Grisham in the Grisham Room

This photo provided by Megan Bean shows John Grisham, left, a 1977 Mississippi State graduate and best-selling author, who made an unannounced stop Tuesday at his alma mater, where he visited the John Grisham Room of Mitchell Memorial Library and spoke with students reading and discussing his novel “A Painted House.” Mississippi State President Mark Keenum listened attentively as Grisham shared insights with faculty and students who are part of the Maroon Edition common reading program. (AP Photo/Mississippi State University, Megan Bean)

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