Friday Feast: A Guide to Writing Fat Characters, Book Prices & Writing Value, Writers of Color Roundtable, an Anti-HB2 Book Tour of North Carolina, and Judy Blume on Independent Bookstores

Like a lot of high school graduates, Judy Blume had planned to take a gap year — after writing her last novel. But the opportunity to open a book shop, Books & Books in Key West, was too tempting to resist. Now she’s living the dream at 78, after already living the dream as an influential and well-loved author. She wakes up “and I look to the sky, and I say, ‘whoever’s up there, I thank you for not having to write today’.” Even Judy Blume has those days.

Along with that news, we dive into varying forms of representation in literature and the perception of value for literature and writers.

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