Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, and Change of Heart, will be discussing and signing her newest novel, Lone Wolf, this Wednesday, March 7th at Caltech (presented by the Caltech Center for Diversity).
Picoult often tells a story from many points of view to illustrate how a situation can be interpreted differently by those who are directly effected; she enjoys delving into the realms of moral ambiguity and ethical issues. She also likes returning characters because “you don’t have to reinvent the wheel—you already know how he speaks, acts, thinks.” Detective Patrick Ducharme, for example, returned in Nineteen Minutes because “she has a crush on him.”
Picoult was propelled from writer to author when two of her short stories were published in Seventeen magazine while she was still attending Princeton University. Her first novel debuted while she was pregnant with her first child.
Since that first release (Songs of the Humpback Whale in 1992), Picoult has written nineteen books, and in addition, had a three-month stint writing DC Comic’s Wonder Woman. Her novels Nineteen Minutes (2007) and Change of Heart (2008) both debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Her first story, written at the age of five, was titled “The Lobster Which Misunderstood.” With 14 million copies of her novels printed worldwide, three titles made into TV movies, and My Sister’s Keeper reaching the silver screen via New Line Cinema and starring Cameron Diaz, not even crustaceans could misunderstand that sort of popularity.
Jodi Picoult at Caltech
Wednesday, March 7th at 7 p.m. at Ramo Auditorium
Admission is free
For more info, visit events.caltech.edu