Best-selling author John Grisham stops in Lexington to promote new book

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Two big-name authors sat down Wednesday night for a conversation at the Kentucky Theatre.

A sold-out crowd packed the theatre to see authors John Grisham and Kentucky's own Sue Grafton, from Louisville.

The event, presented by Joseph-Beth Booksellers, brought to Lexington two of the country's biggest and best-selling authors.

In a wide-ranging conversation that often got the crowd laughing and clapping, the two authors talked about their books, the craft of writing and their own process. They also answered questions from readers in the crowd.

Grisham is on a tour to promote his new book, The Rooster Bar, a legal thriller that explores the issues of student debt and for-profit colleges. Everyone who attended the event got a pre-signed copy of the novel included with their ticket purchase.

The novel also has a Kentucky connection: one of the characters is a University of Kentucky College of Law graduate.

"I try to spread around the wealth," Grisham told WKYT's Garrett Wymer of the decision to make that character a UK grad. "Mitch McDeere in The Firm was from Western Kentucky, I put him as an alum, and I still get letters from Western Kentucky alums who think he really went to school there. So I try to spread the wealth around."

Grafton also recently released a new book, Y is for Yesterday. It is the 25th novel in her Kinsey Millhone series, often referred to as the "Alphabet Series." With only one more letter to go, Grafton talked about nearing the end of the popular mystery series.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of the Kentucky Theatre.

Organizers said the two authors' conversation was recorded and will be released as a podcast.

The event also put on display some of the Kentucky Theatre's new renovations. The theatre was closed for much of October to allow crews to update the concession stand, restrooms, and acoustics in the main theatre.

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