When you become a best-selling author who has sold more than 25 million copies of your books worldwide, you quit your day job, right? Not Scott Turow. The mystery-suspense novelist has had his books translated into over 25 languages, but he still works as a partner in a Chicago law firm. Turow, born April 12, 1949, seems happy to wear both hats as writer and lawyer. In his spare time, he contributes opinion pieces and essays to a plethora of literary magazines, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Playboy and The Atlantic.
Turow has been developing his other creative side: music. He plays in the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band of bestselling authors, which includes heavy hitters such as Stephen King, Mitch Albom and Amy Tan. Their motto is simple: “The more people drink, the better we sound.” Even though it sounds like a comedy, the band seriously donates all their proceeds to literary causes. They’ve raised $2 million so far, and in 2010, they played their “Wordstock” tour to support the victims of the Haitian earthquake.
Scott Turow is a man of many talents. We celebrate his birthday today, April 12, as his new novel Innocent hits the shelves. Happy Birthday, Mr. Turow!