Monday, February 21, 2011

Jodi Picoult celebrates new novel with Book Passage event

Jodi Picoult has never been one to shy away from topical and even controversial themes. Picoult, the award winning author of seventeen novels including Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper (now a major motion picture), has recently authored Sing You Home (Atria, $28.00).

Sing You Home
explores what it means to be gay in today’s world, and how reproductive science has outpaced the legal system. Are embryos people, or property? What challenges do same-sex couples face when it comes to marriage and adoption? What happens when religion and sexual orientation enter the courtroom? And most importantly, what constitutes a “traditional family” in today’s day and age? In Sing You Home, Picoult tells the story of Zoe Baxter, who finds love where she least expects it and ends up pitted against her ex-husband in a legal battle at the forefront of the gay rights debate.

Join us for an evening of story and song with New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult.

To celebrate the publication of her new book, Picoult will discuss Sing You Home at a Book Passage sponsored event at Dominican University of California in San Rafael. The event, in the school's Angelico Hall, will take place on March 16th at 7 pm. Joining the author will be musician Ellen Wilber (pictured right), who will be performing songs found on the music CD which accompanies the book.** As we expect a large crowd for this event, preferred seating will be given to those purchasing a copy of Sing You Home through Book Passage. This special Book Passage event is the author's only Northern California appearance.

What others are saying about Sing You Home.

“So personal that it feels autobiographical, Picoult’s novel uses music (including original songs on an accompanying CD) to buoy the protagonist, a music therapist, through the throes of sexual experimentation, miscarriages, and family trauma.” —
Ms. Magazine

“Usually Picoult’s novels focus on one wham-bang topic that leads to a heavy dose of drama, litigation, and twists and turns. This time Picoult tackles two provocative issues— infertility and gay marriage.... Gripping, powerful — and bound to be talked about.” — Family Circle

For more about Jodi Picoult and her new book, we encourage you to check out her website at There, you can even listen to Jodi's podcast: “The Story Behind Sing You Home” (10:20). See you on March 16th at 7 pm at the Dominican University of California.

** Sing You Home includes a CD of music written by musician (and Jodi's good friend) Ellen Wilber, featuring lyrics by Jodi Picoult. Wilber is teacher and musician with over 25 years of experience introducing children to music. She is a member of the Cardigan Mountain Tradition, a bluegrass band, and the founder of a long-running kid’s summer theater program.

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