior editor with The Oxford American. At both publications, his work as an editor has led to several nominations... Read More →
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J. M. Tyree

J. M. Tyree is the coauthor of Our Secret Life in the Movies, a short story collection selected by NPR for its annual Best Books feature. His writing on cinema has appeared in The Believer, Lapham's Quarterly, Film Quarterly, and in the BFI Film Classics series of books from the... Read More →
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Katharine Weber

Katharine Weber is the author of seven books, including Triangle, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, The Music Lesson, and The Little Women; the last three were New York Times Notable Books.  The Washington Post called her novel True Confections “succulently inventive... Read More →



Friday October 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:00pm

Grace In Darkness: D.C.’s Women Writers
D.C.’s Politics and Prose Bookstore runs the “Grace and Gravity” series, a literary journal showcasing vibrant female writers living in the D.C.-area. Grace in Darkness is the eighth volume of this beloved series, edited by Melissa Scholes Young. Young’s website explains that “Her vision for the eighth volume is a platform in which women speak - shout, whisper, bellow, and sing - unapologetically and with a confidence so often stripped from women and girls in a society built from a blueprint with a glass ceiling.” Melissa Scholes Young leads the discussion among five of the twenty-five unstoppable writers featured in this anthology: Carmelinda Blagg, Lisa Couturier, Ariel M. Goldenthal, Wendy Besel Hahn, and Leslie Hsu Oh.

Authors
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Carmelinda Blagg

Carmelinda Blagg has published her short fiction in a number of journals, including Halfway Down the Stairs, the anthology Best of the Web 2009, The Lindenwood Review, Barrelhouse and, more recently, The Noctua Review. In 2010, she was the recipient of an Individual Artist Award... Read More →
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Lisa Couturier

Lisa Couturier, author The Hopes of Snakes & Other Tales from the Urban Landscape (Beacon Press), is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner for her essay “Dark Horse,” a contributing editor for Pushcart, and was named a notable essayist in Best American Essays in 2004, 2006, and 2011. Her... Read More →
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Ariel M. Goldenthal

Ariel M. Goldenthal is an assistant professor of English at George Mason University, where she previously received her MFA in creative writing. Her short story, "The Wendy" was included in the Grace in Darkness anthology, and her work has received an Honorable Mention from Glimmer... Read More →
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Wendy Besel Hahn

Wendy Besel Hahn received an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University ('08). She attended Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Creative Nonfiction in 2016. Her work appears in The Washington Post, Sojourner, Redivider, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in... Read More →
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Leslie Hsu Oh

Leslie Hsu Oh is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, whose work has been named among the distinguished stories of the year by Best American Essays. She is a Champion of Change for the White House: AAPI Storytelling and Art program, a Schweitzer Fellow, and the Outdoor Editor for... Read More →
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Melissa Scholes Young

Melissa Scholes Young is the award-winning author of the novel Flood. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Narrative, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, and Poets & Writers. She’s a Contributing Editor for Fiction Writers Review and Editor of Grace in Darkness: D.C... Read More →



Friday October 12, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:00pm

Erasing Syria: The Home That Was Our Country
The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek, award-winning journalist and civil rights lawyer, is set in Syria’s capital city of Damascus, in one specific apartment building - the apartment building of Malek’s own family. Malek shares the many stories that passed each other in the hallway and how the fate of Malek’s neighbors mirrors the fate of the nation. This memoir is a blend of personal and researched narrative, highlighting Syrian history, politics, and society and “delivering an unforgettable portrait of the Syria that is being erased.” The New York Times Book Review says, "The Home That Was Our Country, is one of the finest examples of this new testimonial writing... Malek's memoir will remain essential reading in the emerging body of literary reportage from Syria in English... Such stories couldn't be more urgent." Sponsored by the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Islamic Studies. 

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Alia Malek

Alia Malek is a journalist and former civil rights lawyer. She is the author of The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria (Nation Books 2017)and  A Country Called Amreeka: US History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives (Simon & Schuster 2009). She is the editor of Patriot... Read More →



Friday October 12, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:00pm

Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano
At just twelve years old, talented classical pianist Andrea Avery was diagnosed with a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis. In her breathtaking memoir Sonata, Avery explores the struggle of growing up with RA, and the inspiration and salvation of the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein, as well as Franz Schubert’s haunting last sonata. Booklist calls it a “moving memoir of living with pain, and with music.” Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Andrea Avery

Andrea Avery holds an MFA from Arizona State University and teaches English in Phoenix. Hershort pieces have been published in Real Simple, Ploughshares, and The Oxford American,among others, and she was a finalist in Glamour magazine’s annual essay contest. This is herfirst bo... Read More →



1:30pm

From Poland to America: Essays and a Novel
A husband and wife presentation in the literature of immigration. In Objects of Affection, a collection of personal essays, Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough shares her experience of immigrating to America from Poland in 1984. With memories of living under a totalitarian regime, Hryniewicz-Yarbrough explores the immigrant’s creation of a new identity and double perspective in response to leaving one’s roots in search of a better future. Steve Yarbrough sets his novel The Unmade World in Poland, Ukraine, California, and New York with characters learning to live with grief, guilt, and the aftermath of violence such as the destruction of Luhansk, Ukraine while grappling with various political and cultural issues including the pressures on immigrants and refugees in all three countries. 

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Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough

Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough is a native of Poland. She arrived in the United States in 1984, bringing memories of life under a totalitarian regime, where the personal was always political. The essays in her debut collection Objects of Affection were published in journals such as Agni... Read More →
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Steve Yarbrough

Steve Yarbrough is the author of eleven books, most recently the novel The Unmade World, due out in January 2018.  His other books are the nonfiction title Bookmarked: Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show, the novels The Realm of Last Chances, Safe from the Neighbors, The En... Read More →



Friday October 12, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:00pm

Finding Life After (Almost) Death
Three novels explore the allure of death when life has become too much, and the desire to keep on living. In Katharine Weber’s Still Life With Monkey, a successful architect becomes severely paralyzed after a car wreck. In order to revitalize him, his wife brings home a highly trained helper monkey named Ottoline, whose funny Nutella-gobbling ways bring brightness back to his life. Tayari Jones calls it “a brilliantly crafted novel, brimming with heart.” Jacob M. Appel’s novel Millard Salter’s Last Day follows the book’s namesake on his journey to tie up loose ends with his estranged family. When it comes to Delilah, the widow whom he’s fallen in love with, the approaching end becomes a little more complicated. In Thomas Pierce’s novel The Afterlives, when Jim Byrd dies and is revived without ever catching a glimpse of lights or angels, he wonders if there’s an afterlife. When a ghost shows up, Jim and his wife employ holograms, psychics, messages from the beyond, trying to answer their question.

Authors
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Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel is a physician, attorney and bioethicist based in New York City.  He is the author of seven collections of short fiction, five novels and a collection of essays.  His short stories have been published in more than two hundred journals and have been short-listed for... Read More →
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Thomas Pierce

Thomas Pierce was born and raised in South Carolina. He is the author of the novel, The Afterlives, and the acclaimed story collection, Hall of Small Mammals. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Oxford American, and elsewhere. A recipient of the National Book... Read More →
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Katharine Weber

Katharine Weber is the author of seven books, including Triangle, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, The Music Lesson, and The Little Women; the last three were New York Times Notable Books.  The Washington Post called her novel True Confections “succulently inventive... Read More →



Friday October 12, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:00pm

Women of Color in Islam
In Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam, Sylvia Chan-Malik explores twentieth and twenty-first century U.S. Muslim womanhood through the lens of active resistance. Using archival material, pop culture, interviews and more, Chan-Malik “explores how U.S. Muslim women’s identities are expressions of Islam as both Black protest religion and universal faith tradition.” Sponsored by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Islamic Studies.

