Scott Turow Mystery Suspense Novelist & Working Lawyer

April 12, 2011 in American literature, Mystery Writers, Pop Culture

Scott Turow

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!

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