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Judy Blume            

Children & Young Adult Novelist & New York Times Bestsellers Known for "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" and "In the Unlikely Event"

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Blubber; Just as Long as We’re Together and the five book series about the irrepressible Fudge, beginning with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Judy has also written novels for adults that include Wifey, Smart Women, Summer Sisters and her most recent In the Unlikely Event, all of them New York Times bestsellers.

Together, her books have sold more than 85 million copies in 32 languages, and have been a touchstone for countless young readers, many of whom have been inspired, as grownups, to write their own books. Judy’s knowing voice and honesty come with a price: the American Library Association has consistently placed Blume at or near the top of its list of authors most frequently banned. In turn, she has championed intellectual freedom by working diligently with the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) to support teachers and librarians who fight to keep challenged books on their shelves. In 2009, the NCAC honored and paid tribute to Blume's longstanding defense of free speech and her courageous battles against all kinds of censorship. She was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2004 and the Library of Congress' Living Legends award in 2000. Judy is also the recipient of the 2017 E. B White Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the 2018 Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

Judy serves on the boards of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the Key West Literary Seminar. Additionally, she is an advisory member of the boards for both the Authors Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Two years ago Blume and her husband, George Cooper, longing for a bookstore in Key West where they live, founded the independent, non-profit Books & Books @ The Studios. She is proud to be associated with Mitchell Kaplan the Miami bookseller. These days Blume can be found working several days a week at her shop. "After 50 years of writing, I'm enjoying meeting so many readers and introducing them to some of my favorite authors."

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Judy Blume Hits The Big Screen With 'Tiger Eyes' Adaptation : NPR

With the help of her son Lawrence Blume, Judy Blume has adapted her 1981 novel into a film. The widely beloved coming-of-age author speaks with NPR's ...

10 Questions with Judy Blume | TIME

The teen-lit icon on her new adult novel, putting trigger warnings on books and that catchphrase.

Judy Blume comes to the rescue after man loses wife's treasured book

Leonard Lasek was probably pulling an Are You There, God? moment when he inadvertently kicked his wife's treasured Judy Blume book to the curb.

Judy Blume reveals details of 'In the Unlikely Event,' her first adult ...

Judy Blume fans will have to wait until summer of 2015 before they can get their hands on a copy of her next novel. But take heart, readers! The author offered up  ...

Judy Blume posts heartwarming throwback photo with Dr. Seuss ...

Legendary children's author Judy Blume knew exactly how to honor Theodor Geisel (better known to most of us as Dr. Seuss) on what would have been his ...

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