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Sylvia Chan-Malik

Sylvia Chan-Malik is Associate Professor in the Departments of American and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she directs the Social Justice Program and teaches courses on race and ethnicity in the United States, Islam in/and America, social... Read More →



Friday October 12, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

4:00pm

Mason’s Alumni Reading
Enjoy poetry and prose from alumni of George Mason University’s Creative Writing M.F.A. Program. Lucy Biederman is the author of The Walmart Book of the Dead, a “darkly comic incantation on the gods and scourges of the 21st century” inspired by the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. John Copenhaver’s novel Dodging and Burning is a mystery set in a small Virginia town reeling from World War II, when a violent crime shook their community. Joe Hall is the author of several collections of poetry, including his latest, Someone’s Utopia, which blends utopia and dystopia as it paints the “(un)making of the familiar world… and unmask[s] the invisible material and ideological labor that prepares the world for us.” Alyse Knorr’s Mega-City Redux uses modern day feminist heroes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena Warrior Princess to search for the mythical city of Christine de Pizan, the world’s first professional female writer. Elegy and love meet on the wild landscape of Alaska in Kate Partridge’s collection Ends of the Earth: Poems. Partridge cycles between autobiography, mythic allusion, and the literary archive in this debut. 

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Lucy Biederman

Lucy Biederman is the author of The Walmart Book of the Dead , which won the 2017 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Award and was a Finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year. She has written four chapbooks of poetry, and her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in The Collagist... Read More →
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John Copenhaver

John Copenhaver is the recipient an Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities for four consecutive years. In 2015, he launched and continues to maintain a crime fiction column for the Lambda Literary website called “Blacklight.” His short fiction has... Read More →
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Joe Hall

Joe Hall is a poet, scholar, and labor librarian. Someone's Utopia (Black Ocean, 2018) is his most recent book of poems. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from Gulf Coast, Postcolonial Studies, The Pen America Blog, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and Queen Mob's Teahouse... Read More →
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Alyse Knorr

Alyse Knorr is an assistant professor of English at Regis University and editor of Switchback Books. She is the author of the poetry collections Mega-City Redux (Green Mountains Review 2017), Copper Mother (Switchback Books 2016), and Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013... Read More →
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Kate Partridge

Kate Partridge is the author of the poetry collection Ends of the Earth (Univ. of Alaska Press, 2017) and two hybrid chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Third Coast, Colorado Review, Pleiades, Yale Review, Blackbird, and other journals. She is a graduate fellow at the University... Read More →



4:30pm

A Man & His Dog: A Couple of Heroes
Craig Grossi is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran, and a recipient of the Purple Heart. During his intelligence work in Afghanistan, Grossi found and befriended (and smuggled into his camp) a unique stray dog who “looks like a ‘Fred.’” And, when Grossi returned home to Virginia, a support team made it possible for Fred to be right at Grossi’s side during his transition back to civilian life, and then his battle with PTSD. Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other is a memoir of two heroes. Currently, Craig & Fred tour the country sharing their incredible uplifting story. Sponsored by the Friends of the Burke Centre Library.

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Craig Grossi

Craig Grossi is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. After returning from Afghanistan, he worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency and attended Georgetown University. When not travelling with Fred, he works intensively with veteran organizations... Read More →



4:30pm

Can’t Go Home Again: Writing About Our Distance from Our Origin
How do you write about a damaged past? James Han Mattson’s novel The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves follows a family grappling with their son killing a classmate and then himself. T. Geronimo Johnson says the intertwined narratives “form a blistering tapestry of love, loss, and tragedy, reminding us that sexual identity remains a ferocious struggle for many small-town youths [as well as] illustrate grief and longing in the age of digital communication.” Nick Kowalczyk’s journalism has taken him around the country, including to Iowa, where an axe murderer and eight victims revived the flagging small town, and to the re-enacted fields of the French and Indian War. In John Lingan’s Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk, a journey to discover the roots of Patsy Cline in Winchester, Virginia turns into an exploration of a Shenandoah town’s vanishing way of life as it collides with the twenty-first century. 

Authors
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Nick Kowalczyk

Nick Kowalczyk has published essays in Ninth Letter, American Literary Review, Salon, and Phoebe, among other places. A graduate of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, he is an associate professor of writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, where he lives with his family.
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John Lingan

John Lingan is the author of Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk, published in summer 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The Oxford American, Pacific Standard, and many other... Read More →
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James Han Mattson

James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in North Dakota. A Michener-Copernicus Fellowship recipient and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Cape Town, the University of Maryland, the George Washington University... Read More →



Friday October 12, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza 4477 Aquia Creek Ln, Fairfax, VA 22030

6:00pm

Searching for Life and Jazz in Philadelphia
Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novel 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas, which tells the story of one day in the lives of three characters whom are all drawn to the jazz club The Cat’s Pajamas. NPR says it’s “Inventive, gorgeously written and unforgettable,” while The Millions calls it “enchanting.” Bertino is also the author of the story collection Safe as Houses. Her work has received The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship in Cork, Ireland, The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, and has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

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Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie-Helene Bertino is the author of the novel 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS and the story collection SAFE AS HOUSES. Her work has received The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellowship in Cork, Ireland, The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, The Iowa Short Fiction Award... Read More →



Friday October 12, 2018 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Research Hall, Room 163 10401 York River Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

6:00pm

Writing Through Identity
Four award-winning essayists read from and discuss their explorations of identity on both personal and cultural levels.  In A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia, Sandy Allen translated and molded their Uncle Bob’s autobiography focused on his battle with being “labeled a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic.” If You Need Me I'll Be Over There by Dave Madden is a collection of short stories starring queer characters and their identities as outsiders in the American Midwest. Mine by Sarah Viren is a debut essay collection which questions different forms of ownership: corporeal, familial, and intellectual. And, Beyond Measure: Essays by Rachel Z. Arndt explores the ritualistic nature of society, specifically looking at weigh-ins, wait times, work-outs, dating apps, and daily commutes. 

