Fall for the Book Begins Today

Posted: September 20, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Fall for the Book literary festival kicks off today with two events on the Fairfax Campus. At 3:30 p.m. in Harris Theater, the Cuban-born writer Cristina Garcia reads from and discusses her work. Garcia, whose family fled Cuba at the time of the communist revolution, has published two widely acclaimed novels detailing the promise and peril of life in exile, and the complexities of dual cultural identities. The English Department is one of several cosponsors of this event.

At 8 p.m., in Harris Theater, Mason’s own Beverly Lowry participates in a panel on biographies and the rewards of researching and re-inventing people’s lives. A fellow panelist is J.D. Landis, author of a newly published historical novel on the lives of Robert and Clara Schumann.

George Mason and the City of Fairfax are hosting Fall for the Book today through Sunday. The community-based festival celebrates books and their authors with readings by local and nationally recognized writers, lectures, discussions, and more. In addition to the traditional author readings and book signings, festival attendees will also find expert book appraisals, poetry slams, roving storytellers, writing workshops, and costumed characters and puppet shows for children.

This year’s featured participants also include Kate and Jim Lehrer, National Book Award-winning novelist Alice McDermott, Newbery Medal-winning children’s author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Carolyn Kizer and Henry Taylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss, financial writer Ric Edelman, best-selling novelists David Baldacci and Connie Briscoe, and critically acclaimed writers Stephen Dunn, Sharon Olds, and Lorrie Moore, alongside George Mason faculty members and alumni.

For more information about the festival, and a complete list of activities, visit the Fall for the Book web site.

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