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April 20, 2012
Event: Judy Blume in conversation with Times television critic Mary McNamara When: 2:30 p.m. Sat. Where: Bovard Auditorium on the USC Campus Information: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/
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November 18, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series of childrens' books has died, her publisher Random House announced. Park, 66, had ovarian cancer. "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus" kicked off the Junie B. Jones story in 1992. Park published 30 books in the series about the funny kindergartener (and, from book 18 onward, first-grader) navigating the challenges of school and family. The series has sold more than 55 million copies. Other books in the series include "Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday," "Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch," "Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket" and "Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine.
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September 5, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Judy Blume blogged Wednesday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer. She's now recuperating after a successful mastectomy. Blume, 74, is the author of wildly popular books for children and young adults, including "Deenie," "Forever," "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," "Blubber" and "Freckle Juice. " She appeared at the L.A. Times Festival of Books in April; she was diagnosed with cancer in June. Because she opted to get a mastectomy, she met with a reconstructive surgeon.
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June 8, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
"Nine is young," Judy Blume cautioned me. The original kid whisperer wasn't exactly vetoing my plan to bring my eldest daughter to a special reception and screening for "Tiger Eyes," the theatrical adaptation of Blume's 1981 novel about a teenage girl grappling with the sudden death of her father. But she certainly wasn't endorsing it either. "Kids don't take in what they don't want to," the 75-year-old said. "But you see that father on the floor, dying. That's really heavy. We had a 10-year-old in the San Francisco screening and she got hysterical.
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April 20, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
When "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" first came out, publisher Dutton did not send Judy Blume around the country to talk about it. "There were no book tours!" she says. "I don't think they sent children's book writers on tour. " That was in the 1970s, when Blume had a string of hits for young readers, from small children to those grappling with adolescence. "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" (1970), "Then Again, Maybe I Won't" (1971), "Freckle Juice" (1971), "Deenie" (1973)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
"Nine is young," Judy Blume cautioned me. The original kid whisperer wasn't exactly vetoing my plan to bring my eldest daughter to a special reception and screening for "Tiger Eyes," the theatrical adaptation of Blume's 1981 novel about a teenage girl grappling with the sudden death of her father. But she certainly wasn't endorsing it either. "Kids don't take in what they don't want to," the 75-year-old said. "But you see that father on the floor, dying. That's really heavy. We had a 10-year-old in the San Francisco screening and she got hysterical.
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June 7, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Lip balm for extra moisturizing? Check. Lactaid to help digest the occasional sweet? Check. Pocket mirror to ensure the pearly whites remain food-free? Check. Smartphone because you never know when an inspirational tweet will pop up? Check. Judy Blume has logged a tremendous number of miles in the last two years in her quest to see her 1981 novel, "Tiger Eyes," turned into a feature film, and the petite yet peppy grandmother is now powering through the final leg of her journey with the well-stocked purse of a road warrior.
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September 24, 2008 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
Judy Blume has written "a book for every conversation you do not want to have with your child," quipped one of the emcees at Blumesday -- a sold-out event celebrating the 70th birthday of the bestselling author at Hollywood's M Bar on Friday night.
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December 1, 2004 | Jennifer Frey, Washington Post
Standing at the window in Judy Blume's Central Park West apartment is like looking out at Fudge territory. Remember Fudge, Peter Hatcher's incorrigible little brother? Remember when Fudge fell off the jungle gym in Central Park while Sheila (otherwise known as "Sheila the Great") was supposed to be watching him? Remember how the ambulance had to be called once because Fudge had swallowed Peter's turtle?
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June 18, 1993 | M.E. WARREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A good play for children is hard to find. So says Joe Lauderdale, director of the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theater. For three years now, it has been part of his job to put together a season of four plays for young audiences. "I read a lot of bad scripts," he bemoaned over the phone last week. "It's more and more difficult every year. If I think of a title I like, I go out and search for it." It seems he knows where to look.
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June 7, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Lip balm for extra moisturizing? Check. Lactaid to help digest the occasional sweet? Check. Pocket mirror to ensure the pearly whites remain food-free? Check. Smartphone because you never know when an inspirational tweet will pop up? Check. Judy Blume has logged a tremendous number of miles in the last two years in her quest to see her 1981 novel, "Tiger Eyes," turned into a feature film, and the petite yet peppy grandmother is now powering through the final leg of her journey with the well-stocked purse of a road warrior.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
For 40-odd years, Judy Blume's books have dramatized the challenges of adolescence without benefit of supernatural bells and whistles. Nary a werewolf, witch, vampire or zombie - just the tough stuff real kids go through, which has endeared the writer to generations of readers and made her the target of censorious types. Coming-of-age story "Tiger Eyes," the first big-screen adaptation of her work, arrives as a lean, economically told indie that should please fans of the 1981 source novel.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Judy Blume blogged Wednesday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer. She's now recuperating after a successful mastectomy. Blume, 74, is the author of wildly popular books for children and young adults, including "Deenie," "Forever," "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," "Blubber" and "Freckle Juice. " She appeared at the L.A. Times Festival of Books in April; she was diagnosed with cancer in June. Because she opted to get a mastectomy, she met with a reconstructive surgeon.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Since the 1970s, the books of Judy Blume have prepared generations of girls for the emotional and biological hurdles on the way to womanhood: The sting of first love, those mysterious undergarments and the harsh reality that not even divine intervention can save you from puberty. In honor of Blume's legacy, the Cavern Club Theater in Silver Lake hosts "Are You There God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter," a musical parody that mashes up memorable moments from Blume's coming-of-age classic "Are You There God?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2012
Event: Judy Blume in conversation with Times television critic Mary McNamara When: 2:30 p.m. Sat. Where: Bovard Auditorium on the USC Campus Information: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
When "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" first came out, publisher Dutton did not send Judy Blume around the country to talk about it. "There were no book tours!" she says. "I don't think they sent children's book writers on tour. " That was in the 1970s, when Blume had a string of hits for young readers, from small children to those grappling with adolescence. "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" (1970), "Then Again, Maybe I Won't" (1971), "Freckle Juice" (1971), "Deenie" (1973)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Since the 1970s, the books of Judy Blume have prepared generations of girls for the emotional and biological hurdles on the way to womanhood: The sting of first love, those mysterious undergarments and the harsh reality that not even divine intervention can save you from puberty. In honor of Blume's legacy, the Cavern Club Theater in Silver Lake hosts "Are You There God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter," a musical parody that mashes up memorable moments from Blume's coming-of-age classic "Are You There God?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2003
These days, it's easy for the bestselling novelist to maintain contact with the readership. Jennifer Weiner, whose 2001 debut "Good in Bed" chronicled the life and relationships of plus-size Cannie Shapiro, connects almost daily with her fan base via her Web log "SnarkSpot" (jenniferweiner.blogspot.com). She reports on her very advanced pregnancy ("Just got back from the doctor's. This baby is never leaving."
OPINION
May 14, 2009 | MEGHAN DAUM
On May 5, subscribers to Planned Parenthood's mailing list received an e-mail from author Judy Blume. Cleverly headed "Are You There [Your Name Here]? It's me, Judy" (a reference to Blume's classic young-adult novel, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret"), the message made a pitch for Mother's Day donations. "It's not easy to be a mother these days," Blume wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2008 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
Judy Blume has written "a book for every conversation you do not want to have with your child," quipped one of the emcees at Blumesday -- a sold-out event celebrating the 70th birthday of the bestselling author at Hollywood's M Bar on Friday night.
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