Authors
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Sandy Allen

Sandy Allen is a writer, speaker, editor and teacher. Sandy wrote the critically acclaimed work of reported literary nonfiction A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia (Scribner, 2018). Their essays and features stories have been published by BuzzFeed New... Read More →
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Rachel Z. Arndt

Rachel Z. Arndt’s writing has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Quartz,The Believer, and elsewhere. She received MFAs in nonfiction and poetry from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and nonfiction editor of The Iowa Review. After stints in Rhode Island and New... Read More →
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Dave Madden

Dave Madden is the author of If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There and The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy. His shorter work has appeared in Harper’s, The Normal School, LitHub, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere, and he’s received fellowships from... Read More →
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Sarah Viren

Sarah Viren a writer and translator. Her essay collection, Mine, won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize, and her translation of the novella Cordoba Skies by the Argentine author Federico Falco was published Ploughshares Solos in 2016. With L. M. Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas... Read More →



6:00pm

Poetry Night Out
Enjoy an evening of poetry with four writers from around the country. Aaron McCollough is the author of several poetry collections, including the most recent, Rank, “in which forces of nature, mind, spirit, and language partake of each other in vibrant and shifting ways.” Jennifer Chang is the author of Some Say the Lark, which Natasha Trethewey calls “a piercing meditation, rooted in loss and longing, and manifest in dazzling leaps of the imagination—the familiar world rendered strange." Lindsay Bernal is the author of What It Doesn't Have to Do With. Jericho Brown says, "The humor of Lindsay Bernal is rife with allusion to the history of American poetry tradition and cut with merciless self-reflection....These poems question what we take for granted about language and the ways our own words can bind us...."  Danielle Cadena Deulen is the author of Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us, which Denise Duhamel calls “fiercely intelligent… Deulen's poems are slippery pronouncements of our ever-allusive present which is co-opted by nostalgia for our past… and anxiety for our future.”

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Lindsay Bernal

Lindsay Bernal’s poetry collection, What It Doesn’t Have to Do With, published by the University of Georgia Press, won the 2017 National Poetry Series competition. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Conjunctions Online, Gulf Coast, OVERSOUND, Tikkun, and other journals. For... Read More →
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Jennifer Chang

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which was long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award and won the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New... Read More →
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Danielle Cadena Deulen

Danielle Cadena Deulen is the author of three books: The Riots (U. of Georgia Press, 2011), which won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers AwardLovely Asunder (U. of Arkansas Press, 2011), which won the Miller William... Read More →
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Aaron McCollough

Aaron McCollough was raised in Tennessee. He currently works as the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing Lead at George Mason University Library and lives in Washington, DC. He is also the co-publisher, with Karla Kelsey, of SplitLevel Texts. Previously, he was the Librarian for English Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, the Editorial Director at the University of Michigan Press, and the Head of the Scholarly Communication and Publishing unit at the University of Illinois Library.McCol... Read More →



Friday October 12, 2018 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Epicure Cafe Epicure Cafe, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA

7:00pm

Haint So: A Staged Reading of an Original Play
Come sit on the wide front porch with members of the Wells family in Southwest Virginia, as their Sunday afternoon conversation turns to tales of the supernatural. Despite warnings from Grandpa Archie Wells that God “don’t take too kindly” to letting the Devil and haints out on His Day, the stories persist. After all, Grandma Ida Wells will tell anybody who asks, the mountains know things and have secrets that few living beings can ever see or hear. Those who do, come away changed forever – if they come back at all.  In this original work, Haint So explores the rich tradition of folklore, superstition and the mystical spirits of the dark mountains in Virginia. Presented by the Shoestring Theatre Company. 

Appearing in the cast are:
  • Jim Day as Grandpa Archie Wells
  • Mary Fettes as Grandma Ida Wells
  • Sharon Caraballo as their daughter, Melody Wells Carter
  • David Simpson as her husband, Arthur Carter
  • Geoffrey Baskir as Lonnie Wells, Grandpa Wells' brother
  • Steve Palkovitz as Tony Wells, son of Lonnie
  • DJ Neace as Brad Wells, son of Tony Wells
  • Katherine Metres Akbar as Hailey Carter, daughter of Melody & Arthur Carter
  • Mickey Butler as Host & Narrator


Friday October 12, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Pop-Up Theater 10420 North St, Fairfax, VA 22030

7:30pm

Anything is Possible: A Talk with Elizabeth Strout
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge and My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout is back with a new work of fiction. Anything is Possible follows an unforgettable small town cast -- two sisters living vastly different lives, a janitor whose faith is tested, and an adult Lucy Barton-- as they grapple with love and loss. Called “radiant” by Kirkus Reviews, and “stunning” by Vogue, Anything is Possible reverberates with the deep bonds of family, and the hope of reconciliation. Sponsored by the George Mason Friends.


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Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge; the #1 New York Times bestseller My Name Is Lucy Barton; The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick; and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles... Read More →



 
Saturday, October 13
 

10:30am

Recovering the Columbia Space Shuttle
Michael D. Leinbach and Jonathan H. Ward take a powerful look at a shared national disaster and its legacy. Leinbach was the launch director of the space shuttle program when Columbia disintegrated on re-entry before the nation’s eyes on February 1, 2003, and Ward is the Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew is the definitive inside story of the Columbia disaster and recovery, and the inspiring message it ultimately holds. In the aftermath of tragedy, people and communities came together to help bring home the remains of the crew and nearly forty percent of the shuttle, an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station. 

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Michael D. Leinbach

Michael D. Leinbach was the last launch director in the space shuttle program at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, responsible for overall shuttle launch countdown activities until the end of the program in 2011. In November 2004, Leinbach was awarded the prestigious Presidential... Read More →
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Jonathan H. Ward

Jonathan H. Ward works to bring the thrill of the space program to life for the general public as a Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a frequent speaker on space exploration topics to interest groups and at regional conferences. Ward’s previous two... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30am

The Good, the Bad, and the YA Sisterhood
Kirkus Reviews says Jessica Spotswood’s YA novel, The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls, has “notes of Little Women and a dash of Gilmore Girls.” The book follows the lives of the four Garret sisters over the course of one life-changing summer, as they find themselves and each other. Lisa Rosinsky’s YA novel Inevitable and Only asks the question: “What if you suddenly found out you had a sister... and she took over your life?” When Cadie’s father reveals this shocking fact, it tips her whole world upside down and makes her wonder what other secrets there might be. 

Authors
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Lisa Rosinsky

Lisa Rosinsky, a senior editor at Barefoot Books, was named the 2016–2017 Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence. Her stories have been published in Cricket and Highlights™, and her poetry appears in Salamander, Prairie Schooner, The Baltimore Review, Measure... Read More →
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Jessica Spotswood

Jessica Spotswood lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and works as a children’s library associate. Visit jessicaspotswood.com.



Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Merten Hall, Room 1204 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30am

Laugh It Up Story Hour
Get ready to shake, rattle, and roll with laughter during the Story Hour with Fairfax Librarians! Parents and preschoolers are invited to share some laughs and some dance moves during storytime which will feature dance, movement, and humorous stories! Sponsored by the Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30am

Fantastical Four: SciFi, Fables, Folklore, & Film
Two writers blend fantastical fiction with science fiction, fables, folklore, and cinema. The Science of Lost Futures by Ryan Habermeyer is an award-winning short story collection showcasing a unique sense of humor and an intellectual absurdity. Inspired by urban legends, internet scams, and medical folklore, Habermeyer’s fabulist stories extend beyond science fiction and magical realism to celebrate the bizarre. Vanishing Streets: Journeys in London by J.M. Tyree details the writer’s two-decade-long love affair with Britain’s capital city and the cinema created there. As Tyree wanders through the streets of London, he rediscovers and reimagines the London of the past using movie madness and postcard-like annotations on the magical properties of a great city. He is also the co-author of Our Secret Life in the Movies, a linked short story collection inspired by classic and cult cinema. 

