WORD WEEK – March 4 through March 10


Sunday, March 4
Creating Children’s Poetry
12noon-1:30pm, Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street

A short workshop with San Francisco’s 7th poet laureate and Noe Valley resident Kim Shuck. She has worked with young people for over 30 years in San Francisco public schools. In this workshop, Kim is looking for 9/10/11 year olds to write and share short poems and listen to a brief reading of poems by and for younger writers. Free.

Monday, March 5
Obi Kaufmann, The California Field Atlas
7pm-8pm, Folio Books, 3957 24th Street

Artist, poet, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann will present his number one best-selling The California Field Atlas. Obi will present a short lecture and then offer signed copies for sale. Free admission and refreshments.

Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of hand-painted maps and wildlife renderings and based on his decades of walking the backcountry of California, The California Field Atlas is a phenomenal testimony to the natural world of the Golden State and unlike anything that has come before. Full of character and color, The California Field Atlas is quickly becoming a new classic, being hailed as a “gorgeously illustrated compendium” (Sunset Magazine) that “…it will provide you with a greater appreciation for the state’s ecological jewels and landmarks.” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Tuesday, March 6
Queer Words Wayne Goodman in Conversation with Bud Gundy
7pm-8pm, Folio Books, 3957 24th Street

Bud Gundy is a writer, producer, director, on-air host for KQED, and Noe Valley resident. He has won two Emmy Awards. His novel Elf Gift was nominated for an Over the Rainbow Award from the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association. His latest novel Somewhere Over Lorain Road was released in February 2018. Bud will discuss his new novel and life at KQED, in conversation with Queer Words host Wayne Goodman. Free admission and refreshments.

Wednesday, March 7
Food Literature: International Cuisine
7pm-8:30pm, Olive This Olive That, 304 Vicksburg Street near 24th Street

Local writers Cara Black, Andrew McIntyre, and Anne Raeff read passages from their works that discuss food, cooking, and eating. Hosted by Olive This Olive That, an olive oil and balsamic vinegars boutique. Hear these talented authors discuss their interest in international cuisine and sample some of the shop’s wares. Delicious fun for all! Free admission and refreshments.

Cara Black writes the bestselling Aimee Leduc mystery series, with 16 books and counting. She is a Noe Valley resident. She’ll be reading about French cuisine. Andrew McIntyre writes short stories, has had several published in literary magazines, and is the author of one collection, The Short, the Tall, and the Long. Portuguese cooking will be his subject at this event. Anne Raeff’s short story collection The Jungle Around Us won the Flannery O’Connor Award. Her just-published second novel is Winter Kept Us Warm. She’ll be reading about Moroccan cuisine.

Thursday, March 8
Language & Power: Celebrating International Women’s Day
7pm-8pm, Folio Books, 3957 24th Street 

Our celebration will be led by three powerful women reading from their work and talking about how their writing has empowered them through language used in new and different ways. Thursday, March 8at . Book signing after the readings. Free admission.

Natasha Dennerstein is the author of Anatomize (2015) Triptych Caliform (2016), edgy novella in verse About a Girl, and a chapbook Seahorse (both 2017). Cassandra Dallett, poet and memoir writer, is author of Wet Reckless (2014), Raw (2015), and five chapbooks. Her full-length collection, Collapse, will be published this year. Kim Shuck, current poet laureate of San Francisco and Noe Valley resident, has published two collections of poetry, one chapbook, one collection of prose poems and is working on a collection of poems to be published in 2019.

Friday, March 9
Memoir & Prosecco
7pm-8:30pm, 4175 24th Street

Memoirs are hot right now! At Memoir & Prosecco, local authors of different types of memoir will read from their work. Following the readings, moderator Mary Jo McConahay will lead the authors in a discussion of writing memoir, the why and the how. Mary Jo is a Noe Valley resident, a college instructor of memoir, and an award-winning memoirist herself. Prosecco will be liberally served. Free admission and refreshments. Books for sale and signing.

Erika Atkinson is the author of five books: the memoirs Happily Lost in Time And Place, Frozen Stillness: A Journey to Antarctica, More Miles and Moments, and Ode to the Castro and Exhort the Goddesses, a poetry collection. Tsun Yuan Chen was born in Mainland China and studied in Taiwan and Tokyo before arriving at these shores. He says his book Along Alien Roads is an “autobiographical novel” because he had to imagine some of the scenes when describing his parents’ life before he was born. Linda Joy Myers’s two prizewinning memoirs are Don’t Call Me Mother and Song of the Plains. She is also the author of The Power of Memoir and Journey of Memoir and teaches the intensive “Write Your Memoir in Six Months.” Ramon Sender Barayon was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1934. He is the author of Being of the Sun, the novel Zero Weather and memoirs A Death in Zamora and Home Free Home. Ramon is a Noe Valley resident.

Saturday, March 10 – Two events!
•Noe Valley Authors Festival – Book exhibits & readings
1pm-5pm, 4175 24th Street

Local authors exhibit their books for sale and signing. Readings by some of the authors exhibiting occur at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Free admission. A glass of Prosecco or Pellegrino with every purchase! Free admission.

•Therapy Animals Can Change Lives!
4pm-5pm, Umpqua Bank, 3938 24th Street

You often think of the SPCA as a place for animal rescue, however did you know they have one of the largest animal therapy programs in the World. With the help of 300 local volunteers, San Francisco SPCA therapy animals touch the lives of such diverse groups as returning veterans with PTSD to children having challenges with reading. Each year over 100,000 members of our community benefit from animal therapy, which includes specially trained dogs and even a pig! Join us as Dr. Jennifer Henley, Manager, San Francisco SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy Program, shares her insight on the Human-Animal bond. Free admission and refreshments.

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