Judy Blume is one of America's most beloved authors and one of its most vigilant and committed anti-censorship activists. Her 29 titles include Blubber, Tiger Eyes, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and the five-book series about the irrepressible Fudge. She's dared to address the taboos of puberty and nascent sexuality and has been a funny and knowing voice for children and adolescents-particularly for girls and young women-for five decades. Over that time, her work has also widened to encompass the experiences of adult women and men. Her 1978's bestselling novel, Wifey, plunged into the vertigo of the sexual revolution and proved Blume could boldly swim in the waters of both adult and children's literature. Her latest, In the Unlikely Event, is set in the early 50's in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey.
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. The honesty comes at 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 c hampioned 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. In 2017 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her the E.B. White Award for achievement in children's literature.
Judy serves on the board of the National Coalition Against Censorship as well as the Key West Literary Seminar, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Authors Guild where she is currently on the Advisory Council.
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 five 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."