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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Luvvie Ajayi Jones  

Pen Name: Luvvie Ajayi

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Jones lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a New York Times bestselling author and sought after speaker who thrives at the intersection of comedy, justice and professional troublemaking.

Her debut book (I'M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual) was released to critical acclaim in 2016. Her second book, PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear-Fighter Manual, was released March 2, 2021. Her voice is singular, having been honed over 17 years on her blog That same razor sharp voice spurred her wildly popular TED talk "Get Comfortable with being uncomfortable" to over 5.5 million views.

She takes on dozens of stages every year around the globe and has spoken at some of the most innovative companies and conferences, including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, MAKERS, SXSW.

Luvvie was selected to Oprah Winfrey's inaugural Supersoul 100 list, voted as the Influencer of the Year at the Iris Awards and was chosen as a Black Innovator by XFINITY Comcast. Her work has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Inc, Fortune, Essence, Chicago Tribune and more.

She hosts a podcast called Professional Troublemaker where Luvvie brings you thought-provoking conversations with amazing people who have taken action, caused good trouble, and consistently shown up with the courage and confidence they needed to become the fear-fighters they are today. Get the inspiration and action steps you need to take up space and stand in who you are so you can step out into the world and do big things.

Luvvie is committed to using her voice for pop culture critique and gender and racial justice. And her love language is shoes.


I'm Judging You , New York Times Bestseller, #1 Washington Post Bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee, Redbook 20 Books By Women You Must Read this Fall, 17 New Best New Books to Read This Fall, BookRiot 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Hungry Hearts: Essays on Courage, Desire, and Belonging
ISBN: 0593229622. OCLC Number: 1198217991

Dial Press. .

Over the course of four years, the traveling love rally called Together Live brought together diverse storytellers for epic evenings of laughter, music, and hard-won wisdom to huge audiences across the country. Well-known womxn (and the occasional man) from all walks of life shared their most vulnerable truths in a radical act of love, paving the way for healing in the face of adversity. Now, off the stage and on the pages of Hungry Hearts, sixteen of these beloved speakers offer moving, inspiring, deeply personal essays as a reminder that we can heal from grief and that divisions can be repaired. Bozoma Saint John opens herself up to love after loss; Cameron Esposito confronts the limits of self-reliance in the wake of divorce; Ashley C. Ford learns to trust herself for the first time. A heartfelt anthology of transformation, self-discovery, and courage that also includes essays by Amena Brown, Natalie Guerrero, Connie Lim (MILCK), Nkosingiphile Mabaso, Jillian Mercado, Priya Parker, Geena Rocero, Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount-Trotter of The War And Treaty, and Maysoon Zayid, Hungry Hearts shows how reconnecting with our own burning, undeniable intuition points us toward our unique purpose and the communities where we most belong--

I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual
ISBN: 1250195179. OCLC Number: 936347641

Holt. .

With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog,, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I'm Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives--from the importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma's wake on Facebook. With a lighthearted, razor sharp wit and a unique perspective, I'm Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some act right into our lives, social media, and popular culture. It is the Do-Better Manual--

Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual
ISBN: 1984881906. OCLC Number: 1204265097

Penguin. .

With humor and honesty, and guided by the influence of her inspiring and professional troublemaking grandmother, Funmilayo Faloyin, Luvvie walks us through what we must get right within ourselves before we can do the things that scare us; how to use our voice for a greater good; and how to put movement to the voice we've been silencing--because truth-telling is a muscle. The point is not to be fearless. It is to know we are afraid and to charge forward regardless, to recognize the things we must do are more significant than the things we are afraid to do. This book shows you how she's done it, and how you can, too--