Jodi Picoult is New Hampshire-based novelist.
Songs of the Humpback Whale, The Pact, Plain Truth, Salem Falls, My Sister's Keeper, House Rules, Sing You Home, Lone Wolf
2003 New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, 2007 Cosmopolitan magazine’s Fearless Fiction Award
Which one or two American books or plays would you yourself recommend to the foreign leaders?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Beloved by Toni Morrison
Who in your childhood—for example, parent or teacher—encouraged you to read books, and which one or two books do you remember most fondly?
My mother was the one who encouraged me to read. She was ALWAYS reading, and one of the first memories I have is learning how to sign my name so I could go get my own library card. I remember her giving me the All-of-a-Kind Family series of books, Little House on the Prairie, and later, Gone with the Wind.
Which books by writers of the other G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom) have been most important to you as a writer?
I am a big fan of Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel, Kazuo Ishiguro, and of the unparalleled imagination of J.K. Rowling. And of course, I was greatly influenced by the British and Irish classics: Shakespeare, Byron, Keats, Shelley, Yeats, Austen.