Chicago boasts many literary luminaries, one of them being Scott Turow. Best known for his legal thrillers, Turow is the author of nine fiction bestsellers and two works of non-fiction. His essays have appeared in multiple publications including The New Yorker and The Atlantic.
Think you know everything there is to know about Turow? Here are five fun facts that might surprise you:
1) Turow is a born and bred Chicagoan. He grew up in West Rogers Park and moved to Winnetka when he was 13. Today, he still calls the city home.
2) His first novel, Presumed Innocent, was adapted into a film starring Harrison Ford. It was 1990’s eighth highest grossing film. Check out the tantalizing trailer!
3) Despite all his literary success, Turow still keeps his day job as a lawyer specializing in criminal litigation.
4) Somehow, he still finds time to perform with The Rock Bottom Remainders, a writer rock band that includes Maya Angelou, Barbara Kingsolver, and Matt Groening, among other superstars. (Yes, that’s Stephen King playing guitar!)
5) Looking for a great steak in Chicago? Turow highly recommends Gene and Georgetti’s.
CWC social media coordinator, Ines Bellina, will be giving away Presumed Innocent as part of our World Book Night Celebration. Want another fun fact? Turow himself is scheduled to make an appearance. The free event is being held in partnership with CWIP and author Patricia Skalka will read from her debut novel, Death Stalks Door County. RSVP for what is sure to be an amazing evening!
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