More Free Books for Mason|Reads Available

Posted: August 3, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: August 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

The Mason|Reads book giveaway in mid-July at the Fairfax Campus was such a success that Fall for the Book will do it again, and expand it to include the Arlington and Prince William Campuses, as well.

As part of the second annual Mason|Reads program — encouraging Mason faculty, staff and students to join as a community in reading the same book — Fall for the Book is giving away free copies of “Run” by Ann Patchett, recipient of the 2010 Fairfax Prize for literary excellence.

“We’re thrilled with the response to Mason|Reads so far, not just with all the enthusiastic readers who showed up at our first giveaway eager for a good book, but with the many small book clubs who came en masse to get copies for their next meetings — and who plan to come out with their groups in September to meet Ann Patchett herself,” says Art Taylor, assistant professor of English and marketing director for Fall for the Book.

“Reading is usually a solitary pastime, but one of Fall for the Book’s mission is to build a sense of community among those readers, and we’re seeing that community in action with Mason|Reads.”

Books will be given away at the following times and locations while supplies last (first-come, first-served). Hint: The last batch of free books “sold out” in 12 minutes.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 3: Fairfax Campus, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Kiosk, Johnson Center Atrium
  • Wednesday, Aug. 4: Arlington Campus, 3 p.m.-5 pm. — University Life Table, Second Floor Lobby, Original Building
  • Thursday, Aug. 5: Prince William Campus, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — University Life Table, Bull Run Hall Atrium

Patchett fans should also mark their calendars for her appearance at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall when she receives the Fairfax Prize on Monday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The presentation and book-signing is free and open to the public.

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

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