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Author Mentored by John Grisham to Hold Book Signing

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A lot of people know John Grisham is a renowned author who calls central Virginia home, but he also played an important role in the life of an aspiring writer who now has a book of his own about the process.

Tony Vanderwarker says when Grisham offered to mentor him, he felt like he had won the lottery. But then the work began, and Grisham proved to be a tough critic.

The book "Writing with the Master" describes a series of brainstorming sessions over lunch in downtown Charlottesville. The writing and editing process included almost a year's worth of writing outline after outline.

Grisham's comments, not always complimentary, are published in the new book.

“When John started writing these notes to me and these critiques, I said ‘this is really rich stuff and this is good, other people should read it and might like to read it,’” Vanderwarker said.

Even though Grisham edited Vanderwarker's work through each step of the process, publishers initially rejected his first literary effort, called “Sleeping Dogs.” But Thursday evening, he will be signing copies of both that and "Writing with the Master" at New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville.

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