Week-long Book Festival a Novel Attraction for Fairfax Renters
The Fall for the Book Festival, organized by George Mason University and the Fairfax Public Library, started off small in 1999 and has grown into a week-long, multiple-venue regional event, giving the Washington, D.C., area another excuse to get literary. It is Northern Virginia’s oldest and largest annual literary festival.
Better yet, this event in Fairfax is free.
The 2010 event is scheduled for six days in late September and features a whopping 150 authors, who will participate in readings, presentations and meet-and-greets with fans.
This year’s lineup offers some big names, including Rick Moody (“The Ice Storm,” “The Diviners”) and Jennifer Egan (“The Keep,” “Look at Me”). Also on hand will be Greg Mortenson (“Three Cups of Tea”), who will accept the Mason Award, and Ann Patchett (“Bel Canto,” “Run”), who will be awarded the Fairfax Prize. Sponsors for the event include Barnes & Noble, the city of Fairfax and NOVEC.
There will also be storytelling, and dance and theatrical performances. The festival, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Writing Project and Dominion, even publishes an anthology of student writing.
If you’re looking for apartments in Fairfax and have an interest in writing or just books in general, your brain can’t afford to miss this event. Use Apartment Showcase as a resource for even more information.