The BookFest Spring 2021 was a hit. The third bi-annual online bookish adventure featured more than 35 books, over 60 speakers, 15 panels, and other memorable segments for book lovers worldwide. The panel discussions covered a diversity of topics: finding long-term happiness, what it means to be a skeptic today, the connection between television, writers, and pop culture, wellness advice for the extended Pandemic, and more.
We hope you, your friends, and your family had a fun-filled weekend. But if you missed the program, don’t fret. We’ll soon upload the recordings on The BookFest® website and the Books That Make You YouTube channel. Sign up here to receive updates.
In the meantime, here’s a list of the most loved books from The BookFest Spring 2021 lineup:
418: I Am a Teapot by Edgar Scott
Edgar Scott, an economist-turned-computer scientist, futurist, and author of 418: I Am a Teapot joined the “Books that force you to see the world differently” panel. When asked about how he builds his world when writing, he said, “I have to write things that I know I am going to throw away, and I call that scaffolding.” That’s one way to start building a story.
Edgar talked about the near-future dystopian world in his newly released Amazon bestselling sci-fi novel, 418: I Am a Teapot. If you enjoyed reading 1984 and Brave New World, you’re going to love this one.
The book gives you a unique perspective on life as humans immersed in technology and virtual space. What happens when you separate the body and mind to create a virtual persona much different from the real person. To find out, buy your copy of “418: I Am a Teapot” on Amazon today.
The Retirement Mirage by Nancy Hite
Since so many of us are reading self-help books, Nancy J. Hite says, “We need to be flexible enough, because it isn’t just one recipe…we want all the people we do self-help books for—and my book is a type of self-help book—we want them to be successful.” Nancy is a certified financial planner, fiduciary, and author of The Retirement Mirage: Time to Think Differently.
Nancy has a fiduciary duty when guiding her clients’ financial process throughout their lives. If you’re like them, you’re probably too busy to plan beyond your next paycheck. Nancy helps you See ahead when you’re too busy to look up®.
In The Retirement Mirage, you’ll find advice for all ages on what experts don’t tell you. It was a #1 bestseller in the Budgeting & Money Management, Personal Money Management, Retirement Planning, and Personal Finance categories. Want to rethink your finances? Get your copy of “The Retirement Mirage: Time to Think Differently” now.
The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing by Bert Sarkkinen
Bert Sarkkinen, the founder of Arrow Timber, public speaker, and author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing, was the keynote speaker at The BookFest Spring 2021. He discussed how we could find happiness in the smell of a book’s pages or the beauty of wooden timbers in our home and create the next chapter in our book.
Bert’s core passion is Hybrid Timber Framing, which has experienced a huge revival in modern architecture. In The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing, he explores timber framing from a keen researcher, experienced builder, and thoughtful designer’s perspective.
Whether you are building your dream home or redesigning your interiors, you’ll be glad to have it by your side. For visual inspirations, a how-to guide, and a personal touch from the expert, order “The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing” today.
Intermittent Fasting for Dummies by Dr. Janet Brill
Time and again, books have been proven to be a source of joy and new perspectives for readers and authors alike. During The BookFest®, Dr. Janet Brill spoke about why she chose to write Intermittent Fasting for Dummies. She said, “I decided to write this book because I was asked to…it was during the beginning of the pandemic, and I jumped at the idea because nothing makes me happier than researching and writing.”
Dr. Janet is a nutrition and fitness expert―and globally renowned specialist in disease prevention. “Intermittent Fasting for Dummies” is for anyone who wants to lose weight, get fitter, build muscle, or live a disease-free lifestyle. It provides a complete step-by-step guide to following an intermittent fasting plan of your choice.
Ready to be blown away by how to turn the “too good to be true” science into an effective part of your regular, healthy routine? Order your copy of “Intermittent Fasting for Dummies” on Amazon now.
A Fat Girl’s Confidence: I’m Fat. So What? by Patrice Shavone Brown
On the “Mental health and physical wellness books for the extended pandemic” panel, Patrice Shavone Brown talked about the work undertaken by her organization, Restoring Bodies and Minds LLC. She said, “Anxiety was something a lot of people were going through, but we managed to get through it by meditation and prayer and talking about our fears.”
In her book, A Fat Girl’s Confidence: I’m Fat. So What? Patrice shares her journey to mental wellness and positive self-worth. She shatters the general perception that fat is sloppy or unattractive. Instead, she helps you embrace yourself and discover your deep-seated confidence that you thought you could never have.
Join the Confident Fat Girls Movement with Patrice. And, as she says, be the beauty they said you could never be. Get your copy of “A Fat Girl’s Confidence: I’m Fat. So What?” now.
A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness by Steven Joseph
How do the authors know what we want to read? Here’s how Steven Joseph came up with the topic of his book, “Actually, there’s not much on crankiness. When I looked online, it was all about how NOT to be cranky.” If you want a book that doesn’t make you feel bad for being yourself but instead helps you embrace your emotions, this is the book for you.
