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The BookFest® Is Nominated in the 25th Annual Webby Awards

Fans Are Invited to Vote for The BookFest to Win the Internet’s Top Honor in the Category for Best Event Websites and Mobile Sites

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA The BookFest is nominated in the 25th Annual Webby Awards in the category for: Best Event Websites and Mobile Sites. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. In addition to the judging, as a nominee, The BookFest can be voted on to win a Webby’s People’s Voice Award. From now until May 8th, BookFesters can cast their votes at vote.webbyawards.com.

IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of Internet industry experts including Mitchell Baker; MOMA Senior Curator Paola Antonelli; Host of NPR’s Code Switch Shereen Marisol Meraji; R/GA Global Chief Creative Officer Tiffany Rolfe; Co-Inventor of the Internet Vint Cerf; DJ and Founder, Club Quarantine D-Nice; Co-host Desus & Mero on Showtime Desus Nice; SVP of Content at Twitch Michael Aragon; Twitter Senior Director, Product Design Richard Ting;  and Founders of VERZUZ Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.

The BookFest was created by Black Château, a Marketing and Public Relations firm that specializes in books and authors. Desireé Duffy is the founder of both. Launched in May 2020, The BookFest was designed to bring readers and writers together in a time when social distancing prevented in-person gatherings. It quickly became the leader in online literary events with a second The BookFest happening in the Fall of 2020, and the third in Spring of 2021. The BookFest prides itself on programming that lifts voices, tackles important literary topics, and is also fun. It does this through panel discussions, conversations, entertainment and educational initiatives for readers and writers.

The BookFest is at the forefront of online community-building and technology. It is the first online pop-culture event to release Collectible NFT BookFest Pins for fans and collectors. It has a supportive array of partners including writers’ organizations, literary companies, authors, speakers, celebrities, and industry professionals. Plus, it offers the content online for free, archived on the Books That Make You YouTube Channel.

Duffy says, “I can’t describe the thrill when I checked The Webby’s website and saw that The BookFest was one of the five nominees in its category. I mean, there were over 13,500 entries! I’m blown away, excited, and humbled by the outpouring of support by the writing and literary communities who helped make this online event what it is today. The BookFest is only a year old, born out of a time of social distancing, is connecting readers and writers from around the globe, and now has a nomination for a prestigious Webby Award.”

“Nominees like The BookFest are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,500 entries we received this year.”

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, and honored in a star-studded, virtual show that will be available on demand. The celebration will be hosted by multi-talented actress, writer, podcaster, host and advocate Jameela Jamil. Winners will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards’ famous 5-Word Speeches. Past 5-Word Speeches include: Steve Wilhite’s “It’s Pronounced “Jif” not ‘Gif’; NASA’s “Houston We Have A Webby”; and Solange’s “I Got Five On It.”

Duffy adds, “I can’t wait to share our five words if we’re among the winners. Since we are a literary event, I can assure you, they won’t be boring.”

About The BookFest®:

The BookFest is the leader in virtual literary events and produces vital conversations on the world’s stage for those who love to read, and those who love to write. The first BookFest happened May 9, 2020. It was created at a time when social distancing prevented in-person gatherings. Free to attend from the start, the biannual event now takes place in the spring and fall, and streams panel discussions, conversations, and festivities for the reading and writing communities. As an award-winner, The BookFest has recognitions from the w3 awards, the Muse Creative Awards and is a nominee for The 25th Annual Webby Awards. The BookFest features an array of literary speakers, experts, and authors, which has included: Mitch Albom; Kevin J. Anderson; Mark Coker; Robert G. Diforio; Cheryl Willis Hudson; Wade Hudson; Sarah Kendzior; Jonathan Maberry; Lisa Morton; Deborah M. Pratt; James Rollins; Connie Schultz; Michael Shermer; Danny Trejo and many others. The BookFest is presented by Black Château and Books That Make You. It a registered trademark of Desireé Duffy, who is the founder of all three. For more information, visit www.TheBookFest.com.

About Black Château:

Black Château is an award-winning marketing and public relations firm. The company specializes in promoting authors, books, small press, personality brands, and creative individuals from around the world with a full spectrum of services. A virtual company, office locations are in Southern California, Oklahoma, and everywhere our team roams. The company’s motto is: We believe in storytellers. Visit www.BlackChateauEnterprises.com.

About The Webby Awards:

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites and Mobile Sites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Apps and Software, Social, Podcasts, Games, and Virtual & Remotes. Established in 1996, this year’s Webby Awards received nearly 13,500 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: WP Engine, Marketerhire, Slack, YouGov, BASIC, KPMG, Wall Street Journal, AIGA, Podcast Movement, Fast Company, and Social Media Week. Find the Webby Awards online: webbyawards.com.

 

The BookFest® Drops First NFT Commemorative Show Pins for the Online Bookish Adventure

In another first for The BookFest, the award-winning educational and entertainment platform for booklovers announces the release of the first-ever non-fungible-tokens (NFTs) for the The BookFest Spring 2021. The Limited Edition NFT BookFest Spring 2021 Pins give The BookFest attendees the opportunity to own a digital piece of history.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Los Angeles, CA – The BookFest® is the first major online event in the realm of books and pop culture to release commemorative pins—collectible digital pieces of history—to attendees. A link to claim the Limited Edition NFT BookFest Spring 2021 Pins will be distributed in the event’s Virtual Gift Bag at the end of the two-day event on Sunday, April 18th.

Attendees can claim their pin by clicking the link in the Virtual Gift Bag where the Limited Edition NFT BookFest Spring 2021 Pins will take them to the Black Chateau OpenSea Collection for The BookFest Spring 2021. It is recommended that users create an OpenSea account and fund their wallet with Ether prior to the event as only nine pins are available for free, and they are expected to go fast. Gas fees may apply.

The BookFest Spring 2021 is a two-day online event happening April 17th and 18th. It is free to attend, and anyone can sign up to receive the Virtual Gift Bag. Savvy collectors of NFTs can also go directly to the Black Chateau OpenSea Collection for The BookFest Spring 2021.

A Special Edition NFT BookFest Spring 2021 Pin will be auctioned off. The bidding will begin when the Virtual Gift Bag is distributed on Sunday, April 18th at approximately 7:00pm PT.

There will also be an auction for the first-ever Bookish Commemorative NFT for BookFest Spring 2021. Edgar Scott’s number-one Amazon bestselling science fiction dystopian, 418: I Am a Teapot, will be available as an animated NFT.

Scott says, “My worlds have collided in the most magnificent way, haven’t they? The title of my book is an ironic homage to the days of the internet when an error message would defy the user by claiming ‘I am a teapot!’ Plus, I have worked in crypto currency. The theme of my book asks serious questions about the immersive internet. This era as NFTs come to life, and being a part of The BookFest Spring 2021, is like the perfect point in time and space to unleash this very special NFT for my book.”

The cover design of Scott’s book was done by international designer Raffaello Zucco, also known as Electronshaper. The NFTs were created by Dave Napox. The creative artist and photographer used the essence of The BookFest imagery to develop an array of pins that are each unique in color and design.

