Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 10:00am


Schedule of Events:

Islam in North America: Colloquium @ Johnson Center, Ground Floor, Gold Room
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The last few years have seen an impressive amount of publications on various aspects of the American Muslim experience. This panel presents works that adopt multiple theoretical and methodological lenses. Sponsored by Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.

As the World Burns @ Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza
Oct 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
In biting prose, Dave Housley’s fourth short story collection Massive Cleansing Fire casts the end of the world in a humorous light as it glows in the embers of the apocalypse. The linked collection features a range of characters–from clowns to cameramen–in situations that all literally go down in flames. Housley’s other collections include If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home, Commercial Fiction, and Ryan Seacrest is Famous, and he is a founding editor of Barrelhouse Magazine. 

Native Americans in Colonial Virginia @ Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room G
Oct 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Kristalyn Shefveland’s Anglo-Native Virginia closely examines indigenous and colonial trade in Virginia between 1646-1722, and how this shaped our state as we know it. This UGA Press publication “examines Anglo-Indian interactions through the conception of Native tributaries to the Virginia colony, with particular emphasis on the colonial and tributary and foreign Native settlements of the Piedmont and southwestern Coastal Plain.” Shefveland explains how the effects of these interactions are still evidenced in the current nature of our state and region.

Recording History on the Frontlines @ Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Oct 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 pm
Author Yasutsune “Tony” Hirashiki and editor Terry Irving discuss the story of Tony’s harrowing career as a TV cameraman in Vietnam detailed in On the Frontlines of the Television War. Hirashiki was an ABC News cameraman from 1966 to 2006, and was considered one of the best cameraman in the history of the company. “Once we had experienced Vietnam, one way or another, we’d always come back,” he said of what became known as the “Television War.”

When the World Breaks Open @ Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
In the memoir When the World Breaks Open, Seema Reza chronicles her journey from being a suburban mom to using her own lessons to build a unique writing and art program in military hospitals. Using a non-linear narrative, Reza exposes her triumphs and fears and regret through the dissolution of a dysfunctional marriage, and investigates her own experiences and societal attitudes towards loss, love, motherhood and community, undermining the idea that strength requires silence.

Islamic Law: Colloquium @ Johnson Center, Ground Floor, Gold Room
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
How Islamic law, both ancient and modern, relates to multiple areas of inquiry has created one of the most impressive volumes of academic production. Publications reviewed in this panel provide an exciting spectrum on the study of Islamic law. Sponsored by Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.

Grit and Glamour of 1920s Boston @ Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza
Oct 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Colin Sargent’s novel The Boston Castrato grabs 1920s Boston out of history and vividly mixes in fiction. The Parker House Hotel; shipbuilders, politicians and utter rogues who raise the city from the dirt all shimmer into reality as an outsider dives into its quaking heart.

At the Margins: Invisibility and Marginalized Communities @ Special Collections Research Center, Fenwick Library
Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us for an Artists’ Book Open House at the Fenwick Library Special Collections Research Center!
For this month’s event we take on the theme of invisibility, and present these works as an extension of the discussions happening around Artworks for Freedom, and Fenwick Gallery’s ongoing exhibition, Call and Response. These artists’ books explore issues of marginalization and highlight the perspectives and voices of the “invisible,” those persons and communities at the edges of society.
Visitors will have an opportunity for hands-on interaction with these materials, and to learn how Mason students and researchers can use these materials as a source of visual, formal, and thematic inspiration.
The Special Collections Research Center is located in 2400 Fenwick on the second floor of Fenwick Library.

Janet Mock on Surpassing Certainty @ Harris Theater
Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Janet Mock, New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness, TV host, speaker, and trans advocate will speak on navigating her twenties without a roadmap. Her newest memoir Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me traces her journey of becoming an adult: moving out, falling in and out of love, and working her way up in the magazine industry. Her work has appeared in publications such as Marie Claire, The New Yorker, and Allure. Sponsored by African & African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies.

Justice and Deception in the ’60s @ Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Ernesto Vigil discusses Decades of Deception: The FBI, the American Indian Movement, and the Death of Anna Mae Aquash, about the Chicano Movement in Denver during the 1960s.

The Sociopath Next Door @ Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Dr. Jeremy Balint’s darkest traits come to the surface in Jacob Appel’s thrilling novel The Mask of Sanity, which examines sociopathy and masks of identity in modern society. When Balint discovers his wife is having an affair, he decides on murder to achieve revenge. Appel is an extensively-published author, physician, attorney, and former Ivy League professor who has made a study of sociopaths like Balint.

Islam, Globalization and Cosmopolitanism: Colloquium @ Johnson Center, Ground Floor, Gold Room
Oct 12 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
This panel explores citizenship debates in Muslim contexts and its connections to cultural manifestations of ethno-racial identities, as well as global trends around poverty, environmentalism, and rights-based discourses. Sponsored by Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.

Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum @ Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room F, George Mason University
Oct 12 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Georgetown University professor, and early childhood expert William Gormley discusses the importance of critical thinking for students and educators in his book The Critical Advantage, which takes “a wide-ranging look at the important role of critical thinking in preparing students for college, careers, and civic life.”

Digital Storytelling with Laura Packer @ George Mason University, Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room G
Oct 12 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Experienced writer and coach Laura Packer’s workshop can help everyone from artists to business professionals tell their stories. Packer tells original and traditional stories for all audiences. Her stories cover the range of human experience from the most grounded to the fantastical and are a collaborative creation with the audience, drawing listeners into the world of the story.

