Author Ellis to Speak at Mason in All Fairfax Reads Program

Posted: May 24, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Washington book cover

The Fairfax County Public Library has selected “His Excellency: George Washington” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis as the book for this year’s All Fairfax Reads program. Ellis will discuss his book at Mason in the fall.

According to Edwin Clay III, the library director, the book was chosen “to celebrate Virginia’s history during the 400th anniversary year of the founding of America’s first English settlement at Jamestown. We’re presenting a book that explores the life of America’s first president and world-famous Virginian, George Washington.”

Now in its third year, the program offers events throughout the summer months at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate, and at various libraries throughout the county, including discussions with James Rees, executive director of Mount Vernon, and Patricia Brady, author of “Martha Washington: An American Life.”

The program will culminate with an appearance by Ellis in the Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus during Fall for the Book. Ellis will discuss his book on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. No registration is required for the free event.

The idea behind All Fairfax Reads is to encourage adults in the community to read the same book and talk about it in book discussion groups and other events. It is modeled on more than 100 similar “One Book, One City” projects throughout the United States.

All Fairfax Reads is cosponsored by Barnes and Noble, Borders, the Fairfax County Public Library Foundation, Fall for the Book, the Friends of the Fairfax City Regional Library, the Friends of the Reston Regional Library, George Mason University, Jamestown 2007, Mount Vernon: George Washington’s Estate & Gardens, NOVEC and Wegmans.

More information about the author, reading guides, reviews and events can be found on the Fairfax County Public Library’s web site.

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