Napox says, “I honestly have no idea what I’m doing and wish my wife would stop bugging me about these NTF’s and just let me play video games.”

Desireé Duffy, founder of The BookFest, says, “This is a groundbreaking moment to offer something special to the world of NFT collectors, authors and booklovers. Bringing these worlds together is the goal. I anticipate other events and conventions that focus on pop culture and lifestyle may follow suit in offering similar limited edition NFT pins. For now, it is an honor to be among the first.”

The BookFest Spring 2021 delivers vital conversations, entertainment and educational programming for the reading and writing community. Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords; prolific New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry; Boss Girl Dr. Raye Mitchell; Patrick M. Oliver founder of Say it Loud!; writer, director and executive producer, Deborah M. Pratt; and skeptic, author and thinker, Michael Shermer are among the speakers.

Duffy adds, “Adding these special NFTs to this edition of The BookFest is a thrill. We’re already looking ahead to what the future holds for books, authors and NFTs. The possibilities are endless, and we are here for it. In the future we want to create unlockable content and other features for our NFTs. Keep the next BookFest Fall 2021 on your radar, as that is one to watch.”  

The event’s hub will be the website TheBookFest.com, where the full list of authors, speakers, books and activities can be found. Attendees can find the live stream linked there on the day of the event. In addition, The BookFest will stream through the Books That Make You Channel on YouTube and the Facebook Event Page. Hashtags #TheBookFest and #TheBookFestSpring2021 are also being used, and social media for Black Château and Books That Make You will help spread the word. The BookFest is presented by the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, Books That Make You, Black Château, and an array of other partners and supporters.

ABOUT THE BOOKFEST®

The BookFest is the leader in virtual literary events and produces vital conversations on the world’s stage for those who love to read, and those who love to write. The first BookFest happened May 9, 2020. It was created at a time when social distancing prevented in-person gatherings. Free to attend from the start, the biannual event now takes place in the spring and fall, and streams panel discussions, conversations, and festivities for the reading and writing communities. As an award-winner, The BookFest® has recognitions from the w3 awards and the Muse Creative Awards. The BookFest® is describes itself as “an online bookish adventure™”. It features an array of literary speakers, experts, and authors, which has included: Mitch Albom; Kevin J. Anderson; Robert G. Diforio; Cheryl Willis Hudson; Wade Hudson; Sarah Kendzior; Jonathan Maberry; Lisa Morton; James Rollins; Connie Schultz; Danny Trejo and many others. The BookFest® is presented by Black Château and Books That Make You and is a registered trademark of Desireé Duffy, who is the founder of all three. For more information, visit www.TheBookFest.com.

Mark Coker, Jonathan Maberry, Patrick M. Oliver, Deborah M. Pratt, Katharine Sands, Bert Sarkkinen and Michael Shermer Coming to The BookFest® Spring 2021

The BookFest®, an award-winning educational and entertainment platform for booklovers, announces the schedule for the 3rd biannual online bookish adventure. This April 17th and 18th, 2021 will feature Panel Discussions, Conversations and Live Author Chats with writers, literary professionals and experts.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Los Angeles, CA – The BookFest®, presented by the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society and Books That Make You, announces the schedule for its 3rd biannual virtual event. Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords; prolific New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry; Patrick M. Oliver founder of Say it Loud!; and skeptic, author and thinker, Michael Shermer, are doing conversations during the two-day online event. These intimate one-on-one talks give attendees the opportunity to learn more about each individual, and to take a deep dive into the topics discussed.

Delivering the opening keynote for The BookFest Spring 2021 is author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing, Bert Sarkkinen. As the founder of Arrow Timber, Sarkkinen takes attendees on a journey to find long-term happiness.

Plus, panel discussions include an array of writers, literary professionals and experts discussing the books we read, relevant topics of our times, the art and craft of writing, and more. Speakers include Elaine Ash; Dr. Janet Bond Brill, Nancy J. Hite, Steven Joseph; Kathleen Kaiser; Dr. Raye Mitchell, Deborah M. Pratt, James Rollins; Scott Ryan; Katharine Sands, Edgar Scott, and many more.

Free to attend, The BookFest delivers vital conversations, entertainment and educational programming for the reading and writing community.

The Saturday, April 17, 2021 live stream programming is dedicated to readers. Listed in Pacific Time, the programming includes:

10:30am – Welcome Message

10:15am – Opening Keynote by Bert Sarkkinen: From the Timber in Our Trees to the Paper in Our Books, Let’s Find Long-Term Happiness

11:00am – A Conversation with Michael Shermer: Being a Skeptic Today

Noon – Books that Force You to See the World Differently

1:00pm – Must Love Books and Television: The Connection Between Television, Writers and Pop Culture

2:00pm – Mental Health and Physical Wellness Books for the Extended Pandemic

3:00pm – A Conversation with Patrick M. Oliver: Creating the Next Generation of Readers, Writers and Leaders

4:00pm to 6:00pm – Live Author Chats Hosted by Jenna Busch and Anastasia Washington

The Sunday, April 18, 2021 programming is geared toward writers. Listed in Pacific Time, the programming includes:

9:00am – A Conversation with Jonathan Maberry: Being a Prolific Writer

10:00am – How to Work Successfully with a Freelance Editor

11:00am – Sharing Your Story: The Secret Ingredient in Your Memoir Is You

Noon – PR Pro Tips for Powerful Book Promotions

1:00pm – The Science of Storytelling: How to Use Science, Structure and Sizzle to Create a Bestselling Novel or Non-Fiction Book

2:00pm – Goodreads 101: What Every Writer Needs to Know

3:00pm – A Conversation with Mark Coker from Smashwords

4:00pm to 6:00pm – Ask the Industry Experts Anything: A Live Q&A for Writers of Every Level

 

Plus, throughout The BookFest, there will be special segments to enjoy between panels, including:

  • Little Lion presents health, wellness, and mini creative activity sessions for attendees to watch and participate in.
  • Todd Debreceni, author of Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen, does special effects makeup to create a famous literary character, to be revealed at The BookFest.

Among the numerous authors, literary professionals and experts participating in The BookFest Spring 2021 are: Dayna Anderson; Elaine Ash;  T.L. Bequette; Deanna Brady; Dr. Janet Bond Brill; A.G. Billig; Patrice Shavone Brown; Jenna Busch; Tony Catanzaro; Mark Coker; Todd Debreceni; Cristina Deptula; Celeste Duckworth; Desireé Duffy; Brad Dukes; Debra Eckerling; Monica Faulkner, Ph.D.;  George Galdorisi; Diana Giovinazzo; Nancy J. Hite; Christina Hoag; Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley; Gerald Everett Jones; Steven Joseph; Kathleen Kaiser; Deborah Zara Kobylt; Sharon Koifman; Jackie Lapin; Jonathan Maberry; Kristie Anne Mah; KJ Matthews; Alicia McBride; Bill McCormick; Doug McIntyre; Ray Mitchell, Esq.; Ora Nadrich; Nic Nelson; Amber Nichole; Patrick M. Oliver; Dr. Stephanie Helms Pickett; Herbie J Pilato; Deborah M. Pratt; W. Craig Reed; Julian Reeve; Rhonda Rees; James Rollins; Scott Ryan; Bert Sarkkinen; Arlene Schindler; Edgar Scott;  Flo Selfman; Karen Sloan-Brown; Robin Quinn; Katharine Sands; Penny Sansevieri; Dr. Michael Shermer; Sue William Silverman; Carole Stivers; Jeff Sweat; Anastasia Washington; David Wogahn and more.

