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5 Things You Need To Know Today: Feb. 26

Best selling author Jodi Picoult will be in Framingham tonight to speak about her newest book The Storyteller. Framingham Selectmen and School Committee are meeting tonight, too.

Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation.

1. New York Times best selling author Jodi Picoult has a new book, so that means a visit to Framingham. Picoult puts Framingham on her book tour stop each time she launches a new book.

Thanks to Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Shoppers World, Picoult will be speaking for free at Walsh Middle School tonight at 7. Attendees can purchase her latest book at the event, and Picoult will sign it.

Picoult writes on her website: "Boy, am I looking forward to hearing readers’ reactions to this book. It’s different. Grueling. There’s no trial. A third of it takes place over seventy years ago. There’s a Gothic fairytale embedded in it. It’s just not your usual Jodi Picoult novel. So what made me write it?"

About The Storyteller: Sage Singer is a baker, a loner, until she befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses—and then he confesses his darkest secret – he deserves to die because he had been a Nazi SS guard. And Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. How do you react to evil living next door? Can someone who's committed truly heinous acts ever atone with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And, if Sage even considers the request, is it revenge…or justice?

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2. The Framingham Teachers Association is planning a rally/protest at Memorial Hall tonight at 4:30.

3. Framingham School Committee is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. in the King Administration Building. On the agenda is a discussion of the 2013-14 school calendar, 21st Century and after school programming, Access Framingham lease, MEDITECH donation and recognition of National Merit finalists.

4. Framingham Selectmen are scheduled to meet tonight at 7 in the Memorial Building. On the agenda is discussion on a nuisance bylaw, code enforcement task force and an update on the snow budget.

5. Sunday night Argo won the Oscar for Best Picture. Have you seen the movie? If not, catch a free screening at the main Framingham Library today at 2 p.m.

Directed by Cambridge's Ben Affleck, the movie stars Affleck, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston. Inspired by real events in history, the movie tells the story of when militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez sprung into action to rescue American diplomats trapped at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

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