Best-selling author John Grisham to speak at Princeton University

John Grisham

Novelist John Grisham will speak at Princeton University at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in Richardson Auditorium.

The title of the event, “Appearing at the Scene of the Crime, John Grisham Visits Princeton,” references his recent popular novel “Camino Island,” which opens with a suspenseful theft scene in which the F. Scott Fitzgerald papers are stolen from Princeton University’s Firestone Library.

Grisham will speak about his books and the art of writing with moderator Maria DiBattista, a professor of English at Princeton. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton University Library. Admission is free. Tickets for the general public will become available starting at noon on Oct. 19 at tickets.princeton.edu. Priority will be given to members of the Friends of the Princeton University Library prior to Oct. 19. (Editor’s note – as of 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, all the tickets for the public were distributed).  Pre-signed copies of “Camino Island” and “The Rooster Bar” will be available through Labyrinth Books. Grisham will not sign books at the event.

Best known for his popular legal thrillers, Grisham has written more than three dozen books. A graduate of Mississippi State University, he attended the University of Mississippi School of Law and practiced criminal law for about a decade. His first novel, “A Time to Kill,” was published in 1989, four years after he began writing it. His first bestseller was “The Firm.” The book sold more than seven million copies and was adapted into a 1993 film starring Tom Cruise.

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