People are encouraged to register for email updates on the website to stay informed, and to receive exclusive offers like The BookFest Virtual Gift Bag. It will be emailed after The BookFest to all who subscribed to the email list, and will include digital downloads and offers presented by many of The BookFest partners.

The BookFest is presented by The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, an organization for writers in Southern California and beyond, and by Books That Make You, a bookish brand for bibliophiles. Other partners and supporters include: Authors, Large and Small; Black Château Enterprises; Book Publicists of Southern California; Books That Make You; Boss Girl Raye; C. S. Lewis Publicity; D.E.B. Method; Get Published Radio; Little Lion; Horror Writers Association in Los Angeles; Independent Writers of Southern California; Just Us Books; MyStar95.com; Napox Photography; OwlCrate; RISE Brewing Company; Smashwords; The Skeptics Society; TVGuestpert Publishing; WannaBe Press; the Women’s National Book Association in Los Angeles; Vertikal Life Magazine and WPN (Writers & Publishers Network, formerly SPAWN).

A fan-favorite, the Big Bundle of Books Giveaway, presented by Books That Make You, returns with a picnic basket theme. Owlcrate also offers a prize. Other bookish goodies are also up for grabs.

Attendees can browse “Virtual Booths”, as well, which are pages for BookFest partners. There is also a “Books Page” showcasing books from participants. The BookFest organizers encourage booklovers to browse books and support the authors and partners who help bring this free-to-attend event to attendees around the globe.

The event’s hub will be the website, TheBookFest.com, and visitors can find the live stream linked there on the day of the event. In addition, The BookFest will stream through the Books That Make You Channel on YouTube and the Facebook Event Page. Hashtags #TheBookFest and #TheBookFestSpring2021 are also being used, and social media for Black Château and Books That Make You will help spread the word.

ABOUT THE BOOKFEST®

The BookFest is the leader in virtual literary events and produces vital conversations on the world’s stage for those who love to read, and those who love to write. The first BookFest happened May 9, 2020. It was created at a time when social distancing prevented in-person gatherings. Free to attend from the start, the biannual event now takes place in the spring and fall, and streams panel discussions, conversations, and festivities for the reading and writing communities. As an award-winner, The BookFest® has recognitions from the w3 awards and the Muse Creative Awards. The BookFest® is describes itself as “an online bookish adventure™”. It features an array of literary speakers, experts, and authors, which has included: Mitch Albom; Kevin J. Anderson; Robert G. Diforio; Cheryl Willis Hudson; Wade Hudson; Sarah Kendzior; Jonathan Maberry; Lisa Morton; James Rollins; Connie Schultz; Danny Trejo and many others. The BookFest® is presented by Black Château and Books That Make You and is a registered trademark of Desireé Duffy, who is the founder of all three. For more information, visit www.TheBookFest.com.

Officially Announcing: The BookFest® Spring 2021, Happening April 17 and 18

The award-winning and always free-to-attend BookFest returns for a 3rd biannual online bookish adventure. As the leader in virtual literary events, The BookFest produces vital conversations on the world’s stage for those who love to read, and those who love to write.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Los Angeles, CA – The BookFest® returns for its 3rd biannual virtual event with the Spring 2021 edition. As the leader in online book festivals, the award-winning event will be held on April 17th and 18th, 2021. Free to attend, the programming will engage with those who love to read on Saturday the 17th, and then lean over to those who love to write on Sunday the 18th. The BookFest is presented by the Greater Los Angeles Society and Books That Make You.

Attendees can look forward to a conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry; a workshop with W. Craig Reed and New York Times bestselling author James Rollins; a keynote from business leader and author Bert Sarkkenin; and panels presented by the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC); the Women’s National Book Association’s Los Angeles Chapter (WNBA-LA); the Writers & Publishers Network (W&PN); as well as many others.

The programming will continue to grow, and more speakers and authors will be added. People are encouraged to register for email updates on the website to stay informed, and to receive exclusive offers like The BookFest Virtual Gift Bag.

Founder of The BookFest, Desireé Duffy, says, “We’re proud to present the third BookFest. In just a year our world has changed so much due to social distancing, but I am glad that we’re an agile team and able to produce this vital platform for the literary world. The BookFest Spring 2021 is going to be another fantastic bookish adventure and I invite everyone to join us from wherever they are in the world.”

A fan-favorite, the Big Bundle of Books Giveaway presented by Books That Make You returns, as well as reimagined Live Ask an Author Chats, which will be hosted by Jenna Busch and Anastasia Washington, the co-hosts of the Histerical podcast.

Attendees can also browse “Virtual Booths”, which are pages for BookFest partners, designed to be a substitute for a physical booth one might find at a festival. There is also a “Books Page” showcasing books from participants. The BookFest organizers encourage attendees to browse books and support the authors and partners who help bring this free-to-attend event to attendees around the globe.

The BookFest is presented by The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, an organization for writers in Southern California and beyond, and by Books That Make You, a bookish brand for bibliophiles.

Other partners for The BookFest include:

Authors, Large and Small; Black Château Enterprises; Books That Make You; C. S. Lewis Publicity; D.E.B. Method; Get Published Radio; Horror Writers Association in Los Angeles; Independent Writers of Southern California; Just Us Books; MyStar95.com; OwlCrate; RISE Brewing Company; Napox Photography; TVGuestpert Publishing; WannaBe Press; the Women’s National Book Association in Los Angeles; Veritkal Life Magazine and the Writers & Publishers Network.

The event’s hub will be the website: TheBookFest.com, and visitors can find the live stream linked there on the day of the event. As well, it will stream through the Books That Make You Channel on YouTube and the Facebook Event Page. Hashtags #TheBookFest and #TheBookFestSpring2021 are also being used, and social media for Black Château and Books That Make You will help spread the word.

Previous BookFests featured an array of literary speakers and authors, including: Mitch Albom; Kevin J. Anderson; Robert G. Diforio; Cheryl Willis Hudson; Wade Hudson; Sarah Kendzior; Lisa Morton; Connie Schultz; Danny Trejo and others. Videos from all BookFests can be viewed through The BookFest website and Books That Make You YouTube Channel.

