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the load of run­ning the fes­ti­val, which Ca­hall has done al­most sin­gle-hand­edly as a vol­un­teer since its in­cep­tion.

“The univer­sity will lift a lot of those lo­gis­tics, which will al­low me to fo­cus on tal­ent and more one-off events,” she said.

She’ll have more time to spend nail­ing down tal­ent such as past fes­ti­val au­thors Alan Cum­ming, Burt Reynolds, Dan Rather, Joe Klein (Pri­mary Col­ors), Gail Sheehy (Pas­sages) and Amor Towles (Rules of Ci­vil­ity).

Ca­hall and FAU col­lab­o­rated on a lec­ture and book sign­ing in Fe­bru­ary with Erica Jong that went re­mark­ably well, she said.

One-time events in the works in­clude one on March 15 dur­ing the Nor­ton Mu­seum’s Art af­ter Dark. Plans also are un­der way for a chil­dren’s book fes­ti­val in the spring.

At the Nov. 2 event, Kennedy will be pre­sented with FAU’s Dorothy F. Sch­midt Col­lege of Arts and Let­ters Mak­ing Waves Award in recog­ni­tion of his en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivism.

The son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, he is an en­vi­ron­men­tal at­tor­ney and pres­i­dent of the board of the Water­keeper Al­liance, a non­profit fo­cused on grass­roots ef­forts to pre­serve and pro­tect wa­ter­ways world­wide.

He’s also the au­thor of Amer­i­can Val­ues: Lessons I Learned from My Fam­ily, pub­lished by Harper Collins in May, and other books.

Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit stu­dent schol­ar­ships for FAU’s depart­ment of po­lit­i­cal sci­ence.

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