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Ryan Habermeyer

Ryan Habermeyer was born and raised outside of Los Angeles. He earned his MFA from the Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts and his PhD from the University of Missouri. His work has appeared in Cream City Review, Carolina Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, and... Read More →
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J. M. Tyree

J. M. Tyree is the coauthor of Our Secret Life in the Movies, a short story collection selected by NPR for its annual Best Books feature. His writing on cinema has appeared in The Believer, Lapham's Quarterly, Film Quarterly, and in the BFI Film Classics series of books from the... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30am

Everyone Has a Story
Four writers across genres share how they translated their professional experiences into published books. After a career in politics and international development, Daniel Martin Elliott wrote The Kingmaker, which follows a political consultant as he influences the Colombian presidency. The Shot That Never Came by John Coburn is a memoir about Coburn’s career in law enforcement for the U.S. Forest Service, and his experience dealing with tragedy. When You Think No One Is Watching: Wild But True Hotel Stories by Emmanuel Gratzimi is a collection of nonfiction hilarities and the tragedies collected over a fifteen-plus year career in the hotel and customer service industries. Mandkhai Erdembat is a Mongolian contortionist who has captured her life experiences in Honor, a self-help book detailing the supreme benefits of a contortionist’s life.

Authors
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John Coburn

John Coburn is the author of the creative non-fiction The Shot That Never Came. Coburn is a former law enforcement officer for the U.S Forest Service. He was assigned to the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona and served as a patrol officer for over ten years. The defining... Read More →
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Daniel Martin Elliott

Daniel Martin Elliott has spent his entire career in politics and international development. He worked on political campaigns of presidents and prime ministers around the world, as well as congressional campaigns in the United States. After several years in politics, Elliott moved... Read More →
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Mandkhai Erdembat

The author of Honor,  Mandkhai Erdembat was born in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia. From a young age she started training contortion and became a professional contortionist. Mongolian contortionists are considered to be the best in the world. Mandkhai traveled and performed in over fifty-two... Read More →
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Emmanual Gratzimi

Emmanuel Gratzimi has worked in hotel and customer service industries for well over 15 years.In his books, he offers insight into the relationships that play out when others don’t feel that theyare being observed. Mr. Gratzimi shares captivating tales of danger and fun that have... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am
Merten Tent 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

10:30am

Find Your Creative Voice: Creating Memorable Fiction & Memoir - Ticketed Master Class
Have you always wanted to write but couldn’t quite find the courage to pick up a pencil? Or perhaps you’re a secret writer, scribbling stories in private notebooks, compulsively filling the pages of your journal? This supportive, hands-on workshop with Leslie Pietrzyk will give you courage to write and direction about how to proceed. Through discussion and writing exercises, participants will learn some basic techniques of fiction/memoir writing. The goal is to leave with a couple of promising pieces to finish at home. Bring a pen and lots of paper or your (charged) laptop!

Note: This class is appropriate for beginning and intermediate writers.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased from: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/find-your-creative-voice-creating-memorable-fiction-memoir-tickets-48895624128


Authors
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Leslie Pietrzyk

Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of Silver Girl, released in February 2018 by Unnamed Press, and called “profound, mesmerizing, and disturbing” in a Publishers Weekly starred review. Her collection of unconventionally linked short stories, This Angel on My Chest, won the 2015... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Merten Hall Room 2500 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

11:30am

Hey, Hey, Hay! Let’s Make a Scarecrow
Make your own scarecrow Halloween decoration with Christy Mihaly, author of the picture book Hey, Hey, Hay! A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them. Beautifully illustrated by Joe Cepeda, Hey, Hey, Hay! is a rhyming book that features a farm girl and her mother making hay. Observing the poetry and magic of the haymaking process – “storing summer in a bale” – inspired the author to bring this story to kids. After a read-aloud, Mihaly will offer a brief question and answer session about haymaking, writing, reading, and other topics that kids are interested in. Finally, kids will stuff a small scarecrow. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Christy Mihaly

Christy Mihaly's 2018 books include a YA nonfiction work, Diet for a Changing Climate: Food for Thought, to be published in September by Lerner/TFCB; and the Holiday House picture book Hey, Hey, Hay! A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them. Beautifully illustrated by Joe Cepeda... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

11:30am

Short Stories, Big Voices
Short stories leave big impacts on their readers. In Locked Gray / Linked Blue: Stories, Kem Joy Ukwu details the lives of New Yorkers haunted by intense family dynamics, toxic romance, first-date awkwardness, and financial troubles. All Roads Lead To Blood by Bonnie Chau is a story collection from the unique perspective of second-generation Chinese-Americans balancing success, failure, memory, and heritage. 

Authors
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Bonnie Chau

Bonnie Chau is from Southern California, where she formerly ran writing programs at thenonprofit 826LA. She received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University, with a jointconcentration in translation, focusing on French and Chinese fiction. A Kundiman fellowand former bookseller... Read More →
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Kem Joy Ukwu

Kem Joy Ukwu's fiction has appeared in PANK, BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Carve, TINGE, Blue Lake Review, Jabberwock Review, Auburn Avenue, The Brooklyn Quarterly and Day One. Her short story collection manuscript, Locked Gray / Linked Blue, was selected as a finalist for the 2016 New... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

11:30am

Solving the Riddle: Historical Female Detectives
New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn is the author of the Veronica Speedwell mystery series. The latest installment, A Treacherous Curse, follows the Victorian adventuress as she learns of an ancient Egyptian curse walking the streets of London. Raybourn is also the author of the Lady Julia Grey series. Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister has been called “exciting, frightening, and unspeakably moving” by author Erika Robuck. In this “Spunky Spy Saga” as NPR describes it, Kate Warne, America’s first female Pinkerton detective hits the Civil War-era Chicago streets, where respect is hard to come by, but danger is not. Macallister’s debut novel The Magician’s Lie was a USA Today bestseller and Target Book club selection.

Authors
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Greer Macallister

Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a novelist, poet, short story writer, and playwright who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from American University. Her debut novel The Magician’s Lie was a USA Today bestseller, an Indie Next pick, and a Target Book Club selection... Read More →
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Deanna Raybourn

New York Times bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th-generation native Texan. She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one, Raybourn makes her home in Virginia... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Merten Tent 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

11:30am

Found Poetry
Margaret Yocom and J. Michael Martinez’s poetry transforms historical texts to produce new works of poetry and investigation. In KIN S FUR, Yocom uses erasure-- the act of erasing words and letters from source material-- to transform the Brothers Grimm story “All Kinds of Fur” into a new and dangerous tale. Poet Katharine Young says, “these poems are haunted by what Yocom makes invisible by her erasures; what she makes visible has different bones.” J. Michael Martinez’s third collection of poetry Museum of the Americas won the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition. In it, he uses theory, poetry, creative nonfiction, and his own family lineage to explore the imperial appropriation and Mexican American cultural identity. Sponsored by So to Speak and the Office of Student Media

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J. Michael Martinez

Selected for the National Poetry Series in 2017 and a recipient of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, J. Michael Martinez is the author of three collections of poetry. He is the Poetry Editor of NOEMI Press and his writings have been anthologized in Ahsahta... Read More →
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Margaret Yocom

 Margaret Yocom grew up in the Pennsylvania German farmland listening to her grandparents’ stories. Her poetry has appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, The Beltway Poetry Journal, the anthology The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists, and elsewhere... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Merten Hall, Room 1204 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

11:30am

U.S. Presidents: The Election & The Message
Two political experts discuss different factors of U.S. presidencies: the election and the administration’s message afterwards. Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable by Bill Schneider takes readers into the American voting booth of several hard-fought elections to discuss how voters decide, and why their decisions sometimes seems so impractical. “Standoff is required reading for an understanding of the 2016 election and the political future.” Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump by Stephen J. Farnsworth details the evolution of White House news management over the past twenty years alongside the evolution of American media. In a comparison of the communication strategies of our current president and his three predecessors, Farnsworth demonstrates the struggle that all presidents have in controlling their messages, with extra focus on “the first true Twitter presidency.” Sponsored by The Academy at BASIS Independent McLean.

