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Judy Blume

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Judy Blume on pursuing her passion, breaking taboos, and fighting censorship.
Judy Blume is one of America’s most beloved authors and one of its most vigilant and committed anti-censorship activists. Her 28 titles include Tiger Eyes, Forever, and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. 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 more than four 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.     Together, her books have sold more than 80 million copies in 31 languages, and have been a touchstone for countless young readers. 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 championed intellectual freedom by working diligently with the National Coalition Against Censorship to support teachers and librarians who fight to keep challenged books on their shelves. In 2004, Blume was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Currently, she is working on a novel set in the 1950s in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey.

More From Judy

Censoring Puberty
The 1980s censorship backlash that put even "puberty" in its crosshairs.

1950s Aspirations
Blume talks about marrying young and the typical aspirations of young women like her in the 50s.

A Young Writer
Why do some people grow up to be writers?  Blume reflects on where it all started for her.

Dad's Menstruation Talk
How Blume's father explained menstruation to her… and the confused idea that lingered.

Dad's Creative Example
Like father like daughter: Blume shares her early memories of her über creative Dad.

Author Inspirations
Blume reveals her children's lit idols and inspirations.

Relationship with God
Was the author of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret religious as a girl?

The Era of Illegal Abortions
Blume explains what the younger generation misses when they watch Teen Mom.

Embarrassing Your Mom
Blume on embarassing her mom on Dr. Ruth and the sympathetic advice her mother got from Phillip Roth's mom.

Multiple Generations of Readers
Why does generation after generation of young girls still love Judy Blume books?

Talent is Not Enough
Blume describes the real ingredients to success.

A Working Mother
On the importance of exposing kids to your hard work and struggle.