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Festival: Fall for the Book

If you took the Metro last Saturday, you likely found yourself squished between a Nats fan and an attendee of the National Book Festival. If you take it this weekend, you’ll likely find yourself squished among similarly bookish types, though these folks will be headed to George Mason University for the Fall for the Book Festival. It’s a bit smaller than the one that takes place on the Mall, and caters more to literary types (no offense intended, drugstore novelists). If listening to famous writers drone about the creative process is your thing, this year’s high-profile guests — Poet Laureate Rita Dove and novelist Michael Chabon — are worth every minute in an overcrowded Metro car.

Through Sunday at George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va.

Phone: 703/993-1000


Concert: London: Music From the City of Shakespeare

When we talk about great European composers, we almost never talk about England. A performance at the Folger Shakespeare Library will attempt to convince you that Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morley and William Byrd deserve to be listed right alongside Beethoven, Bach and Mozart.

Sunday at Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE

Phone: 202/544-4600