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FALL FOR THE BOOK 2003

June 12, 2003
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES THE
ANNUAL FALL FOR THE BOOK FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 15-20, 2003


Fairfax, Virginia, June 12, 2003— Fall for the Book is a FREE festival for all ages, featuring a variety of book-related programs that celebrate literacy, reading, and writing. The 5th annual Fall for the Book is scheduled for September 15-20, 2003. The community-based festival events, free and open to the public, are held on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University.

Fall for the Book marks its fifth year by inaugurating The Fairfax Prize: a $10,000 prize for lifetime achievement in literature. A committee that includes novelist Stephen Goodwin and short story writer Matt Klam, among others, will select the final winner in July. The winning writer will be featured at the Fall for the Book festival in September. The wide range of programs scheduled during Fall for the Book – an exciting entrée into the literary world for adults and children – including author readings, signings, book appraisals, poetry slams, roving storytellers, workshops, puppet shows and surprise guests, appeal to book lovers from all over the capital region.
Fall for the Book is generously and enthusiastically supported by The Washington Post, George Mason University, the Fairfax County Public Library, Associated Writing Programs and the City of Fairfax.
Family and community-centric events this year include: students from Fairfax’s Frost and Lanier Middle Schools participating in activities surrounding Laura Elliot’s Under a War Torn Sky, the Northern Virginia Writing Project sponsoring a workshop for parents and kids on writing from personal experience, and the unveiling of the Fall for the Book Anthology of exemplary student writing, with selections from elementary, middle and high schoolers. New events and author appearances are being added to the Festival’s schedule on an ongoing basis. For updates on the festival schedule log on to: www.fallfor the book.org.

The chance to interact with famous authors and soon-to-be-famous authors, as well as the traditional "street fair" has attracted steadily increasing numbers of book lovers to Fairfax over the past several years.