Hook short story judge releases new book

Covesville resident John Grisham released The Appeal yesterday, his first legal thriller in three years.

"I don't think I'll ever get too far away from legal thrillers," says Grisham. "There are a lot of stories to be told and I'm always thinking about the next one or two."

The Appeal is Grisham's 21st book. "I didn't know I was going to write 21 books when I started out," he says. "I guess I've got to do something every year."

Yesterday on the Today Show, Grisham told Matt Lauer that bringing out a political tale of corruption during an election year is no coincidence. The story of a Mississippi chemical company owner who spends millions to elect a judge to overturn a $41 million settlement has already happened in West Virginia, according to Grisham. "Electing judges is a bad idea," says the authorly lawyer.

The recent Ted/Caroline Kennedy endorsement of Obama has not swayed Grisham from his support of Senator Hillary Clinton, for whom he hosted a fundraiser here at the Paramount September 23.

"I don't like the bickering," he says. "They should get along. They should do a better job of campaigning and let's keep the personal stuff out of it. And I think they're going to."

One of the best-selling writers ever (darn J.K. Rowling), Grisham picks and chooses a handful of events for his book tours, usually visiting six bookstores that supported him when he first started out.

That will leave time for him to judge the Hook's short story contest again. Entries are due February 12, and the winners will be announced at the Virginia Festival of the Book's opening ceremony March 26.

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MY WIFE AND I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH JOHN AT OUR RECORDING STUDIO, VIRGINIA ARTS, WHEN HE READ ONE OF HIS BOOKS FOR A BOOK ON TAPE. WE ENJOYED HIS COMMENTS CONCERNING MOVIES MADE FROM HIS BOOKS, AND, ESPECIALLY, ABOUT HIS EDITORS. (REMEMBER YOUR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER GRILLING YOUR WORK?). HE HAD NO PROBLEM IN RE-DOING WORK WHICH HIS EDITOR HAD CHANGED FROM HIS PERSONAL INTENTION. GO JOHN! BASEBALL SEASON IS COMING SOON!

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