Editors' pick

Fall for the Book

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Editorial Review

For a complete rundown of festival authors and schedules, visit www.fallforthebook.org.

Highlights include:

Sept. 18 -- a children's panel with authors Jacqueline Jules, Mary Quattlebaum and Susan Stockdale (1:30 p.m.); Darrin Strauss, author of the memoir "Half a Life" and the novel "More Tha It Hurts You" (5:30 p.m., at 1st Stage Theatre, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean, Va.).

Sept. 19 -- Jacques d’Amboise, a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet (3 p.m.); novelist Tayari Jones, author of "Silver Sparrow" (4:30 p.m.); novelist Francine Prose, author, most recently, of "My New American Life" (6:30 p.m.); physician and writer Abraham Verghese, author of the bestselling novel "Cutting for Stone" (8 p.m. at Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Va.).

Sept. 20 -- a "Writing Africa Panel," with Nigerian-bron authors Helon Habila and E.C. Osondu, along with local writer Susi Wyss (1:30 p.m.); award-winning poets Dan Gutstein and Michele Wolf (4:30 p.m.); journalist and amateur boxer Mischa Merz, author of "The Sweetest Thing: A Boxer's Memoir" (7:30 p.m. at NVCC - Loudoun campus, Waddell Theater, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Hwy., Sterling, Va.).

Sept. 21 -- activist Emma Cape, with the group Courage to Resist, discusses the anthology "About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War" (3 p.m.); memoirs with Susan McCorkindale, author of "500 Acres and No Place to Hide: More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl" and Katherine Russell Rich, author of "Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language" (4:30 p.m.); R. Dwayne Betts, author of "A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison" (6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets-Shirlington, 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.); Alexandra Fuller, author of "Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness" (7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW); Conor Grennan, author of "Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal" (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 22 -- professor Larrie D. Ferreiro, author of "Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World" (Noon); Michael Sims, author, most recently, of "The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic" (3 p.m.); fiction writers Matt Bell, "Dredge," and Jess Walter, "The Financial Lives of the Poets" (4:30 p.m.); poet Natasha Trethewey, author of the collection "Native Guard" and "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast" (6 p.m.); bestselling financial advisor Ric Edelman, "The Truth About Money" (7 p.m.)

Sept. 23 -- Manuel Munoz, novelist and short story writer, and author of "What You See in the Dark" (3 p.m.); a "Breakthrough Poets Panel" featuring Brian Barker, Rebecca Dunham, Cynthia Marie Hoffman, Nadine Sabra Meyer and Sarah Perrier (4:30 p.m.) -- they will also take part in a reading at 8 p.m. that evening at the Old Firestation #3, 3988 University Dr., Fairfax, Va.); a panelof mystery writers, including Donna Andrews, G.M. Malliet, Alan Orloff and Marcia Talley (5:30 p.m.)