Name that character in John Grisham's new novel

Thriller writer John Grisham is auctioning off the chance to name a character in his new book, with proceeds to benefit nonprofit Ubuntu Africa.

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The role the character plays in author John Grisham's new book will be a surprise to whoever wins the right to name the character.

Thriller author John Grisham has kept fans on the edge of their seats before, but this time, the suspense isn't built into the plot of one of his book. Instead, it's being created by a contest.

Grisham is working with Charitybuzz, a charity auction house found online, to auction off the chance to select a name for one of his characters. The organization Ubuntu Africa, which assists HIV-positive children in South Africa, will receive the proceeds, and bidding is available through June 13.

The author won’t reveal who the character is or what role he or she plays in the book. So it could be anyone from a minor character with a walk-on appearance to the book's protagonist.

The contest winner will also get a signed copy of the book from Grisham.

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