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Watch the latest session of In Conversation Together featuring Arkansas' own John Grisham.
In Conversation with John Grisham
Thursday, February 26, 2021
About John Grisham
Born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Grisham is an American novelist, attorney, politician, and activist, best known for his popular legal thrillers. There are currently over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, 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 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.
In October 2020, he released A Time for Mercy, the third story involving the characters established in his first novel, A Time to Kill, and further follows Jake Brigance's story, a Mississippi small-town lawyer representing a minor accused of murder.
Grisham devotes his time to several charitable causes, including his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised $8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 500 kids on 40 baseball and softball teams. He is also a long-time member of the Board of Directors of The Innocence Project, a non-profit organization working to reform the American criminal justice system using DNA science to exonerate wrongly convicted individuals.