The BookFest Fall 2021 Introduces the Official Event Schedule

October 20 06:30 2021
The BookFest returns for a 4th biannual online bookish adventure October 23rd and 24th, 2021. Day one is geared toward readers and features Live Author Chats. Day two focuses on writers and features the Brave New Writer and Critiki-Bar interactive live panels.

Los Angeles, CA – The BookFest® returns for its 4th biannual virtual event with programming for readers and writers. The programming engages readers on day one, October 23rd, 2021, and then leans over to writers on day two, October 24th, 2021. The BookFest is presented by Bookstagrammers and Books That Make You. It is produced by Black Château Enterprises.

Delivering the opening keynote for The BookFest Fall, 2021 is Lori H. Schwartz. Known as The Tech Cat – short for Technology Catalyst – author, entrepreneur, regular fixture at CES and many technology conventions, and regular contributor to CNN and other media, Schwartz talks about the convergence of technology and storytelling to launch The BookFest Fall 2021. On day two, the keynote will be delivered by author Kristie Anne Mah, who will inspire writers to let go of what may be holding them back.

BookFest Fall 2021 features an array of authors and literary leaders, including: Elaine Ash; Jim Azevedo; William Bernhardt; Sharon Buchbinder; Dr. Edward Bynum; M.J. Fievre; Alexia Gordon; Dames Handsome; Deborah Herman; Laurel Anne Hill; David Konrad; CJ Ives Lopez; Susan Mac Nicol; Lisa Morton; John Palisano; Useni Perkins; Al Pessin; Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein; Clyve Rose; Mark K. Shriver; Helene Wecker. Attendees can visit the Speakers Page on The BookFest website to see all the participants and to find out more about each.

The Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, live stream programming is dedicated to readers. Listed in Pacific Time, the programming includes:

9:00am – Welcome Message

9:15am – Opening Keynote by Lori H. Schwartz, What’s Your Tech Story? Forget About Killer Robots, How Storytellers Can Embrace the Tech in Our Lives

9:45am – Poetry Reading by Debbie Monteggia

10:00am – A Conversation with Mark K. Shriver – Being an Author and Being of Service

11:00am – Kid Lit: Culture, Character and CreativityNoon – Who Put the Bomp in Your Favorite Romance Novel?

1:00pm – Thrills, Chills and Red Herrings – Things that Make You Go “Ooo”

2:00pm – The Fantasist’s Forge and Mythologist’s Muse

3:00pm – A Conversation with Helene Wecker – Blending Fantasy, Mythology, Romance and Horror

4:00pm to 6:00pm – Live Author Chats Hosted by Scott Ryan and Anastasia Washington

The Sunday, October 24, 2021, programming is geared toward writers. Listed in Pacific Time, the programming includes:

8:30am – Keynote by Kristie Anne Mah, From Sluggish to Published: Letting Go of What is Holding You Back

9:00am – A Conversation with Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein – Dreaming a World Where Everyone Experiences the Wonders of the Universe

10:00am – Books Out of Africa: Bookish World Tour Panel

11:00am – Alternative Ways to Publish: Hybrid, Self-Publishing and More

Noon – Do You Have the Write Stuff? A Frank Discussion about Being an Author Today

1:00pm – A Conversation with Lisa Morton: Thirty Years of Fear

2:00pm – Critiki-Bar: Page One Manuscript Critiques (An agent and an author walk into a bar…)

4:00pm – Brave New Writer at The BookFest Adventure

Plus, throughout The BookFest, there will be special segments, including:

BookTok Talk with Jessica Mclennan

Cooking Up Something for the Season with Chef and Author David Ruggerio

How to Organize Your Bookshelf with Nic Nelson

How to Write a Query Letter with Steven Hutson

Little Lion presents health, wellness, and mindfulness sessions

Todd Debreceni, author of Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen, creates a famous literary character with special effects makeup

Tell the Truth or Not with Dr. Raye Mitchell and Cindy Brown

Duffy, says, “Each BookFest levels up as we strive to serve the bookish world with new and exciting programming. The Pitching Room and the subsequent live interactive panels – Brave New Writer and Critiki-Bar – are something the literary world has never quite seen before. We’re excited to unveil these adventurous undertakings for the reading and writing communities.”

Fan-favorites, the “Big Bundle of Books Giveaway” presented by Books That Make You and OwlCrate, the free “Virtual Gift Bag” which is sent to all attendees the final day of The BookFest, and the “Live Author Chats”, which will be hosted by Scott Ryan and Anastasia Washington, also return for The BookFest Fall 2021.

Attendees can browse “Virtual Booths”, which are pages for BookFest sponsors, like 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 sponsors who help bring this free-to-attend event to attendees around the globe.

People are encouraged to register for email updates on the website to stay informed, and to join The BookFest Adventure Facebook Group.

The BookFest is presented by Bookstagrammers, a platform dedicated to book influencers, and by Books That Make You, a bookish brand for bibliophiles.

Other supporters of The BookFest in 2021 include:

Authors Porch; Authors, Large and Small; Authors Porch; Black Château Enterprises; Book Publicists of Southern California; Boss Girl Raye; C. S. Lewis Publicity; D.E.B. Method; Get Published Radio; Little Lion; Horror Writers Association; Independent Writers of Southern California; Just Us Books;; Napox Photography; Open Door Publications; OwlCrate; Roadmap Authors; Say it Loud Readers & Writers;  Self-Publishing Mastery; Smashwords; The Skeptics Society; TVGuestpert Publishing; WannaBe Press; the Women’s National Book Association in Los Angeles; Wordsmith Writing Coaches; Veritkal Life Magazine and the Writers and Publishers Network (WPN).

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 through the Books That Make You Channel on YouTube and Facebook Page. Hashtags #TheBookFest and #TheBookFestFall2021 are also being used, and social media for Black Château and Books That Make You will help spread the word.


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. It launched May 2020 at a time when lockdown forced many live events to be cancelled. Free to attend, the biannual event happens in the spring and fall, and streams panel discussions, conversations, and live interactive sessions. As an award-winner, The BookFest has recognitions from the Webby Awards with a nomination in 2021, a gold award from the Muse Creative Awards in 2020, and a silver award from the w3 Awards in 2020. 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; James Rollins; Connie Schultz; Michael Shermer; Danny Trejo and many others. The BookFest is presented by Books That Make You and produced by Black Château Enterprises. The BookFest is a registered trademark of Desireé Duffy, who is the founder of all three.

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