OFFSITE & TICKETED: Jodi Picoult, A Spark of Light

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult for a discussion of her new novel, A Spark of Light, a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation...and, hopefully, understanding. Tickets for this special offsite event (at Peace United Church, 900 High Street) are on sale below and at Bookshop Santa Cruz. 

Ticket packages are $33.00 and include one pre-signed copy of A Spark of Light (which you will receive at the event). A companion ticket (event only, no book included) is available for $5 when purchasing a ticket package. PURCHASE TICKETS BELOW OR AT BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZ.

Please note: In lieu of personalization, all copies of A Spark of Light will be pre-signed and a professional photographer (arranged by the publisher) will be on-site to capture a personal meet-and-greet. 

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women's reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

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.

"A courageous and important work." Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This riveting drama is sure to be supremely satisfying."Redbook

"Page-turning . . . a novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today."San Francisco Book Review

"A book that needs to be read." The Detroit News

"Picoult has outdone herself."St. Louis Post Dispatch

You may choose to purchase one additional companion ticket with your purchase of an event ticket package.

Ticket packages are $33 and include ONE ticket for entry to our October 16th event with Jodi Picoult at the Peace United Church, and one copy of her new novel A Spark of Light. You may purchase one additional Companion Ticket for $5 with the purchase of this ticket package to bring a guest with you to the event. 

Tickets cannot be shipped, must be PREPAID, and must be picked up at Bookshop Santa Cruz or at Will Call (starting at 6:30) at the Peace United Church

Ticket packages will include a voucher redeemable for one presigned copy of A Spark of Light, which you will receive at the venue on the night of the event.

SKU: S9780345544988

If you cannot attend this event, you can still have a copy of A Spark of Light signed at the event. Books must be paid for in advance and can either be shipped or held for pick-up in the store. Internet orders must be placed by October 15th. After that, please call the store to inquire about signed editions.

Books for this event will be signed by the author in advance and therefore not personalized.


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