BRAVE-ish at BOOKFEST Fall 2023


Join me at BookFest Saturday, October 21st, 2023

WATCH on YouTube:


Day 1 – For Readers

The BookFest Fall 2023 is an exciting event for anyone who loves books and writing. The event brings together a diverse range of speakers and attendees, offering insights and ideas on everything from writing craft to book marketing and technology. Whether you’re a fan of reading, a published author, or are just starting out, The BookFest is an event that is not to be missed.

Day one of The BookFest Fall 2023 is devoted to readers. If you’re a booklover, then get ready for a bookish good time.

In addition to a full day of panels and conversations, there are special segments, the Big Bundle of Books Grand Prize Giveaway, and the Live Author Chats hosted by Beth Worsdell.

Sit back, curl up with your furry pal or text your friends so you can hang out and enjoy the presentation. Don’t forget to join the chatroom on YouTube to network with your new book-buddies. There are often lively conversations happening there. Either watch on The BookFest Home Page or go to the Books That Make You YouTube Channel.

All times listed in Pacific Time. Programming is subject to change.


BRAVE-ish is part of the LIVE AUTHOR CHATS!

4:00pm PT to 6pm PT

Part afterparty, part networking, and part authors doing whatever the heck they want, this fun interactive event presents authors and literary folks in fast-paced chats with host Beth Worsdell.

Host: Beth Worsdell, English author of the sci-fi Earth’s Angels Trilogy and comedy Calling Clarissa. Founder and host of “The Witty Writers Show” 

Co-Host: CJ Ives Lopez, Air Force Veteran, author, Founder of The Authors Porch®, event producer for The Book Fest® and Books That Make You, project manager for Hourly Concepts at BookBrush

4:05pm PT

Sarah Prager, author of Queer, There, and EverywhereRainbow Revolutionaries, and A Child’s Introduction to Pride 

Lee Wind, writer of Red and Green and Blue and WhiteNo Way, They Were Gay?, and the upcoming The Gender Binary is a Big Lie 

4:30pm PT
Alan Henry, special projects editor at WIRED, former editor at NY Times/Lifehacker, and author of Seen, Heard, and Paid delves into workplace marginalization and offers career-boosting tips

4:40pm PT
Mark Leslie, paranormal raconteur and author of Haunted Hospitals, Creepy Capital, and Tomes of Terror will share a true story from his years of researching eerie tales  

4:50pm PT
Kalee Boisvert, Money Guru and author of Make Money your Thing! and kid’s picture book Moneywise Mabel’s Bursting Bank, shares her top tips for making money less SCARY

5:00pm PT
Ann Charles, USA Today bestselling author of humorous mysteries and supernatural stories, shares several anecdotes of how life imitates art—or rather her art imitates her life

5:10pm PT
Gwen Overland, award winning author of Hot in Hawaii Series will be demonstrating how to make a Mai Tai

5:20pm PT
Aleksandra Tryniecka, Assistant professor and writer, introduces her character Bunky, discusses her historical book, explores “Halloween” from 1872, and shares an 1887 pumpkin pie recipe

5:30pm PT
Jim Potts, an award-winning author and lawyer will discuss the ethical challenges of representing a confessed child serial killer, clashing with deep moral values

5:40pm PT
Lisa Niver, award-winning travel writer and author of Brave–ish, shares how to banish your inner demons, awaken the hero within, and courageously craft an extraordinary life

5:50pm PT
Herman DeBoard, US Veteran turned enterprenuer/founder of Huvr, Inc., discusses the Versus Virus and how to evaluate your own beliefs to stop relying on what other tell you through critical thinking skills 

6:00pm PT
Winners of The BookFest Big Bundle of Books Giveaway and The BookFest Children’s Book Giveaway  announced

More details can be found on The BookFest website. Join the fun and hang out with the bookish community, which includes readers, writers, and industry experts. The BookFest website streams the online event, and it can be found on the Books That Make You YouTube Channel, too.

You can also follow The BookFest on Instagram, Facebook Page and Facebook Group.

Lisa Niver on BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU Podcast

Books That Make You Try New Things and be…Brave-ish What happens when you’re almost fifty, undergoing divorced and moving back into your parent’s home to start from the beginning? If you’re like Lisa Niver, you start by taking one “braveish” step at a time. For Lisa, each step took her away from her old world and into a bold new adventurous one. In her new memoir, Brave-ish: One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty, she chronicles her attempt at trying fifty new things before turning fifty: diving into shipwrecks, swimming with sharks, bobsledding and more. All throughout, Lisa found herself traversing the world on a journey of reinvention and personal growth. Brave-ish inspires readers to take risks and embrace the unknown, and even the frightening, in order to live a life filled with wonder and excitement.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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