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Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen J. Farnsworth, Ph.D., is professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington, where he directs the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. Dr. Farnsworth is the author or co-author of six books, a recipient of the State... Read More →
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Bill Schneider

Bill Schneider is Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government atGeorge Mason University . He was the Cable News Network’s senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, Boston College and Brandeis... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:30pm

Stick Out Your Tongues!
Make your own frog mask with Maria Gianferrari, author of Terrific Tongues! This whimsical picture book uses vivid, colorful artwork to highlight the fascinating ways different animals—from a woodpecker, to a snake, to a bat—use their tongues. It’s a straw, it’s a mop, it’s a sword—it’s all of those things, and more! Whose tongues can lick, taste, blow bubbles, whistle, and talk? People’s tongues, of course! After the reading there will be a STEM frog mask craft for the kids using cardstock,  crayons, and party blowers. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Maria Gianferrari

Maria Gianferrari is a picture book reading/writing, tea-drinking, dog-loving, birdwatchingresident of Leesburg and author of the Penny & Jelly books, Coyote Moon (an ALA NotableBook and Junior Library Guild Selection), Officer Katz and Houndini and Hello Goodbye Dog.Her newest titles... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:30pm

The Graphic Novel, the Sketchbook, and the Scrapbook
Three artists explore the power of the image. Malika - Warrior Queen, Part One: An African Historical Fantasy Graphic Novel by Roye Okupe is a fantasy epic set in fifteenth-century West Africa that details the battles of queen and military commander Malika, who struggles to keep peace in her ever-growing empire. In Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist, Laura Lee Gulledge forces readers to confront the blank page, erase their inner critic, and explore their instinctual creativity with a sketchbook full of 24 unique and inspiring challenges. And, The War Bride’s Scrapbook: a Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston is a bride’s collection of vintage postcards, photographs, and newspaper clippings which narrate a World War II love story. 

Authors
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Laura Lee Gulledge

Laura Lee Gulledge is a Charlottesville based artist, author, and educator. Her new interactive book Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist invites you to try out her favorite drawing activities. (Abrams Noterie) Her debut YA graphic novel Page by Paige was nominated... Read More →
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Roye Okupe

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is an author, speaker and entrepreneur whose passion for animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced... Read More →
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Caroline Preston

Caroline Preston is the author of three novels (including NYT Notable Book Jackie By Josie) and two graphic novels-- The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt and The War Bride’s Scrapbook (Ecco). Preston’s innovative “scrapbook” novels are created from her extensive collections of... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1203 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:30pm

I am Woman, Hear My Words!
Women in Literary Landscape: A Centennial Publication of the Women’s National Book Association is a collaboration of five female writers, one of whom, Rosalind Reisner will be here for the program, along with Tabitha Whissemore, the president of the WNBA-DC chapter and Linda Rosen, a South Florida chapter member, who wrote several sidebars for the book. This groundbreaking work gives the first-ever overview of the role of women in the industries surrounding the written word -- women writing the articles, women publishing the poetry, women selling the books, women organizing the libraries, etc. The contributions of these women are strung together in Women in the Literary Landscape and layered with pertinent social history.   

Authors
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Rosalind Reisner

Rosalind Reisner is a librarian and author of Jewish American Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests and Read On...Life Stories: Reading Lists for Every Taste. She was the editor and a major contributor to Women in the Literary Landscape: A Centennial Publication of the Women's... Read More →
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Linda Rosen

Linda Rosen is a writer and fitness professional. She was a contributor to Women in the Literary Landscape: A WNBA Centennial Publication for the Women's National Book Association and has had stories published in Foliate Oak and Crack the Spine, both in their online magazine and print... Read More →
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Tabitha Whissemore

Tabitha Whissemore is president of the Washington, DC, chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. She has stories published in District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, DC, and at ReDistrictedComics.com. To pay her bills, she works as an editor/writer at the... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Merten Tent 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

12:30pm

Tricks of Perspective: Reimagining the WWII Narrative
Deborah Baker discusses her Pulitzer Prize & National Book Award finalist The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire which uncovers the true story of the rivalry between pioneering geologist John Auden and pioneering cartographer Michael Spender. Both men had literary icons for younger brothers (W.H. Auden & Stephen Spender), had fallen in love with painter Nancy Sharp, and had declared it their mission to reach Mount Everest’s summit. While the British Empire struggled to keep control over India, The Last Englishmen “takes readers on a journey through the Indian subcontinent at the closing of the British Empire. . . . Seemingly covering disparate topics, Baker beautifully connects them all with an incisive, clear writing style and sharp descriptions of the terrain” - Kirkus Reviews. Baker’s reading and discussion is moderated by historical fiction author Carrie Callaghan.

Authors
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Deborah Baker

Deborah Baker is the author of Making a Farm; In Extremis, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography; A Blue Hand; and The Convert, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in India and New York. Photo credit: Julienne Schaer 



Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:30pm

Finding Love in a Hopeless Place
Two authors come together to discuss finding love in LGBTQ young adult novels. Pulp by New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley is told in dual narratives, weaving together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of pulp fiction. Dahlia Adler describes the novel as a, “incredibly creative exploration of queer literary history." Burro Hills by Julia Lynn Rubin details a romance between two teen boys struggling to harness their identities in a world of poverty, drugs, and suffocating masculinity. YA Interrobang writes, “Are you a fan of The Outsiders and Perks of Being a Wallflower? Now imagine them mashed together. That’s what awaits you in Burro Hills.” 

Authors
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Julia Lynn Rubin

JULIA LYNN RUBIN is a graduate of The New School’s MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program. Her short stories have appeared in publications such as the North American Review, Riprap Literary Journal, and Sierra Nevada Review. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is currently... Read More →
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Robin Talley

Robin Talley is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels for teen readers: Pulp, Our Own Private Universe, As I Descended, What We Left Behind and Lies We Tell Ourselves. Her first book, Lies We Tell Ourselves, was the winner of the inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour and... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1204 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

12:30pm

The Fallout: Living in the Aftermath
Two writers share stories of what happens when our illusions are shattered. In How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister, high school English teacher Anna Crawford is suspended for a so-called outburst and, while stewing over the injustice at home, she is shocked to see herself named as a suspect in a shooting at the school where she works. Though she is quickly exonerated, her life is nevertheless held up for relentless scrutiny and judgment as this quiet town descends into media mania. Steve Kistulentz, in his powerful debut Panorama, captures the sprawl of contemporary America in the narrative of a young man instantly turned into the single parent to his 6-year old nephew after his sister’s plane crashes on camera. Within the expansive scope of Panorama lies an intimate portrait of human loss rendered with precision, humanity, and humor.