ABOUT THE BOOKFEST®

The BookFest® is the leader in virtual literary events. It launched May 2020 and quickly became the leader in educational and entertainment book programming. Free to attend, the biannual event happens in the spring and fall, and streams panel discussions, conversations, and festivities for those who love to read as well as those who love to write. As an award-winner, The BookFest® has recognitions from the w3 awards and the Muse Creative Awards. The BookFest® describes itself as “an online bookish adventure™”. It features an array of literary speakers, experts, and authors, which has included: Mitch Albom; Kevin J. Anderson; Robert G. Diforio; Cheryl Willis Hudson; Wade Hudson; Sarah Kendzior; Jonathan Maberry; Lisa Morton; James Rollins; Connie Schultz; Danny Trejo and many others. The BookFest® is presented by Black Château and Books That Make You and is a registered trademark of Desireé Duffy, who is the founder of all three. For more information, visit www.TheBookFest.com.

Sharon Koifman Keynote to Open The BookFest® while a Conversation with Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson Closes the Highly-Anticipated Online Event

The BookFest announces more speakers, authors and the full schedule for the two-day online BookFest, October 24 and 25, 2020. Rebecca Alexander, Kevin J. Anderson, Doug McIntyre, Lisa Morton and more join the official lineup.

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Los Angeles, CA – The BookFest® announces official programming schedule for the two-day, online literary event. Remote-work expert, CEO and Founder of DistantJob Remote Placement Agency, and author of Surviving Remote Work, Sharon Koifman will deliver opening keynote Saturday, October 24th. Saturday is dedicated to readers, and it features panel discussions, live “Ask an Author Chats”, book giveaways, a scavenger hunt, and an after party.

The Saturday, October 24, 2020 live stream programming, listed in Pacific Time, includes:

10:00am – Welcome Message

10:10am – Opening Keynote – Stop Surviving and Start Thriving by Sharon Koifman

10:30am – Danny Trejo Reads and Shares Stories from Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes & Stores from L.A.

11:00am – Self-Help Books When We Need Them the Most

Noon – Masters of the Macabre – Discussing the Things that Go Bump in Their Books

1:00pm – Books and Education During Covid – What Are We Teaching Our Children?

2:00pm – Books, Authors and Genres Evolving from Silicon Valley

3:00pm – Words Matter – How to Deliver What Readers Want in this Age Reckoning with Cultural Inclusion, Race, and Racism

4:00pm – Why We Love Stories – A Conversation with W. Craig Reed and James Rollins about the Allure of Fiction

5:00pm – Young Adult Fiction in a Time of Tumult

6:00pm – After Party Co-Hosted by Jenna Busch and Desireé Duffy, featuring Musical Performance by Craig Greenberg

The programming on Sunday, October 25th begins at noon PST and is geared toward writers and industry professionals. It includes several panels, talks with writer organization leaders, and concludes with a Conversation with Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson titled: Black Books Matter. The literary trailblazers, writers, and husband and wife team who founded Just Us Books, will be interviewed by Ramunda Lark Young, Co-Founder/Owner of MahoganyBooks, a nationally recognized and award-winning bookstore in Washington, DC.

The Sunday, October 25, 2020 live stream programming, listed in Pacific Time, includes:

Noon – Welcome Message

12:15pm – Being Wickedly Creative – Adapting and Thriving Now

1:15pm – Chat with Tony Todaro from The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society

1:30pm – My Precious! Why Writers Should Stop Being Precious about Their Manuscript

2:30pm – Chat with Gary Young, President of the Independent Writers of Southern California

2:45pm – The World Sucks, Let’s Build a New One – Imagining Tomorrow’s World Today

3:45pm – Chat with Joni Labaqui from Writers of the Future

4:00pm – Black Books Matter – A Conversation with Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

Plus, throughout the day, there will be special segments to enjoy between panels, including:

  • Ora Nadrich, Founder and President of the Institute for Transformational Thinking and author of Live True: A Mindful Guide to Authenticity presents Mindfulness Moments.
  • Todd Debreceni, author of Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen, does special effects makeup to create Dr. Phinneus Pogo from The Umbrella Academy.

“Live Ask an Author Chats” will begin at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 24th. Hosted by A.G. Billig and Gerald Everett Jones, authors will do 15-minute Zoom chats with the audience. People are invited to ask authors like Jonathan Maberry how he’d survive a zombie attack, Adrienne Monson anything they want to know about vampires, James Rollins about weaving science into storytelling, and W. Craig Reed about Vladimir Putin’s rise to power because of a little-known Russian submarine incident. See the full chat schedule on The BookFest website.

The BookFest also features scary stories read by authors in “The Reading Room”. Video readings from Tori Eldridge, Steven Joseph, Robin Reed, Lisa Morton, Sharon Orlopp, John Palisano, Carole Stivers, and more will premiere on Saturday, October 24th and will remain available for Halloween 2020 and beyond.

The BookFest is known as an online bookish adventure and includes contests and prizes. Fun bookish giveaways include an OwlCrate box, an interactive Scavenger Hunt, and a Big Bundle of Books with Book Nook Goodies, presented by Books That Make You.

Founder of The BookFest, Desireé Duffy, says, “The BookFest Fall 2020 is bigger and better than the first event last spring. I am awed and honored by the support of the literary community in joining together for this unifying online event. In a world divided by things like social distancing, Covid, and politics, I think it is more important than ever to bring stories and ideas to the forefront.”

Among the dozens of authors, celebrities, journalists, and leaders participating in The BookFest Fall 2020, are: Rebecca Alexander; Dayna Anderson; Kevin J. Anderson; Sheryl Benko; Leslie Berlin; A.G. Billig; Betsy Bird; Jenna Busch; Echo Chernik; Sean Conley; Andy Davidson; Todd Debreceni; John DeSimone; Madeline Dyer; Celeste Duckworth; Debra Eckerling; David Farland; Joey Franklin; Romina Garber; Joan Gelfand; Craig Greenberg; Kevin Groh; Katie Hafner; Bill Hayes; Laurel Anne Hill; Christina Hoag; Cheryl Willis Hudson; Wade Hudson; Katie Hughes; Mandy Jackson-Beverly; Dr. Mary Elaine-Jacobsen; Gerald Everett Jones; Steven Joseph; Brandie June; Sharon Koifman; Jonathan Maberry; Bill McCormick; Doug McIntyre; Ray Mitchell, Esq.; Adrienne Monson; Lisa Morton; AmyLea Murphy; Daniel Nayeri; Ora Nadrich; Russell Nohelty; Ann O’Brien; Sharon Orlopp; John Palisano; Patricia Peyton; Tim Powers; W. Craig Reed; James Rollins; David Ruggerio; Edgar Scott; Robin Quinn; Michelle Silverthorn; Ivy Slater; Gary Soto; Ryan Southwick; Carole Stivers; Jeff Sweat; Jennifer Thomas; Danny Trejo; Lon E. Varnadore; Rebecca Kim Wells; Sara Winokur; Ashley Woodfolk, and more.

The BookFest is presented by L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest, which is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience. It is also presented by The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, an organization for writers in Southern California and beyond.

Other partners for the event include:

Authors, Large and Small; Black Château Enterprises; Books That Make You; C. S. Lewis Publicity; D.E.B. Method; Get Published Radio; Little Lion; Horror Writers Association in Los Angeles; Independent Writers of Southern California; Just Us Books; The Lillian Todaro Collections; MyStar95.com; Napox Photography; OwlCrate; RISE Brewing Company; TVGuestpert Publishing; WannaBe Press; the Women’s National Book Association in Los Angeles; Veritkal Life Magazine and WPN (Writers & Publishers Network, formerly SPAWN).

