The Paper Chase


Book signing from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Part of the Tucson Festival of Books!

Featuring a pre-film discussion with John Jay Osborn, Jr., author of the bestselling novel, The Paper Chase, the basis for the Oscar-winning 1973 film! Copies of the author’s new novel, Listen to the Marriage, will be available for sale and signing at this event.

 “The Paper Chase has great performances, literate screenwriting, sensitive direction and handsome production.” – Variety

Based on the bestselling novel by John Jay Osborn, Jr., The Paper Chase is a smart, funny, literate drama about the trials and tribulations of law school.   Brilliant but naïve first-year law student James Hart (Timothy Bottoms, The Last Picture Show), knows he’s got his work cut out for him at Harvard Law School.   But things get even harder than anticipated when he runs afoul of the school’s imperious, demanding, ego-deflating contracts professor, Charles W. Kingsfield, Jr. (John Houseman, who won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this, his first major film role). Wry and imposing, Kingsfield intimidates everyone and drives many of the lesser students to drop out, but James endures and, as if begging for more trouble, begins dating the professor’s daughter, Susan (Lindsay Wagner, who later went on to fame as TV’s Bionic Woman). Written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker James Bridges (The China Syndrome), The Paper Chase, still revered by law students today, was a surprise box-office hit, inspiring a popular Paper Chase television series (featuring Houseman reprising his role as the curmudgeonly Professor Kingsfield) that aired on various networks from 1978 – 1986. (Dir. by James Bridges, 1973, USA, 113 mins., Rated PG)

John Jay Osborn, Jr.  graduated from Harvard Law School in 1970. He wrote the bestselling novel, The Paper Chase (which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 1973) while he was a full-time law student. Osborn has clerked for the United States Court of Appeals, practiced law in New York City, taught at the University of Miami School of Law, and practiced in the estate-planning field, as well as giving advice and representation to artists and writers. He is the author of several novels and has written episodes for a variety of television shows, including The Paper Chase television series. Since 1991 he has been a professor at the law school of the University of San Francisco. His most recent novel is Listen to the Marriage, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2018.