Judy Blume and Lisa Unger, In Conversation

Woo-hoo! I am over the moon, thrilled, and BEYOND excited to announce that I will be interviewing the incomparable Judy Blume on stage at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading next month on Saturday, October 24th! I am a lifelong fan, so this is huge honor. I can’t wait and I hope you can be there!!


Judy Blume, in conversation with Lisa Unger.

Join Judy Blume and Lisa Unger at the 2015 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading.


Judy Blume and Lisa Unger. KWLS 2014

Judy Blume and Lisa Unger at the 2014 Key West Literary Seminar reception.


Excerpt from the Tampa Bay Times Article
By Colette Bancroft, Times Book Editor:

For generations of young readers, Judy Blume’s novels have been life-changing — wise and witty books they remember for years and even hand down to their own children.

Judy Blume, in conversation with author Lisa Unger, will headline the 23rd annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Oct. 24 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Blume has sold more than 80 million books and is internationally beloved for her more than 20 novels for young readers such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

At the festival, Blume will present her latest book, her fourth bestselling novel for adults. In the Unlikely Event is a coming-of-age story based on real events, a series of plane crashes that happened in her hometown of Elizabeth, N.J., in the 1950s. (For a review of the book, and to find out how to get wristbands that guarantee seats for Blume’s talk, click here.) Blume, a Key West resident and activist for intellectual freedom, is sure to be a compelling speaker.