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Steve Kistulentz

Steve Kistulentz is the author of the novel PANORAMA, to be published in March 2018 by Little, Brown & Co. He has also published two collections of poetry, Little Black Daydream (2012) and The Luckless Age (2010). Kistulentz was born in Washington, DC. He earned a BA in English from... Read More →
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Tom McAllister

Tom McAllister is the author of the novels How to Be Safe and The Young Widower's Handbook, as well as the memoir Bury Me in My Jersey. His short fiction and essays have been published widely, and have most recently appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Hobart, The Rumpus... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

Create A Fractured Fairy Tale with Sue Fliess
Learn about being a writer, and then become one with Mary Had a Little Lab author Sue Fliess as she leads a hands-on fractured fairy tale workshop where the kids create a fairy tale mash-up. In Mary Had a Little Lab, Mary wants a pet, but it isn’t one she can easily buy. So she invents one with the Sheepinator! Mary’s pet sheep and her new invention make her popular with her classmates. But when she starts making sheep for her new friends, things go hilariously awry. Can Mary invent a way to fix this mess? Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Sue Fliess

Sue Fliess ("fleece") is the author of more than 20 children's books including Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins, Mary Had a Little Lab, We Wish For a Monster Christmas, From Here to There, A Fairy Friend, and many Little Golden Books, including the bestselling Robots, Robots Everywhere... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

Beyond University: Lit in Libraries, Salons & Death Matches
Three creative minds get together to discuss literary events outside the university atmosphere. Chandra Gordon is the executive producer of The Library Foundation, the center of year-round community-based events. Chris Maier is the founder of Made By Little, an organization set on “crating stories, curating experiences” and Little Salon based in D.C. And Adrian Todd Zuniga is the host and creator of Literary Death Match, a reading series featured in over 60 cities that marries the literary and performative aspects of Def Poetry Jam, the judging of American Idol (without any meanness), and the ridiculousness and hilarity of Double Dare. (Stick around for Fall for the Book’s own Literary Death Match at 5 p.m. in Harris Theater!)

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Chandra Gordon

Chandra Gordon is the Executive Director of the Library Foundation. She moved to Louisville, KY from Long Island, NY over a decade ago with her husband, three children, and dog. The move was prompted by the ready access to beautiful art (her husband is a glass artist), great food... Read More →
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Christopher Maier

Christopher Maier is a Washington, DC-based writer, event producer, and creative director. He's the founder and producer of Little Salon, an arts and culture experience that's curated each month in a different home and different neighborhood, aiming to give DCers a non-pretentious... Read More →
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Adrian Todd Zuniga

Adrian Todd Zuniga is the host and creator of Literary Death Match (now featured in over 60 cities worldwide). He hosts LDM Book Report on YouTube, and is the co-writer of Madden NFL 18’s interactive movie Longshot (EA Sports), which earned a nomination for a Writers Guild of America... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

Crime Fiction as Social Commentary
Join five writers from the Mystery Writers of America for a lively discussion of how their work, and crime fiction historically, has been informed by social issues including race, gender, religion, and sexuality. The Night of the Flood: A Novel in Stories, edited by E.A. Aymar, is an anthology of mystery writers’ stories detailing the night of the first female execution in Pennsylvania’s modern history. Dodging and Burning by John Copenhaver explores a post-World War II murder mystery set in Virginia. Lethal Lifestyles by LynDee Walker, also set in Virginia, shares a wedding murder mystery in which the groom is the prime suspect. Dark Streets, Cold Suburbs by Aimee Hix follows a young, female, private investigator in the Willa Pennington mystery series. And, Pray for the Innocent by Alan Orloff is a metafiction mystery thriller featuring a bestselling author whose spy novels inspire real-world crime, violence, and murder. 

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E. A. Aymar

E.A. Aymar's latest thriller is the novel-in-stories The Night of the Flood (in which he served as co-editor and contributor) and his standalone, The Unrepentant, will be published in March 2019 by Down and Out Books. His column, Decisions and Revisions, appears monthly in the Washington... Read More →
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John Copenhaver

John Copenhaver is the recipient an Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities for four consecutive years. In 2015, he launched and continues to maintain a crime fiction column for the Lambda Literary website called “Blacklight.” His short fiction has... Read More →
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Aimee Hix

An inability to pass the sight requirements, and a deep aversion to federal prison prevented Aimee Hix from lying on her FBI application, so she set her deficient eyes on what most Northern Virginians do for work - the non-law enforcement side of the federal government. After twenty... Read More →
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Alan Orloff

Alan Orloff has published eight novels, including his latest thriller, Pray for the Innocent. His debut mystery, Diamonds for the Dead, was an Agatha Award finalist for Best First Novel, and his story, “Happy Birthday” (Shotgun Honey) was a 2018 Derringer Award finalist in the... Read More →
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LynDee Walker

LynDee Walker is the author of six national bestselling novels of suspense, beginning with the Agatha Award-nominated Front Page Fatality. Reviews have praised her work as “well-crafted, compelling, and fast-paced,” and “an edge-of-your-seat ride” with “a spider web of twists... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1203 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

Secrets & Regrets in Paris & Ireland
Two authors prove how a reader’s empathy for heartache crosses time and space. Set in a small village outside of Paris, The Balcony by Jane Delury reveals the secrets kept hidden inside one estate across several generations. The inhabitants experience love and loss, peace and chaos, wealth and poverty, power and persecution becoming a “silent witnesses to a century of human drama.” Straying by Molly McCloskey is set in Ireland in the 1980’s where two young Americans start a life together and then suffer the aftermath of an extramarital affair. Many years later, the wife still struggles to understand what led her to stray.  

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Jane Delury

Jane Delury's fiction has appeared in Narrative, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Yale Review, and Glimmer Train. She has received a PEN/O. Henry Prize, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Story Award, a VCCA fellowship, and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council. She holds an... Read More →
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Molly McCloskey

Molly McCloskey grew up in the US but spent 25 years living in Ireland, where parts of her new novel are set. Straying (Scribner, 2018), which the New York Times called lucid, wise, and discomfiting, was published in the UK by Penguin as When Light is Like Water. Molly is also the... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Merten Tent 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

1:30pm

Surviving as an Outsider
Two writers show how LGBTQ characters can survive in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara is a debut novel that follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 1980s and ’90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning. Booklist reviews that “Cassara has done a superb job of re-imagining a world that will be foreign and even exotic to many readers.” Some Hell by Patrick Nathan is a wrenching and layered debut novel about a gay teen’s coming-of-age in the aftermath of his father’s suicide that shows how unspeakable tragedy shapes a life, and how imagination saves us from ourselves. The New York Times Book Review describes Some Hell as “a very different literary thriller, one in which the mystery is not who killed the victim, but how those who kill might live with what they’ve done.”

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Joseph Cassara

Joseph Cassara was born and raised in New Jersey. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He was a 2016-17 writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The House of Impossible Beauties (Ecco, 2018) is his debut novel... Read More →
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Patrick Nathan

Patrick Nathan is the author of Some Hell, published in February 2018 from Graywolf Press. He lives in Minneapolis. Read his writing, ask him about freelance projects, or follow him on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1204 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

1:30pm

The Assault on American Security
A retired four-star general, Michael V. Hayden served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate. He was also the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country. In his book, The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies is “a blistering critique of the forces threatening the American intelligence community, beginning with the President of the United States himself, in a time when that community's work has never been harder or more important.” 

