Scott Turow Elected President of Authors Guild; Judy Blume Is Vice President
About Scott Turow
Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of eight best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel, "Presumed Innocent" (1987) and the forthcoming sequel, "Innocent" to be published by Grand Central Publishing in May, 2010. He has also written two non-fiction books about his experiences in the law.
Mr. Turow has been a partner in the Chicago office of Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal, a national law firm, since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense, while also devoting a substantial part of his time to pro bono matters. He has served on a number of public bodies, including the Illinois Commission on Capital Punishment to recommend reforms to Illinois’ death penalty system, and was the first Chair of Illinois’ Executive Ethics Commission which was created in 2004 to regulate executive branch employees in the Illinois State government.
In 1997-1998, Mr. Turow served as president of the Authors Guild, completing the term of the late J. Anthony Lukas.
About Judy Blume
Judy Blume’s 28 titles range from picture books to bestselling novels, including "Wifey," "Smart Women," and "Summer Sisters." She is perhaps best known for her books for young people, among them "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," "Tiger Eyes," "Forever," and the "Fudge" books. Most recently, Judy has completed a four-title series – "The Pain & the Great One" books – illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson.
Her books have been translated into thirty-one languages. In 1996 she received the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award for a body of work that has spoken to young adults for more than twenty years. In 2004 she was awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She serves on the boards of the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Key West Literary Seminar. Judy has begun work on a new YA novel.