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I'm writing again and it feels good! I'd hoped to finish a second draft before last summer (I came close) but had to put it away until after the official (summer 2013) opening of Tiger Eyes. Though I tend never to talk about a book while I'm writing it I'll just say I'm enjoying being back in the 50's, a decade I hated when I actually lived through it. So bland, I thought, so boring! But this time I know everything that's going on underneath, everything that was left unsaid, the secrets that were kept not only from the children, but from friends and neighbors, and I find it fascinating. This is a complicated story to tell -- my job is to tell it as well as I can. Is it YA or adult (or maybe both)? Too soon to know.
Judy's Coming Appearances
October 10 & 11, '14 - Virginia Children's Book Festival
Following special screenings of Tiger Eyes movie, Judy will join (emotely via Skype) her son Lawrence who will be onsite at the festival for Q&As.
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Location: Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia
A Few Highlights from Judy's Recent Events
June 29, '14:
American Library Association (ALA) Conference
Judy participated in an ALA "Meet the Author" event and book signing.
June 3, '14:
Waterstones Picadilly, London
A very special evening of conversation between Judy and British journalist Lucy Mangan.
June 1, '14:
Hay Festival at Hay-on-Wye, Wales
Judy made a rare trip to the United Kingdom to discuss her books with her fabulous fans.
April 15, '14:
ACLU of Florida
ReLeah Lent joined Judy in a panel discussion on Current Trends in Censorship.
November 23, '13:
Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE
The ALAN Award was presented to Judy.
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November 21, '13:
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
ReLeah Lent presented Judy with the NCTE/SLATE National Intellectual Freedom Award.
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June 9, '13: Chicago
Tribune's Printers Row Lit Fest
Judy received the 2013 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize. Former Chicago Tribune cultural critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller presented the award and led a conversation with Judy.
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February 26, '13:
PBS MAKERS: Women Who Make America.
MAKERS tells the story of the women's movement through the firsthand accounts of the leaders, opponents, and trailblazers who created a new America in the last half-century. Judy is part of this story of how women have helped shape America over the past 50 years.
See a segment about MAKERS on Extra.
February 13, '13:
NBC Rock Center with Brian William
In-depth interview of Judy conducted by Chelsea Clinton.
Check out Chelsea's blog.
June 21, '12: Hartford,
The Mark Twain House and Museum presents The Clemens Lecture with Judy Blume.
June 19, '12: New
Algonquin Book Club: Conversation between Judy Blume and Tayari Jones.
April 2012 Judy Celebrated
the 40th Anniversary of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing!
April 21, '12: Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Discussion with Judy and book signing.
April 19, '12: -Dallas, TX
Dallas Museum of Art "BooksmART." Conversation with Judy followed by book signing.
April 18, '12: Houston, TX
Texas Library Association Convention at which Judy spoke and signed books.
December 13, '11 - BookTalk
Nation: Judy participated in a half-hour, national phone-in interview
event with author Rachel Vail. BookTalk Nation is a new series of phone-in
author interviews sponsored by the Authors Guild, which seeks to support
traditional, physical booksellers and highlight the key role they play
in promoting a vibrant literary culture. "They just should be cherished
and celebrated," said Judy of indie booksellers. Did you miss Judy Blume's
booktalk with Rachel Vail? You can listen
November 28, '11 - NPR: Talk of the Nation interview including questions from the listening audience.
November 28, '11 - The Smithsonian Associates' presentation of McGovern Award to Judy Blume.
May 27, '10: Washington, DC
The White House celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month (see Judy's Blog of Friday, June 4, 2010: THE PURPLE JACKET GOES TO THE WHITE HOUSE)
May 16, '10: New Jersey
Rutgers University Presentation of Honorary Degree - Doctor of Letters (see Judy's Blog of Monday, May 24, 2010: THE GRADUATES)
May 8, '10: Harvard, MA
May 2, '10: New Jersey
March 16, '09: Key West, FL
Friends of the Key West Library Lecture Series - Meg Cabot and Judy chat about writing fiction for young adults. Check out Judy's Blog of March 28, 2009 for insight into their conversation.
Meg and Judy.
August 27, '08: New York City, NY
The Today Show on NBC featured Judy. (see Judy's Blog of August 27, 2008: Yesterday on Today)