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John Jay Osborn

Christopher Michel

John Jay Osborn grew up in Marin County, California, and went to Harvard College and Harvard Law School. While in law school, he began his first novel, "The Paper Chase." The book came out in 1972, and was soon made into an Academy Award winning movie and then a television show that ran for six years. His third novel, "The Associates," was also made into a television show.

After law school, Osborn became a law professor at the University of Miami School of Law. With the success of The Paper Chase movie and television show, he left academia to work on a variety of television and film projects. Ultimately, he became disillusioned with this work, in part because it seemed shallow and in part because it left little time for writing his own fiction. He returned to teaching, and became a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. His fifth novel, "Listen to the Marriage," was published in October of 2018.

Scheduled events:
Traversing the Unknown
As readers, we rely on a book's narration to guide us through the story. But where do we go when the narrator gets lost? Mary Kubica, John Jay Osborn and Karen Thompson Walker will explore the unique ways an author can benefit by straying from the traditional, linear approach.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Mary Kubica, John Jay Osborn, Karen Walker
Moderator: Carol Fitzgerald
Keeping It All in the Family
Whether it's a complicated marriage, a blended family or just managing busy day-to-day lives, the inner-workings of family are often tense, dynamic ... and grist for terrific books!

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cathi Hanauer, John Jay Osborn, Kathy Wang
Moderator: Claire Gerus

Listen to the Marriage
Fiction / Literature
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2018
ISBN 9780374192020
$25.00, INSTOCK
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The Paper Chase Anniversary Edition
Fiction / Literature
Peninsula Road Press
January 2012
ISBN 9780983698005
180 pages
$17.50, INSTORE
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Fiction. Fortieth anniversary edition with a new preface by the author. A best-selling book and award-winning film and television series, THE PAPER CHASE is at its heart the story of a young Midwesterner, James Hart, who finds himself in the great classrooms of Langdell Hall at Harvard Law School, locked in a zero-sum game with a dominating, omniscient deity: Professor Kingsfield, who asks not just for the student's mind, but for his soul. More/less

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