Talks, book signings, reception planned
Williamstown, MA—Book your Columbus Day weekend now and join New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult for a special event at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, October 8 to mark the debut of her highly anticipated new novel, Small Great Things. Picoult discusses her most personal novel to date in author talks at 1 pm and 4 pm; book signings are scheduled at 2 pm and during a cocktail reception at 5 pm.

Tickets are $60 ($40 Clark members) and include museum admission, one signed copy of Small Great Things, tickets to one talk and to the reception, and a Random House gift bag. Additional books will be available for purchase. Seating is limited and reservations are required; to reserve, visit, or call 212-572-2694 with questions.

Small Great Things tells the story of Ruth Jefferson, a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-six novels including Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), My Sister's Keeper (2004), Nineteen Minutes (2007), Sing You Home (2011), Lone Wolf (2012), The Storyteller (2012), Leaving Time (2014), and two young adult novels: Between the Lines (2012) and Off the Page (2014), co-written with her daughter Samantha van Leer. Her last eight novels have debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Small Great Things will be published as a Ballantine hardcover on October 11, 2016. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband. They have three children. 

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.  
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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