Spring Break in Nashville (con't)
As I mentioned on 'J' day, I saw Jodi Picoult in Nashville. She was on tour with her new novel Sing You Home. So what can I tell you, I haven't already?
A CD is included with the book. The songs reflect the feelings Zoe, Picoult's main character experiences throughout the book. Ellen Wilber collaborated with and wrote the music for Picoult's lyrics. This collaboration produced a CD of melodic and emotional folk songs.
The talk ended with Ellen Wilber taking to the stage with guitar in hand and performing three tracks from the CD. One clear voice, accompanied by one lone guitar.
All that was left, was the actual book signing. People queued up and waited their turn. Helpers walked up and down along the line with yellow post-it pads asking who you wanted your personalized book made out to. I earmarked my copy of Sing You Home for my daughter Ciolagh. Post-it note lady wrote out as I spelled C, I, O, L, A, G, H. Raising an eyebrow she gave me a quizzical look before moving onto the person behind me.
It was finally my turn. I moved to the table opening the book to the Post-it page. Jodi Picoult looked at the post-it note and said, “Oh Key-la is it?” I was dumbfounded! She had pronounced my daughter’s name properly. She didn’t massacre it with the usual See-O-lag. All I could do was nod my head. Words deserted me. Seeing my shock as she passed the book to Ellen Wilber, Jodi added, “I have spent time in Ireland.” My eloquent and profound reply was, “Oh.” And so ended my incredibly articulate and informative verbal exchange with Jodi Picoult in Nashville.