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Dear Friends



The Trustees of Graves Public Library are pleased to announce a virtual
lunch conversation with John Grisham on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 12:00

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel
a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The
Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer,
The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The
Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing
for Pizza, The Appeal, The Associate, The Confession, The Litigators, Calico
Joe, The Racketeer, Sycamore Row, Gray Mountain, Rogue Lawyer, The Whistler,
Camino Island, The Rooster Bar, The Reckoning, and The Guardians) and all of
them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 300
million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated
into 40 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm,
The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A
Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original
screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marked his
first foray into non-fiction, and Ford County (November 2009) was his first
short story collection.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return,
after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment
made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer:
representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned
between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as
his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case,
earning them a jury award of $683,500-the biggest verdict of his career.

When he's not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including
most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars
for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up
with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a
professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League
commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host
to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

Tickets will be available soon through Eventbrite ($50pp includes the link
to this special event and a copy of The Judge's List - available in stores
and libraries on October 19).  All proceeds benefit Graves Library. Please
call us for details (207-967-2778).