T-shirt tribute for modern author

BEST-SELLING author John Grisham has joined Dickens, Shakespeare and other writers whose success has been certified with that most American of literary tributes - the T-shirt.

But he is not terribly excited.

''I have not seen this particular garment. I have no plans to purchase one either,'' he said.

He gave Barnes & Noble Inc permission to use a caricature of him.

The US$12.95 (about HK$100) T-shirt is one of 15 in the bookstore company's line of shirts portraying classic and contemporary authors.

Michelle Repass, manager of a Barnes & Noble store in Memphis, said: ''We use caricatures of various authors throughout the store, and he's been doing so well decided to add him to the line-up.''