Live Author Chat

Live Author Chats

Join the livestream to hang out during the Live Author Chats.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

4:00pm to 6:00pm PT

Live Author Chats – Hosted by Jenna Busch and Anastasia Washington

Part afterparty, part networking, and part authors doing whatever the heck they want, this fun interactive event presents authors and literary folks in fast-paced chats with hosts Jenna Busch and Anastasia Washington. Some authors may do readings, some may take audience questions, some may make recipes, or do a performance. One thing we know for sure, there will be a lot of surprises. Plus, the winner of the Grand Prize Spring Picnic Giveaway will be announced, along with the Owlcrate and Amazon gift card winners.

Host: Jenna Busch, Writer/Host for sites like SYFY Wire, Vital Thrills, Metro, The Washington Post and more. Contributing author to 11 books including Star Wars Psychology. Co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee.

Host: Anastasia Washington, Actress, comedian, filmmaker, director and podcast host. Produced and starred in her One Woman Show, 50 Shades of Mixed: Confessions of Your Ethnically Ambiguous Best Friend.


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.

Schedule (Pacific Time)

New for Fall 2021 – Check out the Pitching Room.

A place for authors to pitch their manuscript in an interactive virtual setting that brings the reading, writing and literary communities together.

  • Authors, submit your pitches. 
  • Agents, register to view pitches.
  • BookFesters, check out the pitches and see what authors are presenting to the literary world. 

The BookFest Fall 2021 programming features Conversations, Panel Discussions, Live Author Chats and interactive sessions. 

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