New York Times #1, Best Selling Author John Grogan to Speak at Baylor

by Mary Darden

John Grogan was a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer when he wrote a column saying goodbye to his not-so-well-behaved, but dearly loved, Labrador retriever, Marley.  When he received hundreds of e-mails and voicemails responding to that story, Grogan quickly realized that he had struck a nerve – and had an important story to tell. 

The result was Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, a #1 New York Times© bestseller that now has more than three million copies in print in 20 languages.

Marley & Me is the emotional heart of an inspirational presentation that discusses the things that Grogan believes are truly important in life:  family, loyalty, patience, constancy, acceptance, and commitment.   “Commitment matters,” he says, “and that ‘in good times and bad, in sickness and health’ really means something.”

“The strength of Grogan’s work is his ability to cleverly articulate life lessons from a broad range of personal experiences,” Baylor University Vice President and Dean Pattie Orr said. “His visit should have a profound impact on our community.”

Marley and Me was the 2008 One Book, One Waco selection. The book is scheduled to be released as a movie by Twentieth Century Fox in December of 2008, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston. Grogan has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS’ The Early Show, National Geographic Channel’s The Dog Whisperer, and in The New York Times, USA Today, and People magazine.

Grogan is the 2008 speaker for the Ferguson-Clark Lecture Series held at Waco Hall on the Baylor University Campus on Thursday, November 18th at 7 p.m.  The event is a fundraiser for the Baylor University Library. Proceeds will be used to help create a 24 hour study area on the Garden Level of Moody Library. Patron tickets are available for $50 and include passes to a special reception immediately following the event where guests can visit with the author and have books signed.  Books may be purchased in advance and will be available at the Baylor University Book Store.  General Admission Tickets are available for $5. All tickets may be purchased online at:   

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