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Fuller Award for Scott Turow

Thursday, October 5, 2023
5 p.m.

Harold Washington Public Library
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60606

Scott Turow, the acclaimed author of 15 books, received CLHOF's highest honor for living writers, the Fuller Award. The ceremony took place at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, and was a signature event in the Chicago Public Library's 150th Anniversary Celebration. A reception at the Plymouth Restaurant & Rooftop Bar followed the ceremony. The event was free and open to the public. 

The Chicago born and bred bestselling author rocketed onto the literary scene with his debut novel, the New York Times #1 Best Seller Presumed Innocent (1986) and has sustained his early, volcanic success these past 37 years, up to and including Suspect (2022). Presumed Innocent is the first in a series of twelve novels set in fictional Kindle County, which bears resemblance to Cook County. In addition he has written two nonfiction books, including One L about his experiences at Harvard Law School. One L remains a "must-read" for law students. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. He also edited the two-volume Guilty As Charged: A Mystery Writers of America Anthology (1996, 1997), which was reissued as a single volume in 2017.  

Turow was born in Chicago in 1949 and attended New Trier High School. He graduated with honors from Amherst College and received an Edith Mirrielees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center. He earned his law degree (J.D.) with honors from Harvard University in 1978. While serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago he prosecuted several high profile cases including as lead counsel in Operation Greylord, the investigation into judicial corruption in Cook County. He continues to practice law, focusing on white collar criminal litigation, and resides in the Chicago area. 

Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra emceed an event that included comments and readings by Aaron FreemanCornelia Grumman, Richard GuzmanJane Hamilton, and Christie HefnerElizabeth Taylor led a conversation with Scott after he accepted the award. Partners for the evening included CPL, the Poetry Foundation, the Authors GuildBrandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc, Dentons, Smith Gambrell Russell, Clifford Law OfficesChicago Writers Association, Grand Central Publishing, Eli's Cheesecake and the American Writers Museum

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A large audience assembled on Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Harold Washington Library's Cindy Pritzker Auditorium to celebrate Scott Turow's lifetime achievements. (Photo by Don Seeley).
The evening's speakers and special guests begin to assemble in the library's Green Room just prior to the start of the ceremony. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Artist Mary Livoni designed the lobby poster that all participants signed. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul was among the many dignitaries in attendance at the Fuller Award ceremony. (Photo by Don Seeley).
CPL's Coordinator of Special Projects in the Cultural, Civic and Literary Engagement Division - Adult Services, Jennifer Lizak, welcomes the crowd and kicks off the festivities. (Photo by Don Seeley).
CLHOF Board Member Richard Guzman tells the audience about the significance and history of the Fuller Award. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Emcees Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis make "the case" for Scott Turow receiving the CLHOF's highest honor for living writers. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Kurtis outlines the similarities between his work and Turow's, and where their paths diverge. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Author Jane Hamilton gives a charming and passionate tribute to Turow's literary genius. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Actor Aaron Freeman does a rousing reading of the prologue to Turow's bestselling first novel, Presumed Innocent. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Journalist Cornelia Grumman's remarks explore Turow's legal and literary opposition to the death penalty. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Turow Protege Rick Guzman presents the Fuller Award statue. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Turow reflects on the people and circumstances which enabled his success. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Editor Elizabeth Taylor interviews Turow and his life and work. (Photo by Don Seeley).
The Plymouth's Rooftop Bar was an ideal spot for an after party on a beautiful early fall evening. (Photo by Don Seeley).
The Harold Washington Library, as seen from the after party at The Plymouth. (Photo by Don Seeley).

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