The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at FAU is hosting the 5th annual Palm Beach Book Festival in Boca Raton with an exciting group of New York Times Best-selling/celebrity authors. Free parking is included with admission. Lunch will be for sale at the event. The lineup includes:
Panel 1: 10 a.m. to 10:45
O Magazine – Oprah Book Club panel
Authors: Tayari Jones and Idra Novey
Moderator: Leigh Haber
New York Times best-selling author Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage chosen as an Oprah Book Club selection. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Silver Sparrow was added to the NEA Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University. Idra Novey is the author of the novels Those Who Knew and Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Country, a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine, the PEN Translation Fund, and the Poetry foundation. She’s taught at Princeton University, Columbia, NYU, Fordham, and the Catholic University of Chile. Leigh Haber is Books Editor for O, the Oprah Magazine, where she curates the Reading Room section and other literary coverage. She also works with Oprah Winfrey on the Oprah Book Club 2.0, and is a judge for the Book of the Month Club.
Panel 2: 11:15 to 12 noon
Author: Susan Orlean, The Library Book
Moderator: Christopher Bonanos
Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film Adaptation. Christopher Bonanos is city editor at New York magazine, where he covers arts and culture and urban affairs. He is the author of Flash The Making of Weege The Famous and Instant: The Story of Polaroid.
Panel 3: 12:15 to 12:45
Author: James Patterson
Moderator: Robert Scheer
James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, and I Funny. Among his notable literary collaborations are The President Is Missing, with President Bill Clinton, and the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate. Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove that there is no such thing as a person who “doesn’t like to read,” only people who haven’t found the right book. He’s given over three million books to schoolkids and the military and more than seventy million dollars to support education, as well as endowed over five thousand college scholarships for teachers. The National Book Foundation recently presented Patterson with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, and he is also the recipient of an Edgar Award and six Emmy Awards. He lives in Florida with his family. Rob Scheer is the founder of Comfort Cases, a charity whose mission is to inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to the nearly 438,000 youth in foster care in the United States. He lives with his husband and children in Maryland.
1 pm to 2 pm Lunch break and continued James Patterson signings
Panel 4: 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Big Bens! Authors in conversation Ben Fountain and Ben Bradlee, Jr.
Ben Bradlee Jr. is the author of the critically acclaimed The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams (2013) and three other books. Bradlee spent 25 years with the Boston Globe and as deputy managing editor oversaw its Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church from July 2001 to August 2002. John Slattery portrayed Bradlee Jr. in the 2015 Oscar winning film Spotlight. Ben Fountain was born in Chapel Hill and grew up in the tobacco country of eastern North Carolina. A former practicing attorney, he is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and the novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which was adapted into a feature film directed by three-time Oscar winner Ang Lee. His series of essays published in The Guardian on the 2016 U.S. presidential election was subsequently nominated by the editors of The Guardian for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary.
Panel 5: 3:20 to 4 pm
Author: Mitch Albom – Book of the Year – The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction. He has written six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers, including Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. He has also penned award-winning TV films, stage plays, screenplays, a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and a musical. Albom’s books have collectively sold more than 39 million copies in 42 languages. He founded and oversees S.A.Y. Detroit, a consortium of nine different charitable operations in his hometown, and created a nonprofit dessert shop and food product line to fund programs for Detroit’s neediest citizens. He also operates an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.