Judy Blume Knows All Your Secrets
by Susan Dominus
New York Times Magazine May 24, 2015
"When I opened one of Blume’s books — 'Blubber,' 'Deenie,' 'Forever ... ' — I felt confident that she understood the pact: Blume had gotten there first, and she would tell us absolutely everything.
She had, however, uncovered what she insisted would be her last adult novel. And she had discovered something else: The ’50s were not that boring; there were currents running through the time that intrigued her after all. 'All of these things that were going on underneath that the children didn’t know, now, as an adult, I can know,' she said, and smiled with the power of it. 'Or I can make it up.'”
It's Hard to be Sexy When You're on a Deadline
by Hadley Freeman
The Guardian (UK) May 22, 2015
"The novel is ostensibly about an extraordinary period when three planes separately crashed into the town, which Blume remembers, although her parents tried to protect her from the worst of it. But it is more fundamentally about life in 1950s America: how men and women, still recovering from the impact of the great wars, were hamstrung by social mores; how young women’s lives were governed by a fear of pregnancy; how children tried to make sense of a world shaped by a fear of communism, atomic bombs and war."
TV Interview with Rita Braver
CBS Sunday Morning May 17, 2015
"I just vowed when I started to write...I'm going to be honest. I'm going to tell it the way I know it. And that was it." --
Judy on why she tackled teenage angst subjects that made people uncomfortable like sex and masturbation."
Judy Blume: " In The Unlikely Event"
The Diane Rehm Show May 31, 2016
"Author Judy Blume is beloved by many readers — young and old.... Her young adult fiction was some of the first to address subjects that other writers avoided, like sex and religion. Her latest novel is for adults and just came out in paperback. It takes place in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where Blume grew up. The 78-year-old writer says this was the novel she was born to write – but it will also likely be her last. Diane talks with the novelist about writing and connecting with readers."
Writers on a New England Stage: Judy Blume
with Virginia Prescott
New Hampshire Public Radio, July 25, 2016
"Judy Blume was one of the first authors to write frankly about the confusing, and often humiliating transition from childhood to adolescence. Her best known books were published in the 1970s. Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Deenie, Blubber, and Forever offered young readers plain language and shame-free stories about periods, bullying, sexual urges and, even “doing it.
Her subsequent novels for adult readers extended her appeal beyond puberty. Judy Blume finally tells her own story in In The Unlikely Event. It’s set in 1952, when three planes crashed into her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey over a 58-day span."
A conversation with Judy Blume
by Abigael Sleeper
The Sound, July 12, 2016
"'To me, the amazing thing is that I’ve been a writer for 40-something years — God knows, I don’t even know how many years, a long time — and what writer has a story like this sitting inside her and never tells it?' she added."
Author Blume doesn't think of her legacy
by Rege Behe
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, July 9, 2016
The Roundtable with Judy Blume
by Joe Donahue
WAMC, July 6, 2016
Judy Blume speaks at Carnegie Library lecture hall
by Julie Hakim Azzam
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, July 6, 2016
Judy Blume says her newest adult novel is probably her last
by Amy Sutherland
Boston Globe, July 1, 2016
"I’m trying to keep up with new books. ...I like to read first novels. I’ve always liked discovering new talents and nurturing them. I also have to keep up on my picture books. Not everyone knows that some of today’s literary geniuses are doing picture books."
Judy Blume And Kwame Alexander On The Books That Shape Childhood
Nerdette with Tricia Bobeda & Greta Johnsen , June 9, 2016
The Story Judy Blume Buried
by Eileen Reynolds
NYU Stories, March 21, 2016
"...In the Unlikely Event (out in paperback in May), revisits that trio of tragedies from her youth. But the novel—her first for adults in 17 years, and one that took her five years to write—isn’t so much a story about plane crashes as it is a tender reflection on adolescent love and heartache, the truths from which parents try to protect their children, and the decisions and compromises that make us grown-ups."
