The BookFest® Is Nominated in the 25th Annual Webby Awards

The BookFest® Is Nominated in the 25th Annual Webby Awards

The BookFest Selected with Four Others in the Internet’s Top Honor in the Category for Best Event Websites and Mobile Sites


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA —The BookFest is nominated in the 25th AnnualWebby Awards in the category for: Best Event Websites and Mobile Sites. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. In addition to being a nominee, The Webbys ask for people to log in and vote in the Webby’s People’s Voice Award. 

IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of Internet industry experts including Mitchell Baker; MOMA Senior Curator Paola Antonelli; Host of NPR’s Code Switch Shereen Marisol Meraji; R/GA Global Chief Creative Officer Tiffany Rolfe; Co-Inventor of the Internet Vint Cerf; DJ and Founder, Club Quarantine D-Nice; Co-host Desus & Mero on Showtime Desus Nice; SVP of Content at Twitch Michael Aragon; Twitter Senior Director, Product Design Richard Ting;  and Founders of VERZUZ Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.

The BookFest was created by Black Château, a Marketing and Public Relations firm that specializes in books and authors. Desireé Duffy is the founder of both. Launched in May 2020, The BookFest was designed to bring readers and writers together in a time when social distancing prevented in-person gatherings. It quickly became the leader in online literary events with a second The BookFest happening in the Fall of 2020, and the third in Spring of 2021. The BookFest prides itself on programming that lifts voices, tackles important literary topics, and is also fun. It does this through panel discussions, conversations, entertainment and educational initiatives for readers and writers.

The BookFest is at the forefront of online community-building and technology. It is the first online pop-culture event to release Collectible NFT BookFest Pins for fans and collectors. It has a supportive array of partners including writers’ organizations, literary companies, authors, speakers, celebrities, and industry professionals. Plus, it offers the content online for free, archived on the Books That Make You YouTube Channel.

Duffy says, “I can’t describe the thrill when I checked The Webby’s website and saw that The BookFest was one of the five nominees in its category. I mean, there were over 13,500 entries! I’m blown away, excited, and humbled by the outpouring of support by the writing and literary communities who helped make this online event what it is today. The BookFest is only a year old, born out of a time of social distancing, is connecting readers and writers from around the globe, and now has a nomination for a prestigious Webby Award.”

“Nominees like The BookFest are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,500 entries we received this year.”

Winners announced on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, and honored in a star-studded, virtual show that is available on demand. The celebration hosted by multi-talented actress, writer, podcaster, host and advocate Jameela Jamil

See The BookFest’s Webby Awards Nomination page to view the work.


About The BookFest®:

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. The first BookFest happened May 9, 2020. It was created at a time when social distancing prevented in-person gatherings. Free to attend from the start, the biannual event now takes place in the spring and fall, and streams panel discussions, conversations, and festivities for the reading and writing communities. As an award-winner, The BookFest has recognitions from the w3 awards, the Muse Creative Awards and is a nominee for The 25th Annual Webby Awards. 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; Deborah M. Pratt; James Rollins; Connie Schultz; Michael Shermer; Danny Trejo and many others. The BookFest is presented by Black Château and Books That Make You. It a registered trademark of Desireé Duffy, who is the founder of all three. For more information, visit

About Black Château:

Black Château is an award-winning marketing and public relations firm. The company specializes in promoting authors, books, small press, personality brands, and creative individuals from around the world with a full spectrum of services. A virtual company, office locations are in Southern California, Oklahoma, and everywhere our team roams. The company’s motto is: We believe in storytellers. Visit

About The Webby Awards:
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites and Mobile Sites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Apps and Software, Social, Podcasts, Games, and Virtual & Remotes. Established in 1996, this year’s Webby Awards received nearly 13,500 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: WP Engine, Marketerhire, Slack, YouGov, BASIC, KPMG, Wall Street Journal, AIGA, Podcast Movement, Fast Company, and Social Media Week. Find The Webby Awards Online:

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