Fall for the Book Begins Today with Panel Discussion

Posted: September 19, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Fall for the Book literary festival kicks off today with “Protection or Prohibition: A Public Forum on Limiting Texts in Schools” at 4 p.m. in Harris Theater.

In a response to increased national and local efforts to limit and restrict certain texts from libraries and curricula in the schools, this public forum will shed light on the fight over texts in schools and libraries.

Panelists include Pat Scales, author of Teaching Banned Books; Daniel Domenech, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools; Alan Cheuse, George Mason English professor and book reviewer for National Public Radio; Kristine Nicholls, parent and school literature standards activist; and Ted Gudmundsen, Fairfax County high school student, among others. The panel is moderated by Daniele Struppa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The third annual Fall for the Book literary festival, which runs today through Sunday, Sept. 22, promises excitement and adventure for adults and children with scheduled author readings and book signings, book appraisals, poetry slams, roving storytellers, workshops, puppet shows, and more.

The community-based festival is sponsored by the Washington Post, the City of Fairfax, George Mason University, and the Fairfax County Public Library. For more information and a complete list of events that are free and open to the public, visit the Fall for the Book website or call x38886 or (202) 334-4740.

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