Every year I look forward to visiting the George Mason University campus in the crisp fall weather to hear writers discuss their books or talk about writing in general. Last year I ventured farther afield and discovered new historical and community sites.
This year, Dave Barry will receive the festival’s Fairfax Prize for literary excellence, the first journalist and the first humorist to win the award, and thriller writer David Baldacci was chosen for the Mason Award. Along with poet Sonia Sanchez (Busboys and Poets Award) and memoirist Cheryl Strayed (Mary Roberts Rinehart Award),
these headliners are just the beginning of the nearly 150 novelists, poets, journalists, historians, children’s book authors and more who will be entertaining audiences this year at nearly two dozen venues throughout Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland.
The festival is an excellent opportunity to find out about new writers or meet some of your old favorites. If you are anywhere near the D.C. area, check out the festival program. There truly is something for everyone.