• Sydney Meve

Bam Festival 2021: A Recap

Updated: Apr 27

We had so much fun at #BAM2021 that we can't stop talking about it! Read on to relive some awesome BAM memories and find links to panel recordings.

On April 10th, 2021, over 1,000 BAM attendees logged onto their computers and settled in for a day of books, art, and music. Our virtual format allowed us to reach book lovers from all over the world: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Great Britain, Norway, the Philippines, and even Romania!


We kicked off the day with a warm welcome from authors like James Ponti, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Jess Redman, Sarah Scheerger, and BAM's own debut author Samantha Mason. At 9 AM EST, the real fun began -- the first panels kicked off!


Throughout the day, we watched epic art battles, played games, engaged in important discussions about diversity and inclusion, learned about our author's writing processes, and, last but not least... we had fun! Thank you all for asking so many insightful questions along the way. Our authors loved getting to share their thoughts with you, and appreciated your enthusiasm at every panel.


For the first time, we hosted one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets for a few lucky BAM attendees. Nothing makes our authors happier than meeting fellow bookworms, and talking everything books! We hope you enjoyed the opportunity.


A few bright students even had the chance to win scholarships and an unparalleled chance to publish their own book. A big congratulations to the winners of BAM's first ever Poem & Essay Scholarship, Anden Toale, Aysel Elshenawy, Emma Guignardi, and Samantha Mason, and the winner of Stephen Kozan's writing workshop, Breanne Wright. We were blown away by your talent!


Still haven't had enough BAM? You can now watch ALL the panels from the event at this link. We hope you'll continue to learn and laugh as you make your way through our 40+ panels.


We're also excited to announce that over 100+ BAM attendees won exclusive giveaways! In the coming days, our lucky winners will be receiving bookplates, BAM merch, and everything in between.


Please help us in thanking our fabulous donors who make BAM possible. Without their help, BAM wouldn't be able to throw our annual festival and provide additional literacy experiences throughout the year. Thank you to these very special members of the BAM Fam.


Business and Organization Donors:

The Knight Foundation

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

The Itto A. Willits Charitable Foundation

The Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Trust Fund

The Mandel Library

The Palm Beach County School District

The Palm Beach County Library System

Florida Power & Light


Individual Donors:

Sandy Rasmussen Mortimer

Teresa Rodrigues

James P. Cummings

Arturo Oliva

Leslie Salmon

Fred Salmon

Joseph Speicher

Helen Zientek

Sarah Merrill

Laura Conte

Chloe Lind

Dana Hermosa

Nicola Newton

Evan Blair

Nicole Machon

Meg Howard

Judith Mandell

Katie Alender

Amber Freeman

Peggy Castiglione

Stephen Kozan

Deb Svec

Christel McIntosh

Aziza Nazarova

Valerie Young-Baldwin

Ellen Hart

Tanya Palmer

Claudia Sanchez

Jeanne Siccone

Florence Simmons


BAM FAM, thank you again for all your love and support. We're so happy we could make the most of this year's virtual format, and reach book lovers across the globe. Stay tuned for news about next year's IN-PERSON festival! 2022 will be here before you know it.


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