ELIZABETH, NJ – Author Judy Blume has never forgotten her hometown and returns to Elizabeth periodically. Her next visit will take place June 1 when she will launch a tour to promote her latest novel, In the Unlikely Event, which will be officially released the next day. City Council Chambers is the location for this free, public event that takes place at 5 p.m.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

The novel is based around a series of plane crashes that took place in Elizabeth in the early 1950’s. Remembered Blume, “These events have lingered in my mind ever since. It was a crazy time. We were witnessing things that were incomprehensible to us as teenagers. Was it sabotage? An alien invasion? No one knew, and people were understandably terrified.”

Born Judith Sussman, Blume grew up “making up stories in my head.” She graduated from Battin High School and New York University. She has written books for children, young adults, and adults, including such well known titles as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; and Summer Sisters. She has sold more than 85 million copies of her books, many of which are New York Times bestsellers. She has won more than 90 literary awards.