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11/10/2005 Bestselling mystery writer to present reading at Linfield College

McMINNVILLE - Phillip Margolin, the Portland-based bestselling mystery writer, will present a reading on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Margolin recently released his 11th novel, "Lost Lake," which is a featured selection of the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club and Mystery Guild and is nominated for the 2005 Oregon Book Award.

Each of Margolin?s previous thrillers has appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list and his short story, "The Jailhouse Lawyer," was selected for the 1999 anthology, "The Best American Mystery Stories."

Two of his books have been made into movies. "The Last Innocent Man," published in 1981, was made into an HBO movie in 1987, and "Gone, But Not Forgotten," published in 1993, was made into a television miniseries in 2004.

Margolin, a 1970 graduate of New York University School of Law, opened his own practice in Portland in 1972 and specialized in criminal defense. As a defense attorney, he appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Oregon Supreme Court. He has a bachelor?s degree in government from The American University in Washington, D.C. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, Africa, from 1965 to 1967. Immediately following law school, he clerked with Herbert M. Schwab, chief judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals.

In addition to his writing, Margolin has been president and chairman of the board for Chess for Success, a non-profit charity that uses chess to teach study skills to elementary and middle school children, since 1996.

The reading is free and open to the public. Margolin?s appearance at Linfield College is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of McMinnville Public Library. For information, call Susan Whyte, director of Nicholson Library, at 503-883-2517.