The Appeal of John Grisham, a new exhibi t featuring materials from the John Grisham Papers, was displayed in the John Grisham Room of MSU's Mitchell Memorial Library.
The new exhibit featured materials from the most recent additions to the John Grisham Papers chosen to highlight the author's "appeal" to the public: the writing of the novels, the book signings and fan letters, the movies and films, and Grisham's love of sports and generous support of worthy causes, both in Mississippi and elsewhere.
Included in the collection were manuscripts, letters, research materials, fan mail, marketing materials, awards, best-seller lists, photographs and other materials. Framed pieces on display were examples of the many pieces given to Grisham by grateful publishers, booksellers, filmmakers, friends and fans.
Mattie Abraham, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Libraries' manuscripts division, curates the Grisham Papers and installed the new exhibit.
"Mississippi State University has long exhibited pride in its alumni," Abraham says, "and the MSU Libraries' collection of papers reflects that pride and connection. Readers and researchers from all over the world have discovered the John Grisham Room and the Grisham Papers, and numerous groups have toured the Room to view its exhibits."
Materials included in the new exhibit were from the John Grisham Papers, which are housed in the Manuscripts Division of the Libraries' Special Collections Department. As of 2011, the Papers include materials through the publishing of The Associate (2009) and comprise some 100 cubic feet of materials. While the majority of the Papers is not open for research, through the generosity of John Grisham materials are exhibited for the public's education and enjoyment.
In addition to the John Grisham Papers, the MSU Libraries has a large collection of international editions of John Grisham works, and selected copies are on exhibit. The Grisham International editions that have been cataloged to date may be searched at http://library.msstate.edu/grishamroom/intltitles.asp.
Additional information about the John Grisham Room is available at http://library.msstate.edu/grishamroom.
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