Jodi Picoult's popularity continues unabated, as her latest hardcover novel, Vanishing Acts, debuts this week at #7 while the Washington Square Press edition of My Sister's Keeper marks week #5 on our trade paper list. Picoult, who was the subject of a February 14 PW Innovators profile, kicked off an extensive media and book-signing tour on March 1. Crowds have been turning out big time, reported publisher Atria, with more than 300 fans thronging her appearance last week at the Freehold, N.J., B&N. Two of the author's previous 11 novels, The Pact and Plain Truth, snared high ratings as TV movies for the Lifetime network, and the current bestseller is under option with Fine Line films. Copies in print of Vanishing Acts: 250,000 after two trips back to press; six printings of My Sister's Keeper bring that total to 350,000.
Volume 252 Issue 11 03/14/2005