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How You Can Help Fund Fall for the Book

FFtB fans can join a membership program, attend special receptions and donate.

Enjoying the Fall for the Book festival this year? There's a way you can make next year's event even better. 

Fall for the Book organizers offer two remaining author receptions this week that the public can attend for a fee. The money goes to recouping some of the cost needed to fund the 2012 event and leftovers are stored away for next year.

"The festival costs approximately $200,000 to mount each year — an amount that includes everything from honoraria for our prize winners to travel costs for authors to printing costs for programs and posters to salaries for our festival manager and a few staff members," said Art Taylor, George Mason University professor and marketing coordinator for FFtb.

Receptions will get you some more time with your favorite authors, as well as some nerdy novelist conversations and good food.

"The receptions are an opportunity to raise a little bit of extra money toward our program costs, thanks to the generosity of our authors, but also a way to potentially interest individual donors in what we do — building our Friends group in the process and offering different experiences for our festival fans," said Taylor. 

The bulk of the FFtB money comes from sponsors. Click here to see a list of local businesses and organizations helping this year's FFtB. Friends of Fall for the Book, a membership program that gets you reception access and VIP seating at speakers, also helps foot the FFtB bill. Click here to find out how you can join.

Here's a list of the remaining receptions this week. Email development@fallforthebook.org for more information and to reserve your spot. 

Neil Gaiman Reception
Friday, September 28, 6 p.m.
$100 per person (limited to 100 attendees)

Michael Chabon Reception
Sunday, September 30, 5 p.m.
$100 per person (limited to 100 attendees)

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