Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
Award-winning, best-selling author with co-author daughter Samantha van Leer
Jodi Picoult, 46, is one of the top selling novelists in the world with multiple #1 bestsellers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and South Africa. Her 20th novel, Storyteller, was published in February 2013, preceded by Songs of the Humpback Whale, Harvesting the Heart, Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Keeping Faith, Plain Truth, Salem Falls, Perfect Match, Second Glance and the New York Times best sellers My Sister’s Keeper, Vanishing Acts, The Tenth Circle, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, Handle with Care, House Rules, Sing You Home and Lone Wolf. Many paperback and e-book editions of her novels are mainstays of those bestseller lists.
In 2007, she wrote five issues of Wonder Woman for DC Comics, only the second woman to script the series since the character’s creation in the 1940s. The comics are available as a hardcover book.
My Sister’s Keeper was a 2009 New Line Cinema movie directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin. Salem Falls, The Tenth Circle, The Pact and Plain Truth were made into television movies for the Lifetime Network, garnering the network some of its biggest ratings. She has been nominated for three different British book awards and, for her body of work, Picoult was awarded The New England Bookseller Award for Fiction in 2003. She is also the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from Dartmouth and University of New Haven.