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Writer Judy Blume, author of “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” poses for a portrait at
Books and Books, her non-profit bookstore in Key West, Fla. (AP Photo/Mary Martin)

Judy Blume’s bookshop has become a hub for book lovers and tourists in Key West, Florida. Blume, an avid reader and lifelong storyteller has been a prominent member of the literary community for over 50 years.

She is known for her contributions to general fiction and her self-named shelf, which houses her works exclusively. Blume has not only sold millions of books but also touched the lives of young readers in profound ways. Her books are considered to be the cornerstone of modern children’s literature. She has been a mentor and supporter to many emerging authors, and her latest documentary, “Judy Blume Forever,” features tributes from prominent authors such as Molly Ringwald and Tayari Jones.

Blume’s literary impact has been recognized in the adaptation of one of her books into a major Hollywood film. “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” is the first of her books to be adapted into a movie. The film, directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, stars Abby Ryder Fortson and explores the preteen years of a young girl from New Jersey as she navigates adolescence and asks questions about religion, boys, and her own body.

Re-reported from the story originally published in

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