Dr. Arielle Dance Wins Awards for Dearest One
at The BookFest® Awards Fall 2023
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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West Orange, New Jersey— Dr. Arielle Dance is a winner of two awards at The BookFest Awards Fall 2023 for her children’s book, Dearest One. The book is honored in the Children’s Fiction category. Dearest One was the first place winner for Diversity & Multicultural Children’s Fiction and second place winner for Family Children’s Fiction.
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.”
Dr. Dance 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 Dearest One. I hope these awards will inspire others to pursue their own literary passions."
Desireé Duffy, Founder of The BookFest, says, "I am delighted to announce Dr. Arielle Dance as the winner of two Children’s Fiction awards at The BookFest Awards. This year's competition was exceptional, and Dr. Dance 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.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Arielle Dance, PhD is an award-winning author and advocate for invisible illnesses currently residing in New Jersey. Through her writing and advocacy, Dr. Dance helps promote disability visibility, elevate the stories of marginalized groups, and navigate grief and loss.
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.
Dr. Arielle Dance