Virtual Event: TIP OFF! John Grisham in conversation with Wright Thompson for SOOLEY

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 12:00pm

TIP OFF! An exclusive pre publication virtual event: John Grisham in conversation with Wright Thompson for Sooley

Preorder a signed first edition Sooley to guarantee a courtside seat to this one-on-one exhibition talk featuring John Grisham and ESPN's Wright Thompson and a chance to win a basketball autographed by John. Monday, April 26 at 12 pm CST on Zoom. 

Purchase of the book from Square Books is required to attend. Zoom link will be shared the morning of the event. 


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. This is Grisham at the top of his game.


About the Author:
John Grisham
is the author of thirty-six novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and seven novels for young readers.

About the Host:
Wright Thompson
 is a senior writer for ESPN and the bestselling author of The Cost of These Dreams and Pappyland. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his family.

Event address: 

Virtual: Zoom
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$28.95
ISBN: 9780385547680
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Doubleday Books - April 27th, 2021