Judy Blume has many projects on her mind, from a new bookstore to social media
by Hillel Italie
US News May 3, 2016
She recently helped open a bookstore in Key West, Florida, where she lives much of the year. She's starting to promote the paperback edition of her novel "In the Unlikely Event," set in her native New Jersey in the early 1950s. She has just launched a Tumblr account (judyblumeofficial.tumblr.com), on top of her popular Twitter feed and Facebook page. And, she hasn't ruled out a new book, despite indicating last year that "In the Unlikely Event" would be her last.
by Rahel Musleah
Hadassah Magazine October/November 2015
Judy Blume talks NYU in the ’50s, latest novel
by Aicha Fall
Washington Square Newspaper November 23, 2015
"Her new book, In The Unlikely Event, is an opportunity for me, for you, for everyone 'to be taken out of our own lives, to get insight into other people’s lives, as well as our own lives, and to learn new things.'"
Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress
by Rose Scott
WABE, Atlanta's NPR Station November 6, 2015
Festival of Reading draws hundreds of Judy Blume fans
by Kathryn Varn
Tampa Bay Tribune October 24, 2015
"The festival kicked off with a talk from Blume, 77, about her newest book, the adult novel In the Unlikely Event. But first Blume reminded the audience why they were there.
'I am your childhood,' she said, eliciting a burst of applause from the packed ballroom."
Our Conversation with Judy Blume
Arlington Virigina Public Library October 22, 2015
Festival of Reading: Judy Blume tells a story from her childhood six decades later
by Colette Bancroft
Tampa Bay Tribune October 14, 2015
Are You There, Listeners? Judy Blume Answers Your Questions
The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club September 30, 2015
Judy joins Seth for Late Night's Literary Salon.
Late Night With Seth Meyers September 18, 2015
Judy Blume's advice on puberty, parenting, and writing
Introduction by Margarita Noriega
Vox September 16, 2015
Judy Blume's In The Unlikely Event
ABC Radio News - Australia September 9, 2015
"Judy Blume has kept writing ... and now that the majority of her fans are women in their thirties and forties, she's written a new book for adult readers.
She speaks to Melanie Tait about her new novel, In The Unlikely Event."
Episode 20 – The One With The Actual Judy Blume
28 Plays Later from Australia August 18, 2015
Judy Blume Talks Tweets, Times Gone By And Teachable Moments In Los Angeles
by Kristin Marguerite Doidge for Annenberg Digital News of the University of Southern California
Neon Tommy August 16, 2015
"The iconic, best-selling author invented the YA genre decades before it was a thing, and has tackled challenging topics such as racism, bullying, body image, and teenage sexuality with compassion and humor."
Judy Blume meets Patrick Ness at #YALC
by Amanda Keats
Novelicious July 29, 2015
"When the Young Adult Literary Convention (YALC) gets a headline act, they really get a headline act!
This year's exciting event, which ran alongside the London Film & Comic Con, boasted many beloved YA authors, including Cassandra Clare and Malorie Blackman. The highlight, though, had to be Judy Blume, the woman who saw so many book-lovers through their youth!"
Judy Blume on Saturday Morning with Jack Tame
Newstalk NB from New Zealand July 25, 2015
Judy Returns to Full Blume
The Morning Show - Australia July 24, 2015
Judy Blume is back!
Magic Radio July 22, 2015
The quiet brilliance of Judy Blume
by Catherine Garcia
The Week July 20, 2015
"Judy has the rare ability to really get inside a character, making her stories so authentic they don't feel like fiction. It's incredible how she picks up on the little things that take place in life, the things that are so everyday that you forget they even happen, but once she inserts them into a story, you wonder how you can take those moments for granted. You lose yourself in her books."
"I must, I must, I must increase my bust"
The Anton Savage Show
Today FM July 20, 2015
"Anton utters the immortal words of a Judy Blume novel"
With Mariella Frostup
BBC One Radio 4 July 19, 2015
"Mariella is joined by the American writer Judy Blume who is best known for her groundbreaking teen fiction including Forever and Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. She discusses her new adult novel In The Unlikely Event."
