I just wanted to thank you again, on behalf of myself and Hachette [Publishing], for inviting me to this year’s Palm Beach Book Festival, and I wanted to say what a truly fantastic time I had. It was an honor for me to share a stage with Gail Sheehy and Leigh Haber during my panel, and the audience was simply terrific. They proved sophisticated and adventurous, and it was easily the best book signing I’ve done yet. The vibe all weekend made the festival feel like the kind of authoritative event that’s been up and running for 10 years–it was almost hard to believe that it was just the second year. With a community this engaged, I have no doubt that the Palm Beach Book Festival will continue to prosper and evolve in exciting ways, and if you’d ever like to me to come down for it again, just say the word.
- Owen Gleiberman, Senior Film Critic, Variety & author of MOVIE FREAK
I just wanted to thank you for including me in The Palm Beach Book Festival. There was a feeling of bonhomie among participants that I have not experienced any where else. You have a kindness and a knack for giving so much of yourself to others. What you’ve done for Palm Beach is so generous. You invited a wonderful group of people and set the perfect tone. The two dinners were special and elegant – I haven’t been to any events in PB that I have enjoyed so much. You made each and every author feel special despite having to organize so much in 72 hours.
At our panel I thought the audience was very engaged and I was surprised/ delighted how far some people had traveled to attend. It felt as if many came to learn and not just be entertained and it felt very good to be a part of such an event.
- Margaret Thornton, novelist, CHARLESTON
So happy that my donation reached you. I think the Book Festival is probably the best thing to happen to Palm Beach since Henry Flagler built the Breakers!!! Seriously, as my husband always says, readers are leaders and I can’t think of a worthier cause than inspiring a new generation to read and write. I know reading saved my childhood. So, keep up the great work, and please do keep me posted as to new developments. Wishing you both a wonderful summer too,
- Joanna Elm, proud supporter
Thanks for the updates and for all you do!
Your conferences have been great – informative,
entertaining and inspirational.
All my best wishes,
- Arlene Englander