A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness: The Crankatsuris Method helps you find effective ways to be cranky while keeping those around you happy, something we all need from time to time. And especially during the extended lockdown. Steven is an attorney, negotiator, and award-winning author, and somewhat of a crankiness expert.
Want to learn how to create a space for crankiness in your life or to improve overall communication with your family and friends? Then, grab your copy of “A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness: The Crankatsuris Method” today. Now available in an audiobook format.
Surviving Remote Work by Sharon Koifman
The year 2020 forced us to pivot and adapt to remote work. But if you find yourself struggling to maintain the work-life balance or want to thrive in your area of interest, Sharon Koifman can help. Sharon is the founder of DistantJob Remote Placement Agency and author of the bestselling book, Surviving Remote Work.
The book is a result of Sharon’s experience of 20 years. It provides tools, strategies, and tactics to survive and thrive in the remote age. Surviving Remote Work is just as resourceful for remote managers as it is for remote workers. It hits all the checkboxes: guided self-help management resources, real-life examples to better grasp the concepts, and a fast-paced, entertaining read.
If you’re ready to learn from Sharon’s experience and his mistakes to start thriving now, head over to Amazon and order your copy of “Surviving Remote Work” today.
DOUBLE BLIND: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders by Sara Winokur
Do you agree that books have the magic to turn our love for reading into a passion for writing? Sara Winokur is a geneticist, researcher, and author of DOUBLE BLIND: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders. She loves to write gripping, cultural thrillers, and historical fiction with an accessible and entertaining science theme.
In her mystery thriller Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders, a little boy disappears from a fjord in Iceland. Two decades later, the search for him lands the twin sister, a DNA scientist, in a world of trouble.
Get ready for a wild ride through Iceland’s rural farmsteads to icy fjords to the hi-tech world of DNA forensics. To unravel this edge-of-the-seat crime thriller, order your copy of “Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders” on Amazon now.
Moonlighting: An Oral History by Scott Ryan
Who doesn’t like to get an insider’s scoop on actors in favorite TV shows? Here’s some of what Scott Ryan says in his behind-the-scenes look at Moonlighting, “They get along fine now…it was a crazy, crazy set, and it is a wonder any of the shows got made…Cybill (Shepherd) admits they fought right before their scenes and thinks that helped make them better.”
Ryan is a TV historian, publisher, and author of the forthcoming book Moonlighting: An Oral History. The book includes interviews from over twenty crew members, many of them now dispersed to the four corners of the world. It’s packed with memories of the creator, other stars, and the many key collaborators responsible for this benchmark of television history.
Be the first to get ins on the best-kept secrets and factoids about the making of Moonlighting, the iconic TV series that introduced Bruce Willis to the world. Pre-order your copy of “Moonlighting: An Oral History” now.
Good Lookin: A Joe Turner Mystery by T.L. Bequette
If you want to witness a crime drama through the lens of a criminal defense attorney, you’re going to love this one. T.L. Bequette’s Good Lookin: A Joe Turner Mystery is inspired by his time in the courtroom, where he has tried more than 20 murder cases.
Attorney Joe Turner defends the most hardened criminals, from the gang-ravaged streets of inner-city Oakland to the rolling hills of Berkeley, California. Yet his latest case, representing a 19-year-old accused of a drive-by murder, has him stumped. A decades-old murder hangs in the balance, entwined in the web of family, loyalty, and devotion.
The story weighs the challenges of protecting a loved one in the snitch culture of the streets. Do you think you can crack this mystery? Pre-order your copy of “Good Lookin: A Joe Turner Mystery” today.
Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner by Gerald Everett Jones
If you’re aspiring to become a writer, the “How to Work Successfully with a Free-Lance Editor” panel had some cool tips for new authors. Gerald Everett Jones, award-winning author, and host of the Get Published! Podcast discussed the difference in feedback from beta readers as opposed to developmental editors.
Gerald’s upcoming novel, Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner, follows a lonely widower from Los Angeles to East Africa. What’s supposed to be a tour package for hookups and parties turns out to be a life-changing experience.
This book is an emotional story of expat intrigue in Africa, reminiscent of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene and The Constant Gardener by John le Carré. Pre-order “Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner” on Amazon today.
Tears of Change by Debbie A. Monteggia
Why do you like poetry? Does reading or writing poetry help you cope with emotions and get back on your feet? Debbie Monteggia’s Tears of Change spreads a message of hope and inspiration.
The collection of poems and quotes from the book will take you on a unique journey through life’s daily emotions. Some of them will evoke feelings of gratitude and peace, and others might change your perspective and thoughts.
Are you ready to feel the range of emotions the book evokes – joy, loss, acceptance, renewal, pain, and sorrow? Take that leap to explore and express your emotions—Pre-order your copy of “Tears of Change” today.
Phew, what an assortment, right? We bet you’re going to love these books from The BookFest Spring 2021. Let us know what you think.
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