Fall for the Book Festival at GMU

I got an email last month from one of the organizers of the Fall for the Book Festival opening September 26 at George Mason University.  In addition to featuring some big names in contemporary literature (Alice Walker, Rita Dove, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, etc.), the festival also includes an exhibition of artist books!

Espresso Pot 6 Ways by Laura Davidson

Espresso Pot 6 Ways by Laura Davidson, held at the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives

Here’s what they say:

Artist Books

Fenwick Library, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

Experimental, amusing, or beautiful, books as works of art form intersections between image and text. They may include books with handmade bindings or letter-press printing, books in the shape of triangles, or sculptures. Difficult to define, they are best experienced in person. Hosted by the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives at Fenwick Library, the exhibition will open with a reception on Wednesday, September 26, from 3:30-5 p.m. General exhibition hours Sept. 26-30: Wednesday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-midnight.

I asked about public transportation and this is what the organizer had to say:

I think the Mason Shuttles require a Mason ID, but the CUE buses run on a pretty regular schedule, and they take SmartTrip cards (less than a dollar a ride); the Gold or Green Line, route 1 in either case, seems to be the most direct, from the Vienna Metro Station (the closest to campus) at the end of the Orange line.

The easiest way to plan your route is to use the Metro Trip Planner form: http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/tripplanner/tripplanner_form_solo.cfm. Type in “George Mason University-Fairfax” in the “To” field (and make sure you get Fairfax in there (since there’s an Arlington campus to confuse things)), and that’ll let you know which bus to take at the time you’ll be arriving.

I’ll be headed to Germany that night so unfortunately I’ll miss the fun.

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