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A “Blume”ing Rapport at the DMA

Author Judy Blume (left) pictured with DCT Education Director Nancy Schaeffer (right) at the recent DMA Arts & Letters Live event.

It was like listening to a conversation in someone’s living room.

In preparation for moderating a discussion with award-winning author Judy Blume to a sold-out crowd at the DMA’s Arts & Letters Live, DCT Education Director Nancy Schaeffer had studied all about Blume’s life and work.

“I’m so lucky I got to meet her and be on stage with her! She made me feel so relaxed – it was like we were long lost pals,” said Schaeffer.

In fact, Schaeffer had done so much research and was so prepared that at one point, she knew the answer to a question before Blume did! After the next question, Blume jokingly asked Schaeffer if she wanted to answer for her, and the whole audience laughed.

Among the many topics of discussion were Blume’s writing style.

“I loved learning about her writing process,” Schaeffer said. “Meeting her really reaffirmed my belief in the power of stories and also the work we do at DCT bringing books to life on stage.”

DCT is a big fan of the author. Her book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, an audience favorite, has gone from page to stage at DCT twice.

The Dallas Morning News Arts Blog described the recent Arts & Letters Live event with Blume & Schaeffer as a poignant evening. You can read about it here: http://artsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2012/04/what-was-so-emotional-about-ju.html.

A great time was had by all, and DCT sends special thanks to the Dallas Museum of Art for involving us in such a special evening!

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