Judy Blume is one of the very few household name authors. For over 40 years it’s been impossible to grow up without running into her books, which continue to resonated among young people.
I met her in 2009 at a publisher dinner during the ALA Annual conference (shout out to Lynn and Cindy for making that happen). I wasn’t planning on meeting her (see: my standard shy behavior/active avoidance around authors), but she came right up and introduced herself out of the blue. What a gal. This sort of openness is on display when Chelsea Clinton interviewed Blume for last night’s episode of Rock Center. Here are a couple clips (sorry about the ads).