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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
 
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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)

Saturday
10:00amWelcome — Desiree Duffy
10:10amOpening Keynote – Sharon Koifman
10:30amDanny Trejo Reads from Trejo’s Tacos
10:50amBREAK
11:00amPanel One – Self-Help Books When We Need Them Most
11:55amBREAK
12:00pmPanel Two – Masters of the Macabre
12:45pmBREAK
1:00pmPanel Three — Books and Education During Covid
1:55pmBREAK
2:00pmPanel Four – Books, Authors and Genres Reemerging
2:55pmBREAK
3:00pmPanel Five – Words Matter
3:55pmBREAK
4:00pmPanel Six – Why We Love Stories
4:55pmBREAK
5:00pmPanel Seven – Young Adult Fiction in a Time of Tumult
5:55pmBREAK
6:00pmAfter Party
Sunday
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
Saturday
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.
3:00pBREAK 
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

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