Today on Word of Mouth, a conversation with Judy Blume, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth for Writers on a New England Stage, a partnership between NHPR, and The Music Hall.
Judy Blume was one of the first authors to write frankly about the confusing, and often humiliating transition from childhood to adolescence. Her best known books were published in the 1970s. Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Deenie, Blubber, and Forever offered young readers plain language and shame-free stories about periods, bullying, sexual urges and, even “doing it”.
Her subsequent novels for adult readers extended her appeal beyond puberty. Judy Blume finally tells her own story in In The Unlikely Event. It’s set in 1952, when three planes crashed into her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey over a 58-day span.