Bestselling author to host book signing Jan. 25

Phillip Margolin, a New York Times bestselling author, will host a book signing at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Newberg Fred Meyer store. Margolin will sign copies of his new book, “Worthy Brown’s Daughter,” a legal thriller exploring how law was practiced in 1860s Oregon.

“In order to write the book I had to learn what it would have been like to practice law in Oregon in 1860. I was surprised to learn that there were no courthouses in the state and trials might be held in a field in summer or a tavern in winter,” Margolin said in a press release. “Judges, lawyers and litigants rode from town to town. A judge had to be wise but he also had to be tough enough to brave the elements, deal with wild animals and other dangers and a lawyer had to know how to research the law and how to shoot a gun. Accommodations were scarce and the parties often shared beds in one room cabins with families who would put them up for a fee.”

Creative writing ­contest accepting submissions

The Arts Alliance of Yamhill County is looking for submissions for its Paper Gardens Writing Contest, open to county residents age 6 and up. The creative writing contest includes two categories for submissions: poetry and prose. Submissions are due March 1 and the entry fee, for adults only, is $5. For more information about categories or to submit an entry, visit

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