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Judy Blume to Pen New Book For Adults

judyblumeAcclaimed writer Judy Blume has been working on a new novel for adults. According to Blume’s website, this “complicated story” takes place during the 1950′s.

The New York Times reports that Alfred A. Knopf has scheduled it for release in Summer 2015. Blume’s editor Carole Baron promises that this project is “pure Judy Blume, writing about family and about friendships, about love, about betrayal.”

Not too long ago, Blume teamed up with her son Lawrence to write the script for a movie adaptation of her young adult book Tiger Eyes. During a promotional event, Blume revealed that she had an unfinished manuscript she started back in 2009. Perhaps, she’s finally putting the finishing touches on that project and soon it will be unveiled to the world. (via The Guardian)

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Judy Blume Says Parents Worry Too Much

4248_1269075Veteran YA author Judy Blume said that parents spend too much time worrying about what their kids are reading, at the Hay Festival in the UK this past weekend.

In her opinion, kids “self-censor” and won’t read any content that the don’t get. The Telegraph UK has more:

If the content was unsuitable, she argued, children would simply tire of it or let it wash over their heads without understanding…. she said the experience of having her own books banned in the Eighties was “alarming”, leaving her feeling “very alone”. Her novels, which confront issues of teenage sex, racism, divorce, bullying, puberty and masturbation, were considered shocking at the time, and are remembered by a generation of women for teaching them the facts of life.

‘The Believer’ Captures a Conversation Between Judy Blume & Lena Dunham

believeThe Believer, a McSweeney’s publication, has created a mini-book featuring a conversation between legendary children’s author Judy Blume and Girls actress Lena Dunham.

This interview book will be given as a gift to new subscribers. The magazine only plans to distribute 2,000 copies. According to the McSweeney’s website, a natural friendship bloomed between the two ladies from this interview.

Here’s more about the book: “What does surprise, though, in this 80-page book chronicling the pair’s first meeting and a conversation that touches on writing, celebrity, sex, censorship, and favorite breakfasts, is just how naturally the two get along. The generation gap doesn’t stand a chance—perhaps because Dunham and Blume have reading in common.” (via The Frisky)

How To Get a Kid To Read Judy Blume Book

Novelist Judy Blume took to Reddit to answer questions from readers this week.

A middle school teacher asked how to get her kids to read Blume’s classic work and asked how Blume felt about the popularity of YA series like The Hunger Games and TwilightBlume responded with some sage advice:

Whatever gets them excited about reading is good! If you want them to read my books don’t tell them so. Maybe just leave around a paperback with a new cover and say, “I’m not sure you’re ready for that.” You know, it’s cyclical. When I started to write series were out. No publisher wanted a series. Some kids will always want to read about reality.

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Judy Blume: ‘You cannot write with a censor on your shoulder’

Last night, Judy Blume and her son Lawrence Blume appeared in New York City at a special promotional event for the film Tiger Eyes. Attendees watched the film and joined a Q&A session with both Blumes.

One audience member asked Judy how she dealt with the controversy and library challenges that followed her work.

Judy replied with some important writing advice: “You cannot write with a censor on your shoulder … I was a fearful kid and for some crazy reason, a pretty fearless writer.”

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‘Tiger Eyes’ Official Trailer Released

An official trailer for the Tiger Eyes film adaptation has been released. The trailer includes a first look at Willa Holland as Davey and Tatanka Means as Wolf.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

According to The Hollywood ReporterTiger Eyes will be the first time a Judy Blume title has been adapted into a feature film. Lawrence Blume, Judy’s son, directed this project. He worked on writing the screenplay with his mother.

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Readers & Writers Celebrate Judy Blume’s Birthday

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) has collected birthday wishes for the legendary author, Judy Blume.

The Giver author Lois Lowry, former National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka and Internet Girls series writer Lauren Myracle all contributed messages.

Scieszka and Myracle shared photos of themselves posing with Blume. Read all the messages on the NCAC blog.

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Judy Blume Shares Her Breast Cancer Battle

Novelist Judy Blume published a long post today about her recent battle with breast cancer.

“Medical diagnoses can leave you feeling alone and scared,” wrote Blume, telling her story to help other women through the tough experience. In an honest and heartfelt diary, the author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Tiger Eyes told the story of her diagnosis and treatment. Here is an excerpt:

I have to thank Dr. S, the radiologist who’s been doing my mammograms for 20 years. If she hadn’t decided I should have a sonogram because of dense breast tissue we still wouldn’t know. This didn’t show up in a mammo or in physical exams, and I’m checked by doctors four times a year. Even the breast surgeon couldn’t feel this one. If you have dense breast tissue ask your radiologist about having a sonogram … As I’ve told my friends who’ve also been treated for breast cancer, I’ve joined The Club – not one I wanted to join or even thought I would ever be joining – but here I am. I’m part of this Sisterhood of the Traveling Breast Cells (apologies to Ann Brashares). Medical diagnoses can leave you feeling alone and scared. When it comes to breast cancer you’re not alone, and scary though it is, there’s a network of amazing women to help you through it. (Via Carolyn Kellogg)

Twitter Outage Slows the Literary Internets

Wondering why you are so productive today? Twitter users (including this GalleyCat editor)  reported problems earlier this afternoon. UPDATE: Twitter returned to normal but the event was caused by a “cascaded bug” that disrupted the site.

Twitter issued this statement: “Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue. The issue is on-going and engineers are working to resolve it.” To help our readers cope with the outage, we collected some publishing news in 140-character briefs.

At Algonquin Book Club, watch Judy Blume & Tayari Jones talk about books.  (via Book Riot)

In Canada, Random House has decided to merge M&S and Doubleday Canada.

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Sesame Street will soon be adapted into a film. Did you love Follow That Bird?

Phyllis Grann To Retire from Doubleday

Editor Phyllis Grann will retire from her position at Doubleday. In a letter written by editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta, he praised Grann “as a brilliant editor and savvy businesswoman.”

Grann has worked in publishing for four decades. Prior to Doubleday, she held editorial positions at William Morrow, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Group (USA). She has worked with several celebrated authors including Tom Clancy, Judy Blume, and Patricia Cornwell.

Grann explained: “Doubleday has allowed me to continue doing what I love. And as much as I have enjoyed the work, I now feel it is time to step back.” Following her last day on June 9th, she will be available as a consultant and freelance editor.

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