When the topic turned to censorship, Judy said she was thrilled to be banned on the same list as Mark Twain. Her censorship story started with a principal in her child's elementary school when he chased her down the hall with a chair. She had given the school librarian three copies of Are You There God? It's Me Margaret which he wouldn't allow on the shelves. Judy also stated that censorship almost always starts with a school library. She feels that because books can raise questions, it's not until kids start asking and making books their own that people feel it might be dangerous. Judy advises you should not write with a censor on your shoulder any more than you should write with a critic on your shoulder. "That fear will keep you from writing the best, most honest book you can." Regarding difficult subjects Judy states that either kids will go to their parents or they will read right over it.
After the discussion there was a Q&A. It delighted me to see so many children stepping up to the microphone. Little book lovers, future authors or book bloggers!
Ms. Blume is a fascinating person to listen to. Every book she has written and phase of her life is a chapter within itself and has amazing, interesting, relevant stories behind them. She was one of my favorite authors growing up and from the conversations going on around me, I was not alone. There were people of all ages in attendance with smiles on their faces sharing stories of how Judy Blume and her books shaped them, helped them and entertained them. Judy Blume has blessed the world with her imagination.
She is more than just an author.
She is an icon.