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A Sept. 28 Fairfax Extra article misstated the date of a Fall for the Book Festival event at George Mason University. Author Dave Eggers, who was chosen to receive the 2006 Mason Prize for extraordinary contributions in bringing literature to the public, will be honored at a ceremony today at 8 p.m. at the campus concert hall.

Celebrating A Spectrum of Literary Arts

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By C. Woodrow Irvin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 28, 2006

Authors of all sorts -- novelists, historians, political analysts, children's writers and poets -- are scheduled to be at George Mason University this week for the eighth annual Fall for the Book Festival, set to begin at noon yesterday.

The festival, which runs through Oct. 5, includes writing workshops, film exhibitions, poetry readings and theater and dance performances. All events are free.

Artist Frank Warren will exhibit original postcards detailing strangers' most private thoughts from his PostSecret project, through which he collects the secrets of anonymous senders worldwide and which inspired the anthology "PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions From Ordinary Lives."

The festival, which aims to promote community interest in literature, culminates with the presentation of the Mason Prize -- formerly known as the Fall for the Book Prize -- for extraordinary contributions to bringing literature to the public. The prize includes a monetary award and a plaque.

Bestselling author Dave Eggers, author of "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," "You Shall Know Our Velocity!" and "How We Are Hungry" and the founder of the McSweeney's publishing house, was selected by the festival's board for the award and will be honored in a ceremony at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

William Miller, the festival's executive director, said that the award was renamed this year to recognize the support the festival receives from the university and as an homage to Virginia Bill of Rights author George Mason. Miller said the festival's board of directors also viewed the bestowal of the Mason award on Eggers as the start of a new honor because the criteria had been refined to require that the winner be a literary groundbreaker.

Author Judy Blume, winner of the festival's Fairfax Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts, was scheduled to attend but was forced to cancel because of a conflict.

Other featured writers scheduled to appear include Kim Edwards, author of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter," a bestseller on The Washington Post paperback list, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."

Co-sponsors of the festival include the Fairfax County public library system, the City of Fairfax, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs and The Washington Post.

For information about the festival, call 703-993-3986 or visit http://www.fallforthebook.org/ .


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