Authors John Grisham (A Time for Mercy) and Ian Rankin (A Song for Dark Times) discuss their new books, revisiting long-time characters, writing crime novels, and frankly, anything else they’d like to discuss.

As part of the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public. To attend, please register below or simply make plans to watch on The video recording from this event will also be available to watch after the event concludes, on

This event will offer captions.

Thanks to our bookseller for this event, New Dominion Bookshop.

“Grisham has returned to the place closest to his heart… The trial is riveting…it’s striking how suspenseful the story is…how much we’re gripped by the small details.” —Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

“Rankin has found fresh ways to explore his insightful, cantankerous and independent character in each of Rebus’ reappearances… The superb A Song for the Dark Times—a prophetic title if ever there was one and a metaphor for Rebus’ life—works as a tale about mortality, lost opportunities, regrets and growing older… A Song for the Dark Times doesn’t miss a note in showcasing Rankin’s strong storytelling.” ―Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

UVA Gamma Knife Center

Thanks to the Gamma Knife Center at UVA for their support of this program.

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Thanks to our community partner for sharing information about this event: Wisconsin Book Festival

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