Judy Blume gets her own literary celebration with 'Blumesday'(Read article summary)
Inspired by the James Joyce-centered holiday of 'Bloomsday,' writers Joanna Miller and Heather Larimer decided to honor beloved young adult author Judy Blume with a holiday of her own.
Many literature aficionados have heard of Bloomsday, a celebration of James Joyceâ€™s novel â€śUlyssesâ€ť which takes place on June 16, the day in which the fictional â€śUlyssesâ€ť protagonist, Leopold Bloom, wandered Dublin.
But how about a celebration of the similarly-named young adult author Judy Blume?
One year, on June 16, Bloomsday served to remind writers Joanna Miller and Heather Larimer of the name of one of their favorite authors.
â€śWe sort of self-deprecatingly said, 'Well, the only way we could participate in Bloomsday was if it were Judy Blumesday,'â€ť Miller told NPR. â€śAnd then the joke turned into, 'Wait, why aren't we doing this?â€™â€ť
Larimer said the impact Blumeâ€™s novels have had on readers is also an important one.
â€śWe realized that there is a whole community around this writer that feels just as impassioned about her work as people feel about the work of James Joyce,â€ť she said.
The two authors hail from Portland, Ore., and so celebrations started there on June 17 in 2007, when the writers first organized festivities to honor the â€śAre You There God? Itâ€™s Me, Margaretâ€ť author. The Blumesday activities have taken place in Los Angeles in recent years, but the events came back to Portland for 2013.
This yearâ€™s roster included performances of parts of Blumeâ€™s novels, segments by authors and performers on how her novels have impacted them, and a game titled â€śName That Blume.â€ť
Larimer said Blumeâ€™s novels have helped countless readers who are going through their teenage years.Â
â€śI think that people treat it like puberty is some sort of threshold that you pass over, and one day you're a kid and one day you're a woman," she said. "That transition takes years and is really awkward and painful.â€ť