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Dear Friends of the Palm Beach Book Festival:

We need you! It’s a fact. We can’t continue to run without your support.  And, as the Founder, I can’t continue to run this literary event on a wing, a prayer and a personal charge card.  You see, Helen Gurley Brown (like a second mother to me) once told me I could ‘have it all’  and I did.  But Oprah Winfrey taught me when you have it all, it’s time to give back, so I did that, too.

I’ve taken my career, my platform, my heart and soul and plan to continue on that path.  But it hasn’t been easy.  I didn’t come into a well-developed organization with decades behind its name.  I’m a start-up-non-profit working from a place of passion.   I look around my house and walls of books of Sylvia Plath, Charlotte Bronte, and even Coco Chanel. Women whose destinies were tainted by pain and tragedy. Yet, all along they were driven by something bigger. Passion.

I’ve learned from taking meeting with the powers-that-be in Palm Beach County, that I created this non-profit backwards.  Most groups have some funding, have deep passion, but can’t provide the product.  I provided masses of passion and the product – bringing in more-celebrity-under-one-roof-in-one-day then Palm Beach County has ever seen – but, with zero funding from outside donors.

I’ve learned it takes a village (or in our case a county) to run this festival, and I’m just one person wearing many hats.  In essence I’m the bride and the wedding planner.  I’ve learned that the moment our festival ends, it begins all over again.  It’s all that ‘behind-the-scenes stuff’ 10 months of the year that makes our festival feel like we “ran as top-notch as a fifth year festival” (or so our guest authors have told me.)

So let’s keep this festival alive!  Let’s keep reading and writing alive for our generation and our children’s generation.  For year 2017, we’ve secured a larger venue – The Harriet Himmel Theatre – so we can add in at least 200 teachers, librarians, and high school students into our audience. Perhaps there’s one child out there whose dream falls on a deaf ear at home.  Perhaps there’s one author on that stage who will inspire that child to write and get published. Perhaps one day that child will be THAT author on the stage!

Please make a donation today .  No amount is ever too small, and every amount is humbly appreciated. A $100 (tax deductible) will put a student, teacher or librarian into a festival seat, alongside you.

Would you want to sponsor one of these famous authors’ panels? 

This past summer James Patterson made our first big contribution by underwriting an entire panel.  Oprah Winfrey Book Club will have their own panel.  That’s 2 of our 6 panels.  Might you want to underwrite a panel in your name, alongside  James Patterson and Oprah?    

Palm Beach County is already a hub to all types of cultural events…Theater, Ballet, Symphony, you name it.  Isn’t it time to become a literary capital?   By joining our exceptional family of donors, and with your gift, we can make this happen.  Your pledge is tax-deductible.  Your gift, no matter the size, will make a direct impact on supporting our mission to engage, educate and entertain the greater community of the Palm Beaches through visits with inspiring, world-class, authors.

Would you buy a ticket for a teacher or librarian?   Let’s fill the space with not only book lovers but at least 100 (or 200) seats for teachers, librarians or high school students, free of charge.  For our 2016 festival we were able to put 30 students into seats. Can’t we seat more?


Oxbridge students meet real life authors Jacqueline Mitchard, Dorothea Benton Frank and actress turned author, Molly Ringwald.

Oxbridge students meet real life authors Jacqueline Mitchard, Dorothea Benton Frank and actress turned author, Molly Ringwald.


Did you know that 90% of our funding comes from ticket sales alone?  But, we want tickets to stay accessible not unaffordable.

Did You know that this year we made a donation to Pahokee Middle School?  We’ve bonded with Principal Michael Aronson and hope to continue to enhance their school’s books.

DID you know that According to Amazon, Florida has the highest readership in America?  With our vacationers, baby boomers and senior citizens devouring books, let’s help the next generation of aspiring authors.

Go the distance…Would you like to sponsor an author’s panel?  Imagine, being the sponsor of the very author you’ve long admired. Later that evening, wine, dine, and be influenced by the power of words, and by the person who wrote them.


The guest table


Please EMAIL  or call 561-429-4008 for details on how to sponsor an author.  

On behalf of our board, myself and all of our authors-forthcoming, thank you for believing in us and for helping our community at large.

Most sincerely,

Lois Cahall
Founder & Creative Director

The Palm Beach Book Festival Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in the state of Florida. The organization’s ID # is 31954.  A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll free within the state 1-800-352-3671. 100% of all contributions are maintained and distributed by this organization


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P.O. Box 3069
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Lois Cahall

Honorary Chairman
James Patterson

Board of Directors
Matthew Burditt
Lois Cahall
David McClymont
Robert Shalhoub
Margaret Wilesmith

Advisory Board
Lisa Brintz
Mark W. Cook
Scott Eyman
Lisa Sharkey
Stuart Woods


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