Talking with Authors: Judy Blume, In the Unlikely Event
Grades: 9 - 12

Video Description: One of our favorite childhood authors is back and she’s writing for us once again; Judy Blume’s latest book “In the Unlikely Event” is her first adult book in more than fifteen years. In this fiction that premiered at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list, Blume revisits her adolescence…using a series of tragic events that took place in the 1950s in her hometown as the backdrop for a tale of three generations of family and friends. Author Ridley Pearson talks with Blume about the five year journey she took to finish this novel, her writing inspirations and favorite past times.

Type of Video: Interview*
Unique Video ID: Literature-32**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video to help students gain insight into the writing process as they learn of the author’s approach to writing.
  • Have students identify the writing process and influences that Ms. Blume uses in her work.
  • Why does this writer’s work resonate with so many people? Ask students to create a list of reasons and share them during class time.


*Interviews feature extended conversation exploring fascinating topics with fascinating people in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.