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December 21, 2017

Dear Reader,

So, here we are, with another holiday season upon us.

The days are short. The pace gets hectic with the shopping and errands and the parties; the cards to write and send; gifts to wrap and deliver; candles to light; trees to haul and decorate. So much food in the fridge. So much food to cook. So much food to eat! Cooped up with the kids and the dogs and cats, who pull down decorations, eat Santa’s cookies, and drink his milk.

In the midst of this often overwhelming profusion of activity and distraction, it’s easy to forget just how blessed we are on this beautiful Earth, in this great, sometimes baffling country. So much opportunity, so much abundance, so much affluence. Yes, there’s strife and suffering, but there’s also grace, and kindness, and humility, and generosity.

It’s my hope and my wish for you this holiday season that you catch your breath long enough to take stock of your blessings: good health, simple pleasures, the people you love, the people who love you, the innocence of children, a fire in the hearth, a glass of wine, and a good book. The book doesn’t even have to be one of mine.

Wishing you good cheer and all the blessings of the season,






John Grisham


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Published on December 21, 2017 08:27 • 891 views

November 2, 2017

I’ve had my share of #1 bestsellers, but I’m still surprised and delighted to hear the news.

I pinch myself all the time at the good fortune to do what I love for a living. As with most authors, I sit alone for months pulling words from the air and putting them on paper.  When I’m satisfied with the work, I send it off to my publisher, Doubleday.  Months later, I open a box to see and hold the bound book in my hands for the first time.  To discover, ultimately, that there are enough readers who are entertained by the work to put it on bestseller lists is a blessing beyond description.

Many, many thanks to my readers, and I bow to the best booksellers on the planet!

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October 19, 2017

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September 28, 2017

I’m hitting the the road again, visiting 7 cities this October and November to launch my new legal thriller, THE ROOSTER BAR!  Author guests will include Emma Straub, Amor Towles, Hampton Sides, Candice Millard, Clare Vanderpool, and Sue Grafton.

Ticket info/links are below.  Please note all copies of THE ROOSTER BAR will be pre-signed.  There are NO autographings at the events.

1. BROOKLYN – Tuesday, October 24 – 7:00pm

With Emma Straub and Amor Towles

At St. Ann’s Church

Sponsored by Books are Magic

Get Tickets   [Tickets ON-SALE MONDAY, 10/2 AT NOON EST]

2. PRINCETON – Wednesday, October 25 – 4:30pm

Princeton University – Richardson Auditorium

Sponsored by Friends of Princeton University Library

Get Tickets [Tickets are available to Friends of Princeton University Library starting today, 9/28.  Available to public on Thursday, 10/19]

3. MEMPHIS – Thursday, October 267:00pm

With Hampton Sides

At University Theater, Christian Brothers University

Sponsored by Burke’s Book Store and Novel Bookstore

Get Tickets (Burke’s)  

Get Tickets (Novel)

4. KANSAS CITY – Monday, October 30 – 7:00pm

With Candice Millard

At Unity Temple

Sponsored by Rainy Day Books

Get Tickets

5. WICHITA – Tuesday, October 31 – 6:00pm

With Clare Vanderpool

At Abode Venue

Sponsored by Watermark Books

Get Tickets [Tickets ON-SALE FRIDAY, 9/29 at 10:00AM CST]

6. LEXINGTON – Wednesday, November 1 – 7:00pm

With Sue Grafton

At The Kentucky Theater

Sponsored by Joseph-Beth Booksellers

Get Tickets

7. WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, November 8 – 7:00pm

At Sidwell Friends School

Sponsored by Politics & Prose

Get Tickets [Tickets ON-SALE MONDAY, 10/2 at NOON EST]

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Published on September 28, 2017 07:25 • 1,072 views

June 22, 2017

John Grisham’s new podcast, “Book Tour with John Grisham,” launches today with an episode recorded in front of a live audience at Northshire Books that features the store’s co-owner, Chris Morrow; Grisham’s longtime agent and editor, David Gernert; and bestselling novelist, Jodi Picoult.

Future episodes will include Greg Iles, Harlan Coben, Janet Maslin of the New York Times, Ron Rash, Lisa Scottoline, Ann Patchett, Jon Meachem, Clyde Edgerton, and David Grann, and are recorded at stores like RJ Julia, Quail Ridge, Malaprop’s, Square Books, Lemuria, and Politics & Prose.

There’s a lot of dish about bookselling, publishing, Hollywood, the writing life, as well as fun interaction with the audience.

Listen and subscribe now!

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Published on June 22, 2017 08:55 • 404 views

June 10, 2017

Play the Bay Books Heist Game and enter the sweepstakes for your chance to win an extremely rare, autographed Wynwood Press edition of John Grisham’s first novel.

Only 5000 copies were printed in 1989.  Pristine copies like this rarely pop up and the autograph magnifies its value.

US only | 18+ | No purchase necessary | See complete rules

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Published on June 10, 2017 08:37 • 1,093 views

May 19, 2017

April 18, 2017

Celebrate John Grisham’s 30th novel–CAMINO ISLAND–and his first bookstore tour in 25 years!  Seating is extremely limited–see full tour schedule and event guidelines below.
EVENT GUIDELINES (Please check each individual store listing)

•  Events are ticketed – 1 ticket per person, which will include a copy of CAMINO ISLAND.

•  Ticket costs vary.  Check store listings.

•  Events will be strictly limited to 200 people only.

