John Grisham returns to Square Books


Raffle has ended. We'll draw the winners on Monday, May 22nd.

One of the more colorful aspects of Square Books' history involves the many book signings held here when John Grisham began writing books. These went from a family-and-friends affair for A Time to Kill, to lines going out the door, down Van Buren and around the corner at 11th St. beyond Harrison, requiring John to ice down his arm every few hours or so. Eventually this changed, and we now typically receive enough signed copies to satisfy orders from his (and our) faithful readers.

He will have a new suspense novel out this fall, but, come June 6, we will have Camino Island, and John Grisham will return to Square Books for a limited appearance on June 20.

For those of you are ordering (or have already ordered) signed copies of Camino Island, we will ask if you would like to participate in a raffle, a drawing of 200 names (by publisher's guidelines) whereby those selected may have the opportunity to get their copies of Camino Island signed in person. The drawing will be an open affair—we will not try to game the system. You have until May 19th to enter the raffle. Here are the details:

  • You may still order and receive signed copies of the book, regardless whether you wish to enter the raffle.
  • Raffle ends May 19th. Winners will be notified May 22. Don't call us, we'll call you, please.
  • Raffle winners may get one or two (but no more) copies signed at the in-person event—only copies of Camino Island purchased from Square Books, no older books or memorabilia, etc.
  • The signing will begin at 1 p.m. June 20. Raffle winners may come to the main store beginning 9 a.m. to pick up your ticket. The tickets, valid for one person per ticket, will help us do the signing in an orderly fashion and to prevent people from having to stand in line too long.
  • At 5 p.m. raffle winners may return to Off Square Books to attend a live interview with John Grisham. At this event there will be no book-signing, etc. 

Camino Island opens with a Princeton library heist of valuable manuscripts, a charismatic bookstore owner (no, this resembles no one we know) whose sideline of antiquarian books might have a shady side, and a young woman, a struggling writer, who is hired by an insurance firm to find facts and play dumb. The recipe of interesting characters and a rollicking plot, sprinkled with literary treats, makes for Grisham at his best. — RH