Scott Turow on authors’ rights in the digital age

Scott Turow (Photo by Jeremy Lawson)
Scott Turow (Photo by Jeremy Lawson)

Best-selling author Scott Turow will discusses authors’ rights in the digital age, during a Society of Midland Authors program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., Chicago.

Turow is not only the author of 10 best-selling works of fiction, including Presumed Innocent and 2013’s Identical — he’s also an outspoken advocate for the rights of authors in the digital age, at a time when Amazon dominates book sales and Google pursues the scanning of copyrighted materials.

Turow, a north suburban resident who recently served as president of the Authors Guild, wrote a New York Times op-ed under the headline “The Slow Death of the American Author.” Turow is also a partner in the Chicago office of the law firm Dentons. When Newcity put Turow No. 1 on its 2013 “Lit 50” list, the alternative newspaper said that he “is using his lofty profile to wage war on issues more important to the culture at large than to his personal wellbeing.”

Turow will speak at 6 p.m. He will sign books after his talk. Admission is free, and no advance reservations are required.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. talk, at Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago: Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson discuss their new book, Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality, to be published in February by the University of Illinois Press. Naming names, the authors lead readers through a gallery of rogues and rotten apples to illustrate how generations of chicanery have undermined faith in, and hope for, honest government.

Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. talk, at Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago: Patrick T. McBriarty discusses his book, Chicago River Bridges — the untold history and development of Chicago’s iconic bridges, from the first wood footbridge built by a tavern owner in 1832 to the fantastic marvels of steel, concrete and machinery of today.