St. Louis County Library Hosts Mother-Daughter Writing Team Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

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Bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer will discuss their highly-anticipated first novel for teen readers, “Between the Lines” on Friday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble-Chesterfield Oaks.

Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer will visit St. Louis County Library.

Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer will visit St. Louis County Library.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation and Barnes & Noble are pleased to present a Reading Garden Event Series program with bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer. The authors will discuss their highly-anticipated first novel for teen readers, “Between the Lines.” The event will be on Friday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Reading Room of Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble-Chesterfield Oaks.

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter present their first-ever novel for teens, filled with romance, adventure, and humor.

What happens when happily ever after…isn’t? Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. “Between the Lines” may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah. And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

Jodi Picoult is the author of 19 novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers “House Rules,” “Handle With Care,” “Nineteen Minutes,” and “My Sister’s Keeper.” Her most recent world wide bestseller, “Lone Wolf,” was released in February.

Samantha van Leer is a junior in high school, who conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mom. In her spare time, she can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver—for whom the prince in this fairytale was named.

St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series hosts free family events with authors and musicians. Sponsors include Commerce Bank, Companion, and the Sara Guth Costigan Memorial Fund.

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made
for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit http://www.slcl.org.

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