Fall for the Book is a week-long, multiple venue, regional literary festival that takes place next week at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and other locations throughout Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland.

Okay, okay, so the title of this post is your basic, straight-forward, attention-grabber. There are actually more than 130 author/participants in the festival. And, it’s true that Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, and Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, and yours truly, author of Inheriting the Trade will all be presenting. Though my book isn’t as well known as theirs I’m honored to have been selected to participate in this prestigious festival.

Kathryn Stockett will speak Tuesday, September 21 at 8:00pm (sorry, the free tickets have all been reserved). Greg Mortenson will receive the 2010 Mason Award (that recognizes authors who have made extraordinary contributions to bringing literature to a wide reading public) on Friday, September 24 at 7:00pm (sorry, no tickets left for this one either). I’ll lead a discussion following a screening of Traces of the Trade on Wednesday, September 22 at 1:00pm at the Johnson Center Cinema on the GMU campus. That same evening at 7:00pm at Pohick Regional Library in Burke, VA, I’ll do a presentation about Inheriting the Trade and our family journey. They didn’t need to issue advance tickets for my events so anyone who lives in the area, come on over!

Sam Clay, the director of Fairfax County Library System interviewed me in advance of my appearance next week. You can listen to the brief podcast here.

You can view the complete Fall for the Book festival schedule here.

For my complete schedule, that will take me to Virginia, Washington, California, Bermuda, New York, and Ohio over the next eight weeks, click here.

UPDATE: see photos from Fall for the Book here.