ALA Auditorium Speaker Series welcomes John Grisham

Contact: Karee Williams

ALA Conference Services



For Immediate Release

April 20, 2010

Chicago, IL—
John Grisham, who has authored a number-one bestselling novel of the year for seven consecutive years (1994–2000), will make a rare appearance at the ALA Auditorium Speaker Series on Monday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m. during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Grisham, best known for his legal thrillers, made the
Today’s list of “best-selling books of the last 15 years” 12 times. He is the author of 21 novels, one work of nonfiction and one collection of stories. His works are translated into 38 languages.

Grisham will be publishing his first-ever children’s books series for Penguin Young Readers Group, with “Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer.” The two novels in this new series will be aimed at readers ages 8-12. The first book in the series is scheduled for publication on May 25 2010, and will follow the adventures of a 13-year-old, amateur attorney who unwittingly becomes involved in a high-profile murder trial. The second book in the series, also featuring Theo, is due to be published in 2011.

Full registrants and Exhibits Supreme Badge registrants for the ALA Annual Conference will have access to all Auditorium Speaker Series sessions.

For more information about the 2010 ALA Annual Conference, the Auditorium Speaker Series, the Virtual Conference and other special programs and events, visit the Annual Conference Web site at