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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
BookFest News: Sharon Koifman Keynote to Open The BookFest® while a Conversation with Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson Closes the Highly-Anticipated Online Event
Koifman Keynote to Open The BookFest® while a Conversation with Wade
Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson Closes the Highly-Anticipated Online
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
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
[Cheryl Willis Hudson]
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
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:
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.
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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.