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.