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.

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. It happens Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25, 2020.

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; 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;; 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, 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.


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.

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