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.
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.