Friday, February 14, 2020

6:00 PM

Trustees Theatre

216 E. Broughton, St.

Savannah, GA 31401-3402

John Grisham


In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. There were no witnesses, no one with a motive. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s. Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, but with Quincy Miller, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, who killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and will kill another without a second thought. With The Guardians, John Grisham delivers a classic legal thriller—with a twist.


For ten years John Grisham practiced law in a small town in Mississippi, much like Jake Brigance in A Time To Kill. He also served two terms in the State House of Representatives. In 1990, he gave up both the law and politics to write full-time, and since then has published at least one book a year. He has written one collection of short stories, one work of non-fiction, three books about sports, one comic novel, seven editions of his Theodore Boone series for children, a childhood memoir, and, at last count, more than twenty legal thrillers. Nine of his books have been adapted to film.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project in New York, and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia. John and his wife, Renee, live on a farm in rural Albemarle County, Virginia.

Note: John Grisham will not be signing books after his keynote address.  A limited number of signed copies of his book, The Guardians, will be for sale at Trustees Theater on Friday night and at the book sales tent on Festival Saturday if inventory permits.