John Grisham has joked many times before, “Any literary success I have had is because of ‘Boo.’”
After watching Grisham during fall tryouts in 1974, Delta State University’s legendary baseball coach, Dave “Boo” Ferriss advised Grisham “to stick to the books.”
He did, and 20 successful novels later, Grisham is one of the best-selling authors in America. Grisham and “Boo” have remained close through the years, exchanging many letters and phone calls. Upon the release of every new book, Grisham never fails to send “Boo” a personalized copy with the inscription, “Thanks for putting me on the right career path, Coach.”
The two will reunite for the first time on Delta State’s campus, Monday, Feb. 11 for a night of entertaining storytelling inside the Bologna Performing Art Center. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the evening’s program at 7:30 p.m. A live auction will follow at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are currently on sale and available for $100. All proceeds will benefit the Athletic Department’s Green & White Scholarship Fund.