Cancelled - FAU and the Palm Beach Book Festival Present ‘New York Times’ Best-Selling Authors in Boca Raton

FAU and Palm Beach Book Festival 2020

by P. Burks | Monday, Mar 02, 2020

This event is cancelled until further notice.

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. The festival will take place on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in FAU’s University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Tickets for the full day are $75, and individual panel tickets are $20 and $25, and can be purchased at or by calling 561-297-6124. Free parking is included with admission, and lunch will be for sale at the event.

The first panel will start at 10 a.m. and is titled “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.

 The second panel, which starts at 11 a.m., is titled “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” is Cathleen 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.”

At 12:10 p.m., the Oprah Book Club’s Leigh Haber moderates Liz Moore and Kiley Reid.  Liz Moore’s newest book is Long Bright River, a suspense novel about sisters, addiction and the ties that persist between place, family and fate.  Moore’s other books include ”Heft” and “The Unseen World.” Moore lives in Philadelphia. Kiley Reid’s debut novel “Such a Fun Age,” which explores the relationship between a young black babysitter and her well-intentioned white employer, was an instant New York Times bestseller.

Following a lunch break, the 2 p.m. panel titled Protest and Power: U.S., U.K. and #RealFakeNews will feature 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. His book, “Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?,” which is based on lectures he gave as a visiting professor at Oxford University, was published in the United Kingdom and the United States in September 2016. 

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.” Reid’s columns and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, New York Magazine and The Daily Beast.  Reid has previously worked in local TV news as a talk radio producer and host, and in politics as a Florida press secretary for America Coming Together (2004) and a Florida press aide for the Barack Obama campaign (2008). As the former managing editor of, Reid led a staff of 12 young journalists in exploring stories and issues of importance to African-Americans. Later, she was tapped to host her first branded cable news show titled “The Reid Report,” a daily news program on MSNBC.

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. He is now a writer and broadcaster on UK and international politics.

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 or call 561-297-2595.