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March 29, 2005

Best-selling Author Jodi Picoult Reads On WSUI April 11

Jodi Picoult, author of the best-sellers "Plain Truth" and "Pact: A Love Story," will read from her new novel, "Vanishing Acts," at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

The reading, hosted by WSUI personality Julie Englander, will be a free event in the Buchanan Auditorium of the UI Pappajohn Business Building.

"Vanishing Acts" is the tale of a young woman whose life is thrown into turmoil when she learns about a past she didn't even know she had.

Jodi Picoult, who studied at Princeton, is the author of 11 novels, including "Songs of the Humpback Whale," "Harvesting the Heart," "Picture Perfect," "Mercy," "Keeping Faith," "Salem Falls," "Perfect Match," "Second Glance" and "My Sister's Keeper." In 2003 she was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction.

A Publishers Weekly preview of "Vanishing Acts" stated, "As in previous novels, Picoult creates compelling, three-dimensional characters who tell a story in alternating voices about what it might mean to be a good parent and a good person, to be true to ourselves and those we love. Picoult weaves together plot and characterization in a landscape that is fleshed out in rich, journalistic detail, so that readers will come away with intriguing questions rather than pat answers."

Picoult's writing has been compared to Elizabeth Berg and Anne Tyler. "Picoult has become a master -- almost a clairvoyant -- at targeting hot issues and writing highly readable page-turners about them," a Washington Post review observed. "It is impossible not to be held spellbound by the way she forces us to think, hard, about right and wrong."

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