A personal childhood favorite author is coming to Dallas, first with a speaking engagement at First United Methodist Church then with a special celebratory reception to be held at the Dallas Museum of Art. In case you are unfamiliar with the lovely Judy Blume, she is known for her creative tales of spunky children experiencing life in oh-so-comical and touching ways while deftly handling life’s controversial and sometimes uncomfortable subjects.
The Elizabeth, New Jersey native says that she spent so many hours “making up stories inside her head.” Now she puts them to paper, much to the delight of fans everywhere. With more than 80 million copies published in more than 30 languages, Blume crafts tales that have touched lives of children everywhere. Some of her beloved titles include Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Blubber, Deenie, Frecklejuice, Forever, and Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, which was named to School Library Journal’s list of “One Hundred Books That Shaped the Century.”
As the Dallas Museum’s website says, she is especially known for stories on a boy named Fudge: “The first book, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. It centers on the lives of preteen Peter Hatcher, his hilariously troublesome younger brother, Farley (a.k.a. Fudge), and their confident neighbor Sheila Tubman. Other books in the series include Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great and Superfudge.”
The Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Library of Congress Living Legends Award, and the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters are among the over ninety awards that Blume has accrued over her long career.
TICKETS: Adult $16; Museum Member $14; Student $10. Purchase tickets online or call 214-922-1818.