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 9 th. 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.
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.
- Mitch Albom, Author of Human Touch, Finding Chika, Tuesdays with Morrie and host of Tuesday People
- Lisa Goich, Author of 14 Days a Memoir, founder of Girl on the Go, and co-host of Tuesday People
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: 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; PR Hollywood; WPN (Writers & Publishers Network, formerly SPANW); 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 #LABookFest 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.