The event’s hub will be the website, TheBookFest.com and visitors can find the live stream there on the day of the event. As well, it will stream live through YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Attendees can also browse “Virtual Booths” which are pages for partners designed to be a substitute for a physical booth one might find at a festival or convention. There will also be a “Books Page” showcasing books from participants. The BookFest organizers encourage attendees to browse books and support the authors and partners who help bring this free-to-attend event to the world stage.

The BookFest Fall 2020 has no complicated registration process. It is 100% free and easy to attend. All streams, links and videos are found on The BookFest website. To keep informed of updates, attendees are encouraged to register for email updates on the website. Hashtags #TheBookFest and #TheBookFestFall2020 are also being used, and social media for Black Chateau and Books That Make You will be used to spread the word.

 

ABOUT

Join us on a bookish adventure—The BookFest® is the collaboration to bring together authors, readers, publishing professionals, journalists, business leaders, and creatives from around the world for an online celebration of books and ideas. The BookFest® is presented by Black Château and Books That Make You. Desireé Duffy is the founder of both, as well as the lead organizer for TEDxResedaBlvd, the annual Beach Bound Book Bash, Scary Stories Around the Pitfire, and JingleBooks. Black Château is an award-winning marketing and public relations agency located in Southern California. It specializes in promoting authors, books, small press, personality brands, and creative individuals from around the world with a full-spectrum of services. The company’s motto is: We believe in storytellers. Black Château’s sister company, Books That Make You, is a multi-media brand that promotes books through its website, radio show/podcast, and events. For more, visit www.BlackChateauEnterprises.com and www.BooksThatMakeYou.com.

The BookFest® Is Back: October 24 and 25, 2020

Overwhelming response to the first online literary BookFest® held in spring of 2020 means more panels, more authors and more fun this October. The BookFest Fall 2020 features returning guests Jonathan Maberry, Raye Mitchell Esq., Ora Nadrich, and Danny Trejo, plus new additions including Andy Davidson, David Farland, W. Craig Reed, James Rollins, Romina Garber, Liem Le, Ashley Woodfolk and more. It is presented by the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society and The Writers of the Future Contest.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Los Angeles, CA – The BookFest® returns with a fall theme and broader appeal to be inclusive to the rapidly-growing global stage for online events. Originally launched in May 2020 as the LA BookFest®, the Fall 2020 Edition promises to be wider-ranging, will span a day and a half with more programming for those who love to read as well as those who love to write, plus many festive surprises to pair with the Halloween season.

Free to attend online, The BookFest Fall 2020 Edition includes panel discussions, live ask an author chats, authors reading scary stories, bookish giveaways, an online scavenger hunt and more.

Founder of The BookFest, Desireé Duffy, says, “Because booklovers, members of the literary community, and those from the publishing industry are still impacted by social distancing and limitations, this online event serves to bring people together virtually for poignant conversations in a universal appreciation for books, authors, and the literary world.”

Danny Trejo, actor, activist and restauranteur, returns to read excerpts from Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes & Stories from L.A.. In the book, Trejo not only shares 75 recipes, but creates a delicious tribute to L.A. and the city’s vibrant Latino culture.

To celebrate the Halloween season, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry joins The BookFest on The Masters of the Macabre panel. Andy Davidson, John Palisano, David Ruggerio, and other soon-to-be-announced horror authors will be part of this conversation about the things that go bump in their books.

Boss Girl and Chief Content Officer of the Genius Agency, Raye Mitchell, Esq., is back leading a conversation about why words matter today. She is joined by Liem Le from Little Lion and others in this topical conversation about the words that bring a reckoning with cultural inclusion, race and racism in our times.

Day one of The BookFest Fall 2020, Saturday October 24, 2020, will be devoted to readers. Topics include:

·       Self-Help Books When We Need Them Most

·       Masters of the Macabre – Let’s Get Spooky

·       Books and Education During Covid – What Are We Teaching Our Children?

·       Books, Authors and Genres Emerging from Silicon Valley

·       Words Matter – How to Deliver What Readers Want in this Age of Reckoning

·       Why We Love Stories: A Conversation with W. Craig Reed and James Rollins about the Allure of Fiction

·       Young Adult Fiction in a Time of Tumult

 

The programming on Sunday, October 25, 2020, will consist of several panels focused on the craft of writing.

·       Being Wickedly Creative – Adapting and Thriving Now

·       My Precious! How Writers Can Let Go, Trust Their Editor, and Stop Being Precious about their Manuscript

·       The World Sucks, Let’s Build a New One – Imagining Tomorrow’s World Today

 

OwlCrate is contributing to The BookFest’s Scavenger Hunt and a Big Bundle of Books Contest is presented by Books That Make You. The BookFest Fall 2020 also features an online party Saturday night with entertainment and festivities themed for the season.

Among the dozens of authors, celebrities, journalists, and leaders participating in The BookFest® Fall 2020, are: Dayna Anderson; Sheryl Benko; A.G. Billig; Betsy Bird; Jenna Busch; Echo Chernik; Sean Conley; Andy Davidson; Madeline Dyer; Celeste Duckworth; Debra Eckerling; David Farland; Joey Franklin; Romina Garber; Joan Gelfand; Kevin Groh; Katie Hafner; Bill Hayes; Laurel Anne Hill; Christina Hoag; Katie Hughes; Mandy Jackson-Beverly; Gerald Everett Jones; Steven Joseph; Brandie June; Jonathan Maberry; Bill McCormick; Ray Mitchell, Esq.; Adrienne Monson; AmyLea Murphy; Tom Nardone; Daniel Nayeri; Ora Nadrich; Russell Nohelty; Ann O’Brien; John Palisano; Patricia Peyton; Tim Powers; W. Craig Reed; James Rollins; David Ruggerio; Edgar Scott; Robin Quinn; Michelle Silverthorn; Ivy Slater; Gary Soto; Ryan Southwick; Carole Stivers; Jeff Sweat; Jennifer Thomas; Lon E. Varnadore; Rebecca Kim Wells; Sara Winokur; Ashley Woodfolk, with more to be announced.

The BookFest Fall 2020 programming will continue to grow, and more speakers, authors and books will be added. Attendees are encouraged to register for email updates on the website to stay informed.

The event is presented by L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest, which is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience. It is also presented by The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, an organization for writers in Southern California and beyond.

Other partners for the event include:

Authors, Large and Small; Black Château Enterprises; Books That Make You; C. S. Lewis Publicity; D.E.B. Method; Get Published Radio; Little Lion; Horror Writers Association in Los Angeles; The Lillian Todaro Collections; MyStar95.com; Napox Photography; OwlCrate; RISE Brewing Company; TVGuestpert Publishing; WannaBe Press; the Women’s National Book Association in Los Angeles; Veritkal Life Magazine and WPN (Writers & Publishers Network, formerly SPAWN).

