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The BookFest® Spring 2021 Happens Saturday, April 17 and Sunday April 18, 2021

Free to attend, just visit this website during the event.

The live stream takes place both here on the website, or watch natively on the Books That Make You YouTube Page.

The BookFest is an award-winning bi-annual online event. Always free to attend, it brings the book-loving community together from around the world for an online bookish adventure.

The BookFest Spring 2021 features: Mark Coker, Johnathan Maberry, Patrick M. Oliver, Deborah M. Pratt, Katharine Sands, Bert Sarkkinen and Michael Shermer W. Craig Reed, James Rollins, and many others.

See the Keynote and Panels Page for the two-day schedule. 

It is presented by The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society and other partners.

Don’t miss out. Register now for email notices and get insider info about The BookFest®.

The BookFest Streams Live Here

The BookFest® will stream right here, as well as on YouTube and on Facebook

Schedule (Pacific Time)

Day 1 – For Readers
Saturday, April 17
All times listed in Pacific Time.
10:30am PT
Welcome Message from The BookFest Founder Desireé Duffy, and Special Guest Deborah Kobylt
10:45am PT
Opening Keynote by Bert Sarkkinen – From the Timber in the Trees to the Paper in Our Books, Let’s Find Long-Term Happiness
11:00am PT
A Conversation with Michael Shermer – Being a Skeptic Today
12:00 Noon PT
Books That Force You to See the World Differently
1:00pm PT
Must Love Books and Television: The Connection between Television, Writers, and Pop Culture
2:00pm PT
Mental Health and Physical Wellness Books for the Extended Pandemic
3:00pm PT
A Conversation with Patrick M. Oliver: Creating the Next Generation of Readers, Writers and Leaders
4:00pm to 6:00pm PT
Live Author Chats – Hosted by Jenna Busch and Anastasia Washington
4:10pm PT
Sharon Koifman from Distant Job and author of Surviving Remote Work talks about thriving while working from home, and what the future holds for remote workers.
4:20pm PT
Amber Nichole, No, don’t look away. How to facilitate inclusion and dialogue between children of all abilities using play from the perspective of a parent and educator.
4:30pm PT
Jeff Sweat talks about his harrowing Covid experience and getting back to writing. He is the author of YA fiction including the books Mayfly and Scorpion.
4:40pm PT
Karen Sloan-Brown, author of The Fortunes of Blues and Blessings will talk about the Fisk Jubilee Singers Grammy win and what it means to chase one’s dreams.
4:50pm PT
Debra Eckerling, author of Your Goal Guide, speaker, and founder of The D*E*B Method and Write On Online talks about setting goals.
5:00pm PT
T.L. Bequette, author of the forthcoming Good Lookin’ talks about how being a criminal defense attorney in Oakland, California, who’s tried over 20 murder cases, inspires his writing.
5:10pm PT
Bill McCormick, aka Bill McSciFi, author of Splice: Hit Bit Technology and The Brittle Riders Trilogy, tells the story of how Russian bootleggers and Amazon Tech support gave him his nickname.
5:20pm PT
Celeste Duckworth from Vertikal Media Group and host of A Taste of Ink Live talks about empowering authors and our communities.
5:30pm PT
Julian Reeve, author of Captain Perfection & the Secret of Self-Compassion: A Self-Help Book for the Young Perfectionist talks about self-compassion and other perfectionism.
5:40pm PT
Mandy Jackson-Beverly, author of The Creatives Series: a dark vampire thriller, speaker, and host of The Bookshop Podcast, talks about the role of indie bookshops in communities. Reads from her latest collection of ghost stories.
  
Day 2 – For Writers
Sunday, April 18
 
9:00am PT
A Conversation with Jonathan Maberry: Being a Prolific Writer
10:00am PT
How to Work Successfully with a Free-Lance Editor
11:00am PT
Sharing Your Story: The Secret Ingredient in Your Memoir is You
12:00 Noon PT
PR Pro Tips for Powerful Book Promotions
1:00pm PT
The Science of Storytelling: How To Use Science, Structure and Sizzle to Create a Bestselling Novel or Non-Fiction Book
2:00pm PT
Goodreads 101: What Every Writer Needs to Know
3:00pm PT
A Conversation with Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords
4:00pm PT
Ask the Industry Experts Anything: A Live Q&A for Writers of Every Level

Saturday, April 17, 2021
4:00pm to 6:00pm Pacific Time

4:10pm PT
Sharon Koifman from Distant Job and author of Surviving Remote Work talks about thriving while working from home, and what the future holds for remote workers.
4:20pm PT
Amber Nichole, No, don’t look away. How to facilitate inclusion and dialogue between children of all abilities using play from the perspective of a parent and educator.
4:30pm PT
Jeff Sweat talks about his harrowing Covid experience and getting back to writing. He is the author of YA fiction including the books Mayfly and Scorpion.
4:40pm PT
Karen Sloan-Brown, author of The Fortunes of Blues and Blessings will talk about the Fisk Jubilee Singers Grammy win and what it means to chase one’s dreams.
4:50pm PT
Debra Eckerling, author of Your Goal Guide, speaker, and founder of The D*E*B Method and Write On Online talks about setting goals.
5:00pm PT
T.L. Bequette, author of the forthcoming Good Lookin’ talks about how being a criminal defense attorney in Oakland, California, who’s tried over 20 murder cases, inspires his writing.
5:10pm PT
Bill McCormick, aka Bill McSciFi, author of Splice: Hit Bit Technology and The Brittle Riders Trilogy, tells the story of how Russian bootleggers and Amazon Tech support gave him his nickname.
5:20pm PT
Celeste Duckworth from Vertikal Media Group and host of A Taste of Ink Live talks about empowering authors and our communities.
5:30pm PT
Julian Reeve, author of Captain Perfection & the Secret of Self-Compassion: A Self-Help Book for the Young Perfectionist talks about self-compassion and other perfectionism.
5:40pm PT
Mandy Jackson-Beverly, author of The Creatives Series: a dark vampire thriller, speaker, and host of The Bookshop Podcast, talks about the role of indie bookshops in communities. Reads from her latest collection of ghost stories.
5:50pm PT
Debbie Monteggia, poet and author of Tears of Change reads poetry from her book and shares a message of hope and inspiration.

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