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On this special evening, one of America’s most beloved storytellers, Judy Blume, will discuss her work—from young adult classics like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret to her new novel for adults, In the Unlikely Event. The story, inspired by a series of real-life plane crashes that occurred in the 1950s in Blume’s home town of Elizabeth, New Jersey, weaves together three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by a succession of disasters. This iconic author who has won the hearts and minds of readers of all ages, is also known for her passionate advocacy to protect the freedom to read. She will be joined in conversation with KPCC host and super Blume fan, Alex Cohen. Join us for a night to remember!

Judy Blume

Judy Blume grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was a teenager in 1952 when the real events in her newest adult novel, In the Unlikely Event,  took place. She has written books for all ages. Her twenty-eight previous titles include Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Forever; and Summer Sisters. Her books have sold more than eighty-five million copies in thirty-two languages. She is a champion of intellectual freedom, working with the National Coalition Against Censorship in support of teachers, librarians, and students. In 2004, Blume was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Florida.


Alex Cohen

Alex Cohen is co-host of KPCC’s “Take Two” show. Prior to that, she was host of KPCC’s “All Things Considered.” She has also hosted and reported for NPR programs including “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered” and “Day to Day” as well as American Public Media’s “Marketplace” and “Weekend America.” Prior to that, she was the L.A. Bureau Chief for KQED FM in San Francisco. She has won various journalistic awards including the LA Press Club’s Best Radio Anchor prize. Alex is also the author of Down and Derby: The Insider’s Guide to Roller Derby.


Location

Program will be held at the Aratani Theatre:
244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Student Tickets
We are happy to extend a student discount to those with a valid student ID.  Please send an email to programs@lfla.org with your name and school to receive a discount code to make an online purchase.  Bring your student ID to claim your ticket at Will Call.

Will Call
All tickets will be available for pick-up the night of the program at will call. Please bring a photo ID. Tickets are non-refundable.

6:30 PM | Will call opens
7:00 PM | Doors open
7:30 PM | Program Begins

Book Signing Policy
At least one copy of In the Unlikely Event must be purchased from the Library Store if you wish to participate in the post-program book signing. The featured book is the only book the author will be signing. Proceeds from book sales support the Los Angeles Public Library. Library Foundation Members receive a 15% discount on all Library Store purchases.

*Visit The Library Store on Wheels on the Aratani Theatre’s Plaza!

 

Main image: Cover art from Judy Blume’s novel, In the Unlikely Event


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are ticket sales final?
    Yes, all sales are final and tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to use your tickets, we appreciate you letting us know in advance.

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