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Author Judy Blume Hosts Charlottesville Film Screening, Book Signing

June 16, 2013

Author Judy Blume was in Charlottesville Sunday for a special movie screening and book signing.

About 200 fans showed up to Vinegar Hill Theatre where Blume had two screenings of Tiger Eyes, the film based on one of her best-selling books for young adults.

"When we made this movie, it never occurred to me that it would be a family movie, and I am so thrilled that it is," said Blume.

Albemarle County resident Lori Rocco brought daughter, Arianna, to the event.

"My mom had all of the books, and on a recent visit back to visit my parents, she handed the books down to me, and then I gave them to Arianna," said Lori Rocco. "Arianna looked at the covers and said, 'Mom, these books look old.' And it wasn't until she opened the cover and read them that she fell in love with them."

Anne DeVault owns Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery. She says it's no surprise Blume's books transcend time.

"She's been writing for a long time, and still, kids learn about her books at school, they hear about it from their parents, especially their mothers," said DeVault. "A lot of women have found them to be very meaningful in certain times in their lives. A lot of the characters are dealing with issues that young women still deal with, and it's comforting to read about somebody going through something you might be going through."

Tiger Eyes is a story about a teen girl coping after her father is killed. It's a story about moving on and moving away, something Blume says anyone can relate to.

"We all know about loss. It doesn't have to be loss through death. It can be the loss of a friend, it can be moving to a new place, it can be making new friends, it can be connection and it's beautiful," said Blume.

Making the movie was also a family event for Blume. Her son, Lawrence, directed the film. They wrote the screen play and produced it together.

The film is playing at Vinegar Hill Theatre. Click HERE for more details.

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