Jodi Picoult served as the 2013 Harry Middleton Lecturer at the LBJ Presidential Library
|Born||Jodi Lynn Picoult
May 19, 1966
Nesconset, Long Island, New York, United States
|Spouse||Timothy Warren Van Leer (m. 1989; 3 children)|
Jodi Lynn Picoult (/ /; born May 19, 1966) is an American author. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. Picoult currently has approximately 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
Early life and education
Picoult was born and raised in Nesconset on Long Island; her family moved to New Hampshire when she was 13 years old. She has described her family as "non-practicing Jewish". Picoult wrote her first story at age five, entitled "The Lobster Which Misunderstood".
She studied writing at Princeton University, and graduated in 1987. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she began a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. She earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University.
Picoult became the writer of DC Comics' Wonder Woman (vol. 3) series following the departure of fellow writer Allan Heinberg. Her first issue (#6) was released on March 28, 2007, and her last was issue No. 10 (released on June 27, 2007).
Nineteen Minutes, Picoult's novel about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town, has become her first book to debut at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her book Change of Heart was published on March 4, 2008, and became Picoult's second novel to debut at No. 1 on the NYT Best Seller list.
She has been married to Timothy Warren Van Leer, whom she met while in college, since 1989. They and their three children, Sammy, Kyle, and Jake, and a handful of pets, live in Hanover, New Hampshire.
- Jordan McAfee, his son Thomas, and his wife Selena are featured in The Pact (novel), Salem Falls and Nineteen Minutes.
- Patrick Ducharme, a detective, is featured in Perfect Match as well as Nineteen Minutes. She has stated that she brought Patrick's character back for a second novel because she has a crush on him.
- Ian Fletcher of Keeping Faith makes a brief appearance in Change of Heart, published in 2008.
- Frankie Martine, first featured in Salem Falls, returns in Second Glance, and Perfect Match.
- Nina Frost, a main character in Perfect Match, is mentioned in Nineteen Minutes.
- Peter Houghton, a main character in Nineteen Minutes, is mentioned briefly in House Rules.
"It's always great fun to bring a character back, because you get to catch up on his/her life; and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel–you already know how he speaks, acts, thinks."
- Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992)
- Harvesting the Heart (1993)
- 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)
- Wonder Woman (vol. 3) #6–10 (cover date: late May 2007 – August 2007)
- Wonder Woman: Love and Murder (2007) (hardcover volume collecting Wonder Woman #6–10)
- Change of Heart (2008)
- Handle with Care (2009)
- House Rules (2010)
- Sing You Home (2011)
- Lone Wolf (2012)
- The Storyteller (2013)
- Leaving Time (2014)
Film and television adaptations
- The Pact (2002) (Lifetime Original Movie)
- Plain Truth (2004) (Lifetime Original Movie)
- The Tenth Circle (2008) (Lifetime Original Movie)
- My Sister's Keeper (2009) (Feature film)
- Salem Falls (2011) (Lifetime Original Movie)
- English Pronunciation Guide to Names: "Jodi Picoult". inogolo.com.
- "New England Book Awards". New England Independent Booksellers Association. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
- Yabroff, Jennie (April 11, 2009). "Does Jodi Picoult Hurt Literature?". Newsweek. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
- "A conversation with Jodi about Keeping Faith". Jodi Picoult. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
- "Bestselling author tackles comic books: Bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult writing 'Wonder Woman'". CNN. April 26, 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
- Wood, Sean M. (March 26, 2007). "Novelist takes a comic turn". San Antonio News.
- Cowles, Gregory. "Print & E-Books". The New York Times.
- "Jodi Picoult Weds Timothy van Leer". The New York Times. November 19, 1989. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
- "Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult". Jodipicoult.com. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
- "THE PI-CULT: December, 2007 – Edition". Jodipicoult.com. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
- "novels about family, relationships, love, & more". Jodi Picoult. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
- Jewish Chronicle, April 27, 2007 p. 50: "The Jodi Picoult mystery"
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