Tomi Adeyemi’s Virtual Appearance at Louisville Book Festival!

Tomi Adeyemi, yes THE Tomi Adeyemi, will be at the Louisville Book Festival this year as our keynote speaker!

Tomi Adeyemi

In case you haven’t heard, Louisville Book Festival is coming on October 23rd and 24th via Zoom! If you would like to learn from some of the best and brightest authors on the market, you will not want to miss the First Annual Louisville Book Festival.

First, here’s a little of the backstory: the Louisville Book Festival (LBF) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission of celebrating and promoting the benefits of reading, writing, and literacy. The online event will be held on October 23rd and 24th on Zoom. It will include presentations from nationally known authors and illustrators who will be sharing their secrets to writing and publishing books.

I (Deedee Cummings) am the founder and creator of LBF and originally I planned to make the vibrant literacy-focused event an offline celebration.

But then, as we all know, 2020 threw everyone a mega curveball. When faced with the possibility of canceling the in-person festival due to COVID-19 concerns, I decided to do what a determined businesswoman would do. I made the strategic decision to pivot and offer the full festival via Zoom.

What am I most excited about as October 23rd and 24th get closer?

Oh my! There are so many wonderful things occurring on these two days that it’s hard to choose. But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t over-the-moon excited that this event will include a powerful message and keynote presentation from #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author, Tomi Adeyemi!

Tomi Adeyemi made a huge splash in the literary stage with her #1 NYT and Hugo award-winning fantasies, Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance. You don’t want to miss this.

We are PUMPED to have her at our very first event. Save the date for our virtual festival on October 23-24 ❤️📚

Children of Blood and Bone facts:

-The series is inspired by West African mythology, Harry Potter, the Black Lives Matter movement, and An Ember in the Ashes.
-The main character, Zelie, lives in Orisha where maji (those with magic powers) were hunted and killed, Zelie’s mother being one of them. However, magic has now disappeared from Orisha. The first novel follows Zelie on her quest to bring magic back along with her brother and a princess while they’re being hunted down by the crown prince.
-There’s friendship, elemental magic, gods and goddesses, a fast-moving plot, romance, plot twists, and more!
-Tomi Adeyemi was only 24 when this was published
-It is currently in the works of being adapted into a movie by Disney’s Fox and Lucasfilms
-It spent over 2 years on the NYT Bestseller’s list

Tomi Adeyemi facts:

-Graduated from Harvard with an honors degree in English literature
-Received a fellowship to study West African mythology in Brazil and it was there that she became inspired to write Children of Blood and Bone
-She wanted to write a story with a black girl as the heroine because that was so rare for her to see growing up
-She received a Hugo Award and was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 List
-She teaches tons of creative writing workshops through her online master’s class: The Writer’s Roadmap
-She’s been featured in tons of places like Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, The Tonight Show, and Essence

To learn more about the Louisville Book Festival, visit

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Perfect for anyone who is looking to add to their bookshelf, or wanting to gift one to a special home, classroom, or organization, with some extra incentives. Go HERE to view the full line-up of amazing diverse picture books, workbooks, and coloring books from author Deedee Cummings.

About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 16 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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