Lunch with Judy Blume! And I’m Late For It!

March 3rd, 2009

I have to make this short and sweet because I’m leaving in a few minutes for lunch with Judy Blume!

You’ve heard of Judy Blume, right? She’s the one who taught you all about sex in her book Forever (page 95!) and about God and having your period in Are You There God It’s Me Margaret! She’s the one who made you laugh and feel like you weren’t alone when you were going through weird stuff with your friends and your body growing up!

Well, she and I are having An Event Together here in Key West on March 16, and if you’ll be in town (for instance…for Spring Break, since it’s much too dangerous these days to go to Mexico!), you’re welcome to come. It will be:

A Chat with Judy Blume and Meg Cabot

Monday, March 16th
at 6:00PM

Friends of the Key West Library Lecture Series

Studios of Key West

600 White Street and Southard Street

(For more information click here
)

We’re having lunch today to figure out what we’re going to talk about, because I’m leaving soon for New York City for my Allie Finkle Super Sleepover in honor of the release of Best Friends and Drama Queens on March 10!


(Can you tell I’m wearing my Nanette Lepore dress which Blair from the show Gossip Girl wore? Because I totally am.)

As soon as I’m back from that trip, I’ll be having my chat with Judy!

Speaking of periods (did you like that segue?), My Little Red Book
 is out now!

This anthology for girls made up of stories by women writers like Erica Jong, Gloria Steinem, Cecily von Ziegesar and my BFF Michele Jaffe about their first periods (because, come on, we never talk about it in print. But it’s so funny!) is in stores now!

My story is one I was telling my BFF Michele Jaffe in an email, and she was like, “This should be in this anthology I’m doing,” and I was like, “Really? No! It’s so stupid. It has swords in it,” and she said, “Yeah! It’s so funny!” And now it’s in the book. It has to do with Judy Blume, actually (not that she was there at the time I got my first period. I was only twelve, I didn’t know her at the time, I just had some of her books).

So if you know a young lady who is mortified about IT (you know what it IT is), get her this book, and she can read about how mortified the rest of us were, and get over it like all of us did.

Anyway, before I rush off, here’s some super exciting news: My book Airhead was a Nominee for the Children’s Choice Book Awards
! How fun is that? I’m really honored! Voting opens March 16!

Regarding the Airhead FIND MEG A NEW SONG FOR HER PLAYLIST Contest from last week, I haven’t had a chance to judge it yet because I have been under a bit of a crunch writing the foreword to the new editions of the Betsy-Tacy books (due two days ago), AND the book that was due January 15 which I have now abandoned because it turns out my publisher agrees with me that Allie Finkle should not leave 4th grade for 5th grade in book 5 after all.

SO I have had to start a whole new book (yes, these things happen in publishing. C’est la vie. And hey, now I have an extra book to use someday in the future!!!). I will be letting you winners know soon!

Oops that’s all I have time for right now, I have to run if I’m going to be on time for Miss Judy, so….

More later.

Much love,

Meg