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11/11/2004 Author of

McMINNVILLE – Maura Conlon-McIvor, author of "FBI Girl: How I Learned to Crack My Father’s Code," will present a reading Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

"FBI Girl" is the memoir of a young girl trying to penetrate the world of her father, a Hoover-era FBI agent. The story is set in southern California in the late 1960s and 1970s. The memoir evokes an era of tumultuous change mirrored with the birth of the fifth child in Conlon-McIvor’s family, a Down’s syndrome baby whose innocence captivates her father, Joe Conlon. Conlon-McIvor, hoping to catch her father’s attention, transforms herself into an FBI girl in training. Full of pathos, integrity and humor, "FBI Girl" is about family bonds, the trials that test them and the triumphs that make them stronger.

Conlon-McIvor was born in Los Angeles, Calif., and has worked in various regions around the country as an editor and journalist. She started early drafts of "FBI Girl" soon after her father gave her all the correspondence he received from J. Edgar Hoover during his 27-year tenure with the Bureau. She has worked as project editor for the publishing arm of ProLiteracy Worldwide, an international adult literacy organization, as executive producer in the visual/special effects industry and in marketing for The New Yorker.

Conlon-McIvor earned her bachelor’s in communication studies from the University of Iowa, her master’s in literature from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She currently divides her time between Portland and New York City.

The reading is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of the McMinnville Public Library. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2517.