•  Mr. Grisham will personalize and sign up to 2 copies of CAMINO ISLAND (1 copy included with event ticket, 1 copy purchased on-site only).


•  Photos will be permitted.

•  The event will be structured into two parts: book signing and discussion/Q&A.

•  Your ticket will gain admittance to both the book signing line AND in-store discussion UNLESS space is limited – check in-store seating guidelines below.

•  The book signing portion of the event will be from either 1 to 5pm or 2 to 6pm only – check timing of each venue.  You must have your ticket on-hand to join the line, which will be first-come, first-serve.

•  All books MUST be signed during the signing window – there will NOT be an autographing after the event.

•  Mr. Grisham’s in-store discussion will begin at either 5 or 6pm – check timing of each venue.  You must keep your ticket on-hand to join the discussion portion of the event.

•  Seating at the discussion will be first-come, first-serve. There will not be assigned seating.


Here are the tour cities and dates:
Tuesday, June 6 – Paramus, NJ
1:00 to 5:00pm signing
5:00pm event/discussion
Barnes & Noble Paramus
765 Route 17 South

Paramus, NJ 07652
Ticket cost: Free. Wristbands for the event will be distributed to the first 200 people when the store opens at 9:00am on Thursday, June 1.
Store phone: 201-445-4589


Wednesday, June 7 – Madison, CT
1:00 to 5:00pm signing
5:00pm event/discussion
R. J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Rd.
Madison, CT 06443
Ticket cost: $35.00
Store phone: 203-245-3959
Ticket link:
PLEASE NOTE: 200 tickets will be sold for the signing line.  Event seating is confirmed for the first 120 ticket holders ONLY.


Thursday, June 8 – Manchester Center, VT
1:00 to 5:00pm signing
5:00pm event/discussion
Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Ticket cost: $32.00
Store phone: 802-362-2200
Ticket link:


Tuesday, June 13 – Raleigh
1:00 to 5:00pm signing
5:00pm event/discussion
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road

Raleigh, NC 27609
Ticket cost: $28.95
Store phone: 919-828-1588
Ticket link:
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for the Quail Ridge event will go on-sale at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, 4/19.


Wednesday, June 14 – Charlotte, NC
1:00 to 5:00pm signing
5:00pm event/discussion
Park Road Books
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
Ticket cost: $32.00
Store phone: 704-525-9239
Ticket link:


Thursday, June 15 – Asheville, NC
1:00 to 5:00pm signing
5:00pm event/discussion
Malaprop’s Bookstore
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Ticket cost: $35.00
Store phone: 800-441-9829
Ticket link:


Tuesday, June 20 – Oxford, MS
1:00 to 5:00pm signing
5:00pm event/discussion
Square Books
160 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Ticket cost:  Free. For every customer who pre-purchases a copy of CAMINO ISLAND by May 19, you will be entered into a raffle for the CAMINO ISLAND event.  200 ticket winners will be notified sometime the following week.  After May 19, customers may continue to order signed copies of CAMINO ISLAND as long as available.
Store phone: 662-236-2262


Wednesday, June 21 – Jackson, MS
1:00 to 5:00pm signing
5:00pm event/discussion
Lemuria Books
202 Banner Hall – 4465 I-55 N
Jackson, MS 39206
Ticket cost: $32.00. Tickets will go on-sale Tuesday, May 16th at 9:00am in person, at Lemuria ONLY. No tickets will be sold online or via phone.
Store phone: 601-366-7619 or 800-366-7619


Thursday, June 22 – Nashville, TN

2:00 to 6:00pm signing
6:00pm event/discussion
Parnassus Books
Hillsboro Plaza Shopping Center
3900 Hillsboro Pike #14
Nashville, TN 37215
Ticket cost: $100 and will benefit Humanities Tennessee.
Store phone: 615-953-2243
Ticket link:


Tuesday, June 27 – Greensboro, NC
1:00 to 5:00pm signing
5:00pm event/discussion
Scuppernog Books
304 S Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Ticket cost: $35.00
Store phone: 336-763-1919
Ticket link:


Wednesday, June 28 – Washington, DC
2:00 to 6:00pm signing
6:00pm event/discussion
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Ticket cost: $35.00
Store phone: 202-364-1919
Ticket link:


Thursday, June 29 – Doylestown, PA
1:00 to 5:00pm signing
5:00pm event/discussion
Doylestown Bookshop

16 S Main Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

Ticket cost: $35.00

Store phone: 215-230-7610

Ticket link:
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Published on April 18, 2017 08:51 • 1,051 views

February 7, 2017

CAMINO ISLAND, the 30th novel by bestselling author John Grisham, will be published by Doubleday on June 6, 2017, followed by his next legal thriller on October 24, 2017.  Announced first printing for each title is 1.5 million copies.

“We are thrilled to be publishing two books by John Grisham in 2017,” said Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor in Chief of Knopf.  “The first, CAMINO ISLAND, is a caper of the highest form.  Whether writing about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s handwritten manuscripts, the worlds of bookselling and publishing, or the cat-and-mouse game between criminals and the Feds that chase them, John has outdone himself. The second novel, coming in October, is one of John’s classic, suspense-filled legal thrillers and we’ll have more to share soon.”

About the book:  Bestselling author John Grisham stirs up trouble in paradise in his endlessly surprising new thriller.  Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them; a beach resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for, all in one long summer on Camino Island.

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Published on February 07, 2017 07:09 • 1,465 views