Grisham to discuss U.S. prisons

The state of the nation’s prison system will be the topic of the Legal Aid Justice Center’s annual fundraising event. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, and John Grisham will act as master of ceremonies. “Incarceration Nation” will feature a panel discussion about the prison reform movement and an episode of the documentary series “30 Days” featuring filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s month in jail.

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A Note from John Grisham

“The good stories stick, but they’re not always long enough to become novels. To give them life, and to make sure I don’t eventually forget them, I have collected seven of my favorites, seven longer stories, which Doubleday will publish next month. The collection is titled simply Ford County: Stories.” — John Grisham

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John Grisham's reading habits

John Grisham reads about 4-5 newspapers a day, including the Washington Post. He especially appreciates the obituaries as he gets inspiration for stories and names (since they are dead, they can’t sue him, he joked). His first and only (and perhaps last, as he admitted he’s not a lover of hours of research and writing facts) non-fiction work, The Innocent Man, came as a result of an obituary he read.

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