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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

Oct. 30, 2002

John Grisham to headline library’s 2003 Novello Festival

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) is proud to announce that John Grisham, the No. 1 fiction writer in America and author of more than a dozen consecutive bestsellers, will make his first appearance in Charlotte at the library’s 2003 Novello Festival of Reading. His appearance will cap PLCMC’s celebration of its 100th anniversary as a Carnegie Public Library. Grisham will appear on Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at the Belk Theatre in the N.C. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

“This is a genuine coup,” says Robert Cannon, library executive director. “John Grisham makes very few public appearances like this, and Novello will be his first such appearance in about 10 years. It also will be his first appearance in Charlotte. It really will be a rare opportunity for Grisham fans to see and hear their favorite author.”

In addition to Novello, several Grisham-related events will also happen in 2003:

· His new thriller, The King of Torts, is set for publication.
· The Runaway Jury (1996) is being made into a movie starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman.
· ABC Television is set The Street Lawyer (1998) as a TV pilot.

John Grisham wrote his first novel, A Time to Kill, in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, the book eventually was published by a small press in 1988. The day after he had finished A Time to Kill, however, Grisham was already working on another novel, the story of a hot-shot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared to be. The book was The Firm. When he sold its film rights to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham became a “hot property” among publishers, and Doubleday Publishing bought the book rights. Spending 47 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, The Firm was the No. 1-selling novel of 1991. Since then, all of Grisham’s books have become bestsellers, including The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Summons – and the re-issue of A Time to Kill.

Final information about all of next year’s Novello Festival of Reading will be announced in early 2003. Novello fans can check the festival’s Web site,, for details as they become available.

For more than a century, PLCMC has provided essential community service and outreach to the citizens of the Charlotte area. Today it is one of the premiere libraries in the country – named  “Library of the Year” and “Library of the Future” in the 1990s – with 23 branches, 1.6 million volumes, 28,000 videos and DVDs and compact disks. The library also sponsors a variety of community-based programs – from computer- and Internet-education workshops to the award-winning Novello Festival of Reading, a celebration that accentuates the fun of reading and learning.

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