Judy Blume: ‘I wish they wouldn’t jump straight into sex’
by Celia Walden
The Telegraph July 19, 2015
Author Judy Blume on BBC ONE Breakfast
Hosted by Bill Turnbull & Sally Nugent July 15, 2015
Judy Blume in Conversation with Sarah Churchwell
Jewish Book Week 2015 - London, England
July 12, 2015
Five Minutes with Judy Blume
July 12, 2015
Why we love... Judy Blume
Introduction and compliation by Sarah Bannan
Irish Times July 10, 2015
Judy Blume: After 85 million book sales author is back delighting fans young and old
by Charlotte Heathcote
Express July 9, 2015
Are You There, America? It's Her, Judy Blume
With guest host Jane Clayson.
On Point with Tom Ashbrook, NPR July 2, 2015
Judy Blume at the Toronto Reference Library
by Susan Gibson
A Year of Books July 1, 2015
My Life in Books: Judy Blume
by Elle Book Club
Elle UK July 2015
by Hannah Dunn
Red Magazine UK July 2015
An Afternoon with Judy Blume
by Kevin Nance
Poets & Writers July/August 2015
"...In the Unlikely Event hews closely to the actual details of the crashes and then, with the imaginative sympathy that has been a hallmark of Blume's novels for young people and adults over the decades, describes the toxic fallout that afflicted the lives of the townspeople"
UpFront: Growing Up Judy
by Christina Ianzito
AARP Magazine June/July 2015
Judy Blume as part of the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon series
by Rachel Giese
Toronto Public Library June 29, 2015
Judy Blume on Flying Saucers, The Thing, and the 1950s
by Sarah Weinrauch
Toronto Public Library June 29, 2015
"Judy is a true champion of intellectual freedom, working in support of teachers, librarians, and students everywhere. Our mandate at Toronto Public Library is to create a city of readers, and it is with writers such as Judy Blume in our midst, that we succeed."
Judy Blume visits Greenwich Library
by Ken Borsuk
Greenwich Times June 25, 2015
An Evening with Author Judy Blume in Conversation with
Stephanie Anderson, Head of Readers’ Services at the Darien Library
JCC Event at Greenwich Library June 23, 2015
The Low Down
by Claire Frost
Fabulous Magazine UK June 20, 2015
Judy Blume in Conversation with Ridley Pearson
Maryville University Talks Books
June 19, 2015
Chicago Tribune's Printers Row series and the Chicago Humanities Festival
by Heidi Stevens
June 17, 2015
Judy Blume on her new novel for adults, 'In the Unlikely Event'
by Laura Pearson
The Chicago Tribune June 15, 2015
In the Unlikely Event:
Judy Blume at BookPeople Saturday
by Jessi Cape
The Austin Chronicle June 13, 2015
Judy Blume And Nancy Pearl In Delightful Conversation
Seattle Arts & Lectures June 11, 2015
The Judy Blume Radio Hour
by Alicia Zuckerman
WLRN Public Radio & TV June 11, 2015
Judy Blume discusses her new novel for adults, 'In the Unlikely Event'
by Marion Winik
Newsday June 10, 2015
"The novel mingles facts about the crashes and their victims with the stories of several families of fictional characters -- dramas created by love, lust, teenage troubles and family secrets, set in a vintage America evoked through its mores, its music, its lunch counters and girdle shops."
An Evening with Judy Blume: In conversation with Alex Cohen, co-host of KPCC's "Take Two"
LA Public Library, ALOUD Series June 9, 2015
Are you there Judy Blume? The ultimate teen writer
by Hephzibah Anderson
BBC June 9, 2015
"This is Judy-land, a world of thrilling secrets and embarrassing parents, where best friends matter just as much as boyfriends and making out still carries a delicious frisson of naughtiness.
And yet, In the Unlikely Event is anchored in a backstory that’s entirely different to anything you’ll have read by her, one so bizarre that it would seem incredible were it not also true."
by Eliana Dockterman
Time June 8, 2015
A Sunday with Judy Blume and Molly Ringwald
Inforum, a Division of the Commonwealth Club
June 7, 2015
"My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it." – Judy Blume. (Note: Enjoy a heartfelt conversation between Molly and Judy starting at 3 minutes into video clip.)
A New Judy Blume Novel For Adults Is Always An 'Event'
by Scott Simon
NPR Weekend Edition June 6, 2015
"In the Unlikely Event is a story told by a chorus of voices — most of them young — beginning with Miri and her mother, Rusty, who see a fireball fall from the sky in Elizabeth, N.J. 'It's not my story, but I was 14 years old, the winter of 1951-1952 when this bizarre thing happened,' Blume tells NPR's Scott Simon."
