If the result of the first of a series of literary evenings to be held at the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is a reliable barometer, the remaining programs should be rousing successes.

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"Last year, AYB got a grant to perform at the Washington college and at its Kendall Elementary School for the deaf," Egge said. "After we performed, several Gallaudet dance students got up and danced informally for us in return It was really very.

Pat Garfinkle, a Reston resident and technical writer for an energy organization, read a selection of poems from her "Report from a Half Melon." The brief vignette, ranged in subject matter from "Apples on Film" to "Zulus," and revealed an acute ear for irony.

Joyce Kornblatt, a creative writing instructor, presented chapters from an unfinished novel. The story concerns a sensitive housewife trapped in a mundane middle-class existence, whose routine is abruptly shattered when a gang of extortrionists seize the household.

The second chapter digresses from this adventure as the housewife embarks on a childhood narrative. Alternating adventure with autobiography, the work appears to be a "a detective story interwoven with a type of 'Roots,' "as one member of the audience put it.