Judy's New Undertaking:
Co-Founder of
Books & Books @The Studios of Key West


Have you been wondering what Judy's been doing since the release of In the Unlikely Event?

The absence of a first-class bookstore in Key West weighed heavily on Judy’s mind. Key West is famed for many things, not least of which is a literary tradition developed by the cadre  of renowned  writers who worked amidst and were inspired by its palm shaded charms—Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, James Merrill, John Hersey, Robert Stone, Annie Dillard, and Anne Beattie, to name only a few. The annual Key West Literary Seminar is one of the premiere cultural events in the nation.  What Key West was lacking was a top-notch bookstore.  

The result was Books & Books @The Studios of Key West  --- the brainchild of a small group of local booklovers, led by Judy Blume and her husband George Cooper, who previously founded the Tropic Cinema in Key West. 

Books & Books @The Studios of Key West is a locally owned, nonprofit, independently minded neighborhood bookstore.  It serves as a community center for readers and writers, hosting author events and featuring a carefully curated selection of books and gift items.

It is affiliated with Books & Books, one of the nation’s great independent bookstores, founded in 1982 by Mitchell Kaplan in Coral Gables. It is located in  The Studios of Key West, a non-profit arts center and cultural organization in its eighth year—promoting multidisciplinary arts, providing artist-in-residency opportunities for artists and writers worldwide, and maintaining long-term studio spaces dedicated to Florida Keys artists.


Stop by if you're in Key West. There's a good chance you'll find Judy behind the register, or stocking books on the shelves.



Judy's New Novel
Now in Paperback!

Judy hopes to see you at a 2016 event for the launch of her paperback.

Follow Judy on Facebook for latest details of upcoming appearances.

Wednesday, October 5
Grounds for Sculpture
Hamilton, NJ
Details Coming Soon


In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life.

   Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, Judy Blume imagines and weaves together a haunting story of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by these disasters. She paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

    In the Unlikely Event is a gripping novel with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling.


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