Scott Turow is a Chicago-based novelist and essayist.
Burden of Proof, Presumed Innocent, Personal Injuries
2003 Heartland Prize (Reversible Errors), 2004 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (Ultimate Punishment), 1999 Time magazine's Best Work of Fiction (Personal Injuries)
Which one or two American books or plays would you yourself recommend to the foreign leaders?
I suspect these foreign leaders understand much more about the U.S. than most of us do of their countries. Given that, I'd choose "The Bear" by William Faulkner and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller; in case they are fully familiar with both works, then I'd say the poems of Emily Dickinson, which are always surprising no matter how many times you have read them.
Who in your childhood—for example, parent or teacher—encouraged you to read books, and which one or two books do you remember most fondly?
My mom, a writer herself, loved to read and always encouraged my sister and me, including by reading to us when we were young. Of those books, none moved me quite so much as Black Beauty.
Which books by writers of the other G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom) have been most important to you as a writer?
Two British writers, Dickens and Graham Greene, had an enormous impact on me.