Reading Room – Spring 2020

Listen to an array of LA Book Fest Authors reading to you: Videos are launched

Enjoy videos of authors reading from the books, essays, poetry, their works in progress, and more.

Edgar Scott

Author Edgar Scott reads from 418

Sara Winokur

Author Sara Winokur reads from her book Double Blind

Ryan Southwick

Author Ryan Southwick reads from his book Angels in the Mist

Bilal Alaji

Author Bilal Alaji reads from his book This Ain’t My Life

Sheryl Benko

Author Sheryl Benko reads from her book The Last of Will

Scott Brody

Author Scott Brody reads from his book The Org

Steven Joseph

Author Steven Joseph reads from his book The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris

Debra Eckerling

Author Debra Eckerling reads from her book Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goal

Diana Lee Brown

Author Diana Lee Brown reads from her book Fly By

Gerald Everett Jones

Author Gerald Everett Jones reads from his book Preacher Finds a Corpse

Joanna Dodd Massey

Author Joanna Dodd Massey reads from her book Culture Shock

Ora Nadrich

Author Ora Nadrich reads from her book Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity

Sue William Silverman

Author Sue William Silverman reads from her book How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences

Bill McCormick

Author Bill McCormick reads from his book The Brittle Riders Book III

Schedule (Pacific Time)

New for Fall 2021 – Check out the Pitching Room.

A place for authors to pitch their manuscript in an interactive virtual setting that brings the reading, writing and literary communities together.

  • Authors, submit your pitches. 
  • Agents, register to view pitches.
  • BookFesters, check out the pitches and see what authors are presenting to the literary world. 
Pacific TimeSaturday, Oct 23 – Day 1: For Readers
9:00 AM
Welcome Message from The BookFest Founder Desireé Duffy
9:15 AMOpening Keynote – Lori H. Schwartz
9:30 AMPoetry Reading by Debbie Monteggia
10:00 AM
A Conversation with Mark K. Shriver – Being an Author and Being of Service
11:00 AMKid Lit: Culture, Character and Creativity
NoonWho Put the Bomp in Your Favorite Romance Novel?
1:00 PM
Thrills, Chills and Red Herrings – Things that Make You Go “Ooo” (And Want to Read More)
2:00 PMThe Fantasist’s Forge and Mythologist’s Muse
3:00 PM
A Conversation with Helene Wecker – Blending Fantasy, Mythology, Romance and Horror
4:00 PMLive Author Chats:
4:10 PM – Helene Wecker
4:20 PM – Steven Joseph
4:30 PM – Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield
4:40 PM – Dames Handsome
4:50 PM – Mikki Hernandez
5:00 PM – Hari D. Sharma
5:10 PM – Patrick Oliver
5:20 PM – A.G. Billig
5:30 PM – Amy M. Le
5:40 PM – Al Pessin
6:00 PMEND
 Sunday, Oct 24 – Day 2: For Writers
8:30 AM
Welcome Back Message from The BookFest Founder Desireé Duffy
8:35 AM
Keynote by Kristie Anne Mah – From Sluggish to Published: Letting Go of What is Holding You Back
9:00 AM
Conversation with Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein – Dreaming a World where Everyone Experiences the Wonders of the Universe
10:00 AMBooks Out of Africa: Bookish World Tour Panel
11:00 AM
Alternative Ways to Publish: Hybrid, Self-Publishing and More
Do You Have the Write Stuff? A Frank Discussion about Being an Author Today
1:00 PMConversation with Lisa Morton – Thirty Years of Fear
2:00 PM
Critiki-Bar: Page One Manuscript Critiques (An agent and an author walk into a bar…)
4:00 PMBrave New Writer at The BookFest Adventure
6:00 PMEND
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