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Michael V. Hayden

The founder of the center is General Michael V. Hayden, a distinguished visiting professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government since 2009.  A retired four-star general, Hayden served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency when the... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

2:30pm

A Paintbrush for Paco: Learning Colors in Spanish
Learn Spanish while you paint with Tracey Kyle, author of A Paintbrush for Paco. This lively picture book explores the importance of seeking out our creative side all while helping us learn a few Spanish words. In this inspirational story, Paco loves daydreaming and drawing, but he struggles to concentrate during class. When his profesor takes him to the art room, Paco is amazed by the colorful paints: pink, rosado; purple, morado; fiery orange, anaranjado; and more! Could art be just what Paco needs? Sprinkled with Spanish words and complete with an author's note and glossary, this book is a great introduction to Spanish with a strong message about the power of art! After the reading, kids will work on learning the colors by doing a color-by-number activity in Spanish. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Tracey Kyle

Tracey Kyle grew up in New Jersey and spent much of her childhood reading and writing poems. After seeing the boy band Menudo perform on a Latino TV station in middle school, she decided to learn Spanish fluently. Eventually she studied in Madrid, Spain and wrote her first bilingual... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

2:30pm

Out of Darkness: Prose from the Percy Siblings
Two bestselling siblings team up for one powerful event. Jennifer Percy is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and a contributing writer at New York Times Magazine. Her book Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism, follows her journey to an exorcism camp in Georgia as she chronicles a soldier’s quest to heal from PTSD. She has been recognized by the Livingston Foundation in the category of international reporting for “Journalists under 35.” Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels, the most recent among them The Dark Net,a techno-horror thriller about an ancient evil threatening to break out from the darkest corners of the internet to go viral, infecting the world. 

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Jennifer Percy

Jennifer Percy is a National Magazine Award winning journalist and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. She is the author of the nonfiction book Demon Camp which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.  She has received... Read More →
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Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels -- most recently, The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) -- as well as two books of short stories. His book of craft essays -- Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction -- is widely taught in creative writing classes.  He currently writes... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

2:30pm

Magic in Ancient Lands
Magic rules the ancient realms of alternate versions of Rome and Russia. In From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris, elemental magic shapes rules as strongly as law and war. On the verge of the republic collapsing, Latona of the Vitelliae, a mage of Spirit and Fire, must fight to become a protector of the people, and her own heart. Lindsay Smith’s Web of Frost is set in the vast and frozen empire of Russalka, a proud empire ruled by royals who work miracles from the saints. As rebellion stirs, a too-young queen must learn to control her powers in order to save her empire. But she wonders if she can trust the only person who’s taught her to use her magical gifts.

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Cass Morris

Cass Morris lives and works in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with the companionship of two royal felines, Princess and Ptolemy. She completed her Master of Letters at Mary Baldwin University in 2010, and she earned her undergraduate degree, a BA in English with a minor in... Read More →
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Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith is the author of multiple YA novels, including Sekret and Web of Frost, and a writer on Serial Box's Orphan Black: Manifest and The Witch Who Came in from the Cold.  Her work has appeared in the YA anthologies A Tyranny of Petticoats and Toil & Trouble, the comics anthologies... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1204 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

2:30pm

Romance in the DMV
Just like tattoos, true love lasts forever. Inked Hearts by Lindsay Detwiler follows twenty-eight-year-old Avery who just moved hundreds of miles for a new life, a new career, and new freedom in Ocean City. Determined to live for herself and not for romance, Avery refuses to give another man her heart...until she meets the owner of a local tattoo shop. After waking from a coma in Tracey Livesay’s Love Will Always Remember, Leighton Clarke faces her amnesia with her fiancé by her side. Sparks fly as her memory returns and she discovers he’s not her fiancé after all. Kirkus Reviews describes it as “Scandal meets While You Were Sleeping in a D.C.–set romance.” 

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Lindsay Detwiler

Lindsay Detwiler is a contemporary romance author with Hot Tree Publishing. Her tenreleased titles fall on the sweeter side of romance. Inked Hearts, book one in her Lines inthe Sand series, was named a Romance Times Book Reviews Top Pick in 2017. Her othertitles include: Voice of... Read More →
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Tracey Livesay

Tracey Livesay’s latest release is Love Will Always Remember with Avon/HarperCollins. She writes smart, sexy and emotional contemporary romances where strong, successful heroines find love with powerful, passionate heroes. She's past president of Virginia Romance Writers, volunteers... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

2:30pm

Mail Delivery: The Black Hand Secret Society
Victoria Bruce and William Oldfield co-authored Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society: America's Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective Who Brought Them to Justice to tell the incredible true story of the US Post Office Inspector who took down the deadly Black Hand, a turn-of-the-century Italian-American secret society that preyed on immigrants across America’s industrial heartland. The book features fascinating and never-before-seen documents and photos from the Oldfield family’s private collection. William Oldfield is not only the co-author of this amazing story but also the grandson of the one-of-a-kind inspector. Sponsored by the Department of History and Art History.

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Victoria Bruce

Victoria Bruce is the author of No Apparent Danger, Hostage Nation, and Sellout. She is the recipient of the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for her film, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt. She lives in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.Photo... Read More →
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William Oldfield

William Oldfield is an archivist and historical lecturer. He grew up in Akron, Ohio, and currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland.



Saturday October 13, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merten Tent 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

2:30pm

Writing for Teens - Ticketed Master Class
Thanks to Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and The Fault in Our Stars, Young Adult literature has grown into one of the best loved genres in the literary market. More than half of its books are purchased by 18-44 year olds, making its appeal wide and allowing for a wide variety of topics and tone. How to break in as a writer? First, you have to sincerely like and empathize with teenagers! They can smell a faker. You need to be attuned to the coming of age issues they embody and struggle to understand and overcome. But there's no better journey as a writer. And your audience is hungry for stories that speak to them and maybe even guide them. This seminar with L.M Elliott will give you a brief history of the genre, its classics, its sub-genres that have come and gone, the market's current focus, its tried-and-true character and plot elements, the differences between YA and middle grade, and general pitfalls to avoid. Q & A to address your specific concerns and hopes.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/writing-for-teens-tickets-48895194844

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L.M. Elliott

Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship is the 9th historical novel by New York Times best-selling author L. M. Elliott. A long-time Washington magazine journalist, covering women’s issues and the arts before turning to fiction, Elliott is best known for the WWII story Under... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Merten Hall Room 2500 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:30pm

Absolutely A-MAZE-ING!
Watch Joe Wos, cartoonist and creator of A-MAZE-ING mazes, bring his stories to life as he illustrates characters and integrates them into the mazes! In A-MAZING Animals, there are 50 colorfully illustrated mazes that feature fully solvable characters, cartoon elements, and imaginative creatures that figure prominently along every start-to-finish path. Besides navigating the usual twists and turns of a traditional maze path, puzzle-solvers will have to navigate through crazy cartoon features, like a dinosaur's mouth, a bat's wings, a vulture's beak, a frog's tongue, and more. There are dozens of dead ends, illusions, twists and turns that increase with the difficulty level. It's not just thoroughly entertaining... it's absolutely A-MAZE-ING! Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Joe Wos

Joe Wos has been a professional cartoonist since the age of 14. His career path over the past 30 years has taken as many twists and turns as one of his mazes, as he finds new and innovative ways to pursue his passion for the cartoon arts.Some highlights include spending 25 years touring... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:30pm

In The Shadow Land with Elizabeth Kostova
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova is a sweeping journey through the troubled history of Bulgaria-- a beautiful but haunted country. Spanning past and present, one woman grapples with a century of horrors as she unravels a mystery. Publisher’s Weekly praises: “A compelling and complex mystery, strong storytelling, and lyrical writing combine for an engrossing read.” Kostova will be in conversation with critic Bethanne Patrick. Kostova is the author of the bestselling novels The Historian and The Swan Thieves. 

