John Grisham's latest book, The Confession (Doubleday, 2010) is the inaugural winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, bestowed by the University of Alabama and the ABA Journal. The Confession has received a number of very good reviews (Maureen Corrigan for the Washington Post, Barry Forshow for the Independent). Following the presentation of the award to Mr. Grisham in Washington, D.C. on September 22 at the National Press Club, David Baldacci will moderate a discussion of The Confession and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird with panelists Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Linda Fairstein, author of the Alex Cooper mysteries, noted attorney Robert J. Grey, Jr., Dahlia Lithwick of Slate.com and attorney/author Thane Rosenbaum.
Here are the criteria for the 2012 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
Entry must be a published book-length work of fiction that exemplifies the roles of lawyers in society, and their power to effect change.
Original publication date of submission must be within calendar year 2011.
Entry must have an ISBN and must be readily available for purchase in retail or online bookstores.