Phillip Margolin will read from his book Worthy Brown’s Daughter at the Hoffman Center at 7pm on Saturday, November 15 2014.
Known for his critically acclaimed contemporary thrillers, New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin explores intriguing new territory in Worthy Brown’s Daughter, a compelling historical drama, set in nineteenth-century Oregon, that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists. The novel was inspired by true events that occurred in Oregon.
“Margolin shines in recreating pioneer life .. . . there’s legal wrangling, murder and romance, set against the backdrop of race and frontier life. . . . his scene-setting, knowledge of the frontier and relating of the hard task of the law make for an appealing read.”
Margolin is well known for his political/legal thrillers, especially since all of his 16 novels have been New York Times bestsellers.
Writing fulltime since 1996, Margolin has an interesting background to draw on: growing up in New York City, a Peace Corps stint in Liberia, West Africa, putting himself through law school at night while teaching junior high in the South Bronx.
He moved to Portland Oregon in 1970 for his first job out of law school with a clerkship for the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals. He spent 24 years in private practice, specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels, handling all sorts of criminal cases in state and federal court and represented approximately 30 people charged with homicide, including several who faced the death penalty.
His first novel, Heartstone, was nominated for an Edgar for best original paperback mystery of 1978 by the Mystery Writers of America. His second novel, The Last Innocent Man, was made into an HBO movie. Gone, But Not Forgotten has been sold to more than 25 foreign publishers and debuted as a miniseries in 2004.
Following Margolins’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work.
Admission for the evening is $5.
The Writers’ Series Reading Group will meet the Thursday prior to Margolin’s reading, November 13, 6:30 pm at the Manzanita Library. Everyone is invited to bring a friend to both events.