In the early 1950s, the town of Elizabeth, New Jersey, witnessed three horrific accidents. Three planes crashed, killing 118 people in total.
One of the residents living in Elizabeth at the time was a teenager named Judy Blume. She went on to become a famous writer - her novels have sold more than 80 million copies and have been translated into 32 languages.
But she never wrote about those tragic plane crashes... until now.
Blume's new novel is titled "In the Unlikely Event." Host Alex Cohen recently talked with her about the new book, and about her childhood, at the Aritani Theater in Los Angeles as part of the public library's ALOUD series.