Speakers – Fall 2021
Meet Our Speakers, Authors, Journalists, Publishing Professionals and Thought Leaders:
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.
|Pacific Time||Saturday, Oct 23 – Day 1: For Readers|
Welcome Message from The BookFest Founder Desireé Duffy
|9:15 AM||Opening Keynote – Lori H. Schwartz|
|9:30 AM||Poetry Reading by Debbie Monteggia|
A Conversation with Mark K. Shriver – Being an Author and Being of Service
|11:00 AM||Kid Lit: Culture, Character and Creativity|
|Noon||Who Put the Bomp in Your Favorite Romance Novel?|
Thrills, Chills and Red Herrings – Things that Make You Go “Ooo” (And Want to Read More)
|2:00 PM||The Fantasist’s Forge and Mythologist’s Muse|
A Conversation with Helene Wecker – Blending Fantasy, Mythology, Romance and Horror
|4:00 PM||Live Author Chats:|
|4:10 PM||– Helene Wecker|
|4:20 PM||– Steven Joseph|
|4:30 PM||– Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield|
|4:40 PM||– Dames Handsome|
|4:50 PM||– Mikki Hernandez|
|5:00 PM||– Hari D. Sharma|
|5:10 PM||– Patrick Oliver|
|5:20 PM||– A.G. Billig|
|5:30 PM||– Amy M. Le|
|5:40 PM||– Al Pessin|
|Sunday, Oct 24 – Day 2: For Writers|
Welcome Back Message from The BookFest Founder Desireé Duffy
Keynote by Kristie Anne Mah – From Sluggish to Published: Letting Go of What is Holding You Back
Conversation with Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein – Dreaming a World where Everyone Experiences the Wonders of the Universe
|10:00 AM||Books Out of Africa: Bookish World Tour Panel|
Alternative Ways to Publish: Hybrid, Self-Publishing and More
Do You Have the Write Stuff? A Frank Discussion about Being an Author Today
|1:00 PM||Conversation with Lisa Morton – Thirty Years of Fear|
Critiki-Bar: Page One Manuscript Critiques (An agent and an author walk into a bar…)
|4:00 PM||Brave New Writer at The BookFest Adventure|