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Mariama Lockington to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “Forever is Now”

Mariama Lockington to Participate in the Kentucky Book Festival with “Forever is Now”

August 18, 2023




What will Kentucky Book Festival visitors find on your table?

I write contemporary fiction for teens and tweens— books that deal with the messiness of growing up, but with a joyful and nuanced lense. My latest book is a Young Adult novel-in-verse called FOREVER IS NOW. It follows Sadie— a queer, poet-activist living with chronic anxiety. I also have two middle grade novels— IN THE KEY OF US, a dual POV novel that follows two Black girls who attend a competitive summer music camp and fall in-love, and FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME about a Black girl adopted into a white family and how she finds her sense of beloinging while navigating 6th grade, a cross-country move, and bullying.



Whom do you invite to stop by? Who will benefit from reading your book?

My books are aimed at young readers ages 8-18, and adults/educators who also enjoy reading, teaching, and engaging young adult books can also enjoy.


Could you please tell us something curious about you and/or your book?

Fun fact about me is that I was raised by classical musicians and I grew up playing flute and piano. All my books are heavily influenced by music, and there is a playlist for each one on spotify. In fact, I can’t start really writing a book without first creating a playlist.


Is this your first time participating in the Kentucky Book Festival? If yes – what are you looking forward to the most? If you’ve participated before – what was your favorite experience at the Festival?

Yes! This is my first time, but I am very excited. I am local, and I love meeting folks in the community who get as excited about books and storytelling as I do.




Mariama J. Lockington is an adoptee, author, and educator. Forever is Now is a powerful young adult novel-in-verse about mental health, love, family, Black joy, and finding your voice and power in an unforgiving world.