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 Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, the five-book series about the irrepressible Fudge and Forever. 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 bestselling novels Wifey, Summer Sisters and In the Unlikely Event proved Judy could boldly swim in the waters of both adult and children’s literature.
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.
She was awarded the Library of Congress’ Living Legends award in 2000 and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2004. In 2009, the NCAC honored and paid tribute to Judy’s long standing defense of free speech and her courageous battles against all kinds of censorship. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her the E.B. White Award for achievement in children’s literature in 2017.
Four years ago Judy and her husband, George Cooper, longing for a bookstore in Key West where they live, founded the independent, non-profit Books & Books @ The Studios. These days Judy can be found working most days at her shop.