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Jodi Picoult to Speak

For Immediate Release
UMass Amherst Libraries
January 21, 2014
Contact: Carol Connare (413-545-0995,

#1 New York Times bestselling novelist JODI PICOULT to speak

Saturday, March 29, 2014

UMass Amherst Libraries Twelfth Annual Fundraising Reception and Dinner

Amherst, Mass. – Acclaimed novelist Jodi Picoult, who recently donated her papers to UMass Amherst Special Collections, will be the guest speaker on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., at the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries twelfth annual Dinner with Friends, at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst.

The Dinner with Friends will also feature a champagne and hors d’oeuvre reception with live jazz by the Eric Bascom Trio, a silent auction, a gourmet meal, and a book signing of Picoult’s works. Proceeds from the event will support the Special Collections Archival Training Fund to provide students with opportunities to explore careers in history, archives, and allied fields.

Corporate sponsors to date include American Convention Center, Boston Library Consortium, Brattle Book Shop, Eric Bascom Trio, Laura Gross Literary Agency, Lexington Group, Neudorfer, Inc., Print Associates, UMass Catering, UMass Amherst Print Services, and University Store.

Jodi Picoult, a passionate researcher, is known for taking on compelling social and ethical issues and weaving them into the works of fiction that have won her a devoted readership. From her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), to the provocative My Sister’s Keeper (2004), to her recent bestseller, The Storyteller (2013), Picoult has grappled with a range of thought-provoking topics: fractured families, eugenics, school violence, teen suicide, spousal abuse, the legal rights of minors, childhood cancer, gay rights, the death penalty, war crimes, vengeance, justice, faith, and the value of life. Her wide readership continues to grow, and her novels regularly debut at #1 on The New York Times bestseller lists. Picoult’s next novel, Leaving Time, will be published by Ballantine in fall 2014.

The recipient of numerous awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, Picoult graduated with high honors from Princeton, where she majored in English and Creative Writing, in 1987, and from Harvard, where she earned a master’s degree in education, in 1990. She and her husband have three grown children and live in Hanover, NH. For more on Jodi Picoult, visit

The Jodi Picoult Papers include research files, drafts, editorial notes, correspondence, publicity material, early stories, and student material. Picoult also donated a comprehensive collection of her publications, including the novels in American and foreign-language editions, her earliest published work, which appeared while she was still in college, as well as five Wonder Woman stories she wrote for the iconic DC Comics.


The Dinner with Friends is the Libraries’ signature fundraising event. Tickets are $150 per person and $275 for two (of which $100 and $175, respectively, is tax-deductible). Complimentary passes for the parking garage are available by request. Handicapped accessible parking is available next to the Du Bois Library.

For more information, and to make reservations, contact Carol Connare at (413) 545-0995, email, or visit the Dinner with Friends web site Individual and corporate sponsorships are available starting at $250.

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Last Edited: 10 March 2014