Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fall for the Book Festival in Fairfax, Virginia

Autumn is a great time to celebrate writing! Not only is the biennial Dodge Poetry Festival coming to Newark, New Jersey this October, but George Mason University and the city of Fairfax, Virginia will be hosting Fall for the Book Festival in September.

This free festival brings a week of readings, workshops and other events to the city, university and general public. I encourage you to look through the list of participants ranging from fiction, poetry, and memoir authors to science, folklore, cooking, parenting specialists and more.

I’m particularly excited about this festival because I will be teaching two classes at George Mason University this fall: a literature class and an advanced writing class. I have the opportunity to choose a festival author to integrate into my class and bring the students to Fall for the Book Festival to hear her. We will be reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett who won this year’s Fairfax Prize.

Yes, the contemporary literature scene is alive and well. And it isn’t hidden: you can be a part of it all. Will I see you there?

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