Judy Blume: In the Unlikely Event
Jewish Book Week was delighted to present the wonderful Judy Blume in a special event.
Judy Blume spoke about her life in books and her brand new adult novel, In the Unlikely Event, with Sarah Churchwell on Sunday, 12 July at 6.00 pm at Kings Place.
In this, her first adult novel for over 15 years, Judy Blume imagines and weaves together the lives of three generations of families, friends and strangers affected in a multiplicity of ways by a series of airplane crashes in 1951-2 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Miri Ammerman’s return to Elizabeth in 1987 for a ceremony to commemorate the worst year of her life when she turned 15 re-awakens memories of past events and people.
In the Unlikely Event vividly displays all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling. It is inspired by real life events and Judy’s own childhood experiences.
The interview was followed by a Q&A with Judy Blume.
Any new novel by Judy Blume is a matter of celebration. From her Fudge stories, through Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaretand Tiger Eyes, to Smart Women, Judy’s books, bestsellers in 32 languages, have captivated people of all ages.Sarah Churchwell
Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe. Her literary journalism has appeared widely and she comments regularly on arts, culture, and politics for television and radio. She has judged many literary prizes, including the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction, the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and she was a co-winner of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award.