“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
Born this date in 1949, Turow had his first book Presumed Innocent, published in 1987 after starting his professional career as a successful international attorney. But, he wanted to write and had “an ache to create,” and turned to the keyboard, putting his thoughts and actions into written words. His most recent work is the New York Times #1 Bestseller, Testimony.
To date he has written a dozen bestsellers, 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. Turow also has made a name for himself as a successful editor, a much sought-after speaker, and a musician.
His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and have been adapted into several films and 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,”
A strong supporter of the public library system, Turow noted: “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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