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Legal thriller author Justice Patricia Benke to speak at

 San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime prior to holiday party and book sale November 11

            Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, welcomes legal thriller author and Appeals Court Associate Justice Patricia Benke as speaker at our next meeting to be held on Saturday, November 11 at 3:30 p.m. at San Diego Writer's Ink at Liberty Station. Our holiday party and members' book sale will follow her presentation.

            At our brief business meeting we will also hold elections for new officers for the coming year.

 Justice Benke, author of four Judith Thornton legal thrillers and the recently published Qudeen the Magnificent, a novel tracing the assimilation of a young Arabic girl into American society inspired by her own family's Syrian heritage, has titled her talk Freeing your writer's instinct: there is no such thing as writer's block. She will also discuss what she learned about writing (and herself) during the writing process and how her legal and judicial career influenced and shaped her writing. (Please see her bio below.)

            Departing from our usual format, we'll start the program promptly at 3:30, followed by our holiday party and networking plus a special pre-holiday book sale featuring members' books.

            Members are encouraged to bring a holiday snack or drinks to share.

            The chapter meets from 3:30 to 5:30 San Diego Writers Ink, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 202 (located above the Women's Museum) in Liberty Station, Point Loma.

            Sisters in Crime is a national organization with local chapters which supports mystery and crime writers and promotes reading the genre. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We are open for everyone's participation.

            San Diego chapter meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month (subject to change), starting with a social period with refreshments, followed by a brief membership meeting.

            Attendance is free for members and $5 for non-members, which may be applied to membership. Dues are $25 per year, plus membership in the national organization. Members may join at our meeting, with payment by check, cash or credit card, or online at

Event date: 
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
2730 Historic Decatur Rd.
Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92106
Qudeen the Magnificent Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781478780816
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Published: Outskirts Press - October 29th, 2016

Twelve compelling stories of young girls in conflict with their Arabic culture and the world around them. As religions clash, the mysterious suicide of a promising high school student leads to a young girl's understanding of vengeance and redemption. A Syrian child farmed out to another family during the Great Depression brings humorous clarity to poverty and the will to survive. In a postwar coal town, a mischievous child discovers the secret life and dignity of a wandering violinist whose existence depends on begging. A daughter's memories and a diary expose what is true and not true about her father. Out of a young woman's peripheral vision pops an Arabic grandfather she hated, a ghost from the past that, like it or not, she must now deal with. Together and separately the stories explore a complex range of universal themes and experiences common to many immigrant populations, especially those involving challenges faced by girls. Whether set in Pennsylvania or California or on a train in between, the stories in Qudeen the Magnificent are probing and entertaining, a chorus of individual voices spanning the East and West coasts and the decades of the 20th century.

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