Jennine Capó Crucet Makes a Home Among Strangers @ Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, George Mason University
Oct 12 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
In Make Your Home Among Strangers, Jennine Capó Crucet follows Lizet, a daughter of Cuban immigrants as she navigates being a first generation college student, coming to terms with her new status as a minority, and facing the immigration battle of a local boy which makes national news. The novel asks readers what it means to be an American today. Crucet will speak at the capstone event for this year’s campus Mason Reads program. Sponsored by George Mason University Libraries and the Office of Orientation.

MFA Fellows Reading @ George's 3rd Floor, Johnson Center, George Mason University
Oct 12 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Every year, George Mason’s Creative Writing Program awards fellowships to some of the most promising writers pursuing an M.F.A. Join the winners of the 2017 fellowships: poet Jesse Capobianco, nonfiction writer Liesel Hamilton, poet Alayna Nagurny, and fiction writer Ben Rader. Sponsored by Mason’s Creative Writing Program.

Partners on the Page @ Johnson Center, Meeting Room G, George Mason University
Oct 12 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Laura Micciche, distinguished professor of English at the University of Cincinnati and editor of Composition Studies, discusses the power of partnerships in the writing community and the genre of written acknowledgments. Micciche argues in her latest publication, Acknowledging Writing Partners, that written acknowledgments are “a lens for viewing writing as a practice of indebted partnerships…[and] that reveal writing’s connectedness.” Sponsored by Writing Across the Curriculum.

Brief Encounters with the Extraordinary @ Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
The fantastic, strange, and hauntingly beautiful come together in the short stories of authors Amber Sparks and A. A. Balaskovits. Praised by The Washington Post as “a masterful work of speculative fiction,” Sparks’s collection The Unfinished World features a wide cast of characters–from time travelers to orphaned taxidermists–rendered in lyrical prose. Winner of the 2015 Santa Fe Writers Project Awards, Balaskovit’s debut collection Magic for Unlucky Girls transforms fairy tales, twisting and turning familiar tropes into stories that are refreshing and unique.

Gish Jen on East Meets West @ George's 3rd Floor, Johnson Center, George Mason University
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
For centuries, there have mysteries and misunderstandings between the East and West. Gish Jen explores this relationship in The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap, specifically looking at how differences of the self and society complicate and enrich debates between cultures. The Washington Post describes Jen as “uniquely suited to explore this topic.”

Gwendolyn Brooks at 100 @ Room 163, Research Hall
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Panelists blend creative and critical analysis in a celebration of the work of Gwendolyn Brooks. The daughter of two writers–Henry Blakely and Gwendolyn Brooks–Nora Brooks Blakely founded Brooks Permissions, a company which manages her mother’s body of work and promotes its continuing relevance in the 21st century. She is joined by Quraysh Ali Lansana, author of Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, and poet Melissa Green.

Research in Rhetoric: Digital, Visual & Archival Methods @ Johnson Center, Meeting Room G, George Mason University
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
GMU STC sponsors its third Fall for the Book event, a panel on Research in Rhetoric: Digital, Visual & Archival Methods. This panel features three scholars with diverse research and publication experience in the fields of rhetoric, composition, and communication. In Digital Rhetoric: Theory, Method, Practice (2015), Dr. Douglas Eyman reviews a range of methods and practices from fields within the humanities, social sciences, and information sciences to determine how traditional rhetoric applies to digital rhetoric in theory and in practice. In Still Life with Rhetoric (2015), Dr. Laurie Gries uses the digital research method of iconographic tracking to study the circulation and transformation of the iconic Obama Hope image, to explore the movement of visual rhetorics in networked environments. In American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History (2014), Dr. Jenell Johnson details the rhetorical history of lobotomy and its varied representations in the contexts of medicine, politics, and popular culture, to examine the socio-cultural influences of biomedicine. These three scholars discuss how they selected, used, and tailored different research methods from their fields, as well as methods borrowed from other fields, to develop their research projects and book publications. A Q&A with the audience follows the formal presentations. Sponsored by the Mason Society for Technical Communication.

Echoes of Vietnam @ Johnson Center, Meeting Room F
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
In Forever Vietnam: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory, David Kieran analyzes the contested memory of the Vietnam War to show how it shapes American foreign policy today. Kieran focuses on how Americans remember six key events, ranging from  the siege of the Alamo in 1836 to September 11, 2001. Sponsored by the Department of History and Art History.

Immigration Today: A Writer’s Discussion @ George's 3rd Floor, Johnson Center, George Mason University
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Three award-winning writers come together to discuss immigration and writing. Jennine Capó Crucet, author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, writes of the story and struggle of a child of Cuban immigrants. Gish Jen, author of The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap examines the distances between cultures. Marie Marquardt, author of the YA novel The Radius of Us discusses gang culture surrounding the US/Mexico border.

Poetry of Ellen Bryant Voigt @ Research Hall, Room 163, George Mason University
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Virginia native Ellen Bryant Voigt returns to her home state to read from her newest collection of poetry: Headwaters, which was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Washington Post Book World called Voigt’s book of opposites, “genius.” Voigt received a 2015 fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. Sponsored by Mason’s Creative Writing Program.

Unlocking the Past: A Grandson’s Narrative of the Holocaust @ Johnson Center, Meeting Room G, George Mason University
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Noah Lederman’s memoir A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search for his Family’s Holocaust Secrets, poignantly captures stories of his grandparents’ Holocaust experiences. Booklist describes it as a “vital contribution to Holocaust collections.” Lederman uncovers his grandparents’ past, from the detailed account of Poland pre-WWII, to the extermination camps, to the repression of memories by holocaust survivors.