In conjunction with George Mason University, will be headlined by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo, who will receive the Fairfax Prize for significant contributions to American and international culture, bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult, who will receive the Mason Award for extraordinary contributions to bringing literature to a wide reading public, Christina Baker Kline, the author of "Orphan Train," Washington Post editor David Finkel, author of "Thank You for Your Service" about veterans returning from the Iraq War, and Post reporter Brigid Schulte, author of "Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time," award-winning essayist Eula Biss on the raging vaccine controversy, and bestselling thriller writer Sophie Hannah stepping into Agatha Christie's shoes to deliver the first Hercule Poirot novel in nearly 40 years.
In addition to educating students, this public university also is home to plays, concerts and other cultural events.
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