FAU Palm Beach Book Festival


FAU Palm Beach Book Festival

Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., University Theatre

Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will host the sixth annual Palm Beach Book Festival with an exciting group of New York Times bestselling authors, several of whom have books featured on the New York Times list of books to watch in 2020. Tickets for the full day are $75, and individual panel tickets are $20 and $25, and can be purchased at fauevents.com or by calling 561-297-6124. Book sale and signing will follow each presentation. Free parking is included with admission, and lunch will be for sale at the event.

1 0 – 11 a.m.: “Twisted History: Larry Loftis in conversation with Louis Bayard”

Loftis is the USA TODAY and international bestselling author of the nonfiction spy thrillers “Code Name: Lise—The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy” and “Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov—World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond,” which have been translated into multiple languages and published around the world. His third nonfiction spy thriller, “The Princess Spy,” will hit bookstores in March 2021. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Loftis was a corporate attorney and adjunct professor of law.

Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book author and has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include “The Pale Blue Eye” and “Mr. Timothy.”  His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed young-adult title “Lucky Strikes.” Bayard lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches at George Washington University.


11 a.m. – noon: “You Don’t Have to be Jewish (to love this panel).” Patricia Marx, in conversation with Cathleen Schine, will talk about Jewish mothers, spouses and siblings.

Marx has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1989. She is a former writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “Rugrats,” and is the author of several books. Marx was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon. She has taught screenwriting and humor writing at Princeton, New York University, and Stonybrook University and she was the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship. “The Grammarians” isCathleen Schine’s 11th novel. Often compared to Nora Ephron, Nancy Mitford, and Jane Austen, Schine is one of our great comic novelists. Her much-loved novels include “The Love Letter,” “Alice in Bed,” “Rameau’s Niece,” “The Three Weissmanns of Westport,” and “They May Not Mean To, But They Do.”


12:10 p.m.: Oprah Book Club Panelists Leigh Haber (O Magazine), Jeanne Cummins, Kate Elizabeth Russell, and Liz Moore

Russell was born and raised in eastern Maine. She holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A. from Indiana University.  Her work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, and Quarterly West, among other literary journals. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. This is her first novel, hailed by Stephen King as “a well-constructed package of dynamite.” Cummins three books include “The Outside Boy,” “The Crooked Branch,” and the bestselling memoir “A Rip in Heaven.” Her latest novel is “American Dirt.” Liz Moore is the author of the acclaimed novels Heft and The Unseen World. A winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in literature, she lives in Philadelphia.




2 p.m. Protest and Power: U.S., U.K. and #RealFakeNews with Mark Thompson in Conversation with Joy-Anne Reid and David Kogan.

Thompson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company in November 2012. He has directed the Company’s strategy and presided over an expansion of its digital and global operations. Under his leadership, digital subscriptions have grown from 500,000 to nearly four million and the Times has successfully branded out into other digital products like Cooking and Crosswords, has launched one of the world’s most successful podcasts, and recently premiered “The Weekly,” a new TV news program for FX and Hulu.  Reid is a political analyst at MSNBC and host of “AM Joy.” Her latest book “The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story,” was published in June 2019 and is a New York Times best seller.  She is the author of the book “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide” and the co-editor, with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, of “We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama.” Kogan has had an extensive career in journalism and business management. He began in newspapers in 1979, wrote his first book “The Battle for the Labour Party” at the age of 24, and then joined the BBC where he worked in radio and television in New York from 1984 to 1985. He joined the international news agency Reuters in 1988 first as managing editor and then global managing director of Reuters TV. He covered such stories as the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, Nelson Mandela’s release in South Africa and the civil war in Yugoslavia.


The Palm Beach Book Festival at FAU is sponsored by the Batmasian Family Foundation and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. For more information about the festival, visit palmbeachbookfestival.com or call 561-297-2595.

 Tickets $20-25 at www.fauevents.com or 561-297-6124

The PBBF brings in New York Times Best-selling and household name authors. For a full schedule of the PBBF, visit www.palmbeachbookfestival.com