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Virtual Booths – Spring 2021

Say It Loud logo

Say It Loud!

Say It Loud! Readers and Writers is a literary arts organization developed to support educational institutions and community based organizations design and incorporate innovative literary arts

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The Skeptics Society logo

The Skeptics Society

The Skeptics Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific and educational organization whose mission is to engage leading experts in investigating the paranormal, fringe science, pseudoscience,

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Smashwords logo

Smashwords

Smashwords was founded in 2008 to make it fast, free and easy for any writer, anywhere in the world, to self-publish an ebook.  Today, Smashwords

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Just Us Books

Just Us Books is an independent publisher of children’s books that celebrate the diversity of Black people, history, and culture. Founded in 1988 by Wade

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IWOSC

Founded in 1982, IWOSC — Independent Writers of Southern California is one of LA’s longest-running professional writers’ organizations. IWOSC welcomes people at any level of

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Little Lion Company

Little Lion provides services that prioritizes Community to keep people Connected, Engaged, and Healthy. We emphasize high quality and rewarding experiences that positively impact participants,

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OwlCrate

OwlCrate was a dream born in a basement suite. Back in November 2014, Korrina and Robert set out to create a project that would bring

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C.S. Lewis & Co.

C.S. Lewis & Co. Publicists is a small book publicity firm that takes pride in developing personal, highly collaborative relationships with authors and publishers. We

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RISE Brewing Company

Our Mission:  To make high-quality, great-tasting beverages with the freshest organic ingredients we can source.  We’re friends with one goal: make high-quality, great-tasting beverages with the

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Horror Writers Association Logo for The BookFest

Horror Writers Association

THE HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION (HWA) is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests

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Boss Girl Raye

Boss Girl Raye and The Genius Agency Help You Produce, Protect, and Tell Your Story to the Masses.™ Experts in delivering integrated legal information, strategy,

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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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