Fall for the Book Launches Campus Community Reads

Posted: June 12, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm

By Christa Adkins

This year, Fall for the Book, Northern Virginia’s largest and oldest literary celebration, launches a new Campus Community Reads (CCR) program, encouraging Mason students and faculty and staff members to join over the summer months in reading novels by two writers headlining the 2009 festival: Fairfax Prize winner E.L. Doctorow and Mason Award winner Sherman Alexie.

“This is like a book club just for on-campus people,” says William Miller, festival executive director.

“The goal is to get more people in the campus community to get involved in Fall for the Book. To get them up out of their chairs and actively involved as participants in the festival. We’ve selected award-winning books by these two famous writers, and we plan a whole series of events that are bound to be fun for everyone who participates. The capstone events will give folks chances to meet these two writers, as well as to win prizes.”

To participate, readers should choose one – or both – of the CCR titles: Doctorow’s “The March,” a masterful portrait looking into the lives of 1864 Civil War Americans, or Alexie’s “Flight,” a time-traveling romp told through the eyes of an American Indian mass murderer.

CCR events taking place in September include informal and formal discussions, film screenings and author appearances, but you can participate now by reading the book and discussing it with fellow readers on the Fall for the Book online forum at www.fallforthebook.org. The festival itself will be held Sept. 21 through 26.

Participants can also meet these internationally renowned authors at the festival during the following times:

  • Alexie speaks Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Doctorow speaks Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Both events will be held in Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, with receptions beforehand and book signings after.

Even more great news: while there are books on sale at Mason’s Barnes and Noble, free copies are also available while supplies last in the English Department, Robinson Hall A, Room 468.

Or, if you prefer that the books come to you, just send your book choice(s) and Mail Stop number to fftbmktg@gmu.edu. Finally, once you’ve read it, pass it along to a friend, bringing someone new into Mason’s community of readers.

Participants should register for CCR on the Fall for the Book web site to stay updated about special events and giveaways such as gift cards, VIP invites and prizes.

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