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A Celebration of Ten Years of Supporting Authors
 
& Its Latest Publication: *Nooks & Crannies*
 
Benicia Literary Arts will be celebrating ten years of support for local
writers by hosting a reception on Saturday, December 17th, from 3-5 pm at
Estey Realty, on the corner of First and B Street in Benicia. The public is
invited. Reservations are required.
 
Its latest publication, *Nooks & Crannies*, will be available for purchase.
 
“The poetry anthology, *Nooks & Crannies*, was written by local poets
before the Covid pandemic and gives us a unique look into what was on their
minds at that time. By contrast, *Yearning to Breathe Free, *a volume
published earlier this year*,* is an anthology of poetry written during the
pandemic,” said Lois Requist, President of Benicia Literary Arts. “For ten
years we’ve been holding readings and workshops and publishing books to
help and support writers. We’re proud of the dozen or so books we’ve
published during that time.”
 
The new anthology and other books published by the literary group will be
on display and for sale at the December 17th event. Authors may also bring
their books for display and sale by previous arrangement. (See contact
information below.)
 
The celebration is free to members of Benicia Literary Arts and to those
poets whose work appears in *Nooks & Crannies*; nonmembers can attend for a
$10 fee. Reservation are required and can be made at the BLA website:
benicialiteraryarts.org. Wine, various waters, and hors d’oeuvres will be
served. A short poetry reading will include some poets published in *Nooks
& Crannies*.
 
Estey Realty is at 216 1st Street in Benicia. The adjacent courtyard will
be open for those who wish to come but prefer to be outside.

 

Comments or questions may be sent to lois@requist.com or by calling
707-280-0588.

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