Past Events

The First BookFest – May 9, 2020

2020 year marked a new beginning of the digital era. As book festivals and conventions canceled because of Covid-19, an online bookish adventure – The BookFest® – was created. The goal was to create a positive and poignant online gathering for people to attend worldwide.


“LA BookFest was stunning, professional, engaging, motivating, ground-breaking, and sensational! It was a privilege to participate. I was particularly impressed by Mitch Albom, Lori H. Schwartz, and Sarah Kendzior. The event really lined up some disruptive voices, and I mean that in the Silicon Valley sense of the word! The production values were stellar, and the whole effort is on the leading edge of what’s going on. My head is still spinning!”

—Gerald Everett Jones, Host, GetPublished! Podcast, author, editor, and BookFest® panel moderator

“Wow, I was impressed with the day you put together for LA BookFest with so many highlights! I’d love to work with you again. Congratulations on such a successful event!”

—Robin Quinn, Award-winning LA Book coach, editor and BookFest® speaker

“A big congratulations on doing an outstanding job of accomplishing this incredible feat of a virtual book festival and pulling it off with professionalism, excitement, and amazing content. I attended most of the sessions, and what you achieved was extraordinary! I loved being part of it; it was a significant highlight of my virtual book tour. What an extraordinary festival held at an unprecedented time in our nation’s history. Because of the social isolation caused by the pandemic, we need books and art now more than ever to help us feel connected to each other. Your festival was, in short, both a cultural celebration and a public service.”

—Sue William Silverman, Award-winning author of seven books of creative nonfiction and poetry

Schedule (Pacific Time)

10:00amWelcome — Desiree Duffy
10:10amOpening Keynote – Sharon Koifman
10:30amDanny Trejo Reads from Trejo’s Tacos
11:00amPanel One – Self-Help Books When We Need Them Most
12:00pmPanel Two – Masters of the Macabre
1:00pmPanel Three — Books and Education During Covid
2:00pmPanel Four – Books, Authors and Genres Reemerging
3:00pmPanel Five – Words Matter
4:00pmPanel Six – Why We Love Stories
5:00pmPanel Seven – Young Adult Fiction in a Time of Tumult
6:00pmAfter Party
12:00pmWelcome — Desiree Duffy
12:15pmPanel One — Wickedly Creative
1:30pmPanel Two — My Precious
2:45pmPanel Three — The World Sucks
4:00pmPanel Four — Conversation with the Hudsons
TimeAsk An Author Chat
Ask Me About…
1:00pOra Nadrich
Ask me about mindfulness.
1:15pKevin Groh
Ask me about gaming.
1:30pMichelle Silverthorn
Ask me about authenticity in the workplace.
1:45pAnn O’BrienAsk me about conscious love and awareness practice.
2:00pSara Winokur
Ask me anything about Iceland.
2:15pAndy Davidson
Ask me about witches.
2:30pSean Conley
Ask me about football, yoga, and meditation.
2:45pSteven Joseph
Ask me about embracing your crankiness.
3:15pDr. Janet Brill
Ask me anything about intermittent fasting.
3:30pAdrienne Monson
Ask me about vampires.
3:45pEdgar Scott
Ask me my thoughts on the economy after the election.
4:00pBill McCormick
Ask me about the Multi-verse.
4:15pLon Varnadore
Ask me about clones of the future.
4:30pSheryl Benko
Ask me about the 1200 human bones they found in Ben Franklin’s old house.
4:45pAmyLea Murphy
Ask me about the best way to help teens in need.
5:00pJames Rollins
Ask me about weaving science and adventure into storytelling.
5:15pWilliam Craig Reed
How a Russian submarine propeled Putin to power.
5:30pJonathan Maberry
Ask me about surviging a zombie attack.
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Saturday, Oct 24 and 25, 2020
Location: TheBookFest.com

Everyone signed up for The BookFest gets a FREE virtual gift bag with discounts and offers from our partners.  Virtual gift bags emailed at the end of The BookFest.

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Presented by Black Chateau and Books That Make You.