JODI PICOULT – Live & In-Person on “Wish You Were Here” with Ann Leary – SOLD OUT

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December 2, 2021 • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Mark Twain House & Museum is delighted to welcome New York Times-bestselling author Jodi Picoult for a fourth time! This event will be held live and in-person at Immanuel Congregational Church (10 Woodland Street, Hartford; directly across the street from The Mark Twain House on the corner of Farmington Avenue and Woodland Street). Each ticket will include a signed copy of Jodi’s highly-anticipated new novel WISH YOU WERE HERE. We are thrilled to have novelist and journalist Ann Leary (The Children, The Good House) as Jodi’s conversation partner for this event.

From the number one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things and The Book of Two Ways comes “a powerfully evocative story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising).

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by 30, done having kids by 35, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. She’s an associate specialist at Sotheby’s now, but her boss has hinted at a promotion if she can close a deal with a high-profile client. She’s not engaged just yet, but she knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their romantic getaway to the Galápagos – days before her 30th birthday. Right on time.

But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city, and on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: It’s all hands on deck at the hospital. He has to stay behind. You should still go, he assures her, since it would be a shame for all of their nonrefundable trip to go to waste. And so, reluctantly, she goes.

Almost immediately, Diana’s dream vacation goes awry. Her luggage is lost, the Wi-Fi is nearly nonexistent, and the hotel they’d booked is shut down due to the pandemic. In fact, the whole island is now under quarantine, and she is stranded until the borders reopen. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. Slowly, she carves out a connection with a local family when a teenager with a secret opens up to Diana, despite her father’s suspicion of outsiders. In the Galápagos Islands, where Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was formed, Diana finds herself examining her relationships, her choices, and herself – and wondering if when she goes home, she, too, will have evolved into someone completely different.

Tickets are $30 and include a signed copy of Wish You Were Here. Our previous appearances with Jodi Picoult have sold out, so be sure to register today by CLICKING HERE.

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Please note for this event, we will be requiring guests to provide proof of vaccination or a a negative COVID test and to wear a mask throughout the program.

Proof of vaccination OR Negative Covid Test

  • Please be prepared to show your physical vaccination card or a photo of your card.
  • Those who are not eligible for the vaccine (children under 12) or need reasonable accommodation due to a medical exemption or a sincerely held religious belief, must provide proof of one of the following:
    • Negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time, or
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time.

Mask Policy

Masks are required for all patrons regardless of vaccination status and must cover the mouth and nose. Food and drinks will NOT be allowed in the church. If a patron does not have an acceptable mask, a mask will be provided.
About the Author: 
Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign and its Travelers Arts Impact Grant program, with major support from The Travelers Foundation. For more information call 860-247-0998 or visit


December 2, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Mark Twain House & Museum
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Immanuel Congregational Church
10 Woodland Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06105 United States
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