Friday, May 26, 2023

Author Rachel Vogel wins Honorable Mention at The BookFest Awards

Children's book, Raccoons Go Rafting by Rachel Vogel

Argyle, NY — Rachel Vogel is a winner of an Honorable Mention at The BookFest Awards Spring 2023 for the book titled “Raccoons Go Rafting.” The book is honored in the Children’s Picture Book
category. The BookFest honors authors who create outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction. The BookFest’s dedication to honoring authors is rooted in a belief in the transformative power of literature and a desire to support and celebrate those who create it.

Rachel Vogel said, “Being selected as a winner of The BookFest Awards is an incredible honor. I am grateful to be recognized for the hard work, dedication, and passion that went into creating ‘Raccoons Go Rafting.’ I hope this award will inspire others to pursue their own literary passions.”

Desireé Duffy, Founder of The BookFest, said, “I am thrilled to announce Rachel Vogel as the winner of a Honorable Mention at The BookFest Awards. This year’s competition was particularly fierce, and Rachel should be very proud of this achievement.”

“Raccoons Go Rafting” was first available in print in June 2022. In light of this young “tail’s” recent recognition, this summer is going to be filled with festivities, attendance at multiple events, and a “Summer of Celebration” Book Tour. Spanning over a dozen cities, this celebration tour will include readings with signings, crafts, parties, and even ice cream…with sprinkles, of course!

Find a party near you or join Vogel and her team on their New York tour. The summer schedule can be found by visiting this Facebook page @AnimalAdventureAuthor.

“It is going to be a ‘fur-tastic’ summer. I can’t wait to meet you all!” exclaims Rachel Vogel.


About the Author:

Rachel Vogel is an outdoor enthusiast and animal lover. She lives with her fiance, five children, five cats, and one dog in their home on the hill in Argyle, New York. As a Hudson River Whitewater Raft Guide, Rachel fell in love with the river and the Adirondack Park. She has always loved animals and this debut “tail” is the perfect mix of fur and water. Rachel has two more books currently in the works for release this summer and fall. This is just the beginning of new adventures starring Nugget the rafting raccoon, a.k.a. Rachel.


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 in May of 2020 at a time when lockdown forced many live events to be canceled. 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


Photo at top: Children’s book, “Raccoons Go Rafting” by Rachel Vogel. Photo provided by Rachel Vogel.

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