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JUDY BLUME - In The Unlikely Event

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 4:00pm
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703-5413

Saturday, June 13 at 4PM

Bestselling Author

in conversation with Sarah Pitre
about Blume's new novel for adults, 
In the Unlikely Event

Tickets are available in-store ONLY. We are no longer processing online ticket orders. 


It's true! Bestselling Author JUDY BLUME is coming to BookPeople with her new novel for adults, In The Unlikely Event, on Saturday, June 13 at 4pm! Blume will appear in conversation with Sarah Pitre of the Alamo Drafthouse about Blume's new novel for adults, In the Unlikely Event. We are honored and excited to welcome Judy Blume to BookPeople. This is the event of a lifetime! The speaking portion is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing. Please see details below. 


  • The speaking portion of this event is free and open to the public.
  • Tickets are required for the signing.
  • Tickets cost as much as the price of one copy of In the Unlikely Event, plus tax.
  • Each ticket grants access to the signing line for one person and will be exchanged for one signed copy of In the Unlikely Eevnt at the signing table the day of the event.
  • Tickets are lettered. After Blume speaks, we will call people up to have their books signed according to the letter on their tickets.


JUDY BLUME is one of America’s most beloved authors. Her twenty-eight titles include Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Forever; and Summer Sisters. Together, her books have sold more than 85 million copies in 32 languages. She is a champion of intellectual freedom, working with the National Coalition Against Censorship to support teachers, librarians, and students who fight to keep challenged books on their shelves. In 2004, Blume was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Key West, Forida, with her husband.


In her highly-anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the number one New York Times bestselling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume's unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times, and finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going.

Early reviewers have already weighed in: “Like many family stories, this one is not without its life changing secrets and surprises. There is no surprise that the book is smoothly written, and its story compelling. The setting—the early 1950s—is especially well realized through period references and incidents.” —Booklist (starred review) and “In Blume's latest adult novel....young and old alike must learn to come to terms with technological disaster and social change. Her novel is characteristically accessible, frequently charming, and always deeply human.” —Publishers Weekly


Sarah Pitre is the Director of Programming & Promotions for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where she is happily responsible for lady-centric screenings and events. She's also the founder of, a community for YA fans who are a little less "Y" and a bit more "A."