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John Grisham is making a rare appearance, but his Charlotte event sold out quickly

John Grisham will be at Park Road Books in Charlotte on June 14 for a book signing for his 30th book, “Camino Island.”
John Grisham will be at Park Road Books in Charlotte on June 14 for a book signing for his 30th book, “Camino Island.” AP

Best-selling author John Grisham is doing his first book tour in 25 years, and one of the stops will be at Park Road Books, the Charlotte bookstore announced Tuesday.

Only 200 tickets at $32 apiece were available for the event. It sold out withing six hours, the bookstore said Wednesday.

Grisham will be at the store from 1-6 p.m. June 14 for a book signing and discussion of his new book “Camino Island.” It’s the 30th book from Grisham, who gained fame for such legal thrillers as “The Pelican Brief,” “The Firm” and “The Runaway Jury.”

“We’re really excited he wanted to come here,” bookstore events coordinator Megan Minard said. “His publicist approached us. I think he wanted to give back to the independent bookstores who have supported him over the years.”

The bookstore is in the Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Road.

The ticket to the event gains admittance to both the book signing and discussion, and the book signing portion is from 1 to 5 p.m. Grisham will sign up to two copies of his new book, but will not sign any other book.

Grisham took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to say he was “looking forward to visiting bookstores again. It’s been a long while.”

His new book involves a heist from an Ivy League university’s library, a black market for stolen books and manuscripts on “Camino Island” in Florida and a down-on-her-luck novelist who is asked to go undercover and unravel the mystery.

There are more than 300 million Grisham books in print worldwide, according to the author’s website, and his books have been translated into 40 languages.

Grisham has three other North Carolina appearances on the tour: at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh on June 13, Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville on June 15 and Scuppernong Books in Greensboro on June 27. No appearances are set for South Carolina.

Adam Bell: 704-358-5696, @abell

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