Free Books for Mason|Reads

Posted: July 6, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm

By Art Taylor

Fall for the Book wants the Mason community to join together — in reading — as part of the second annual Mason|Reads program.

Last year, the campus community focused on novels by Sherman Alexie and E.L. Doctorow.

This year, Mason|Reads highlights another best-selling book: “Run” by Ann Patchett. Patchett is the 2010 recipient of the Fairfax Prize for literary excellence.

In Patchett’s novel, the widowed former mayor of Boston is trying to raise his sons the best he knows how, but when an argument turns into an accident — in which one of the boys is saved by a stranger — connections are made, secrets are revealed and the bonds of family are tested.

The Washington Post praised “Run” as “engaging, surprising, provocative and moving … an intimate domestic drama that nonetheless deals with big issues touching us all: religion, race, class, politics and, above all else, family.”

In advance of Patchett’s appearance, Fall for the Book will give away 100 free copies of “Run” to readers across campus. Mark your calendars now to pick up your copy (first-come, first-served) on Tuesday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a Johnson Center Atrium kiosk.

Patchett’s award will be presented by Fall for the Book on Monday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The presentation and a book signing following are free and open to the public.

For full information on these events and on the entire Fall for the Book Festival — welcoming 150 authors to the area Sept. 19-24 — see www.fallforthebook.org.

If the festival is able to host additional giveaways, you’ll find them announced there.

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