Mason Well Represented at Fall for the Book

Posted: September 15, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: September 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm

By Erin Cushing

The 13th annual Fall for the Book festival will take place Sept. 18-23 on the Mason campuses and throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

As usual, a bevy of talented authors and professionals from several genres will be on hand to discuss their work and the writing profession as a whole. This year, however, is a banner year for participants from the Mason community; almost two dozen faculty members, students and alumni will be contributing to the event.

Following are some of the sessions next week that will feature a Mason faculty member, student or alumnus describing their research and creative work.

  • Master of Fine Arts Fellows Reading, Sunday, Sept. 18, 3-4:15 p.m., Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Va.

Students in Mason’s nationally ranked MFA program share samples of the work that helped them win fellowships for their final year of graduate school. Participants include fiction writers Elizabeth Gutting and Sarah Silberman; poets Paul Fauteux, Siwar Masannat, and Jack Snyder; and nonfiction writer Warren Ciabattoni.

  • Carol Lee Hamrin, Sunday, Sept. 18, 7-8:15 p.m., Truro Church, 10520 Main Street, Fairfax, Va.

Carol Lee Hamrin, co-editor of “Salt & Light: Lives of Faith that Shaped Modern China,” discusses the influence of the Christian movement on the U.S.-China relationship during the Progressive Era. A reception precedes the event.

  • Novelist and Short Story Writer Laura Ellen Scott, Monday, Sept. 19, Noon-1:15 p.m., Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center Plaza

Mason English professor and MFA alumna Laura Ellen Scott reads from her debut novel, “Death Wishing,” a “comic fantasy” set in post-Katrina New Orleans, where one’s dying wishes come true.

  • Economists Bryan Caplan and Tyler Cowen, Monday, Sept. 19, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Johnson Center, Room 116

Mason economics professor and author of “Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is More Fun and Less Work Than You Think” Bryan Caplan reads with Tyler Cowen, Mason economics professor and author of the critically acclaimed book “The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better.”

  • Novelists Alan Cheuse and Allegra Goodman, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts

Alan Cheuse, Mason University Professor of English and the unofficial “voice of books” on National Public Radio, and Allegra Goodman, author of seven works of fiction, including the National Book Award finalist, “Kaaterskill Falls,” read from their most recent respective novels, “Song of Slaves in the Desert” and “The Cookbook Collector.”

  • Art Historian Marion Deshmukh, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 12-1:15 p.m., Johnson Center, Room 116

Mason art history professor Marion Deshmukh discusses her recent book, “Max Liebermann and International Modernism: An Artist’s Career from Empire to Third Reich,” an exploration of the role Liebermann’s paintings played amidst the violent events of modern German history.

  • Folklorist Debra Lattanzi Shutika, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 5:30-6:45 p.m., Founders Hall, Arlington Campus

Mason professor of folklore studies  Debra Lattanzi Shutika looks at the challenges of immigrants in her book, “Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico,” a study of Mexican families living in a small Pennsylvania farming village and their struggle with belonging to a new country and being displaced from their old homes.

  • Political Scholar Richard E. Rubenstein, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7-8:15 p.m., Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Drive, Arlington, Va.

Richard Rubenstein, a professor in Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, shares insights from his recent book, “Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War,” an exploration of the underlying cultural and social factors that influence Americans toward war, and a challenge to citizens to think about the issues of war and peace in new ways.

  • MFA Alumni Reading, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7:30-8:45 p.m., Center for the Arts, Grand Tier III

Mason MFA alumni, including novelist Matthew Norman (“Domestic Violets”); poets Brian Barker (“The Black Ocean”) and Cynthia Marie Hoffman (“Sightseer”); and nonfiction writer Supriya Bhatnagar (“and then there were three…”), read from their debut publications.

  • Immigration Panel, Thursday, Sept. 22, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Johnson Center Cinema

Carol Cleaveland, Mason associate professor of social work; Judith Freidenberg, University of Maryland professor of anthropology; and Debra Lattanzi Shutika, Mason professor of folklore studies, discuss the history and current state of immigration in the United States and how they see immigration trends evolving in the future.

  • MFA Fiction Alumni Reading, Friday, Sept. 23, Noon-1:15 p.m., Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center Plaza

Mason MFA alumni Danny Duncan Collum, author of “White Boy”; Nicole Reid, author of “So There!”; and Yelizaveta Renfro, author of “A Catalogue of Everything in the World,” read from their works.

  • Poets Judith Harris, Philip White and Lisa Williams, Friday, Sept. 23, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center Plaza

A trio of distinguished poets sample their works, including former Mason faculty member Judith Harris, a D.C.-based poet whose most recent collection is “The Bad Secret” and who also wrote the acclaimed nonfiction book “Signifying Pain: Constructing and Healing the Self through Writing”; Philip White, author of the debut collection “The Clearing”; and Lisa Williams, whose collections include “The Hammered Dulcimer” and “Woman Reading to the Sea.”

  • Breakthrough Poets Panel, Friday Sept. 23, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Research Hall, Room 163

In advance of their joint reading later in the evening, Mason MFA alumni Brian Barker, Rebecca Dunham, Cynthia Marie Hoffman, Nadine Sabra Meyer and Sarah Perrier discuss recent trends in poetry and draw on their own experiences to offer fresh perspectives on today’s publishing opportunities for aspiring poets.

  • Breakthrough Poets Reading, Friday, Sept. 23, 8-9:15 p.m., The Old Firestation #3, 3988 University Drive, Fairfax, Va.

For the fourth consecutive year, Fall for the Book concludes the week’s programming with readings by distinguished new poets. This year’s slate of authors features Mason MFA alumni Brian Barker (“The Black Ocean”), Rebecca Dunham (“The Flight Cage”), Cynthia Marie Hoffman (“Sightseer”), Nadine Sabra Meyer (“The Anatomy Theater”), and Sarah Perrier (“Nothing Fatal”).

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