It’s hard to believe Scott Turow’s suspense novel Presumed Innocent was published twenty-three years ago. Regardless, it’s back on the scene as the 2010 pick for the Metro Detroit public libraries’ Everyone’s Reading program. Now in its ninth year, Everyone’s Reading is an initiative to promote “community dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.”
Why Presumed Innocent ? The Everyone’s Reading 2010 site observes, “Scott Turow ushered in the age of the legal thriller. Despite many other skilled writers who followed…Turows [sic] work remains unique: critically acclaimed psychological studies that appeal to a wide audience.” In addition, Turow’s work raises “important questions of morality, truth and justice” thus making the book attractive for discussion.
As part of the program, a series of very cool events are lined up in conjunction with this year’s title to encourage discussion and provide insight on the genre. Sponsored in part by the Michigan Center for the Book, libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties will host a variety of talks and events including: forensic scientists, attorneys from the Innocence Project, lawyers, polygraph technology, medical examiners, movie showings, brown-bag group discussions and appearances by author Scott Turow himself.
The 2010 Everyone’s Reading program runs from February 15th through April 28th. You can pick up a copy of the book at any participating library along with corresponding reader and program guides. For all information including events, dates, times, and participating libraries you can link here. Amazingly, all events are free – all you need is a library card. Thanks Michigan.
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-Post by Megan Shaffer