The event’s hub will be the website, TheBookFest.com and visitors can find the live stream linked there on the day of the event. As well it will stream live through YouTube and other social media platforms. Live Ask an Author chats will be video-cast through StreamYard and the link will be on the “Chatroom Page”. Videos of authors reading scary stories will premiere during the event on the “Reading Room Page”. Attendees can also browse “Virtual Booths” which are pages for partners designed to be a substitute for a physical booth one might find at a festival or convention. There will also be a “Books Page” showcasing books from participants. The BookFest organizers encourage attendees to browse books and support the authors and partners who help bring this free-to-attend event to the world stage.

There is no charge to attend this online bookish adventure. For updates and insider information, people are encouraged to sign up on The BookFest® website. Attendees can follow the Facebook Event Page. Hashtags #TheBookFest and #TheBookFestFall2020 are also being used, and social media for Black Chateau and Books That Make You will be used to spread the word.

 

ABOUT

Join us on a bookish adventure—The BookFest® is the collaboration to bring together authors, readers, publishing professionals, journalists, business leaders, and creatives from around the world for an online celebration of books and ideas. The BookFest® is presented by Black Château and Books That Make You. Desireé Duffy is the founder of both, as well as the lead organizer for TEDxResedaBlvd, the annual Beach Bound Book Bash, Scary Stories Around the Pitfire, and JingleBooks. Black Château is an award-winning marketing and public relations agency located in Southern California. It specializes in promoting authors, books, small press, personality brands, and creative individuals from around the world with a full-spectrum of services. The company’s motto is: We believe in storytellers. Black Château’s sister company, Books That Make You, is a multi-media brand that promotes books through its website, radio show/podcast, and events. For more, visit www.BlackChateauEnterprises.com and www.BooksThatMakeYou.com.

 

First LA BookFest Online – Organized in Six Weeks – Declared Success by Attendees, Participants and Organizers

Drawing attendees from around the world, the online LA BookFest featuring Mitch Albom, NJ Ayuk, Brandyn Cross, Sarah Kendzior, John Kobylt, Kiera Lyons, Jonathan Maberry, Raye Mitchell Esq., Connie Schultz, Sue William Silverman, Danny Trejo and many others, receives applause from attendees and participants. Content is to be re-released, and a second LA BookFest is being planned.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Los Angeles, CA – LA BookFest organizers and attendees declare success in delivering a virtual book festival for fans around the world on May 9, 2020.  With nearly 10,000 visitors experiencing a full slate of festival activities during and leading up to the day of the event, the ground-breaking online book fair was organized from concept to delivery in less than six weeks. Programming content will be re-released starting Sunday, May 17, and another festival is being planned for fall of 2020.

Desireé Duffy is the Founder of LA BookFest, as well of Black Château, Books That Make You, and is also the head organizer for TEDxResedaBlvd. She hosted the event, and says, “LA BookFest defied expectations, even my own. Originally, I thought we’d simply do a Facebook party. However, the concept quickly snowballed while brainstorming with the Black Château team. We imagined what was possible and then built it in record-time. Technology converged with creativity as we developed the site, created the programming, and designed an entirely new brand in six weeks.”

Due to overwhelming demand, the programming will be made available as re-watchable video content. Starting the week of May 17th, the panels, conversations and keynotes will be posted chronologically on the Books That Make You YouTube Page in playlists. Subscribers to the YouTube page who have rung the notification bell will be notified via email as videos are released.

The LA BookFest consists of an opening keynote, a closing power talk, two conversations and six panel discussions. There are several mini segments, such as cooking with celebrity chef-turned writer David Ruggerio, Mindfulness Moments with author Ora Nadrich, and Embracing Crankiness with crankiness expert Steven Joseph, that will also be released as a playlist.

The LA BookFest live After Party was recorded and will be re-released, too. It features actor, activist and restauranteur, Danny Trejo, reading the children’s classic, Goodnight Moon. The After Party has musical performances from Kiera Lyons and Brandyn Cross, artist Dacey Villarreal from Art Brut 27 creates a festival-themed painting, plus several participants of the fest stopping by to hang out.

Currently, there is content viewable on the LA BookFest website, including; videos of authors reading excerpts on the “Reading Room” page, “Virtual Booths” featuring many of the LA BookFest partners, and a “Books” page with all the books from LA BookFest authors.

Among those who participated in the LA BookFest is Gerald Everett Jones, author, editor and host of The Get Published! Podcast. He moderates the Power Pitching Panel and is a member of the Allure of the Memoir Panel. Jones says, “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!”

Sue William Silverman, award-winning author of seven books, including her most recent memoir, How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences, was also on the Allure of the Memoir panel, and says, “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! 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 both a cultural celebration and a public service.”

Raye Mitchell, JD, MBA, Boss Girl and Chief Content Officer, The Genius Agency, Inc., delivered the LA BookFest Closing Power Talk. She says, “I am delighted to be part of the inaugural LA BookFest. Is a boss genius of an idea executed with pinpoint expertise and precision. Bravo Desireé and Black Château, you just raised the bar of what a great creative event looks like and feels like.”

The list of LA BookFest authors, celebrities, journalists, and leaders includes: Bilal Alaji; Mitch Albom; Maria Alexander; NJ Ayuk; Sheryl Benko; Scott Brody; Diana Lee Brown; Jenna Busch; LaFern Cusack; Bob Diforio; John Dracup; Celeste Duckworth; Debra Eckerling; Lisa Goich; Gerald Everett Jones; Steven Joseph; Sarah Kendzior; Kathleen Kaiser; Deborah Zara Kobylt; John Kobylt; Paul S. Levine; Dan Lothian; Kiera Lyons; Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D.; KJ Matthews; Jonathan Maberry; Monica Matulich; Bill McCormick; Ray Mitchell, Esq.; Ora Nadrich; Russell Nohelty; Claudia Puig; David Ruggerio; Edgar Scott; Robin Quinn; Ray Richmond; Connie Schultz; Lori H. Schwartz; Sue William Silverman; Ryan Southwick; Danny Trejo; and Sara Winokur.

For the full description and more information, visit the LA BookFest website. People can still subscribe to receive updates on the release of content and future LA BookFest news. The hashtag #LABookFest2020 is also being used on social media.

Another BookFest is in the initial stages of planning for Fall of 2020. Whether communities are still social distancing or not, the online event intends to give people the option of joining virtually for a global celebration of books, literature, and ideas.

Duffy adds, “When innovation, passion and agility come together, we can achieve anything. The LA BookFest is a testament to how adaptive we all can be. I’m proud of the LA BookFest and of all the work our team put into creating this virtual event in record time. Though the bar will be raised, I look forward to doing it again in the fall of 2020.”

The LA BookFest is presented by The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, an organization for writers in Southern California and beyond. Other partners for the event include: African Energy Chamber; Authors, Large and Small; Black Château Enterprises; Books That Make You; C. S. Lewis Publicity; D.E.B. Method; Get Published Radio; Horror Writers Association in Los Angeles; inFERNo Productions; The Lillian Todaro Collections; Napox Photography; PR Hollywood; RISE Brewing Company; TEDxResedaBlvd; TVGuestpert Publishing; WannaBe Press; and the Women’s National Book Association in Los Angeles; and WPN (Writers & Publishers Network, formerly SPAWN). Media sponsors include: LA Talk Radio; MyStar95.com; Screenworks Entertainment and Veritkal Life Magazine.

