Fall for the Book, the annual literary festival at George Mason University, will kick off Saturday with a family fair and readings by novelists Edward P. Jones and Tobias Wolff.
The six-day celebration, which features authors, discussions, food, music and other attractions, will end Sept. 23 with novelist Joyce Carol Oates. She will receive the $10,000 Fairfax Prize for lifetime achievement in literature. Oates and poet D.A. Powell will attend a reception and dinner that night and will read from their work.
More than 100 writers and performers are scheduled to take part in the festival. Other participants include Bob Edwards, the former longtime host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Roger Wilkins, who will lead a panel discussion on the legacy of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision ending school segregation.
A complete schedule is at www.fallforthebook.org. George Mason is at 4400 University Dr., near Braddock Road and Route 123.
Terry Gross to Appear
Reston's CenterStage, Politics and Prose bookstore in Northwest Washington and public radio station WETA will present Terry Gross, host of NPR's "Fresh Air," in an onstage conversation at 8 p.m. Monday.
After the interview, to be conducted by WETA's Ingrid Lakey, Gross will sign copies of her recently published book, "All I Did Was Ask."
Free tickets may be obtained at the information desk of the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, with a limit of two per person. The center is at 2310 Colts Neck Rd.
For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Fall Season at GMU
The Fairfax Symphony will present its first concert of the fall season at 8 p.m. Saturday at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
The featured artist, Jaime Laredo, will perform Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto." Other selections are Brahms's "Academic Festival Overture," Mussorgsky's "Khovanshchina" prelude and Shostakovich's "Jazz Suite No. 2."
James Bartel, morning host on radio station WGMS, will present a concert preview at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. GMU is at 4400 University Dr., near Braddock Road and Route 123.
For more information, call 703-827-0600.
Reston Arts Organization
Plans Fundraising Sale
The Greater Reston Arts Center will host its "C-Note Sale" from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 24.
Local artists donate their work for the sale, with proceeds benefiting the organization's educational and outreach programs, including children's workshops, exhibitions, lectures and community programs. The sale will include donated sculpture, painting, pottery, fiber arts and jewelry.
All donated art will be on display in the gallery from Sept. 30 until Oct. 24.
Tickets are $125, one for each piece of art. There is a limit of five tickets a person. The gallery is at 11911 Freedom Dr., Suite 110.
For more information, call 703-471-9242.
-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY
and STEPHEN C. FEHR