Strength and Humor in Her Writing and in Her Life

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I first met Judy Blume through her books: SuperFudgeForeverBlubberAre You There God? It’s Me, Margaret–the list went on and on. Her stories spoke to me, through their wonderfully flawed and lovable characters and ingenious plot twists. Then in 2008, I saw her speak at BEA–Book Expo of America, which is trade publishing’s massive conference. She and Neil Gaiman spoke at the Children’s Author Breakfast. She was witty and charismatic, and held the room captivated and longing for more.

Last summer, however, I had the great privilege of listening to her speak at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Los Angeles. This talk was special–she spoke about censorship, about growing older, and about her writing process. She sat in a big puffy armchair across from Lin Oliver, co-founder of SCBWI, and shared her thoughts with us as fellow writers. It was magical.

Today she has news–delivered with her trademark strength and unfailing sense of humor.

We all wish you health and happiness, Judy Blume–may you live forever to keep writing books that make us laugh and love all the more for reading them.

Get Ready for Pickle!

Here at iYouth, we like to feature author events, because we want you library students to go and meet local authors. Hopefully when you have a library of your own, you’ll invite them to come and do events and readings. So it’s important to start networking now. Plus authors are super friendly, and so are librarians!

Therefore we are thrilled to announce that local Seattle author Kim Baker is having a Book Launch and reading/signing party at Secret Garden Books in Ballard, on Tuesday, September 4, at 7pm. And you are all invited!

Here’s the link to more information at the local SCBWI* chapter’s blog. Kim’s middle-grade novel, Pickle, is a hilariously wonderful adventure, full of hijinks and pranks that will keep you entertained and wanting more. Read it, come to the signing, meet Kim, and eat a pickle or two!

*SCBWI stands for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. They’re an international organization, with local chapters all over, and the Western Washington chapter is quite well published and well known in the publishing and library industries. Lots of networking potential here!