Alicia Zuckerman: The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour with Judy Blume

Alicia Zuckerman first started doing research for The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour when she was about 9 years old, making this her longest-running project. Judy Blume‘s 1977 young adult […]


Alicia Zuckerman: The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour with Judy Blume

Authors:Alicia Zuckerman , Judy Blume


Alicia Zuckerman first started doing research for The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour when she was about 9 years old, making this her longest-running project. Judy Blume‘s 1977 young adult book, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, was Zuckerman’s introduction to Miami Beach, and one of her very favorite Blume books. When she found herself living in Sally’s neighborhood a few decades later, she was surprised by the ways in which the area felt familiar. And she wondered – would Judy Blume come take a walk with her through some of Sally’s old haunts? But what Zuckerman didn’t realize was that Sally’s Miami Beach was Judy’s Miami Beach.

“It is my most autobiographical book,” Blume told Zuckerman during that walk. “Those two years were the most important two years of my childhood.”

Come along as the beloved author walks us through her old neighborhood and talks about how her time in Miami Beach shaped not only Sally J. Freedman, but the beloved and fearless writer Blume would become.

Alicia Zuckerman

Alicia Zuckerman is an award-winning audio journalist and Editorial Director at WLRN in Miami, South Florida’s NPR member station, where she edits narrative and investigative audio journalism from Key West to Palm Beach County. Her work has aired on NPR, Here & Now, The World, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, This American Life, and the Tablet magazine podcast. Besides The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour that appears on the Florida Writers Map, she also hosted and produced The Judy Blume Radio Hour on WLRN and was the founding producer of The Florida Roundup, as well as the co-creator of the podcast and WLRN series, Under the Sun. Zuckerman was a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellow and was previously an arts reporter at New York Public Radio and New York magazine. This summer she was named Editor of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists Florida chapter. She lives in Miami Beach, where she worries about sea level rise.

Judy Blume

Judy Blume is the author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We’re Together; and Forever. Her first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972.  It was inspired by her son, Larry. Thirty years later she wrote Double Fudge written at the request of her grandson, Elliot. Judy has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. She serves on the boards of the Author’s Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.

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