BEST- selling author Jodi Picoult is coming to Cleckheaton as part of the international promotional tour for her latest book.
Jodi, who has written 18 best selling novels – including My Sister’s Keeper which was made into a film starring Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin in 2009 – will be at the town hall on Friday April 15.
Jodi will be talking about her new book, Sing You Home, with a question and answer session with the audience, book signing and there will be musical interludes relating to the book.
Demand for places is likely to be high, given her popularity, which is why Kirklees has chosen the large venue of the town hall to host the event.
Jodi, 44, grew up in Nesconet, New York, and studied creative writing at Princeton and completed a master’s degree in education from Harvard.
Her novels are translated into 40 languages in 40 countries.
Jodi said: “This year’s tour for Sing You Home is going to be a multimedia experience.
“The book will include a CD of original music by the main character, Zoe, who is a music therapist – and that makes the reading experience that much more personal and intense as you listen to the songs that correspond to each chapter.
“But of course, Zoe didn’t really write that music. That was my friend Ellen Wilber, who wrote the music for my lyrics, and who sings on the CD as the voice of Zoe. When I go on book tour this year, Ellen will be coming along with her guitar, and in addition to hearing me do a reading and Q and A, you’ll get to listen to some live music!”
The book follows the lives of Zoe and her husband, Max, whose marriage is broken by their ill-fated attempts to have children. She throws herself into her job and meets Vanessa, a school marriage guidance counsellor. They are drawn into a gay relationship and explore the possibilities of becoming parents, using embryos frozen when Zoe and Max were trying to have a family.
The ensuing legal and moral complications are explored by Jodi in this thought-provoking book.
Tickets to the event, which runs from 7.30pm-9pm are £2, available now from town hall booking offices on 01924 324501 / 01484 222444 / 01484 223200 or book online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls.
Copies of Sing You Home will be available for sale on the night at the reduced price of £15.