ABOUT THE LA BOOKFEST

Join us on a bookish adventure—the LA BookFest is a collaboration bringing together authors, readers, publishing professionals, journalists, business leaders, and creatives from around the world for an online celebration of books and ideas. The LA BookFest is presented by Black Château and Books That Make You. Desireé Duffy is the founder of both, as well as the lead organizer for TEDxResedaBlvd, the annual Beach Bound Book Bash, Scary Stories Around the Pitfire, and JingleBooks. Black Château is an award-winning marketing and public relations agency located in Southern California. It specializes in promoting authors, books, small press, personality brands, and creative individuals from around the world with a full-spectrum of services. The company’s motto is: We believe in storytellers. Black Château’s sister company, Books That Make You, is a multi-media brand that promotes books through its website, radio show/podcast, and events. For more, visit www.BlackChateauEnterprises.com and www.BooksThatMakeYou.com.

Danny Trejo to Read Bedtime Story at LA BookFest Online After Party, Saturday May 9th, 2020

In addition to Mr. Trejo, other additions to the lineup include Connie Schultz who will conduct “A Conversation” with New York Times bestselling author Sarah Kendzior, and John Kobylt of the John and Ken Show on KFI-AM, Los Angeles who joins the Integrity in Journalism Panel.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Los Angeles, CA – LA BookFest lineup expands with several additions to this online event. Designed to bring together booklovers who can’t gather physically at festivals and conventions that usually happen this time of year, LA BookFest includes an opening keynote speech, panel discussions, conversations, Live “Ask an Author” Chats, author readings, book giveaways, and an After Party featuring musical guests and festivities. To close out the night, Danny Trejo will read the children’s classic Goodnight Moon.

Trejo, an actor, activist and restauranteur, will also have his first cookbook, Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes and Stories from LA featured at the LA BookFest. In it, Hollywood’s baddest good guy shares 75 recipes that make Trejo’s Tacos the Los Angeles go-to for award-winning tacos, donuts, and more.

Pulitzer-prize winner Connie Schultz will conduct the Conversation with Sarah Kendzior. Schultz is a writer, journalist, and has a nationally syndicated column for Creators Syndicate. She has written three books, her latest being The Daughters of Erietown, releasing June 2020 from Penguin/Random House. Schultz and Kendzior will discuss Kendzior’s newly released Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America.

Joining the Integrity in Journalism Panel is John Kobylt from the award-winning John and Ken Show on KFI-AM 640, Los Angeles, which is a part of iHeart Media. The show has been top-rated for 27 years in Los Angeles.

In addition to Mr. Trejo reading at the LA BookFest After Party, author of Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders, Sara Winokur, will be there mixing a Midnight Sun Cocktail. Dacey Villarreal, 20-year veteran high school and college adjunct, and founder of Art Brut 27, will provide a fun painting session. Plus, there will be musical performances from Kiera Lyons and award-winning singer/songwriter Brandyn Cross.

The full slate of activity features, listed in Pacific Time:

10:00am – Welcome Message from LA BookFest Founder Desireé Duffy

10:15am – Opening Keynote by Best-Selling Billions at Play author NJ Ayuk

11:00am – A Conversation with Mitch Albom

Noon – The Future of Fiction: What Are People Writing Today for Tomorrow’s Readers?

1:00pm – Intermission

1:30pm – Integrity in Journalism in the Age of Covid-19, Fake News and Partisan Politics

2:30pm – The Allure of the Memoir: Telling the Human Story

3:30pm – The World Is Getting Closer: How Digital Media Is Changing Society

4:30pm – A Conversation with Sarah Kendzior

5:30pm – Power Pitching Your Manuscript or Screenplay: How to Make Them Love Your Story

6:30pm – Be Genius – Bossology 101: 5 Power Moves to a Big Idea with Raye Mitchell Esq.

7:30pm – After Party Celebration

8:45pm – Danny Trejo Reads Goodnight Moon

Plus, throughout the day there will be several special segments to enjoy in between panels:

  • Ora Nadrich, Founder and President of the Institute for Transformational Thinking and author of Live True: A Mindful Guide to Authenticity will present a Mindfulness Moment.
  • David Ruggerio, celebrity chef-turned writer will present tasty recipe-making sessions.
  • Steven Joeseph, Author of The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris as well as the forthcoming The Crankatsuris Method: A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness, will do a segment on Embracing Your Crankiness.

The list of participating LA BookFest authors, celebrities, journalists, and leaders continues to grow. The list includes: Mitch Albom; Bilal Alaji; Maria Alexander; NJ Ayuk; Sheryl Benko; Scott Brody; Diana Lee Brown; Jenna Busch; LaFern Cusack; Bob Difornio; John Dracup; Celeste Duckworth; Debra Eckerling; Lisa Goich; Gerald Everett Jones; Steven Joseph; Sarah Kendzior; Kathleen Kaiser; Deborah Kobylt; Paul S. Levine; Dan Lothian; Kiera Lyons; Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D.; KJ Matthews; Jonathan Maberry; Monica Matulich; Bill MicCormick; Ray Mitchell, Esq.; Ora Nadrich; Russell Nohelty; Claudia Puig; David Ruggerio; Edgar Scott; Robin Quinn; Ray Richmond; Sue William Silverman; Ryan Southwick; Danny Trejo; Sara Winokur; plus more to be announced.

The LA BookFest is presented by The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, an organization for writers in Southern California and beyond. Other partners for the event include: African Energy Chamber; Authors, Large and Small; Black Château Enterprises; Books That Make You; C. S. Lewis Publicity; D.E.B. Method; Get Published Radio; Horror Writers Association in Los Angeles; inFERNo Productions; The Lillian Todaro Collections; Napox Photography; PR Hollywood; WPN (Writers & Publishers Network, formerly SPAWN); TEDxResedaBlvd; TVGuestpert Publishing; WannaBe Press; and the Women’s National Book Association in Los Angeles.

Media sponsors include: LA Talk Radio, MyStar95.com, Screenworks Entertainment and Veritkal Life Magazine.

The event’s hub will be the website, LABookFest.com and visitors can find the stream activated there on the day of the event. Live “Ask an Author” Chats will happen in the chat room of the website. Videos of authors reading from their books will premiere during the event on the “Reading Room Page”. Attendees can also browse “Virtual Booths” which are pages for partners designed to be a substitute for a physical booth one might find at a festival or convention. There will also be a “Books Page” showcasing new books and a giant book giveaway presented by Books That Make You.

For news and insider information, people are encouraged to sign-up on the LA BookFest website for email updates. They can also follow the Facebook Event Page. Hashtag #LABookFest2020 is also being used, and social media for Black Chateau and Books That Make You will be used to spread the word and for updated information.

