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Now in its sixteenth year, George Mason University’s annual Fall for the Book festival, September 11-18, brings a variety of exciting events to Mason’s Fairfax campus and the surrounding area.  The events are open to the public and most are free of charge.


Many of this year’s events include topics pertaining to Mason’s Well-Being University Initiative’s focus on Thriving Together: building a life of vitality, purpose, and resilience.  Below is a list of selected events sure to inspire your sense of well-being:


Mason’s Day of Service and Remembrance Kick-Off: Join Fairfax Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne and Mason administrators in thanking the 2014 Mason Nation’s 9/11 Day of Service community organizers. The event includes a presentation of the colors by the Mason Army ROTC Color Guard. Thursday, September 11.


Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love. Memoirist Anna Whiston-Donaldson shares a mother’s story of unspeakable loss and the journey of hope that followed.  Thursday, September 11.


Until Tuesday: A Wounded warrior and the Golden Retriever who Saved Him. Memoirist Luis Carlos Montalván, a 17-year U.S. Army veteran and former combat soldier, discusses his award-winning book about the healing bond between a man and his dog. Thursday, September 11.


Orphan Train: Christina Baker Kline discusses her #1 New York Times bestseller, a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience when an unwanted young Irish immigrant is transported to the home of an elderly widow. Sunday, September 14.


This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids. Using their signature style of laughter, honesty, and dialogue, Everyone is Gay website founders Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo offer suggestions for better communication between parents and gay children. Tuesday, September 16.


Overwhelmed: When Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte joins sociologist Melissa Milkie and Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being Senior Fellows Beth Cabrera, an industrial and organizational psychologist, and positive psychology  expert Todd Kashdon, in a lively discussion about this pressing problem. Wednesday, September 17.


The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self—Not Just Your “Good” Self—Drives Success and Fulfillment. Mason psychology professor Todd Kashdan draws on scientific research and real-life examples to show how the full range of both positive and negative emotions better prepare us to lead lives of resilience and purpose. Sponsored by Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Thursday, September 18.


Full events schedule

Fall for the Book website