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Elizabeth Kostova

Elizabeth Kostova is the author of the bestselling novels, The Historian and The Swan Thieves. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress. Her newest novel is The Shadow Land.



Saturday October 13, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:30pm

Cheers! Here’s to Virginia Wines!
Raise a glass with Virginia Wine: Four Centuries of Change by Andrew Painter, which presents a comprehensive record of the Virginia wine industry, from the earliest Spanish accounts describing Native American vineyards in 1570 through its astonishing rebirth in the modern era. Grape cultivation—for agriculture, horticultural curiosity,and wine production—has absorbed ambitious Virginians since April of 1607, when a few casks of European wine washed ashore onto the dunes of Cape Henry in the company of a band of travel-weary English settlers. Painter chronicles the dynamic personalities, diverse places, and engrossing personal and political struggles that have established the Old Dominion as one of the nation’s preeminent wine regions. 

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Andrew A. Painter

Andrew A. Painter is an attorney specializing in land use and zoning. A Virginia native, Andrew has spent more than eight years researching the growth of its wine industry. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, the University of Virginia, and the University of Ri... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1202 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:30pm

In Short: Micro Blasts
Two powerful books are crafted in micro, using short chapters or essays to propel their stories forward. The Glass Eye is Jeannie Vanasco’s struggle to honor her father, her larger-than-life hero who named her after his other daughter who died. Spending the next decade in escalating mania, in and out of hospitals, Jeannie’s obsession with the other Jeanne turns to investigation into the mysterious circumstances of her death. Entertainment Weekly  says, “As the pages fly by, we’re right by Vanasco, breathlessly experiencing her grief, mania, revelations, and-- ultimately-- her relief.” In Permanent Exhibit, Matthew Vollmer fuses the insight of extended meditation with the immediacy of social media. These collage-style essays experiment with stream-of-conscious musings as Vollmer opens a browser window into his own mind showing a fast-forward montage of flying snakes, mass shootings, emojis, pop stars, stargazing, ghosts, circuses, and a hundred other things. David Shields calls the collection “A thrilling, hilarious book about the difference between privacy and publicity, between exhibition and excavation, between ephemera and art.”

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Jeannie Vanasco

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye: A Memoir. Featured by Poets & Writers as one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017, The Glass Eye was also selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, an Indies Introduce Pick, and an Indie Next... Read More →
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Matthew Vollmer

Matthew Vollmer is the author of two collections of short fiction—Gateway to Paradise (Persea, 2015) and Future Missionaries of America (MacAdam/Cage, 2009; Salt Publishing, 2010)—as well as a collection of essays—inscriptions for headstones (Outpost19, 2012). His work has appeared... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1204 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

3:30pm

Stillhouse Press Reading and Reception
Two award-winning authors, in conjunction with Stillhouse Press, read excerpts from their newly published works: Anne Panning, from her debut memoir Dragonfly Notes, and Anita Felicelli, from her short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent. Through their respective voices, both authors present a personal dialogue through narratives of memory and experience. A reception will follow the reading. 

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Anita Felicelli

Anita Felicelli's short stories have appeared in The Normal School, Joyland, Kweli Journal, and Eckleburg, and have been finalists for the Glimmer Train awards. She's contributed book reviews and essays to the San Francisco Chronicle, LA Review of Books, The Rumpus, the New York Times... Read More →
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Anne Panning

Anne Panning is the author of three previous fiction titles, most notably Super America (University of Georgia Press, 2007), which won the 2006 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was a New York Times Editor's Choice selection. Several of her nonfiction pieces have also... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1203 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030

4:30pm

Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle
Learn how eagles use their beaks in a fun, hands on activity with Deborah Lee Rose, author of Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle. Beauty, the wild bald eagle, made world news when she was illegally shot, rescued, and finally saved with a pioneering, 3D-printed prosthetic beak. Beauty and the Beak follows Beauty close up from the moment she uses her baby beak to emerge from her egg, through her hunt when she uses her powerful adult beak to feed herself. This uplifting story continues through her rescue after being shot, and her rehabilitation with her new 3D-printed beak. Every participant gets to handle a 3D-printed, life-size replica of Beauty's prosthetic beak and compare their human arm span to a bald eagle's wingspan. Sponsored by City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

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Deborah Lee Rose

Deborah Lee Rose is the author of the new, award-winning book Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, and 14 other children's books. Beauty and the Beak, coauthored with the woman scientist who led the eagle beak engineering team... Read More →



Saturday October 13, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

5:00pm

Literary Death Match
Called "the most entertaining reading series ever" by the LA Times, Literary Death Match brings together three judges and four readers for a night of competition, literature, and fun. The judges tonight are literary critic Bethanne Patrick, last launch director for the Kennedy Space Center Michael D. Leinbach, and graphic novelist Laura Lee Gullege. The readers who are competing for the top prize are novelist Benjamin Percy, Washington Post columnist Alexandria Petri, novelist Joseph Cassara, and performance poet Angelique Palmer. This action-packed evening is hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga

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Joseph Cassara

Joseph Cassara was born and raised in New Jersey. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He was a 2016-17 writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The House of Impossible Beauties (Ecco, 2018) is his debut novel... Read More →
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Laura Lee Gulledge

Laura Lee Gulledge is a Charlottesville based artist, author, and educator. Her new interactive book Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist invites you to try out her favorite drawing activities. (Abrams Noterie) Her debut YA graphic novel Page by Paige was nominated... Read More →
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Michael D. Leinbach

Michael D. Leinbach was the last launch director in the space shuttle program at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, responsible for overall shuttle launch countdown activities until the end of the program in 2011. In November 2004, Leinbach was awarded the prestigious Presidential... Read More →
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Angelique Palmer

Angelique Palmer is a competitive performance poet, a finalist in the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a member of The Beltway Poetry Slam Team in 2017 representing Washington DC at the National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado.  The Creative Writing graduate from Florida State... Read More →
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Bethanne Patrick

Bethanne Patrick is the editor of The Books that Changed My Life:  Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People. Photo Credit: Three Irish Girls Photography
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Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels -- most recently, The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) -- as well as two books of short stories. His book of craft essays -- Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction -- is widely taught in creative writing classes.  He currently writes... Read More →
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Alexandra Petri

Alexandra Petri is an American humorist and newspaper columnist.  In 2010 she became the youngest person to have a column in The Washington Post; she also runs the ComPost blog on the paper's website, on which she formerly worked with Dana Milbank. She was recognized in the 30 Under... Read More →
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Adrian Todd Zuniga

Adrian Todd Zuniga is the host and creator of Literary Death Match (now featured in over 60 cities worldwide). He hosts LDM Book Report on YouTube, and is the co-writer of Madden NFL 18’s interactive movie Longshot (EA Sports), which earned a nomination for a Writers Guild of America... Read More →