A Last Minute Author Event

When I heard about Jodi Picoult coming to Toronto to speak about her latest book A Spark of Light, I was interested in attending as I have read a number of her books and enjoyed them. Her event, unfortunately was sold out. I put myself on the waiting list as someone might cancel their ticket.

The event was on Monday and I had swept it out of my mind. When checking my email during lunch, I saw that I had received a notification stating that more spaces had opened up: I quickly messaged my cousin to let him know (he enjoyed her books as well), and bought tickets. Going to the event was a bit rushed as it was last minute but I thought it would be worth it as she is a well-known and successful author.

When I arrived at the venue in the evening, I was surprised at how many people were in attendance – over 500! It is the biggest author event that I have been to. I liked that they had large screens to project the conversation to the audience. As a result I did not mind that I was at the back of the hall.

It was interesting to listen to someone who has written so many successful novels. She is very confident – and very political. To be honest, I was disappointed that she spoke so much about American politics. The election may have been the following day, but we were there to listen to her speak about her book as well as her writing process.

I am still glad I went to the event, however, as what she said will give me a better understanding of the novel when I read it.

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmileHave you read any of Jodi Picoult’s novels?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

18 thoughts on “A Last Minute Author Event

  1. I have not read enough of her work, which is funny since I think we have every one of her books in the house… I used to think of her as a “local author” knowing that she was New Hampshire based and not realizing that she was as widely known. Or as huge.

    Glad that you got a chance to see her talk! Sorry it was bad timing for you – I’m sure the elections was the biggest thing on her mind!

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  2. Never heard of her and glad she has had commercial success –
    And side note on the politics talk – it was everywhere this last week and oh my goodness – so tired of it-


  3. Hi, Colline. I’m so glad you got to go. It’s too bad though that she didn’t talk about her writing. She definitely selects a hot topic for each of her plots and develops the book and characters to highlight the controversy. I sometimes wonder if the plots are less than realistic though. She is so popular and has a devoted following. 🙂

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    1. Fiction doesn’t have to be totally realistic – just believable and when reading her books I have believed. When I read her latest, though, I will have a more critical eye – and I will have someone to speak with whom to discuss the book – my cousin who came to the event with me.

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      1. I’d be interested to hear whether you both agree about her latest book. 🙂 Liking a book is very subjective. It’s amazing how so many people have so many different opinions about the same work!


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