Join us for the 2023 Annual Celebration of the Humanities

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Wednesday, November 8 at 5 pm

The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover Street, Manchester

"Jodi Picoult and the Writing Life: More Than a Good Story"

Join us for a heartfelt and lively on-stage conversation between New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary as they discuss Picoult's long career as a virtuoso of the human story. Often set in rural New Hampshire, Jodi Picoult's novels are an expanding archive of the controversies and dreams of 21st-century America. Hear about Picoult's writing and research process, her collaborations with other writers, including her daughter, what brings her joy, and what it's like to see the disparate reactions to her books, which have been both banned and adapted into popular films and an off-Broadway musical. Glance into the remarkable work habits of a prolific writer of 30 novels, who, when asked what she considered her greatest accomplishment as an author, said she had "literally worn the letters off two consecutive computer keyboards."

A public reception will begin at 5:00 pm with appetizers, refreshments, and a cash bar. The program starts at 6:00 pm sharp. Ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to submit a question for a possible live response from Jodi Picoult, New Hampshire's own novelist of the world.


Orchestra: $50

Box: $45

Balcony: $35

New Hampshire Humanities' Annual Celebration of the Humanities is our most important fundraiser, and supports hundreds of free public programs that bring residents together to explore essential questions of meaning and value. Join leaders from New Hampshire's  corporate, educational, philanthropic, civic, cultural, and nonprofit communities to hear our keynote speaker, Jodi Picoult, connect with one another, and support our ongoing work.

To watch via Livestream courtesy of NHPBS, click here at 6 pm on Wednesday, November 8!

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Fiduciary Trust of New England
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About our keynote speaker

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels, including Wish You Were HereThe Book of Two Ways, A Spark of Light, Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, and My Sister's Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page.

Picoult’s books have been translated into thirty-four languages in thirty-five countries. Four novels – The Pact, Plain Truth, The Tenth Circle, and Salem Falls - have been made into television movies. My Sister’s Keeper was a film released from New Line Cinema, with Nick Cassavetes directing and Cameron Diaz starring. Small Great Things has been optioned for motion picture adaptation by Amblin Entertainment and is set to star Viola Davis and Julia Roberts. Picoult’s two young adult novels, Between The Lines and Off The Page, co-written with her daughter Samantha Van Leer, have been adapted and developed by the authors into a musical entitled Between The Lines, which had its world premiere in 2017 at the Kansas City Repertory Theater and premiered off-Broadway in 2022.

Picoult is the recipient of many awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, the Alex Awards from the YALSA, a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America, the NH Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit and the Sarah Josepha Hale Award. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of New Haven. She is also a member of the advisory board for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

To learn more about Jodi, please visit