The BookFest recognizes and promotes excellence in literature and elevates authors and creatives who contribute outstanding work to the literary world.
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Grand Prairie, Texas — Stephen and Mary Weller are winners of two first place awards at The BookFest Awards Fall 2023 for the book titled Kantara: The Traveler. The book is honored in the Aliens and Alien Invasion Science Fiction category and the Young Adult Science Fiction category.
The BookFest honors authors who create outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction. The BookFest’s mission is rooted in the belief that literature has transformative power and, in a desire to support and celebrate those who create it.
Desireé Duffy, Founder of The BookFest, says, “Today, more than ever, it is important to recognize authors and creatives for the vital part they play in crafting the stories that shape our world and define our humanity. Books bring us to new worlds, take us on adventures, give us a means to evaluate our lives and instill a sense of empathy within us. I believe that by acknowledging authors and their literary achievements, we lift literature in our world, and lift each other in the process.”
Stephen Weller says, “Being selected as a winner of The BookFest Awards is an incredible honor. I am grateful to be recognized for the hard work and dedication that went into creating Kantara: The Traveler. I hope this award will inspire others to pursue their own literary passions.”
Desireé Duffy, Founder of The BookFest, says, “I am delighted to announce Stephen and Mary Weller as the winners of a first place at The BookFest Awards. This year’s competition was exceptional, and Stephen and Mary Weller should be very proud of this outstanding accomplishment.”
For more information about The BookFest Awards and to see the list of winners, please visit the Awards Page on The BookFest website.
To watch the Salute to The BookFest Award Winners video montage, or to see recordings of The BookFest videos, please visit the Programming Page of The BookFest Website.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Stephen and Mary Weller are married to each other off and on. They have a passion for science fiction and anime, so look for them at your local comic convention. If they look cranky, don’t worry about it. They are probably trying out the latest weight loss fad.
The authors live in the excruciating Texas heat with their cats and the occasional boomerang kid.
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. It launched May 2020 at a time when lockdown forced many live events to be cancelled. Free to attend, the biannual event happens in the spring and fall, and streams panel discussions, conversations, and live interactive sessions. As an award winner, The BookFest has recognitions from the Webby Awards with a nomination in 2021, a gold award from the Muse Creative Awards in 2020, and a silver award from the w3 Awards in 2020. The BookFest features an array of literary speakers, experts, and authors, which has included: Mitch Albom; Kevin J. Anderson; Angela Bole; Mark Coker; Robert G. Diforio; Cheryl Willis Hudson; Wade Hudson; Sarah Kendzior; Jonathan Maberry; Lisa Morton; Karla Olson; James Rollins; Connie Schultz; Michael Shermer; Mark K. Shriver; Danny Trejo; Helene Wecker; Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, and many others. The BookFest is presented by Books That Make You and produced by Black Château Enterprises. The BookFest is a registered trademark of Desireé Duffy, who is the founder of all three. For more information, visit The BookFest.com.