Dustin Hoffman and Scott Turow, together


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What do lawyer-author Scott Turow and actor Dustin Hoffman have in common? The two will be in conversation Monday, June 28 in a ticketed event. They will be discussing Turow’s new book, “Innocent,” a 23-years-later sequel to his first novel, “Presumed Innocent.” Scott Martelle wrote of the book:

Sabich’s career has recovered from the ordeal of being tried for his lover’s murder, and he has rehabilitated his image sufficiently to earn a spot on a state appeals court. His son is an adult, and Sabich has reconciled with his wife, Barbara, who had moved to Detroit at the end of “Presumed Innocent.” But Sabich is a different man now. “I tried to be really honest with myself about what would the effects be of having been tried and acquitted for murder,” Turow says. “I don’t know if he could ever be as totally engaged and trusting again. Everything he has ever believed in has fallen apart by the end of the first novel. The woman he’d lived with, the profession he’d staked his life on — they all proved false to him.”


It turns out that Hoffman is something of a fan of Turow. He optioned Turow’s 1999 book, “Personal Injuries,” and once intended to star in the film (which has not been made).

The event is presented by Live Talks Los Angeles, a relatively new series that has held discussions at a few venues across the city. Turow and Hoffman will speak at Zipper Hall at The Colburn School in downtown L.A., near the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Tickets are $25 for general admission; $40 includes a copy of “Innocent.” The event begins at 8 p.m. $95 tickets include admission to a 6:30 p.m. reception, reserved seating and Turow’s book.

Net proceeds from the Live Talks Los Angeles event with Turow and Hoffman, which is supported in part by the Pearson Foundation, will be donated to the literacy organization 826LA.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

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