Saturday, May 9th at the LA BookFest

10am PDT to 7pm PDT

7:30pm to 9:00pm After Party

ABOUT

Join us on a bookish adventure—the LA BookFest is the collaboration to bring together authors, readers, publishing professionals, journalists, business leaders, and creatives from around the world for an online celebration of books and ideas. The LA BookFest is presented by Black Château and Books That Make You. Desireé Duffy is the founder of both, as well as the lead organizer for TEDxResedaBlvd, the annual Beach Bound Book Bash, Scary Stories Around the Pitfire, and JingleBooks. Black Château is an award-winning marketing and public relations agency located in Southern California. It specializes in promoting authors, books, small press, personality brands, and creative individuals from around the world with a full-spectrum of services. The company’s motto is: We believe in storytellers. Black Château’s sister company, Books That Make You, is a multi-media brand that promotes books through its website, radio show/podcast, and events. For more, visit www.BlackChateauEnterprises.com and www.BooksThatMakeYou.com.

LA BookFest™ Online Event Showcases Authors, Literary Luminaries, Journalists, Speakers, Thought Leaders, and Publishing Professionals on May 9, 2020

A full slate of activity that features Mitch Albom, NJ Ayuk, Bob Difornio, Sarah Kendzior, Dan Lothian, Jonathan Maberry, Raye Mitchell Esq., Ora Nadrich, Sue William Silverman and many others, is presented by The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society.
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
Los Angeles, CA – LA BookFest brings an array of panel discussions, conversations, keynote speeches, live author AMA chats, author readings, music, book giveaways and interactive fun together for an unprecedented online bookish event on Saturday, May 9th. Readers and fans who are not able to come together physically for festivals that usually happen this time of year can enjoy a virtual gathering to celebrate books and share ideas.
 
The opening keynote will be delivered by NJ Ayuk, author of Amazon number-one bestseller, Billions at Play and Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber. He will discuss key themes explored in Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals and shed a light on the state of the African energy industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices.
 
In conversation will be best-selling author Mitch Albom, with Tuesday People podcast co-host and producer Lisa Goich. He will discuss Human Touch, a new serialized story of hope during the Coronavirus pandemic, set in the moment we are all living through together. Human Touch is being written by Mitch Albom in the present, one week at a time, offered free of charge in an effort to raise funds for COVID 19 related charitable activities in his hard-hit home city, Detroit. He will also talk about his recent book, Finding Chika and the power of writing poignant stories like this, as well as Albom’s personal journey since releasing the all-time bestselling memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie, 23 years ago.
 
Also in conversation will be journalist, podcast host, and author of The New York Times bestselling The View from Flyover Country, Sarah Kendzior, who will discuss her newly released Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America.
 
Several panel discussions will feature topics relevant to our times and the bookish community:
 
The Future of Fiction – What Are People Writing Today for Tomorrow’s Readers?
Integrity in Journalism in the Age of Covid-19, Fake News, and Partisan Politics
The Allure of the Memoir – Telling the Human Story
The World Is Getting Closer – How Digital Media Is Changing Society
Power Pitching Your Manuscript or Screenplay – How to Make them Love Your Story
 
Ora Nadrich, Founder and President of the Institute for Transformational Thinking and author of Live True: A Mindful Guide to Authenticity will present a Mindfulness Moment during the event.
 
Raye Mitchell, Esq., Boss Girl, a part of the Genius Agency, will deliver a talk titled: Be Genius™ – Bossology 101: 5 Power Moves to a Big Idea, which is about mastering the art and science of Bossology™ and realigning your vision in challenging times, telling your story in any form, and how to plan for the release and strategy of your intellectual property.
 
An after party will feature musical performances from Kiera Lyons and Brandyn Cross. The networking event will be in a relaxed online setting so that attendees and participants can mingle and enjoy the evening together. There will be a fundraiser to help indie bookstores and a special bedtime story reading with a surprise guest happens at the end of the night.
 
Among the dozens of authors, celebrities, journalists, and leaders participating in LA BookFest, are: Mitch Albom; Bilal Alaji; Maria Alexander; NJ Ayuk; Sheryl Benko; Scott Brody; Diana Lee Brown; Jenna Busch; LaFern Cusack; Bob Difornio; John Dracup; Celeste Duckworth; Debra Eckerling; Lisa Goich; Gerald Everett Jones; Steven Joseph; Sarah Kendzior; Kathleen Kaiser; Deborah Kobylt; Paul S. Levine; Dan Lothian; Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D.; KJ Matthews; Jonathan Maberry; Monica Matulich; Ray Mitchell, Esq.; Ora Nadrich; Russell Nohelty; Claudia Puig; David Ruggerio; Edgar Scott; Robin Quinn; Ray Richmond; Sue William Silverman; Ryan Southwick; Sara Winokur; plus more to be announced.
 
The LA BookFest is presented by The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, an organization for writers in Southern California and beyond. Other partners for the event include: African Energy Chamber; Authors, Large and Small; Black Château Enterprises; Books That Make You; C. S. Lewis Publicity; D.E.B. Method; Get Published Radio; inFERNo Productions; The Lillian Todaro Collections; Napox Photography; PR Hollywood; WPN (Writers & Publishers Network, formerly SPAWN); TEDxResedaBlvd; TVGuestpert Publishing; WannaBe Press; and the Women’s National Book Association in Los Angeles.
 
Media sponsors include: LA Talk Radio, MyStar95.com, Screenworks Entertainment and Veritkal Life Magazine.
 
The event’s hub will be the website, LABookFest.com and visitors can find the stream activated there on the day of the event. Live author AMA (ask me anything) chats will happen in the chat room of the website. Videos of authors reading from their books will premiere during the event on the “Reading Room Page”. Attendees can also browse “Virtual Booths” which are pages for partners designed to be a substitute for a physical booth one might find at a festival or convention. There will also be a “Books Page” showcasing new books and a giant book giveaway presented by Books That Make You.
 
For updates and insider information, people are encouraged to sign-up on the LA BookFest website for email updates. They can also follow the Facebook Event Page. Hashtag #LABookFest2020 is also being used, and social media for Black Chateau and Books That Make You will be used to spread the word and for updated information.
 

Saturday, May 9th at the LA BookFest

10am PDT to 7pm PDT

7:30pm to 9:00pm After Party

 
ABOUT
 
Join us on a bookish adventure—the LA BookFest is the collaboration to bring together authors, readers, publishing professionals, journalists, business leaders, and creatives from around the world for an online celebration of books and ideas. The LA BookFest is presented by Black Château and Books That Make You. Desireé Duffy is the founder of both, as well as the lead organizer for TEDxResedaBlvd, the annual Beach Bound Book Bash, Scary Stories Around the Pitfire, and JingleBooks. Black Château is an award-winning marketing and public relations agency located in Southern California. It specializes in promoting authors, books, small press, personality brands, and creative individuals from around the world with a full-spectrum of services. The company’s motto is: We believe in storytellers. Black Château’s sister company, Books That Make You, is a multi-media brand that promotes books through its website, radio show/podcast, and events. For more, visit www.BlackChateauEnterprises.com and www.BooksThatMakeYou.com.

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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