Famous Arkansan: John Grisham

Several well-known people have roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to Jermain Taylor. Check here every Monday as we highlight a new Famous Arkansan each week. Today,
Meet: John Grisham

Zoie Clift


I read a lot. And for some reason, I do more reading in the summer
than any other time of year. Or maybe it just seems that way. Regardless, more
often than not, I’d bet a John Grisham novel has made it into the library or
summer reading list of most at some point in time.
The Arkansas born (1955 in
Jonesboro) lawyer and prolific writer is one of the nation’s most widely read
storytellers. He has penned such books as A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The
Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Runaway Jury,
and The Chamber, all of
which have been translated into movies. The most recent (which was released
this year) being The Associate, starring Shia LaBeouf. 
His book, A Painted House, was also made into a television movie and filmed on location here in Lepanto.
His newest book ( The Confession) will be released in October and he recently released his first children’s book. 
Here is a quick recap of
how his career got started care of his website:
‘Long before his name
became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a
week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before
going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby

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