VIDA Reads with Writers – Jodi Picoult!

What are you reading on the subway or in the waiting room today?

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonWhat book popped for you in 2015?

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. And Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehesi Coates

Whose words do you return to regularly?

Alice Hoffman’s.

Is there an author you can’t wait to read next?

Excited for Chris Bohjalian’s The Guest Room

What are you working on now? What can VIDA fans look forward to from you next?

My new novel, LIVING COLOR, will come out in October 2016.


Jodi Picoult (c) Adam BouskaJODI PICOULT, 47, is the bestselling author of twenty-one novels: Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), Harvesting the Heart (1994), Picture Perfect (1995), Mercy (1996), The Pact (1998), Keeping Faith (1999), Plain Truth (2000), Salem Falls (2001), Perfect Match (2002), Second Glance (2003), My Sister’s Keeper (2004),Vanishing Acts (2005), The Tenth Circle (2006), Nineteen Minutes (2007), Change of Heart (2008), Handle With Care (2009), House Rules (2010), and Sing You Home (2011), Lone Wolf (2012), The Storyteller (2012), Leaving Time (2014) and the YA novels Between the Lines (2012) and Off the Page (2015), co-written with her daughter Samantha van Leer. Her last seven novels, including The Storyteller have debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list.

Picoult studied creative writing with Mary Morris at Princeton, and had two short stories published in Seventeen Magazine while still a student. Realism – and a profound desire to be able to pay the rent – led Picoult to a series of different jobs following her graduation: as a technical writer for a Wall Street brokerage firm, as a copywriter at an ad agency, as an editor at a textbook publisher, and as an 8th grade English teacher – before entering Harvard to pursue a master’s in education. She married Tim Van Leer, whom she had known at Princeton, and it was while she was pregnant with her first child that she wrote her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale.

Her books are translated into thirty four languages in thirty five countries. Four – The Pact, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle, and Salem Falls – have been made into television movies. My Sister’s Keeper was a big-screen released from New Line Cinema, with Nick Cassavetes directing and Cameron Diaz starring, which is now available in DVD.

Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband. They have three children.