Noe Valley Word Week March 14 through March 21

Word Week is Noe Valley’s literary festival, produced annually by the Friends of Noe Valley neighborhood association. Word Week 2020 starts Saturday March 14 with a poetry reading and ends Saturday, March 21 with the Chinese Wall Inscription poetry of Angel Island. Here’s the list of all eight events.

Saturday, March 14
Noe Poets/City Poems
5 pm to 6:30 pm

Lola San Francisco – 1250 Sanchez at Clipper

Five Noe Valley poets read poems about life in San Francisco, followed by an open mic. The featured poets are Susan Dambroff, Jeff Doleman, MaryLee McNeal, Kim Shuck and Dan Richman. 5 p.m. featured poets, 6 p.m. open mic. Free admission. Check it out on Facebook.

Sunday, March 15
Read It Yourself Shakespeare
4 pm to 6 pm
Olive This Olive That - 304 Vicksburg near 24th Street

We will read Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night (or What You Will),” a rollicking tale of deception, disguises, and mistaken identities. You can either participate by taking on one of the roles or by listening and participating in the ensuing discussion. Bring a copy of the play (printed or electronic). Light refreshments to be provided. Free admission.

Monday, March 16
In Conversation with Leah Garchik and Ruthe Stein: Favorite Times, Favorite Stories
6:30 pm to 8 pm

Umpqua Bank – 3938 24th Street

Enjoy two veteran San Francisco Chronicle columnists talking about their work at the paper, hobnobbing with the good and the great, the stars and wannabes. Both reporters worked at the Cron for over 40 years and have stories to tell.  Great times, great stories, great columns. Light refreshments will be served. Free admission.

Tuesday, March 17
You Don’t Have to Be Irish: A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
7 pm to 8:30 pm

Noe Valley Ministry – 1021 Sanchez

Readings from contemporary Irish authors by local Irish-American authors Richard May, MaryLee McNeal, and Genanne Walsh. Irish music by Autumn Rhodes on the button accordion and Tim Hill on the Irish bagpipe. Soda bread, Jameson’s Irish whiskey, and Bailey’s Irish Cream. $10 suggested donation at the door.

Wednesday, March 18
World War II: Women Facing History
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Folio Books – 3957 24th Street

Four distinguished authors will discuss their reasons for writing about WWII: novelists Cara Black (Three Hours in Paris), Barbara Ridley (When It’s Over), and E.R. Ramzipoor (The Ventriloquists); and journalist Mary Jo McConahay (The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II). The panel will include author readings, discussion, and Q&A, followed by a book signing and refreshments. Free admission.

Thursday, March 19
Silicon Valley Stories: Tech High-Fliers Tell Fun Tales
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Folio Books – 3957 24th Street

Anna Yen (Sophia of Silicon Valley) and Jessica Powell (The Big Disruption) were both high-ranking executives in heavyweight Silicon Valley companies when they decided to do something different. Their novels tackle tech and what it’s like for women who aspire. Come hear them talk about their books–and the fun and not-so fun tales of the tech world–with interviewer Andrew Warner of Mixergy. Light refreshments will be served. Free admission.

Friday, March 20
Middle-Grade Graphic Novelist Judd Winick at Bookworms Book Club!
6 pm to 7 pm

Folio Books – 3957 24th Street

Bookworms favorite Judd Winick is back with the sixth installment of his zany graphic novel series, Hilo: All the Pieces Fit. The series is geared for readers ages 8-12, but all are welcome to find out where Hilo, robots, and the fate of the world stand! Join us for fun and free snacks. Free admission.

Saturday, March 21
Written on the Walls: Chinese Detainee Poetry at Angel Island
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Sally Brunn/Noe Valley Library – 451 Jersey Street
Co-sponsored by the Noe Valley Library

Author Jeffrey Thomas Leong will read from his translation of Angel Island poetry in Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island, winner of the Northern California Book Award for Translation in Poetry, and original poems about the detainee experience from Writ, his most recent book. He will also provide a visual tour of poems on the barrack walls and discuss the Chinese Exclusion Act, Asian immigration, and the challenges of translating Tang poetry. Free admission, tea, and Chinese sweets.

Friends of Noe Valley would like to acknowledge and thank Martha & Bros. Coffee Company as the official sponsor for Word Week.



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