There are some great authors scheduled for this year's Fall for the Book in Fairfax (and beyond).
I have two words for you: Stephen King.
Two more: Amy Tan.
Actually, that's not even my immediate reading list.
year, the festival has many great authors, and I have to pick and
choose which events I can attend. For this year's festival, I plan to
attend the events featuring Abraham Verghese (Cutting for Stone, the author's first novel) and Conor Grennan (Little Princes, a memoir).
I already read Natasha Tretheway's 2007 Pultizer Prize-winning poetry collection, Native Guard,
multiple times, and it is in my library collection. (If I don't
excavate my copy this weekend, I shall be purchasing another copy for
her to autograph at her reading next week.)
Needless to say, I have read books by the "headliners."
My first exposure to 2011's Fairfax Award-winner Amy Tan was The Joy Luck Club, which was touching yet sweeping. I followed up with every single one of her books, saving the latest (Saving Fish from Drowning)
for when I settled into my new library. (Had someone told me it would
take nearly a year after packing away most of my books, I wouldn't have
Equally imprisoned in my storage unit was dozens of books by the festival's 2011 Mason Award-winner. I won't list every Stephen King novel I have read, but let's just say I wore a cross for a year when I was in junior high because 'Salem's Lot scared me so much. (We don't discuss the 1979 TV movie.)
Take a look at this year's event schedule and let me know what you think I should see — or what you'd like to see. Am I missing your favorite author, or an undiscovered gem? Tell me!