Jodi Picoult, one of America's most popular writers, will be Thurber House's guest for an afternoon event with light bites and beverages. Following the refreshments, Picoult will speak about her novel, Small Great Things, which tackles the essential concerns of our time: prejudice, race and justice. Ruth Jefferson is an experienced nurse. After beginning a checkup on a newborn, Ruth is reassigned when the child's white supremacists parents don't want a black woman touching their baby. Later, Ruth is alone in the nursery when the baby goes into cardiac distress. She hesitates before performing CPR and is charged with a crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others - and themselves - might be wrong. You may purchase a ticket for $40 that includes the refreshments and the program, or a ticket for $60 that includes the refreshments, the program, and a copy of Small Great Things, which you will pick up at the event. The book will also be available for purchase at the event at list price.