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John Grisham in Conversation With J. T. Ellison (Ticketed Virtual Event)

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

In his first basketball novel, New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court. Samuel “Sooley” Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams… and even bigger challenges off the court. In the summer of his 17th year, Samuel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basket­ball tournament. During the tournament, Samuel receives dev­astating news from home: A civil war is raging across South Sudan, and rebel troops have ran­sacked his village. His father is dead, his sister is missing, and his mother and two younger brothers are in a refugee camp. Partly out of sympathy, the coach of North Carolina Central offers him a scholar­ship. Samuel moves to Durham, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season. But Samuel has something no other player has: a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America. With the Central team losing and suffering injury after injury, Sooley is called off the bench. And the legend begins. But how far can Sooley take his team? And will success allow him to save his family? Gripping and moving, Sooley (Doubleday) showcases John Grisham’s unparalleled storytelling powers in a whole new light. This is Grisham at the top of his game. Grisham will be joined in conversation by thriller writer J. T. Ellison, author of Her Dark Lies and Emmy Award-winning cohost of the literary show, A Word on Words.

Please note: This is a ticketed event. Purchasing a preorder copy of Sooley ($28.95) entitles you to attend our virtual event with Grisham and Ellison on Wednesday, April 28, at 5pm (PT). After you’ve purchased the book, we will automatically register you for the Zoom event – and will send you a confirmation email two days prior to the event containing a Zoom link to the event and instructions on how to access it. A limited number of signed editions of Sooley are available, and will be shipped to ticket buyers while supplies last.

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April 28
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Portland, OR 97207