LIVESTREAM AUTHOR EVENT: John Grisham will be In Conversation with Joe Posnanski about John's New Novel ~ Sooley

LIVESTREAM AUTHOR EVENT OVERVIEW: Rainy Day Books, Penguin Random House, and Mid-Continent Public Library present A Conversation with John Grisham and Joe Posnanski in support of Sooleythe New Novel by John Grisham. A limited number of Event Registrations will include an autographed hardcover copy of John Grisham's new novel Sooley.

ABOUT JOHN GRISHAM: John Grisham is the author of thirty novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six novels for young readers.

ABOUT JOE POSNANSKI: Joe Posnanski is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of six books, including Paterno, The Soul of Baseball and The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini. He is a national columnist for The Athletic and was a Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports. He has been named National Sportswriter of the Year by five different organizations and is won two Emmy Awards as part of NBC's digital Olympics coverage. He also co-hosts the PosCast podcast with television producer and writer Michael Schur and is co-founder of Passions in America, a project dedicated to bringing people together and finding common ground.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in his first basketball novel.

Samuel “Sooley” Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams…and even bigger challenges off the court. In the summer of his seventeenth 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. He has never been away from home, nor has he ever been on an airplane. The opportunity to be scouted by dozens of college coaches is a dream come true. Samuel is an amazing athlete, with speed, quick­ness, and an astonishing vertical leap. The rest of his game, though, needs work, and the American coaches are less than impressed. 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. Samuel desperately wants to go home, but it’s just not possible.

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. There is plenty of more mature talent and he isn’t immediately needed. But Samuel has something no other player has: a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America. He works tirelessly on his game, shooting baskets every morning at dawn by himself in the gym, and soon he’s dominating everyone in practice. With the Central team los­ing and suffering injury after injury, Sooley, as he is nicknamed, 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 showcases John Grisham’s unparalleled storytelling powers in a whole new light.

LIVESTREAM AUTHOR EVENT DATE & TIME:  Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 1:00 PM, Central Time

AUTHOR EVENT REGISTRATION: Register for this event at EventBrite: LINK. Event registration will begin on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM Noon Central Time.

A limited number of Event Registrations will include an autographed hardcover copy of John Grisham's new novel Sooley. 

A livestream link will be e-mailed before the event.

ABOUT MID-CONTINENT PUBLIC LIBRARY: Founded in 1965, Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area, operating 33 locations and serving more than 800,000. MCPL is an award-winning library system that strives to enrich citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration. The Story Center, a mission-enhancement program of MCPL, invites all ages to explore the many aspects of storytelling through unique programs and workshops. Learn more at

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