John Grisham’s 1989 legal thriller A Time to Kill, which was made into a film starring Matthew McConaughey, is being adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes and directed by Ethan McSweeny. The play, revolving around a young white Mississippi lawyer defending a black man for revenge murder, will open on Broadway October 20, two days before Sycamore Row, Grisham’s sequel to A Time to Kill is due out. Read more in this NYT article and check out the EPL catalog for other books by this best-selling novelist.
– Which is just what the 23 southern writers featured in the upcoming anthology Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit did! Like William Faulkner before them (who won a Nobel Prize 25 years after resigning from the post office), the acclaimed authors in this collection, edited by Sonny Brewer, all gave up their day jobs. You can listen to an interview on NPR with Mr. Brewer and Winston Groom here, and read John Grisham’s essay here. The book is due out in October.