CHAMPAIGN, IL – Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Presumed Innocent and The Last Trial, will speak at Champaign Public Library on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing.
Uniting his passions for writing and law, author and attorney Scott Turow is considered by many to be the father of the modern legal thriller. His first novel, Presumed Innocent (1987), was made into a blockbuster film starring Harrison Ford and is currently being developed as a new series by Apple TV+. He is the author of eleven bestselling works of fiction. His new book, Suspect, is due out in September. Turow’s works of nonfiction include One L (1977), which chronicles his experience as a student at Harvard Law School, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. Turow’s books have been translated into 40+ languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
Turow has been a partner at the Chicago law office of SNR Denton since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense while also devoting a substantial amount of time to pro bono matters. He was the first chair of Illinois’ Executive Ethics Commission. He was also appointed in 2000 to the Commission charged with considering reform of the capital punishment system in Illinois.
Turow fans love the complexity of his characters and solving the masterful puzzles of the crimes chronicled in his books. His fictional setting of Kindle County is famously fashioned on Cook County and Chicago, so Illinois readers enjoy the echoes of many familiar locations.
Both library locations will close at 5 p.m. to prepare. The Main Library will reopen at 6:30 p.m. exclusively for this event.
Part of the Great Authors at the Library series, this event is made possible with support from the Library Foundation.
Great Authors at the Library: Since 2016, the Great Authors at the Library series has brought 16 award-winning, New York Times bestselling authors to Champaign, where they have been welcomed by more than 3,000 community members. Each author presents a public talk about their writing, signs books, and meets local readers. For authors of children’s books and teen titles, the Library set up school visits so that area schoolchildren can meet these literary giants. Acclaimed speakers in the series have included New York Times bestselling authors Terry McMillan, Colson Whitehead, Lisa Scottoline, Nnedi Okorafor, Gregory Maguire, Luis Alberto Urrea, Nikki Grimes, Jamie Ford, Javaka Steptoe, Elizabeth Berg, and David Sheff. champaign.org/great-authors
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• A Conversation with Scott Turow, Author of “The Last Trial” (American Writers Museum, June 24, 2020, with 500+ people tuning in live)
• Facebook event (already reached 7.7K people)
• Find Scott Turow books at the library: bit.ly/cpl-scott-turow