Join us in welcoming one of the world's best selling authors, Jodi Picoult, to Brisbane. Jodi will discuss her brand new novel, Small Great Things, with the wonderful Francis Whiting.
Small Great Things is about race in America, in the present day,” says Picoult. “It is the book that has pushed me the furthest into confronting my own unseen prejudices and privileges as a white woman in America.”
“Too often, and too recently, we have seen acts of violence taking place that have a root of racism at their core, yet racism is never mentioned in the courtroom proceedings following. Think about the George Zimmerman trial, for example, which most people referred to as the Trayvon Martin trial, even though Trayvon Martin was the deceased victim and was not on trial. Racism was never mentioned as a motive for that shooting, although there was plenty of talk in the media about the terror factor of a dark-skinned boy in a hoodie.”
“Why do many whites tell you that racism isn’t as bad as it used to be, but people of colour say differently? And in terms of publishing – why are books about modern day racism written usually by authors of colour, while white writers choose the safer route of addressing racism from a historical perspective? The answer is because racism is the one conversation this country doesn't want to have. It's too scary, it's hard, and we fear saying the wrong thing even if we are well-intentioned. Which is exactly why I think we need to start talking.”
Small Great Things is Jodi Picoult at her very best: suspenseful, thought-provoking and moving.
Jodi will meet fans and sign copies of her books after the event. Copies of her books will be available to purchase on the night.