Literary Hook: Events at the Library—part three

In our third, and final, series about literary events at the Rockford Public Library, here’s more about Sandra Benitez.

If you would like to meet the author of A Place Where the Sea Remembers, you have three exciting opportunities to do so. Friday, April 28, you can meet Benitez at a Welcoming Reception to be held at the Montague Branch Library, 1238 S. Winnebago St., from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

You can also spend an evening with Benitez Friday, April 28, 7-9:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall (across the street from the Main Library). To quote the program brochure: “Sandra Benitez will discuss her book in English and Spanish, answer audience questions and sign books after the program. Books will be available for purchase at Barnes and Noble. To reserve your free ticket, please call 965-7606, extension 618.”

For those who prefer daytime events and brunches, you can choose to “enjoy a fabulous brunch and meet Sandra Benitez.” The brunch will be at Rockford Country Club, Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. Cost is $35. Proceeds benefit the Rockford Public Library Foundation. For more information, contact David Oberg at 987-6611.

So who is Sandra Benitez? The Rockford Public Library event flier describes her in the following way: “Sandra Benitez has spent her life moving between the Latin American culture of her Puerto Rican mother and the Anglo-American culture of her father. She taught literature at both the high school and university level, and began writing fiction in 1980. Sandra’s work has earned her nearly two dozen honors, awards and grants… Sandra is the recipient of the 2004 Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature.”

Rockford is indeed fortunate to be hosting her in such a grand manner, and luckier still to have the Rockford Public Library working to provide such illuminating programs for our community.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet who has written several books of poetry and formerly wrote a column called “The Writer’s Garret” for this newspaper.

From the April 26-May 2, 2006, issue

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