Published May 3, 2017

Northern Virginia’s oldest and largest festival of literature and the arts, the annual Fall for the Book will return for its nineteenth year in October at George Mason University. Through June 1, they are accepting submissions from authors, publicists, and publishers to be considered for the 2017 event. 

Taking place from October 11-14, this year’s festival will feature workshops, panel discussions, and award presentations in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.The festival aims to connect readers and authors on a personal level and has featured names such Doris Kearns Goodwin, Amy Tan, and Sherman Alexie. All events are free and open to the public.

For this year’s event, bestselling authors Lev Grossman and Colson Whitehead have already been announced as headliners. Other announced participants include nonfiction writer David Shields, poet Ellen Bryan Voigt, and novelist Jennine Capo Crucet. Fall for the Book will select over 100 additional authors, across all genres, to participate alongside these celebrated literary figures.

Not an author but still want to get involved? Those interested in supporting the festival are welcome at any time to sign up to volunteer before and during the festival.

More details about participating, as well as the festival’s schedule, can be found at or on their Twitter and Facebook pages.

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