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Perks Ep. 64 | Deedee Cummings | Book Your Festivities | 10-14-20

Perks Ep. 64 | Deedee Cummings | Book Your Festivities | 10-14-20

Update: 2020-10-14
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Two years ago our guest Deedee Cummings decided she wanted to introduce a book festival to the city of Louisville, an event found in many other large cities but missing here. She and her team spent those two years planning and scheduling an event all about books and reading only to have 2020 happen, a terrible, no good, very bad year that has served as a wet blanket for most kinds of fun. Deedee was, of course, disappointed, but she was not deterred.

The first annual Louisville Book Festival will take place October 23 and 24 virtually including a session with headliner Tomi Adeyemi, the New York Times bestselling writer of the Young Adult fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone.

Cumming’s book festival has a unique mission statement: Literacy is a basic human right. She has worked to build an event that will bring both a reading culture and connection to the city as well as inspire children to dream.

When you talk to Cummings, you realize that most of her adult life has been spent building up to something big. She has been a social worker and lawyer, and is currently a therapist, an author of children’s books, and the CEO of Make a Way Media, a company that promotes reading in all kinds of unique ways.

Deedee tells us why a lack of books that feature brown faces or stories was the inspiration for the Louisville Book Festival, how a book festival can be a life-changing event, and what themes unite all the children’s books she has written.

Books Mentioned in this Episode:
1- Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keane
2- Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol
3- Blackout by John Rocco
4- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
5- Fahrenheit 451 by Kurt Vonnegut
6- The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
7- Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess by Deedee Cummings
8- In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings
9- What We Found in the Corn Maze and How it Saved a Dragon by Henry Clark
10- Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi
11- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
12- The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
13- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
14- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
15- Tom Petty's Southern Accents by Michael Washburn
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Perks Ep. 64 | Deedee Cummings | Book Your Festivities | 10-14-20

Perks Ep. 64 | Deedee Cummings | Book Your Festivities | 10-14-20

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