Jacquelyn Mitchard, the author of the best-selling novel, "The Deep End of the Ocean," will speak March 2 at Fairfield University.

Mitchard will discuss her recent sequel, "No Time to Wave Goodbye," at the Inspired Writer Series, a program that begins at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Fairfield U. campus center. She will read selections from her new novel, as well as talk with the audience and sign copies of the book.

Mitchard's "The Deep End of the Ocean" was chosen as the first book for Oprah Winfrey's Book Club and named by USA Today in 2007 as one of the most influential books of the past 25 years.

"I am delighted to have Jackie Mitchard, one of the country's most important and beloved novelists, join our MFA program as a faculty member. And we are delighted that she can take time to be here on campus for this very special reading of her latest work," Michael White, the program director, said in a statement. "Her novels are that rarest of rare delights, literary works that are also passionate and riveting."

Mitchard has written has seven other best-selling novels to her credit, including "The Most Wanted" (1998), "A Theory of Relativity" (2001), "Twelve Times Blessed" (2003), "Christmas, Present" (2004), "The Breakdown Lane" (2004), "Cage of Stars" (2005), "Still Summer" (2007), as well as an essay collection, "The Rest of Us: Dispatches From the Mothership" (1997). She also has written five novels for teenagers and four for younger children.

A former syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services, Mitchard now is a contributing editor for Parade magazine, and a frequent contributor to magazines such as Reader's Digest, More and Real Simple. Her screenplays include "A Serpent's Egg" with Amy Paulsen, and "Doing Fine" with John Roach.

A Ragdale Foundation Distinguished Fellow, she has also written two nonfiction books, "Mother Less Child: The Love Story of a Family" and "Jane Addams of Hull House."

Recipient of the Maggie Award for Public Service Magazine Journalism, she is the founding organizer of One Writer's Place, a small residence for writers and artists healing through creativity after difficult life circumstances, which accepted its first residents in 2008. Mitchard lives in Wisconsin with her husband Christopher Brent, and their nine children.

Admission to the March 2 program costs $10. To make reservations, contact Laura Keller at lkeller@fairfield.edu or by phone, 203-254-4110.