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Judy Blume: ‘I have never lost touch with childhood’
by Nicole Brodeur
Seattle Times June 5, 2015
Are you there, world? It's Judy Blume, with 'In the Unlikely Event'
by Jessica Gelt
LA Times June 4, 2015
"Readers will recognize key Blume-isms in this new book, including her uncanny ability to conjure the feeling of a first kiss, a longed for slow dance at the school gym and the strange collision of emotions that can accompany the loss of one’s virginity. Blume writes about such things with a clear-eyed precision that is neither precious nor graphic.”
Judy Blume in conversation with Linda Holmes, host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour
Politics & Prose Bookstore event at Sixth & I
June 4, 2015
"In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times, and finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going."
Judy Blume speaks about her life, writing, her readers and a new book at Doylestown signing event
by Brian Bingaman
Ticket to Entertainment June 4, 2015
Talking Orgasms and Masturbation with Judy Blume and Samantha Bee
by Elon Green
New Republic Magazine June 3, 2015
Judy Blume on Writing, Twitter, and Vaginas
by Jami Attenberg
BuzzFeed June 3, 2015
11 Pieces Of Advice From Judy Blume About Life And Love
by Arianna Rebolini, Krystie Lee Yandoli, David Bertozzi
BuzzFeed June 3, 2015
Judy Blume in Conversation with Samantha Bee
92nd Street Y June 2, 2015
"In her highly-anticipated new novel In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume, the New York Times bestselling author of Summer Sisters and young adult classics such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events. She sits down with Samantha Bee to talk about her first adult novel in 17 years."
Author Judy Blume
co-host Charlie Rose
CBS This Morning June 2, 2015
Author Judy Blume on 'The View'
co-host Whoopi Goldberg
The View on ABC June 2, 2015
Crash Course: Judy Blume Revisits Her Elizabeth Childhood
by Breanne McCarthy
New Jersey Monthly June 2, 2015
Judy Blume’s Opinion On 22 Random Things
by Arianna Rebolini, Krystie Lee Yandoli, David Bertozzi
BuzzFeed June 2, 2015
What Judy Blume’s Books Meant
by Alexandra Alter and Kathryn Shattuck
New York Times June 2, 2015
Judy Blume On Her New Novel 'In The Unlikley Event', Being A Feminist, And Why She Might Be Done Writing For Good
by Rachel Simon
Bustle June 2, 2015
"That gift, that unique ability to be both a wise teacher and an in-the-moment peer, is why Blume’s books are loved equally by fourth graders and their 40-something parents; why Summer Sisters, her 1998 adult bestseller, contains the same potency in its decades-old flashbacks and its “current” ’90s narrative; why In the Unlikely Event, a novel that takes place in the winter of 1951-52, can enrapture readers born half a century after the book’s main events. It’s what’s made Blume’s career so remarkable and long-lasting, even if the author herself, when asked why her books resonate still, can’t explain what, exactly, 'it' is."
Beloved author Judy Blume’s latest book and (supposedly) final tour
by Karen Heller
Washington Post June 2, 2015
"She tends to establish immediate intimacy, sharing health concerns and hugs. Being around Blume and her admirers is like attending a literary slumber party, summer camp with books. ... 'In the Unlikely Event' is written in simple, direct language, a feast of declarative sentences."
5 Things I Learned When I Met Judy Blume
by Melissa Albert
Barnes and Noble June 2, 2015
Judy Blume Forever
by Kate Welsh
Oyster Books June 2, 2015
Judy Blume’s New Book Hit Shelves Today And We’re Already Sobbing
by Amanda Bell
MTV News June 2, 2015
"Judy Blume’s typing fingers seem to have some kind of magic portal aimed straight for all of our feel spots, and today (June 2) she’s released something new to tug on all the heartstrings: a true-ish story."
