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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bouncing back to create

“The Truth of the matter is that people who succeed in the arts most often are the people who get up again after getting knocked down.  Persistence is critical.” – Scott Turow

Wise words from an interesting man who wanted to be a writer, then thought he couldn’t succeed in that world, got his law degree and became a successful international attorney.  But he had an "ache to create," and so he went back to his keyboard and started putting his thoughts and actions into written words.

Born this date in 1949, Turow had his first book Presumed Innocent in 1987 and has now written 9 other best-sellers, many of which use the same characters in a fictitious area known as Kindle County along the Kindle River – a clever take on one of the things he’s been lukewarm about – the use of e-readers.

His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Atlantic. Called by Time “The Bard of a Litigious Age,” 
Scott Turow
A strong supporter of the public library system, which he says has done more than any other institution in creating “the best-educated society in the history of the world,” Turow once said:  “Widespread public access to knowledge, like public education, is one of the pillars of our democracy; a guarantee that we can maintain a well-informed citizenry.”

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