The event scene in West Palm Beach turns a new page this month with the inaugural Palm Beach Book Festival, a daylong affair for book lovers to meet and hear from top literati—and learn how to become one, too. Held April 11 at the Norton Museum of Art from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the festival consists of four panel discussions—covering topics such as women’s literature and the world of publishing—with novelists like Andrew Gross, Jacquelyn Mitchard and Lee Woodruff as well as local best-selling writer Scott Eyman, author and actor Alan Cumming and Vanity Fair critic James Wolcott. Following the panels, festivalgoers can commingle at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach for a cocktail soiree that includes a Q&A with James Patterson moderated by Joe Klein of Time. Tickets cost $75 for the festival, $200 for the closing cocktail party. The event is one to bookmark for next year, too: Organizers are already lining up participants for the 2016 festival, meaning this is just the first chapter in what local readers hope will be a storied event.
- For more information, visit palmbeachbookfestival.com.