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April 27, 2021

This time it’s a different kind of court

I missed last year’s NCAA playoffs so much that I channeled my energies into writing SOOLEY, my first shot at basketball fiction, which is now on sale.

I hope you enjoy it.

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Published on April 27, 2021 06:17

April 16, 2021

Hitting the (virtual) road for SOOLEY

Yes, I’ll be doing a virtual tour for SOOLEY, beginning April 26.  The events are hosted by some of my favorite bookstores.Here’s the complete schedule with links:


Hope to see you out there!

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Published on April 16, 2021 09:14

January 28, 2021

This time, it’s a different kind of court.

Dear Reader,

I love sports, especially the college games I dreamed of playing in high school. But like those of the other kids in the neighborhood, my dreams were far greater than any discernable talent, and the college recruiters looked elsewhere.

Later in life, I discovered a different talent, one that is more satisfying and has given me a career that’s lasted much longer than any I could have pursued on the field or the court. Writers can go on for as long as their readers remain loyal, and so far, you have enjoyed my sports novels.

Bleachers came first in 2003, followed by Playing for Pizza in 2007 and Calico Joe in 2012 two football stories and one about baseball. For years I wanted to write a basketball novel but, as always, was forced to wait on the inspiration. Sooley was born two years ago when I watched a game in which a kid from Africa went wild on both ends of the court. His enthusiasm was contagious, his smile, infectious.

The hero in Sooley plays only twenty college games but in that short career captures the imagination of the sports world as the fans fall in love with him.

I hope you do too.

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Published on January 28, 2021 08:50

December 16, 2020

My Holiday Wish for You

Dear Reader,

Happy holidays.

To be offering such a greeting at the end of such a lousy year feels somewhat strange. But, we’ve made it. We’re closing out a period of time that will be considered nothing short of historic, and perhaps we will soon be able to look back with some measure of pride for surviving, those of us who are lucky. The pandemic is far from over, but there are encouraging signs that better days are on the horizon.

So, let’s give thanks and indulge in some holiday cheer. I thank you for your loyal support. We’ve been together for a long time, and I still find great satisfaction in writing books that you find entertaining and meaningful. As I’ve said many times before, if you didn’t enjoy the books, I certainly would not be writing them.

I published two books this year: Camino Winds in April and A Time for Mercy in October. Both were well received by you and I’ll be forever grateful. You inspire me to create other stories and keep writing.

Because of the pandemic, I’ve had little else to do but write, so I’ll be publishing two books again next year. And, with any luck, before too long we’ll meet in some crowded bookstore and say hello.

Until then, stay safe and keep close to what matters: family, friends, holiday traditions–and books.

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Published on December 16, 2020 09:29

October 12, 2020

Week One of My Virtual Book Tour

My virtual book tour kicks off today with events a Square Books, Lemuria Books, and Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore.  Hope to see you out there!


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Published on October 12, 2020 07:22

September 20, 2020

May 26, 2020

Why I Love Indie Bookstores

Hello Book Lovers:

John Grisham here, hiding on the farm in central Virginia, safe and secure. I trust you are too. Be careful out there.

Camino Winds was published recently, and normally I would be making the rounds, visiting stores to promote my new novel. But as you know, the world has changed dramatically in the past few months and almost nothing seems the same.

I had planned to tour with Camino Winds but that’s not possible now. With its prequel, Camino Island, I toured for the first time in twenty years and had a delightful time. I went to 25 bookstores and did all sorts of events with local writers. I enjoyed that, and I enjoyed meeting a lot of readers, but the most interesting part of the entire tour was hanging out in some wonderful independent bookstores. We have some great ones in this country, and they’re owned and run by dedicated people.

Independent booksellers view their stores as far more than retail outlets. They welcome debut authors on the road for the first time, and they welcome the literary stars for unforgettable readings. They host book clubs and story time for kids. They recommend the books they’ve read and loved, and they know the ones to keep away from certain customers. They host wine tastings, cooking classes, small concerts, recitals, and art fairs. Some have cafes, bars, and coffee shops. And the music – every store has its own sound and its own play list.

In many communities, the bookstore is the life of the town, the hub of commercial activity.

To booksellers, their stores are institutions that cannot fail.

They need your help, and we need them to stay vibrant.

Buy more books!

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Published on May 26, 2020 09:38

May 8, 2020

April 14, 2020

Looking for an escape?

Dear Reader,

Hope this finds you and yours sheltered and well.

Three years ago I published Camino Island. Starring no lawyers, the novel is about priceless manuscripts that are stolen from a prestigious library and make their way through the black market to Bruce Cable, a bookstore owner and rare-book dealer on Camino Island, a small fictional place in Florida.

By the time I finished writing it, I knew I would go back there for another story. Featuring many of the same characters but none of the original plot, Camino Winds is a sequel of sorts—even though it in no way requires you to have read Camino Island. It begins with a hurricane, in the middle of which a writer new to the island is murdered. The killer leaves behind almost no clues, and the local police are too overwhelmed by the storm’s aftermath to investigate. It is Bruce Cable who sets out to solve the murder.

When The Firm came out many years ago, one critic gleefully dismissed it as nothing more than a “beach book.” What’s wrong with beach books? Who doesn’t like to spend a long summer afternoon by the pool or in a hammock with a page-turner, lost in another world?

With Camino Island, my goal was to write a delightfully entertaining beach book, one with no message, no issue, no cause, no great injustice to be grappled with. It worked well enough, and I was encouraged to revisit the genre and the island.

Now, with the April 28 publication near and the world staggering from a historic pandemic, I hope that Camino Winds will be a diversion, an entertainment, a way for you to get lost in another world, if only for a short while.

Stay safe out there.

All best,

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Published on April 14, 2020 07:33