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Always obey your sister

July 27, 2011

I’m excited to be able to report that New York Times bestelling author James Grippando will be visiting our library on Thursday, August 18th.  He will be giving a presentation and autographing books beginning at 7 p.m.  in the FCCU Community Room of  Fort Atkinson’s Dwight Foster Public Library.

I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have convinced this well-known author to come to Fort Atkinson if not for his sister, Sue.   Sue lives in Fort Atkinson and helped convince Mr. Grippando’s publicist that a trip to the land of cheddarheads was in order.

Thank you, Sue!  We are excited to welcome Mr. Grippando to our newly renovated and expanded library and to our community.

Here are the details:

Come and spend an evening at Fort Atkinson’s Dwight Foster Public Library with author James Grippando on Thursday, August 18th at 7 p.m.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this event promises to be a rare opportunity to hear from and meet a bestselling author.  Grippando’s program begins at 7 p.m. in the FCCU Community Room.  A book signing will follow.  The Velveteen Rabbit is handling the book sale and encourages pre-orders at the store in advance or via their web site.

Grippando is the bestselling author of more than seventeen novels of suspense including Afraid of the Dark, Money to Burn, Intent to Kill, Born to Run, Last Call, Lying with Strangers, Got the Look, Hear No Evil, and The Pardon, many of them part of his Jack Swyteck series.  He is also the author of a thriller for younger readers, Leapholes (ABA), and in 2006 contributed a short story to the acclaimed Thriller collection.  James is now Counsel to Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, one of the nation’s leading litigation law firms. 

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an investigative series on one of the fastest-growing businesses on the Internet called “data mining,” the process of pulling data on individuals used for marketing, advertising, and even business development.  To New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, who likes to use real-life events and trends to color his novels, data mining and other nefarious Internet dealings seemed like the perfect backdrop for Jack Swyteck’s anticipated return in his newest thriller Afraid of the Dark.

According to Grippando, “One of the reasons I continue to practice law, and in particular one of the reasons I enjoy being a part of David Boies’ law firm, is because I get to work on cutting-edge cases that involve people who are at the top of their industry.  That keeps me plugged into what’s relevant in a way that someone locked in a cabin, writing a manuscript, could never be.  Right about the time I was doing my research for Afraid of the Dark I was also doing legal work for one the recognized pioneers of data mining—a man named Hank Asher, who was one of the data miners that the FBI turned to in 2001 to help track down the terrorists who were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.  This novel isn’t about him or his company.  That’s not the way stories come to me.  When I research my novels, the least effective “research” is when I sit down with someone in an interview and try to get them to answer my two, or ten, or twenty question on some subject matter.  Observation is what my research is about—getting a feel for who people are and why they are successful.  That’s my inspiration.”

The meeting area will open at 6:30 p.m.  An opportunity to purchase books for autographing will follow the program as well as a chance to enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.

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