Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Very Special Evening with the Remarkable Judy Blume

Judy Blume sigining copies of her new novel!
Last weekend was the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California. The Bay Area Book Festival was a fantastic two day event taking place on both Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th.

I was thrilled to learn that legendary author, Judy Blume, would be spending the evening of Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Berkeley Community Center from 7pm-9pm and interviewed by Walter Mayes! 

Since the Bay Area Book Festival had several authors speaking and signing books at their event that write books for children, young adults or adults, I thought that Judy Blume was the perfect single author to have speak at a single one night event because she has written books for all three age groups.

Of course, in my excitement, I bought tickets for my husband and I to see Judy Blume speak at the Bay Area Book Festival. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the evening hearing Ms. Blume discuss her writing career and her new novel for adults titled, In the Unlikely Event

During the course of the evening, I learned that Judy Blume has been writing now for 46 years!!  Wow, isn't that fabulous?!? I didn't know that she'd been writing for that long... By the way, I also learned during the course of the Blume's speaking engagement, that she is 77 years old. She looks fabulous and really young for her age... I would have never guess that she was in her seventies at all. Ms. Blume is so vivacious and she seems like such a fun person you'd like to get to know.

Judy Blume being interviewed by Walter Mayes on stage

After about an hour of speaking, Ms. Blume signed copies of her new novel, In The Unlikely Event. I was thrilled to have my copy of her new novel signed that evening. I only wish that I was able to have my picture taken with Judy Blume as well as having her personalizing my copy of her new book for me. Unfortunately, because there were so many attendees that evening, she didn't time to do either task. 

All in all, it was a wonderful evening and I am glad that we saw Judy Blume!! 

Check out the following NPR link to hear Judy Blume talk about her new novel In The Unlikely Event

I will be making another post of my time spent at the Bay Area Book Festival shortly. So, until my next post, happy reading!


  1. 77 years old. Wow. She has been writing for quite a long time. There was a great interview with her on CBS Sunday morning recently that you might be able to check out online.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I'll have to check out the CBS Sunday morning interview with Judy Blume.

  2. i remember seeing Judy Blume speak... jeez it must have been 10 years ago already! I really enjoyed hearing her speak having loved her books as a child :)

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. I love seeing favorite authors at speaking/signing events!! And Judy Blume was awesome to see in person!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment.