Archive for July, 2015

Chicago RIverThe 2015 ABA Annual Meeting will take place in Chicago from July 30 to August 4. I’m going to be there to talk about Supreme Ambitions, and I invite you to attend one or both of these events:

1. The Law As A Platform For Writing — Saturday, August 1, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (panel) and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (book signing)

Talmage Boston, a shareholder in the Dallas office of Winstead PC and the author of multiple books himself, will moderate a panel featuring me and three amazing authors: Judge Richard Posner (7th Cir.), author of more than 30 books (and one of my blurbers on Supreme Ambitions); William Landay, author of one of my favorite legal novels, Defending Jacob; and Laura Caldwell, author of 14 novels and one non-fiction book.

2. The Author Journey — Sunday, August 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (panel) and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (book signing)

My editor on Supreme Ambitions, Jonathan Malysiak, will moderate a panel featuring me and five other authors published by Ankerwycke Books: Lindsay Cameron, former Schulte Roth associate and author of the eagerly awaited Biglaw; Jeff B. Cohen, actor (Chunk in Goonies) turned lawyer and author of The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments; Dina Gold, author of Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice; Ronald Fierstein, author of A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War; and Terrence Hake, author of Operation Greylord: The True Story of an Untrained Undercover Agent and America’s Biggest Corruption Bust.

If you haven’t already registered for the ABA Annual Meeting, you can do so through the ABA website. I look forward to seeing folks in Chicago!

Ed. note: All links to books are affiliate links.

The Law As A Platform For Writing [American Bar Association]
The Author Journey [Ankerwycke Books via Twitter]

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To Kill A MockingbirdThis month, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee hit bookstores, to much fanfare and controversy. Watchman features many of the same characters as Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill A Mockingbird — although a number of them, especially legendary lawyer Atticus Finch, come across very differently in Watchman.

On the occasion of Go Set a Watchman‘s publication, Publishers Weekly contacted a number of authors to get their thoughts on Mockingbird. Here’s what I had to say:

Like so many lawyers and readers, I have a special place in my heart for To Kill a Mockingbird. My well-worn purple paperback reflects how often I have turned to Mockingbird over the years. It was, as both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on justice, a major inspiration for me when I wrote my own novel about the legal system.

You can read reflections on the iconic book from other authors, including Jacqueline Woodson and Mark Childress, over at Publishers Weekly.

As ‘Watchman’ Hits Stands, Authors Reflect on ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ [Publishers Weekly]

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