BookCon moved online this year, providing us with the applaud-worthy pun, “BookConline” (because it’s BookCon, online!! Get it?). The video format also gave the world the delightful chance to watch Judy Blume use Zoom.
For those who didn’t have a childhood, Judy Blume’s books are legendary. She wrote middle-grade novels such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Super Fudge, and Freckle Juice. Blume also wrote some adult books, the most famous of them being Summer Sisters. Now, at 82-years-old, she owns a bookstore in Key West and is alleged to have some more books in the works.
Blume was interviewed by Jenny Han, who has made significant progress for Asian-Americans in YA novels. Her book, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and its sequel, were recently made into a Netflix movie series that starred Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.
There has arguably never been a cuter match than these two talking about books. Han’s excitement to get to talk to Blume seeped through the screen. She began by listing her favorite Blume books and then asked what Blume’s favorite was. “When I’m asked that by a kid, I say they’re my babies, how could I choose one over another,” Blume said, “I love them all in different ways.”
They moved on to talking about Blume’s bookstore, Books & Books. Blume boldly admitted that even she judges a book by its cover. She said the biggest lesson she learned as a bookseller about being an author is how important art can be. If it doesn’t have an engaging cover, it won’t ‘show up on a shelf.’ Blume noted, “Sometimes I’ll buy a book and read it just because it has such a great cover”
The chat ended with Blume showing off that cat mask her daughter made her and reminding viewers to wear them and stay socially distant during this time.
To take in more of Blume’s wisdom and watch the whole talk, check it out here.