Fall for the Book Sets Dates for Community Reads Group Discussions

Posted: August 12, 2009 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: August 11, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Fall for the Book has announced dates and times for discussion of the two Community Reads books, “Flight” by Sherman Alexie and “The March” by E.L. Doctorow.

All group discussions will be held in Student Union Building II, Rooms 5, 6 and 7 on the Fairfax Campus.

“Flight”:  Tuesday, Sept. 15, at noon; and Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m.

“The March”: Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon

RSVP to fftbmktg@gmu.edu if you plan to attend either of these groups.

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Other events related to the books are

  • Film Screenings

“Smoke Signals” is based on Alexie’s book, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” and tells the story of two very different Native American teenagers, Victor and Thomas, on a journey to collect Victor’s father’s ashes. Along the way, the two boys discover a hidden friendship between them.

Showings are Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema, Fairfax Campus; and Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Verizon Auditorium, Prince William Campus.

“Ragtime” is based on Doctorow’s same-titled novel and takes place in New York City during the 1900s. The film blends fact and fiction to present an epic view of turn-of-the-century America, including murder, racism and the creation of cinema itself.

Showings are Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Verizon Auditorium, Prince William Campus; and Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema, Fairfax Campus.

  • Meet the Authors

2009 Mason Award winner Alexie speaks on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

2009 Fairfax Prize winner Doctorow speaks on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Both events will be held in the Concert Hall on Mason’s Fairfax Campus, with receptions before and book signings after the readings.

All activities are free. For more information on the Fall for the Book festival, see the web site.

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