Judy's New Novel - NOW Available!
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.
Join Judy at her coming book events, she'd love to see you!
Thursday, September 24, 7:30 pm
Friday, September 25, 11:00am
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, Minnesota 55343
Pen Pals Author Lecture Series, Judy in conversation with Nancy Pearl
Thursday, October 22, time to come
Saturday, October 24, 10:00 am
Tuesday, October 27, evening, time to come
Saturday, November 7, 8:00 pm
Book Festival of the MJCCA (Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta), in conversation with Greg Changnon, former book columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, GA
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For Judy's coming events, please check out her Book Tour provided above.
A Few Highlights from Judy's Recent Events
Sunday, May 31, 2:30 pm
BookCon event in conversation with Jennifer Weiner
Jacob Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
Monday, June 1, 5 pm
Launch event in conversation Mayor J. Christian Bollwage of the City of Elizabeth
City Council Chambers, City Hall
50 Winfield Scott Plaza.
Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, June 2, 8 pm
New York, NY
92nd Street Y “92Y Talks” event in conversation with Samantha Bee
1395 Lexington Ave
Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 pm
Doylestown Books event in conversation with Meg Wolitzer
Lenape Middle School
313 West State St
Thursday, June 4, 7 pm
Sixth & I event with Politics & Prose in conversation with NPR’s Linda Holmes
600 I Street, NW
Saturday, June 6, 7 pm
Bay Area Book Festival event, in conversation with Walter Mayes
Berkeley Community Theater
1930 Allston Way
Sunday, June 7, 6:30 pm
San Francisco, CA
Commonwealth Club of California event in conversation with Molly Ringwald
429 Castro Street
Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles, CA
LA Public Library/ALOUD series event in conversation with Alex Cohen from KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”
244 South San Pedro Street
Thursday, June 11, 7:30 pm
Seattle Arts & Lectures event at Town Hall in conversation with Nancy Pearl
1119 8th Avenue
Saturday, June 13, 4 pm
BookPeople event in conversation with Sarah Pitre
603 North Lamar
The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public.
Tickets are required for the signing.
Monday, June 15, 7:30 pm
Coral Gables, FL
Books & Books event in conversation with WLRN’s Alicia Zuckerman
5500 Granada Boulevard
Wednesday, June 17, 7 pm
Chicago Tribune “Printers’ Row Live” event co-sponsored by the Chicago Humanities Festival in conversation with the Chicago Tribune’s “Balancing Act” columnist Heidi Stevens
Francis W. Parker School – Diane and David B Heller Auditorium
2233 N. Clark Street
Friday, June 19, 7 pm
St. Louis, MO
Left Bank Books event in conversation with Ridley Pearson
Maryville University Auditorium
650 Maryville University Drive
Sunday, June 21, 2 pm
Carle Place, NY
B&N Carle Place – signing only
91 Old Country Road
Free and open to the public.
Monday, June 22, 7 pm
Barnes & Noble Paramus event
765 Route 17 South
Tuesday, June 23, 7pm
Greenwich JCC event at Greenwich Public Library
101 West Putnam Ave
Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, June 24, 6 pm
Brookline Booksmith event in conversation with NPR On Point host Tom Ashbrook
Coolidge Corner Theater, Moviehouse 1
290 Harvard St
Thursday, June 25, 7 pm
South Hadley, MA
Odyssey Books event in conversation with Curtis Sittenfeld
Friday, June 26, 7 pm
RJ Julia Booksellers event in conversation with Judy’s editor, Carole Baron
First Congregational Church
26 Meeting House Lane
Monday, June 29, 7pm
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto Reference Library as part of the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon series
Free and open to the public with ticket.
November 22, '14:
Miami Book Fair International
Conversation between Judy and Alicia Zuckerman of WLRN about The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour. Judy and Alicia discussed South Beach and the years Judy describes as the most important of her childhood. For additional insight into The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour, check out Alicia's blog.
October 10 & 11, '14: Virigina Book Festival
Following special screenings of Tiger Eyes movie, Judy Skyped with her son Lawrence for Q&As.
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.
Click here for info.
November 21, '13:
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
ReLeah Lent presented Judy with the NCTE/SLATE National Intellectual Freedom Award.
Click here for info.
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.
Click here for video.
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)