Jodi Picoult

New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult will be in the Twin Cities in mid-March, to read from her new book, "Sing You Home." Picoult has written 17 novels, mostly about families, relationships and love. Last year, she gained notoriety when she spoke out against the literary establishment, claiming that critics ignore best-selling female authors while praising "white male literary darlings" -- notably, Jonathan Franzen.

Her apperance at 7:30 p.m. March 11 is sponsored by Barnes & Noble Galleria, but because of her enormous popularity the free event will be held at the Edina Performing Arts Center at Edina High School.