Judy Blume: ‘I buried this story for 40-something years’
by Anna Carey
Irish Times June 1, 2015
Judy Blume's Elizabeth homecoming for new novel thrills fans
by Vicki Hyman
Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com June 1, 2015
"Part history lesson, part high school reunion, part mass genuflection: Judy Blume, Elizabeth's favorite daughter, came home Monday night to launch her new novel for adults, In the Unlikely Event, which draws from the tragic and true tale of three airplanes crashing into the city in the winter of 1951-1952."
Judy Blume In the Unlikely Event Book Launch Event at City Hall Elizabeth NJ
in Conversation with Mayor Chris Bollwage
City of Elizabeth, NJ June 1, 2015
Judy Blume "Can't Imagine" Writing Another Novel
by Meg Wolitzer
photograph by Annie Leibovitz
Vanity Fair Magazine June 2015
"Blume spent five years on her story, which blends real-life facts with fiction. While the book is multi-generational, it’s not at all surprising that the character at its heart is a 15-year-old girl."
Judy Blume: Beloved author weaves a gripping new tale from childhood memories
by Amy Scribner
BookPage June 2015
Judy Blume on confessions, catharsis and coming of age
by Sarah Liss
Chatelaine Magazine June 2015
"Blume hasn’t lost her knack for note-perfect portraits of young people on the cusp of adulthood. Her new novel, In the Unlikely Event, draws on her own recollection of a series of plane crashes that occurred in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in the mid-1950s. ...Here, Blume reflects on dealing with trauma, unearthing long-buried memories and the allure of secrets and spies."
Are You There Chloe? It's Me, Judy
by Chloe Sevigny
Harper's Bazaar June 2015
"When I'm writing I'm never trying to teach anything—maybe I'm trying to illuminate. I have always felt that my responsibility as a writer is to be honest."
Judy Blume discusses her new novel with Jennifer Weiner at BookCon 2015
BookCon May 31, 2015
"Author Judy Blume speaks live on stage with Jennifer Weiner about her new book, In the Unlikely Event."
Judy Blume’s private fears and public tragedy
by Deborah Dundas
Toronto Star May 31, 2015
"... Blume tackles much more adult problems: grieving, coming to terms with public tragedy and revisiting the years of one’s youth through more mature eyes. It’s as if Blume is here, once again, to help us understand ourselves."
Judy Blume’s Favorite Things
as told to Christopher Ross
photo by Graciela Cattarossi
Wall Street Journal May 31, 2015
"The beloved young-adult author shares a few of her favorite things."
Judy Blume Book Review Podcast
hosted by Pamela Paul
New York Times May 29, 2015
Judy Blume Gets Personal
by Sarah Lilleyman
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) May 29, 2015
"The idea for In the Unlikely Event came to her in a flash and, despite the deep research it required, she says the details of life in the early 1950s weren’t difficult to put together, because they were hers."
'I'm not doing this again': Judy Blume's final novel for adults revisits Elizabeth air tragedies
by Vicki Hyman
Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com May 29, 2015
Judy Blume's New Book Might Also Be Her Last: 'I'm 77 and I Think I've Said What I Want to Say'
by Tara Fowler
People Magazine May 27, 2015
"In the Unlikely Event, out on June 2, was a passion project for Blume, who says she's never felt inspiration strike her as keenly as it did before this novel, her first for adults in nearly two decades."
Judy Blume says new novel 'In the Unlikely Event' takes a page from her own coming of age
by Nicole Lyn Pesce
New York Daily News, May 26, 2015
"The story deftly shifts among various points of view, including those of the junior-high students falling in love while planes fall from the sky, and their parents, who have complicated relationships of their own."
Author Judy Blume's Latest 'In the Unlikely Event' Recalls Tragic Plane Crashes
by Kate Hartman
Connecticut Magazine , May 26, 2015
"It was a simple phrase overheard at the Key West Literary Seminar that brought it all back to her. Hearing “In the ’50s . . .” flooded Blume with memories and motivated her to explore that period in her life."
A Nobel recommendation in full Blume
by John Warner
Printers Row Lit Fest May 17, 2015
by Anna James
The BookSeller March 24 (print), May 26 (online), 2015
"Almost two decades after her last adult novel, the New Jerseyan author returns with a story inspired by a trio of tragic events from the 1950s.... 'I never think of issues when I’m writing,
I only think of telling stories.'"