Novelist Jodi Picoult: On Tackling Tough Topics
Evening Program with Book Signing
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:45 p.m.
Jodi Picoult (Photo: Deborah Feingold)
Please note: The ticket price includes a copy of Small Great Things, which can be signed.
Jodi Picoult, the best-selling author of 26 novels, is one of the most popular fiction writers today, but that doesn’t mean her books are easy reads. Picoult has addressed some tough topics in her novels, including the death penalty, stem-cell research, and child abuse, among others.
She prepares for each book with extensive research, sometimes investigating medical, scientific, and ethical issues. Her newest novel, Small Great Things follows an African American nurse who clashes with the white supremacist parents of a critically ill newborn—a confrontation that moves from the delivery room into the courtroom.
In a conversation with NPR arts correspondent Lynn Neary, Picoult discusses her career, the sources of her storyline inspirations, her writing process, and why the issues she tackles in Small Great Things—race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—spoke to her as a writer.
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