Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult served as the 2013 Harry Middleton Lecturer at the LBJ Presidential Library
Born Jodi Lynn Picoult
(1966-05-19) May 19, 1966
Nesconset, Long Island, New York, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1992–present
Spouse Timothy Warren Van Leer (m. 1989; 3 children)

Jodi Lynn Picoult (/ˈdi pˈk/;[1] born May 19, 1966) is an American author. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003.[2] Picoult currently has approximately 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide.[3]

Early life and education

Picoult was born and raised in Nesconset on Long Island; her family moved to New Hampshire when she was 13 years old. She has described her family as "non-practicing Jewish".[4] Picoult wrote her first story at age five, entitled "The Lobster Which Misunderstood".

She studied writing at Princeton University, and graduated in 1987. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she began a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. She earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University.


Picoult became the writer of DC Comics' Wonder Woman (vol. 3) series following the departure of fellow writer Allan Heinberg.[5][6] Her first issue (#6) was released on March 28, 2007, and her last was issue No. 10 (released on June 27, 2007).

Nineteen Minutes, Picoult's novel about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town, has become her first book to debut at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her book Change of Heart was published on March 4, 2008, and became Picoult's second novel to debut at No. 1 on the NYT Best Seller list.[7]

Personal life

She has been married to Timothy Warren Van Leer, whom she met while in college, since 1989.[8] They and their three children, Sammy, Kyle, and Jake, and a handful of pets, live in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Recurring characters

"It's always great fun to bring a character back, because you get to catch up on his/her life; and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel–you already know how he speaks, acts, thinks."[9]


Film and television adaptations


  1. English Pronunciation Guide to Names: "Jodi Picoult".
  2. "New England Book Awards". New England Independent Booksellers Association. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  3. Yabroff, Jennie (April 11, 2009). "Does Jodi Picoult Hurt Literature?". Newsweek. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  4. "A conversation with Jodi about Keeping Faith". Jodi Picoult. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  5. "Bestselling author tackles comic books: Bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult writing 'Wonder Woman'". CNN. April 26, 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  6. Wood, Sean M. (March 26, 2007). "Novelist takes a comic turn". San Antonio News.
  7. Cowles, Gregory. "Print & E-Books". The New York Times.
  8. "Jodi Picoult Weds Timothy van Leer". The New York Times. November 19, 1989. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
  9. "Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult". Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  10. "THE PI-CULT: December, 2007 – Edition". Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  11. "novels about family, relationships, love, & more". Jodi Picoult. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
  12. Gay, Roxanne (2016-10-11). "Jodi Picoult's New Novel Reviewed by Roxanne Gay". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
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Preceded by
Will Pfeifer
Wonder Woman writer
Succeeded by
J. Torres
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