Annual Book Festival Starts Wednesday at GMU

Nearly 90 top authors and performers are scheduled to attend the eight-day Fall for the Book Festival www.fallforthebook.org to be held Sept. 14-21 at George Mason University in Fairfax.
Novelist Pat Conroy will receive the first Fall for the Book prize, which festival organizers said celebrates an author "who has made extraordinary contributions to bringing literature to a wide reading public." Conroy wrote "Beach Music," "The Prince of Tides," "The Great Santini" and other works.

Others scheduled to participate include Walter Mosley, Tim O'Brien and Khaled Hosseini, whose novel "The Kite Runner" is the Fairfax County library's selection for this year's All Fairfax Reads initiative aimed at encouraging more people to read books. Norman Mailer, Mark Winegardner and Marion Blumenthal Lazan also will give readings.
The festival will feature discussions, lectures and exhibits, too. It is designed to promote and celebrate literacy, learning, reading and writing. About 6,000 people attended last year.

By Steve Fehr |  September 12, 2005; 7:00 AM ET  | Category:  Events
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