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On writing, family, television news, and rescue dogs

John Gray trilogy

John Gray

7 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Page Hall
135 Western Avenue
Downtown UAlbany Campus, Albany NY 12203
Free and open to the public
See map with parking info

Free and open to the public. No registration required. 
Books will be available for sale and a signing will follow the conversation.

John Gray, award-winning columnist, author, and news anchor discusses his novels, his dogs, and his life as a broadcast news anchor and writer in a conversation with NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl.


His most recent novel, Chasing Rome, is the third book in his trilogy, following Chasing Manhattan (2021) and A Manchester Christmas (2020).

John Gray

"I take a generous portion of any proceeds from the sales and use them

to help animal shelters, the homeless and other causes close to my

heart. I hope you enjoy my books." -- John Gray |

About John Gray

An Emmy Award-winning television journalist and lead anchor for Fox 23/ABC News 10, John Gray wrote a weekly column in The [Troy] Record and Saratogian newspapers for more than 20 years. He also writes a popular monthly column in Capital Region Living magazine. 

He has won numerous awards for his television work and writing, most recently winning an Emmy Award. He has been awarded “Columnist of the Year” honors from both the Associated Press and New York News Publishers Association. He has also written three popular children’s books: Sweet Polly Petals (2020), Keller's Heart (2019), and God Needed a Puppy (2018). 

We're proud to support local, independent booksellers. You can purchase his books at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

Chasing Rome by John Gray

More about Chasing Rome

Always blazing their own path, newly engaged couple Chase and Gavin decide to forego a typical American wedding, followed by a honeymoon in Italy. Instead, they’ll spend the month of December in Rome with a local Italian family, learning the customs and exploring every romantic adventure they can find.

On a trip to the famed Colosseum, Chase and Gavin meet an elderly artist who offers them four riddles that he promises will unlock the most romantic places in all of Italy. As the couple deciphers each clue, they are taken from the canals of Venice to the Bridge of Sighs over the Tiber, to a monastery on the Island of Elba — meeting others who are struggling with secrets, love, and loss.  They encounter heart-pounding intrigue and old-world charm on the ancient streets of Rome, and discover that almost nothing is as it seems. Will Chase and Gavin make it to their wedding on Christmas Eve or will they forever find themselves Chasing Rome?

“From the windswept vineyards of Tuscany to the piazzas of Rome, you’ll fall in love again with Chase and Gavin as they unravel mysteries, heal hearts, and find happiness.” — New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans

Chasing Manhattan is one of the rare books where the sequel lives up to the first book. Chase and Gavin’s adventures are the perfect read for those that love New York City, a great mystery, and a little something special that pulls it all together.” — Dana Perino, Fox News, and New York Times bestselling author of Everything Will Be Okay

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