IN PERSON: Jodi Picoult, author of By Any Other Name, in conversation with Hannah Whitten

Jodi Picoult's author photo, copyright Tim LlewellynHannah Whitten's author photoParnassus Books and Belmont University are pleased to present an evening with Jodi Picoult to celebrate her new book, By Any Other Name, in conversation with Hannah Whitten.

This ticketed event will take place on Friday, August 23rd at 6:30 PM at Belmont University’s Massey Performing Arts Center, 1922 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212.

Doors will open at 5:30.


Each ticket is $35.00 and includes one general admission seat and one signed copy of By Any Other Name. There will be no personalizations and no signing line following the event. There will be a line for photos with Jodi following the event, and each ticket comes with admission to the photo line and a professional photo with the author.


Limited free parking is available on Acklen Avenue between the Lila Bunch Library / Gallery of Iconic Guitars & Massey Performing Arts Center. Additional free parking is available in the Curb Events Center Garage at 1520 Bernard Avenue (a 5-7 minute walk to the event)

About the book:

From the New York Times bestselling co-author of Mad Honey comes a novel about two women, centuries apart--one of whom is the real author of Shakespeare's plays--who are both forced to hide behind another name.

Young playwright Melina Green has just written a new work inspired by the life of her Elizabethan ancestor Emilia Bassano. But seeing it performed is unlikely, in a theater world where the playing field isn't level for women. As Melina wonders if she dares risk failure again, her best friend takes the decision out of her hands and submits the play to a festival under a male pseudonym.

In 1581, young Emilia Bassano is a ward of English aristocrats. Her lessons on languages, history, and writing have endowed her with a sharp wit and a gift for storytelling, but like most women of her day, she is allowed no voice of her own. Forced to become a mistress to the Lord Chamberlain, who oversees all theatre productions in England, Emilia sees firsthand how the words of playwrights can move an audience. She begins to form a plan to secretly bring a play of her own to the stage--by paying an actor named William Shakespeare to front her work.

Told in intertwining timelines, By Any Other Name, a sweeping tale of ambition, courage, and desire centers two women who are determined to create something beautiful despite the prejudices they face. Should a writer do whatever it takes to see her story live on . . . no matter the cost? This remarkable novel, rooted in primary historical sources, ensures the name Emilia Bassano will no longer be forgotten.

About the author:

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine novels, including Mad Honey (co-authored with Jennifer Finney Boylan), Wish You Were Here, The Book of Two Ways, A Spark of Light, Small Great Things, Leaving Time, and My Sister's Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband.

About Hannah Whitten:

Hannah Whitten has been writing to amuse herself since she could hold a pen, and she figured out sometime in high school that what amused her might also amuse others. When she's not writing, she's reading, making music, or attempting to bake. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, her children, a dog, two cats, and probably some ghosts.



Event date: 
Friday, August 23, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Belmont University’s Massey Performing Arts Center
1922 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN 37212