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John Grogan
John Grogan
Author, Marley & Me
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Author of Marley & Me John Grogan was a columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer when he wrote a column saying goodbye to his incorrigible 13-year-old Labrador retriever, Marley. When hundreds of messages flooded his inbox and voicemail the next day, John recalls, “That’s when I knew I had a bigger story to tell.” 

The story became Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, a book about what a misbehaving dog meant to his family. A touchstone for people worldwide, the book grew into a runaway #1 New York Times bestseller with more than 3 million copies in print in 30 languages. Made into a movie starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, the book is now part of Grogan’s engaging and inspirational conversation about family, loyalty, optimism, and what really matters in life. 

Grogan has been featured on Good Morning AmericaThe Today Show, CBS’ The Early Show, National Geographic Channel’s The Dog Whisperer, and in The New York TimesUSA Today, and People magazine. Following the release of the film, Grogan was also featured in a P.S.A. for the American Kennel Club in which he discussed responsible dog ownership.

In his popular appearances, he shares what his mischievous dog taught him about patience, constancy and acceptance, “that commitment matters and that ‘in good times and bad, in sickness and health’ really means something.”

Grogan’s latest New York Times bestseller is The Longest Trip HomePublishers Weekly called it “a hilarious and touching memoir of his childhood.” Grogan has also penned a series of bestselling children's books based on Marley, available both in print and e-reader formats.

In his new role as professor, Grogan interprets his experiences as both a journalist and author into a writing course at Lehigh University called “Memoir & Me: The Art and Craft of First-Person Narrative Nonfiction Writing.”

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Speaking Topics
Life Lessons From Marley & Me
Follow Your Dreams: Write What is in Your Heart, Success Will Follow
The Longest Trip Home: Finding Our Place in the World and the True Meaning of Family
Marley & Me: What 'Man's Best Friend' Can Teach Us About Being Human
Memoir & Me: The Art and Craft of First-Person Narrative Nonfiction Writing
Books & Other Works
  • Marley & Me
  • Marley Goes to School
  • The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir
  • Marley and the Kittens
  • Marley: A Dog Like No Other
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“It was a huge success. I’m still so touched that he recognized and addressed to the audience in a personal way about the important work we do with dogs. I don’t know how I will be able to pull together another conference that can “top” this one!”
Morristown Medical Center
“The audience was thrilled with him. Comments were about how personable he was, how down to earth. He delighted. He was most gracious. They enjoyed him. He was humorous. What a wonderful person he is. An audience member was thrilled enough that she wrote into the area newspaper's Bravo section exclaiming, "Mr. Grogan was sincere, entertaining, and delightful! He answered questions and spent much time patiently signing books for and chatting with those of us who waited in line.... Unless I missed something, I would have to say that this event was a huge success!' The committee feels the same way: that our event was a huge success! We loved having John here! We would LOVE to have him return!”
One Book for Warren County Committee (PA)
“John did a great job --- he engaged the audience and spoke to a theatre house of more that 1,000 people as if he were having a cup of coffee with them.”
Mesa County Libraries, Grand Junction, Colorado
“I can't say enough! What a wonderful man, John is...He arrived with his wife (lovely person), we had lunch together and then he spoke...He had many people in tears...and laughter. We had about 140 people there. AWESOME!”
Lafayette College
“John Grogan was wonderful. He was very poised with his story telling. It will come as no surprise to you to know that there were few dry eyes in the room.”
Kansas City Animal Health Corridor
“John Grogan served as a delightful guest and inspirational speaker. He had wonderful rapport with Mount Mercy's students, faculty, and community members, and delivered a Commencement address that truly spoke to the heart of our graduates. We were honored to have him join us as we celebrated the graduating class of 2009.”
Mount Mercy College
“The event was a big success and we've heard nothing but great compliments. Everyone enjoyed his speech and he was kind enough to sign lots of books.”
Animal Rescue League of El Paso
“John Grogan is captivating. Engaging, generous, sincere, personable and talented… John Grogan hit the mark!”
Hospice of Wake County, Inc.
“John did a great job. We appreciated him taking time to visit with attendees at the reception, and his remarks were exactly on target. We couldn't have been more pleased.”
National Center For Family Literacy
“Mr. Grogan was a tremendous success at our event and a real hit with our supporters. He gave a wonderful presentation and even took questions from the audience. His presentation was warm, intelligent,funny and inspiring. He was generous with his time in every way and especially after the speech, where he stayed to pose for photos and sign books. He was a fantastic special guest and Home for Life was extremely proud to be able to have him at our event.”
Home for Life
“Outstanding! He was so wonderful to work with--so warm and genuine. He talk was very well received. He was funny and charming and real. And he was so patient and took time with each person in line at the book.”
Henderson District Public Libraries
“Just wanted to let you know today was a great success! John was easy to work with and everyone loved him.”
Town Hall Morris
“We have had many raves about your appearance from all ages. In fact, one teacher from Big Rapids brought all of her seventh graders to see you. You and Marley certainly have a very broad spectrum of fans!”
Michigan Story Festival, Central Michigan University
“Mr. Grogan, tackled all the questions in a very interesting way and our audience ate it up! He also signed books for over two hours and personally made eye contact and spoke with everyone. Mr. Grogan was very gracious and wonderful to our community. We have had total positive feedback from our community with everyone wanting to know when he can return! He was a great speaker. When you can make a high school student say, "That was awesome!" you have truly connected with your audience. All authors should follow Mr. Grogan's effectiveness with his speaking abilities and his graciousness with all!”
One Book/One Community, Blackford County, Indiana
“John's appearance was the largest turnout the library has ever had for a speaker in its 100 years' existence. We have a meeting room that holds 100 and more than 300 people showed up. They didn't even mind sitting on the floor, standing around the perimeter of the room and even peeking through the doorway. His talk was funny, smart, enlightening, poignant and very entertaining. After the engagement, we received fantastic feedback about the program and folks are still talking about it more than a year later.”
Easttown Library, Berwyn, PA
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