Did you grow up with Judy Blume?
My mom says I “found my voice” reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to my sister in the bathtub when I was a little kid. Well, I grabbed that tattered copy and carried it with me down to Key West, Florida where I had the extreme privilege of sitting down with the one and only Judy Blume (@JudyBlume).
Join us as Judy shares her three most formative books, how they inspired her, and we pull out some themes relevant to today.
Judy and I met on a hot and sweaty day in her Books & Books bookstore … where she works! I’m not joking. Step off your cruise ship and Judy Blume will ring up a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey if you like. We grabbed a little circle table, set it up in front of the bestseller wall you see behind us, and then talked about her most formative books.
(As a special bonus, near the end of the chat we get up out of our seats and Judy gives us a walking tour of her store!)
In this chapter, Judy and I discuss censorship, why sexy scenes should be kept in books, how to get kids to love reading, the role of bookstores in a community, and a surprise reveal on which book Judy says is the only one she has left to write...
What You'll Learn:
- What is one of the greatest gifts parents can give their children?
- How can a writer create a world that readers can easily fall into with relatable characters?
- How does Judy free her mind in order to come up with incredibly imaginative stories?
- What book could Judy not put down in her 20s?
- Why does Judy prefer not to reread books?
- How do you recommend the right books to encourage children to love reading?
- Why aren't there sex scenes in books anymore?
- What do Judy and Neil disagree on?
- What's the first thing Judy does once her books are published?
- What's the only book Judy has left to write?
- What book did Judy steal... and why?
- What was Judy's household policy on reading censorship?
Ideas Worth TWEETING:
"It’s while you’re doing something else – walking, riding a bike … that your mind is free to roam and that’s when I’ve always been able to solve the problems of writing the story." @JudyBlume #3bookspodcast
CONNECT With Judy:
word of the chapter:
- Judy’s first book [8:33]
- Judy’s second book [14:11]
- Judy’s third book [15:39]
- Key West, Florida
- Books & Books in Key West
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
- Are You There God, It's Me Margaret? by Judy Blume
- Blubber by Judy Blume
- Elizabeth Public Library in New Jersey
- Ludwig Bemelmans
- Dick and Jane books
- Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace
- The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin
- TigerBeat magazine
- Laura Lippman
- Norma Klein
- Anna Quindlen
- Nora Ephron
- Delia Ephron
- Ernest Hemingway
- Them by Joyce Carol Oates
- The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
- What to Do About the Solomons by Bethany Ball
- Jane Austen
- 50 Shades of Grey by E L James
- Books & Books in Coral Gables
- Mitchell Kaplan
- American Pastoral by Philip Roth
- Rabbit, Run by John Updike
- Staff Picks from Books & Books in Key West
- The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
- This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
- Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
- Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
- American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
- Type Books in Toronto
- The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
- The Iron Giant movie
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- Oliver Jeffers
- Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
- Elephant & Piggy books by Mo Willems
- Indie Bound Bestsellers List
- When by Daniel Pink
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
- New York Times Best Sellers
- Educated by Tara Westover
- Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
- Dimestore: A Writer's Life by Lee Smith
- Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato
- The Nix by Nathan Hill
- Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones