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Author/Attorney Scott Turow To Speak at Literary Voices™ Event

Scott TurowBestselling author and attorney Scott Turow will be the guest of honor at the Library Endowment Trust’s 6th Annual Literary Voices™ Author Dinner.

The fundraising event will be held on April 17, at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.  Tickets are $125 per person for the dinner, or $250 per person to attend the dinner and a private reception with Turow.  There will also be a limited seating conversation with Mr. Turow, free admission, Friday morning, April 18, 10:00 a.m. on the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

  "We are looking forward to hearing Scott Turow speak on April 17," said event co-chair Rita Dearmon.  "Library staff tell us that his books are extremely popular with library patrons.   It is so important to have free public libraries in our community so that people can check books out and enjoy an author such as Mr. Turow, even if they cannot buy the book.”

“This is our sixth year to present interesting writers for the enjoyment of people who value our public libraries and support them through this event,” added co-chair Jane Harlow. 

  Many people do not know that Turow was a student of literature before he became an attorney.  He taught writing at Stanford University.  He wanted to write but couldn’t find the right formula.

“Popular fiction as it existed then,” he told an interviewer, “was just plain dumb, and literary fiction was either abstruse, or unbelievably boring.”

So he packed his bag, entered Harvard Law School in 1975 and became a highly successful criminal lawyer.

 But Turow still had the bug to write.  He published some non-fiction but one day he overheard something that worked itself into his consciousness and finally emerged as the novel “Presumed Innocent” in 1987, and a new double career was born. 

            The movie version of “Presumed Innocent,” starring Harrison Ford, was released in 1990, the same year Turow cut back on his legal work to become a full-time writer, turning out a series of bestselling legal thrillers, including “The Burden of Proof,” “Pleading Guilty,” and “Personal Injuries,” which Time Magazine named as the Best Novel of 1999.

      Turow’s latest novel was “Limitations,” published in 2006, and he has a new one scheduled for release later this year.

      Turow is also a trustee at Amherst College, a member of the Council of the Author’s Guild, and is active with several local charities in the Chicago area.

For more information about the Library Endowment Trust’s 6th Annual Literary Voices™ Author Dinner, featuring Scott Turow, contact the MLS Development Office at 606-3760.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org