John Grisham was born on 8th February 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States. John’s full name is John Ray Grisham Jr. By nationality, he is an American. On May 8, 1981, he married Renee Jones. They have two kids together – Shea Grisham and Ty Grisham. John Grisham’s childhood was pretty good. But he and his family had to move around for a while because of the job opportunities for his dad until they settled in Mississippi. John studied at Northwest Mississippi Community College, University of Mississippi School of Law.

He practiced law for about a decade before he started to write. Although he ended up writing, he wished to be a professional baseball player at first. At the end of his second term at law school, he became the Vice Chairman of the Apportionment and Election Committee and a member of many other committees. John is known for his popular legal thrillers. He has written books in different genres like crime fiction, baseball, and football. He, who wanted to become a baseball player but became an author, serves small leagues in Mississippi.

He donates some of his annual income to different communities. He is a good friend of Stephen King. Once, when Stephen King asked John where he gets his ideas to write his novels, John answered, “Reading newspapers, reading about courts, lawyers, firms, litigations every day. By taking a legal issue which fascinates everyone or browses about an issue out of habit and constantly searching, surfing net about law and weave a novel about it.” When he wrote his first book A Time to Kill in 1989, it got rejected by several publications.

At last, a man called Bill Thompson accepted the manuscript and published the book. He got 1000 copies of the book for himself. Since Mississippi is a small place, there were no good places for selling the books, so he had a word with his librarian and arranged a huge book party, after which he was left out with 882 copies of the book.

Later he went around 35 libraries with the help of his librarian and sold the rest of the copies. John wrote 1-2 novels a year. Some of his novels are A Time to Kill, The Firm, The King of Torts, The Testament, The Client, Rogue Lawyer and the most recent one The Whistler. The famous characters in his novels are Theodore Boone, who appears in the novels Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, Theodore Boone: The Abduction, Theodore Boone: The Accused and Theodore Boone: The Activist. Theodore is a clever lawyer.

Then come Abby Mc Deere and Mitch Mc Deere who appeared in the novel The Firm. Abby Mc Deere is the wife of Mitch Mc Deere. She is an elementary school teacher, who graduated from the Kentucky University. Mitch Mc Deere is a tax lawyer who graduated from Harvard and has a certified public accountant credential. John has also written a couple of short stories like Ford County, The Tumor, and Witness to a Trail. And non-fictional books like The Wavedancer Benefit: A tribute to Frank Muller, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town and so on.

Some of his books have been adapted into feature films and a few into T.V. shows. In 2005, John received Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award; in 2004, Galaxy British Life Time Achievement Award; in 2009, Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction; in 2011, The Inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for The Confession; and in 2014, Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for Sycamore Row.

Aravind Adiga English Actor

Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga is an Indo-Austrian author who has contributed many books to the world of literature. He was born in Chennai (earlier called Madras) on 23 October 1974. Before the age 16, he lived in a small town called Mangalore which is found in the southern part of India. His interest in reading started when he was 10, he read many comic books, and children detective series named Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. After coming into his teenage, he started reading books of remarkable authors like Alistair Mac Lean, Agatha Christie, and Oscar Wilde. He did his schooling from Canara High School, Mangalore and later in the year 1990 he went to St. Aloysius College to obtain the Secondary School Leaving Certificate. After that, he moved to Sydney, Australia with his family and did his high schooling from James Ruse Agricultural High School.He is enamoured of English literature and studied that from Columbia University situated in New York. He graduated in 1997. At Magdalen College, Oxford Hermione Lee guided him. During his initial days, he became a journalist and interned at Financial Times. As a financial journalist, his various articles published with them.He also interviewed Donald Trump, and reviewed the Booker Prize award-winning book called Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey. After that, he was hired by TIME and wrote many articles for it. He worked there for three years and then resigned from his job to become a freelance writer. He is currently living in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Mr. Aravind's first book published in the year 2008 called The White Tiger that was nominated for 40th Man Booker Prize and became the award-winning book in the same year in the category of fiction which talks about the struggle of the Indian class in the world of globalization. The main protagonist in the novel was a village boy named Balram Halwai. His book received a much heart-warming response from the readers. He also published short stories named Between the Assassinations. His second novel released in the year 2011, titled the Last Man in Tower, of fiction genre published by Harper Collins, India. The story of this book talks about the Mumbai real estate situations. His latest novel came in the year 2016 titled Selection Day which was published by Harper Collins, India which was about cricket and how the protagonist of the book is confused about what he wants, but all people around him knows what he should become.

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Bryan Stevenson

Bryan A. Stevenson is a well known American lawyer who stands for the welfare of the poor and deprived people. He was born on 14th November 1959 in Milton a small rural town in Delaware located in United States of America. His father Howard Carlton Stevenson, Sr.worked as a laboratory technician and his mother, Alice worked as a bookkeeper at Dover Air Force Base. Later she worked as an equal opportunity officer. He has two siblings an older brother named Howard, jr. and a sister named Christy. He earned his degree in Law from Harvard law school and he did post graduation in Public Policy at a school named John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University itself. He is a renowned lawyer, social activist, clinical professor at New York University School of Law. He was also known to be the founder and also the executive director of the equal justice step. He has always been eager to know about the problems of the common people and has strived hard to attain their rights. He challenged racial discrimination in the criminal justice system and fought for justice to the poverty stricken and abandoned society. He Alabama and managed to save 115 men from the death sentence in Alabama. Stevenson has also has been able to protect young children as young as 13 from imprisonment of life without parole in adult prisons by submitting a petition for them in the Supreme Court. Archbishop Desmond Tutu regarded him as the “American’s Mandela” for his actions. In 2014 Bryan Stevenson published a memoir named ‘Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption’ which deals with the story of equal justice initiative (EJI) a private, non-profit law organization which addresses condemned prisoners and juvenile offenders who are denied social or criminal justice and the significance of confronting injustice. This book has won various awards which include the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Best Non-Fiction, the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He has also published various immensely disseminated manuals on capital litigation and penned a lot on criminal justice, civil rights issues etc. Stevenson was awarded Olof Palme Prize in 2000 for his priceless services for the sake of humanity. He totally condemns the inequality of law faced by the poor people.

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Bryan Stevenson English Actor