Bestselling author Scott Turow coming to Columbus Public Library

Local fans of Scott Turow can write a check for $1,000 and wear fancy clothes to rub elbows with high society and meet the acclaimed father of the modern legal thriller.

Or they don't even have to shower to hear the bestselling author speak for free.

Either way, Turow's visit next weekend for two speaking engagements at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, promises to be a huge draw:

7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Muscogee County Library Foundation's private fundraising gala in the library's Grand Reading Room.

2 p.m. Jan. 27 in the library's auditorium for Turow's public appearance. His books will be available for purchase, and he will sign copies after his presentation.

Turow, a writer and attorney, is the author of nine bestselling works of fiction, including his first novel, "Presumed Innocent" (1987),

and its sequel, "Innocent" (2010).

The foundation is paying the $20,000 in expenses to bring Turow, said Marquette McKnight, chief executive officer of Media Marketing & More, which is organizing the event. The foundation also provides the largest source of private funds for the library system's programs, materials, resources and staff. That amount is about $500,000 this year, she said.

The gala has featured famous literary figures since 2006, including Roy Blount Jr., Rick Bragg, Valerie Hemingway, Richard Russo, Kathryn Stockett, and Gay and Nan Talese.