Nightstand Reads: Jodi Picoult

 What a treat it is to host Jodi Picoult again at the Seattle Public Library! She will be reading from and discussing her newest book, The Storyteller (just released this week!), on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library. The Storyteller is a holocaust novel “written with grace and sensitivity,” says librarian Misha Stone in a Book Group Buzz blog post. “With her engaging, character-driven writing style, Picoult pulls forward the same questions of moral ethics, choices and consequences that she has always done but never have the stakes been higher.”

We asked Jodi to tell us five books that have had special meaning to her, and she graciously sent us this for our Nightstand Reads series:

jodi picoultThe Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway:  I read it in college and was entranced by the way what’s not said is more important that what IS said.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch: My go-to children’s book when my daughter was little. With a phenomenal, strong, female protagonist!

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: Quite simply, the book that made me want to be a writer.

Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman: The first book I read by Alice Hoffman and the one that made me a fan for life.

Romeo and Juliet: Ever since then I hoped that my dream guy would automatically speak a sonnet with me when we met – and even if it didn’t quite work out that way, you have to love the structure of the dialogue mirroring the connection between the couple. There’s a reason Shakespeare is considered a genius!

Join us for an evening with Jodi Picoult on March 14! We are expecting a large crowd, so please plan accordingly to get a good seat. Limited parking is available at the Central Library garage ($5 if you arrive after 5 p.m.). The University Book Store will be selling books at the event.

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