Today’s Fall for the Book Highlights

Posted: September 22, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Fall for the Book continues this week, with dozens of events planned through tomorrow on the Fairfax Campus. Some of today’s highlights include:

12:30 p.m., Outside Johnson Center—Poets in Mason’s MFA program collaborate with undergraduates from the Dance Department for a spoken word/dance improv performance.

2 p.m., Tallwood House, 4210 Roberts Road—Meryle Secrest, who has penned best-selling biographies of such subjects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Rodgers, and Stephen Sondheim, discusses her latest book, Duveen: A Life in Art. Presented in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

4:30 p.m., Johnson Center, Room 116—A reading by Valerie Martin, author of the Orange Prize-winning book Property, confronting American slavery, and Joyce Hackett, author of the Kafka Prize-winning Disturbance of the Inner Ear, exploring musical genius and the legacy of the Holocaust.

6 p.m., Johnson Center, Room 116—Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Edwin M. Yoder Jr. reads from his new memoir, Telling Others What to Think: Recollections of a Pundit.

7 p.m., Grand Tier, Center for the Arts—John Rolfe Gardiner, author of eight books and a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, reads from his latest short fiction collection, The Magellan House: Stories.

8:15 p.m., Grand Tier, Center for the Arts—Best-selling author Jill McCorkle, whose six books include the debut novels The Cheerleader and July 7th—both published on the same day in 1987—and the recent story collection Creatures of Habit, presents a reading from her work.

For a full schedule of today’s activities, see the Fall for the Book web site. Other Fall for the Book sponsors are the Washington Post, WJLA-TV ABC 7, Fairfax County Public Library, City of Fairfax, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, and Dominion.

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